A few days ago, I woke up later than I wanted and stayed in bed just browsing on my phone. I checked emails adjusted my calendar, then made a few posts on social media, then stayed on for another 30 minutes or so just scrolling social media. Before I knew it, it was 6:30am so I got out of bed to start my day.
I needed to be at work for about 8:45am and had to take my dog to daycare before that. So around 7am it dawned on me that I would have to get things organized quickly so I could get myself ready, pack my lunch, take my dog for a walk, drop her off to daycare, then head to campus, walk to my office to collect a few items, then head to my meeting. Oh…crap.
So, I decided it would be a good idea to not eat breakfast at home and instead, get breakfast either on campus or grab something from Starbucks. After dropping my dog off, I picked up breakfast from a local spot and thought it would be a great idea to eat while I drove to work.
While trying to eat a breakfast burrito and drive, it reminded me of the days when I would make breakfast sandwiches at home and eat on my drive to work. I had a busy schedule and I was always on the “go.” It wasn’t a good practice, however it seemed convenient. But was the convenience worth it?
I realized that while I thought it was “smart” to eat the breakfast burrito on my drive so I could be on time for my meeting, it just caused me to feel unsettled, disorganized, and uneasy all day. I also felt highly anxious all day. So while I attended the meeting on time, on the inside I really was not okay. So what did I learn?
- What I do in the morning truly impacts the rest of my day (mood, eating habits, etc.)
- When I start my day in a rush, it leads to more anxiety and less calm
- It is essential to prioritize my well-being and one of the ways to do that is to prioritize sitting down to eat breakfast without rushing!
- When I start my day in a rush, it limits the space I have for ease and focus. When I’m in a rush, I cannot focus so while my tasks may get completed, they aren’t completed as well
- Rushing does not equal true productivity. For me, it actually equals chaos. A mindful and slower pace helps me to think clearly and prioritize appropriately
Have you found yourself in a rush lately?
What helps you to find ease and focus?
~ Karisse C