If you are a regular reader (which I know there are very few of you), you may have noticed a hiatus from Café con Leite. I hope you have missed us.
My excuse for leaving my readers deprived of new content: life.
Unfortunately and fortunately, life happens. Whether we like it or not. It sweeps us away and can distract us from the things we enjoy.
As could be guessed by the first post Work-Life Balance, my most recent distraction has been related to the juggling of family, social life, and work. Fortunately, this has been separated by peaks of travel, adventures, and friend time. However, posting new Café con Leite content suffered as a trade-off.
Unless you have some superhuman power (and if so, please tell me how you got it), you are bound to fall into the rut of life at some point. This post is meant to say that “Life Happens” and the best way to deal with this is to accept it and to get back on track at the earliest possibility. Often, we force ourselves to adhere to or look up to impossible standards and stress when we do not reach these goals right away. The anxiety and stress compounds when “life happens” and takes you further away from your path.
But life goes on. So should you. In addition to taking the time out of your day to focus on your task list and life priorities, it is important to take a step back when life gets crazy.
Reevaluate your goals and reestablish focus on them when you have drifted. Here are some things to think about to get you back on track:
- What has happened in your life to prevent or delay you in making progress?
- Have you created measurable goals? Have you made time to work on these goals?
- Do you know how you spend your 24 hours a day?
- What is your plan when “life happens”? Do you take time to reflect? How do you get back on track?
One of the biggest lessons I have learned is that sometimes, although I hate to admit it, need to change my goals or my schedule in order to meet my goals. For example, I know that I may have to sacrifice sleep to meet pressing deadlines. I may even plan to lose sleep. But what I could not and cannot account for is the unexpected – a leaky roof and flat tire (these have both happened recently) along with the other miscellaneous things that life throws at me.
Remember that discouragement is one of the biggest inhibitors to progress. This is where determination comes into play, even in adversity. Remember that small steps lead to progress. Hard stops (due to discouragement) lead to failure.
Wise words to our readers:
My steps towards progress come in the form of a promise to you, our beloved readers and critics:
A minimum of four posts a month!
This is not to say they will be regular, weekly posts – we have to keep you all on your toes somehow. Nonetheless, please keep an eye out for new content and feel free to provide any feedback or topic requests.
This week, I would like to ask you all how you keep on track when “life happens”. Do you keep a journal? A calendar? A tracking list? More importantly, what do you do when you get off track? How do you revise your goals or your schedule to get into the game?
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