Blog Post: Getting Back on the Roll
It has been quite a tumultuous January. Through travel, kitchen remodel and wedding planning I have spent most of the month in catch-up mode. My systems have been undone and my routines halfway forgotten. When I looked at the calendar and it said February – I was shocked.
We can all recall some time in our lives when we were “on a roll.” Things were clicking, we were feeling productive, maybe taking better care of ourselves and the support we needed was in place. Life wasn’t perfect, but we were feeling pretty good.
Then one day we noticed we were “off the roll.” Things were not going smoothly, getting out of the house became more difficult, things were being forgotten or neglected and piles were starting to grow.
Most of us know how it feels when we are on a roll, and we’ve also been off the roll. When we can hardly remember what we want to be doing or summon the energy to do the things we need to do. Sometimes we fall “off the roll” totally and completely and land with a thud. Other times we drift slowly off course and before we know it we are at a complete standstill, not quite sure how we got there.
Either way it is possible to get things moving again.
The most important step is as simple (and difficult) as noticing that we are off the roll. The next step is to take some action that will get us started back on the roll.
Once we notice that we are off the roll, we need the simplest way possible to get back. A plan, a road map with clear turn by turn directions will help when life seems the most chaotic and stressful.
Ironically, when things are going well, we don’t feel motivated to plan ahead because, well, things are good. However, one of the dangerous lies we tell ourselves is “I’ve got this, I won’t forget.” The best time to write down the processes that make your life work is before the crisis.
Write down the strategies that keep you focused and on task, exercising, eating well and feeling good. Put each one on an index card, rubber band them together and label it Emergency Kit. Don’t put it in the back of a drawer; leave it out so that you can find it in an emergency.
We all get off the roll, the key is having the tools where you can be easily reminded how to get back on track. No need to reinvent the wheel over and over when you have a plan.