Some days we don’t have it all together. We are stressed and anxious and have a ton of responsibility to attend to.
Getting through those days seems like an endless chore. It’s tough to prioritize for the long term when we are putting out fires all over the place.
This is why our preparation becomes so vital to our long-term goals, attitude, and happiness. When we create systems for our good habits it helps us accomplish them even on the roughest days and in the most adverse conditions.
It’s not that we can’t miss every now and then but when we get away from our good habits for an extended period of time they become distant to us. We are out of rhythm. We can get lost and have a hard time finding that equilibrium again.
We need to start putting those in place now.
We schedule our work meetings, kids’ soccer games, dentist appointments, etc. Why not everything else critical to our mental and physical health?
It should all go on the calendar if we need it to. Then we can take a wide lens look at our day or week and work around it.
It’s not that things won’t come up and we have to alter our plans every now and then. It’s when it’s never a priority in the first place it falls through the cracks time and time again.
It means we were unprepared. We failed to anticipate obstacles and we had to rush to hopefully make up for those pitfalls. Potentially, that enters in more new obstacles or mistakes.
When we are always finding ourselves in a hurry, rushing to finish things, putting out fires, or “busy”, we must first have the awareness to look within at what we can control.
Although it’s easy to blame the outside world for meetings, extra work, or the lights that keep turning red it becomes much more powerful to recognize the control we have well before these even enter into reality.
Creating systems and rules to be better-prepared upfront can eliminate the need for countless “on the fly” decisions when we are behind.
Preparation can become one of the sharpest tools in your arsenal.