Getting “back on track”

As we round the corner for the last lap of summer I have felt myself getting off track during the last week.  Not sure if you experience the same issues, but this is what getting off track is like for me:

  • I feel a state of lethargy; lack of interest
  • I would rather do anything except for what I really need to do
  • I put things off until the last minute
  • I feel guilty, but don’t let that influence me too much
  • I do what I absolutely need to do, but not much else

When I get in this state of lethargy, I always discuss it with my chief counselor, my wife.  She is by far my go-to person when I get off track.  I thought it might be helpful to list some other things I try to do to intervene when I get off track.  Likewise, I would like to hear more from each of you about how you get back on track.

When I get off track, I try to do the following:

  • If this occurs at the end of a particularly busy time, I take a day or two to recuperate and then focus on what needs to be done
  • If I have something fun to do, I use it as a reward and then get back to the essentials
  • I make a list of goals that need to be accomplished in the coming week or two.  If I put it down in writing, it typically gets done
  • I pray; prayer is an important aspect in helping me keep my life on track and nothing works better for me to get back on track than to pray
  • When times really get tough, I call in reinforcements, checking in with those I know and trust most and ask them for assistance to help me regain focus
  • I remove those items that keep me from maintaining focus; this might mean blocking certain internet sites (usually sports related) that distract me from what is most important now

Being on track and staying on track are important for each one of us.  At the same time, it is also of great value to unplug and get away from the day to day grind on a regular basis.  Never before has a generation been more plugged in to their lives and their work than this generation.  This high level of “busyness” is a huge distraction for each of us, especially me, and it is a great contributor to getting off track.

Staying on track is important.

Getting time away is important too.

To stay on track, make sure you know what needs to be done and when it should be accomplished.

Don’t forget to schedule time away so that you can also decompress and unplug.