I started cleaning my home office this morning.
What a disaster.
They say a messy desk is the sign of genius. I wonder what a disaster of an office means?
I started in the closet. Found some old cool classes I’d forgotten I’d taught. Fun! Reorganized my paper stash. Ooooh, preety colors!! (Did I really need 3 open packages of yellow paper? Hmm. Must have!) Found some old blank cassette tapes for back when I used to record all my sessions on tape. Does anyone even use cassette tapes anymore? Well, they are no longer taking up space in my world!
I also pulled out a box full of stuff to be shredded. Good grief!
Found some other stuff I think I’ll use or share with others. I really thought I’d made some headway until I realized it had taken over an hour just to do the closet. There’s still not any room to put away the rest of the stuff cluttering up the office. I have this class and that workshop and all the handouts in boxes and totes, but they are strewn everywhere. I will teach those classes again, so I cannot get rid of that “stuff”. So, I’ll figure out a way to move stuff around so that it’s more accessible and hopefully a bit neater!
I’ve worn out this keyboard. Can’t read but a few letters and some of the numbers on the keys. Phil bought me a new keyboard over a year ago. Time to install that one and there would be one less box under my feet. (Although I admit, it’s kinda fun to glance down at the keyboard and realize I don’t have any visual clues there for what I’m typing. I have to look at the screen and pray for autopilot to take back over. That’s one of those times when auto pilot is a VERY GOOD thing!)
So, lots of decisions to be made in this process. Keep this? Discard that?
Each time we make a choice, we use up some of our brain’s power to control our will power. It will be important for me to be careful to not set myself up to make stupid health choices while I’m drained. I would have severely reduced will power to resist cake, for example. Research shows that our brain tires with lots of choices and our good intentions fly out the door after we’ve made a morning full of decisions.
That’s why will power is pretty much powerless and our good intentions never fly. We are worn out from deciding between this or that little thing – over and over and over. Then we “fail” at something we really would like to accomplish and feel we are bad or worthless or not-good-enough. When in fact, we are just human!
So how do we accomplish those things we really would like to accomplish?
Do them first. Make the plan first. Decide first.
Then as the day progresses, when faced with a decision to “slip” there is more energy supporting the chosen direction than there is to fall off track and into self-defeating self-indulgence.
Start the day with a plan – a plan that can be flexible when life throws a curve ball – grants us positive energy in the right direction.
Start the day with a prayer – we all could use a little help, right?!?
Start the day with a catch-phrase – a phrase that can catch us when we lose sight of the goal. A good catch-phrase might be in the form of an affirmation: I can do this. With God’s help, I am enough. I am blessed. I’m a blessing and I’m blessed. I walk a sacred path.
Whatever catch-phrase you may come up with will be instantly on your tongue and in your mind when you need it! Once uttered, it refreshes the body, mind, and soul and allows one the opportunity to reclaim the better path.
What is it you really want your day to look like?
Would you be willing to pray (speak to All That Is) about that? (Not begging for your way to happen, but for the best and brightest way to unfold. Divine Source may know more than you and might have a better plan at the ready!)
What quick catch-phrase can you create for yourself?
Our everyday world is filled with decisions left and right. Thank goodness we have the right to make choices. At the same time, those choices drain the will power. Time to rely on another kind of power that will see you through!
Hope this helps.