Setting Yourself Up For the Win

Yesterday, I overslept.  I mean, I REALLY overslept.  Woke up 30 minutes before I needed to leave the house, which is ok most days, but yesterday was the day after Labor Day so I was very behind from the long weekend.  I got out of the house on time but I didn’t make my breakfast, lunch, or coffee.  Luckily my department was hosting a cookout for the School of Law but missing that coffee after a long weekend would have been detrimental to my success on that particular day (I’m not one who needs coffee to survive but on a day like yesterday, it was a must).  So I got to work and I bought myself a coffee.  $2.18 for a coffee that was ok but nothing to write home about.

So, back to yesterday’s post about time management, being proactive is much better than being reactive.  Usually, on days that I know I’m going to want coffee the next day, I will set my coffee machine up the night before and turn on the auto-timer function for my wake up time (there’s something amazing about waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee).  In addition to that, I will set out my clothes the night before and iron them when I feel like it (I need to start doing it regardless of whether or not I feel like it but that requires a level of discipline that I’m currently working on).  The point of this story is, there will be days in life when you wake up late.  Or when your car breaks down and you need to pull from your emergency fund.  Or when someone passes away and their life insurance is what keeps your family from going into the hole.  Professionally, a wrench thrown in your plan at work.  Now, that wrench can feel like a boulder or a pebble.  And, if it feels like a boulder, you run the chance of getting stressed out and maybe even written up if you can’t carry the weight.  But it’s all about how well you plan ahead.  Plan for the pitfalls and you’ll always be ahead of most of the crowd.


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