Heaven Fest. I do that.
Our current office is not opened on Mondays, but I work on Mondays…and Saturdays…and Sundays, too sometimes.
When I know I have to jump headlong into a long-list Monday working from home, I have a way of dealing with it that makes it a wonderful day. Sometimes I don’t do this, and then I feel cheated and totally worn out and sort of like a prisoner in my own house. But when I remember…
45:15. This is the formula. I work like a maniac for 45 minutes. Then I do something totally un-work-related for 15. I actually set the timer for this.
At first, when the task list is long and time-pressure related things roll out endlessly causing my heart to palpitate and my breath to shorten, the timer going off feels like an interruption…like, what? wait…now? I am just getting my groove. So, it doesn’t always feel like a blessing.
But, then, I find my pace and get my groove and the timer becomes a reward for me. I plow with vigor into my 45 minutes of work and when the beep begins, I am set free like a kid on that last day of school and for 15 minutes I can do anything I want without one thought of the tasks at hand. Sometimes that is cleaning the bathroom or doing a load of laundry. Today it is weeding and pruning and writing this quick post. I might even call my mom during one “break” today.
I suppose one could put her feet up, eat some bon-bons and watch a soap opera, but that isn’t my deal. So even though I am still doing “stuff” it is stuff that makes me happy and makes me feel accomplished and gives my worm-out mind a rest. It is good.
At the end of 10 hours today, I will have competed my work task list, have an amazing sense of accomplishment and I will have enjoyed a couple of hours of tidying and weeding and fresh air and music and working from home. The productivity goes up and the breath normalizes.
NOTE: I have never been able to actually “do” the Flylady thing, but I think I got this idea from an essay she wrote some years ago about how to handle it when what you have to do is a crazy-high mountain of tasks. Steady as she goes… :)