I talked to Robin, my colleague, today and she said what I have been thinking all week. September is gone — a complete waste. Between Labor Day, 2 weeks of Irmageddon and my pending vacation, the month is over. It has created quite a bit of anxiety for me and a bunch of negative thoughts. I have to get my taxes done and money brings up a tsunami of anxiety for me. I just have to remember to take small bites of the elephant. The Hurricane has given me an extension, but I probably will still have to pay taxes and I have no idea how I am going to handle that. I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
I am taking steps to alleviate the anxiety.
- Retail therapy: I went clothes shopping yesterday and spent $$ I really don’t have on clothes and shoes that really made me happy. This isn’t always the best solution, but I felt great afterwards and still felt good about it today as I sorted my new stuff to decide what to take on my trip tomorrow.
- Book Club: the ladies decided last minute that they would descend upon me since it was my turn to host the monthly meeting. I had less than 24 hours to prepare and when you add in my 4 hours of retail therapy, I was under the gun to have a quasi-clean house, food and wine. I pulled it off and ended up enjoying the evening. I was a bit frazzled at the beginning, but with a glass of wine and interesting conversation, I calmed down quickly.
- Planning: I spent a lot of time contacting old, new and current clients to see if they needed any help after the storm. I fixed by CRM to move all my tasks to new dates so that I don’t have to see all the Overdue ones. I’ve been thinking about the steps I need to take for the remaining three months of 2017 to insure that 2018 will be extremely successful.
I need to get myself on some strong routines. Routines are one of the things that separate extremely successful people from the rest of the pack. I need to focus on self-discipline. Once again, a trait of very successful people. And patience. That important quality that is in such short supply with me. That and money. Money is in short supply, so I better get back to work and hustle up some new clients. Sigh.