I got home yesterday after a very fun (if not very restful) vacation, and already I feel like my Get It Togethers are far outpacing my Got It Togethers.
Laundry, emails, errands, and work tasks are competing for my attention. Jet lag is making me sluggish and cranky. My Fitbit is about to file a missing persons report. I yelled at a soft-boiled egg this morning for not following directions. I’m not exactly my best self right now.
Melia recently introduced me to the concept of “Gentle Mondays” from the You’re Welcome with Hilary Rushford podcast:
"Ever get the Sunday Sads in anticipation of the Monday hustle? Why not choose something else? Who said Mondays need to be so aggressive? Januarys need to be when you try [to] be your most productive all year? Why not choose to ease into your week, month, year to create more space and joy? "
I love this idea for Mondays or really any transition. This week, I’m applying it to my post-vacation turmoil. Call it a “Gentle Restart.” So even though I feel internal pressure to hit the ground running and immediately knock out all the things on my to-do list, I’m trying to ease gently back into real life with:
- Rest: I can spot the early warning signs, and I’ll get sick if I don’t catch up on sleep soon. My goal is to be in bed by 11 p.m. (much earlier than my normal night owl bedtime).
- Focus: I won’t accomplish much if I try to do everything at once. I’m focusing on just a few of my most important work and home priorities every day. Once I’ve completed those tasks, I can call it quits until tomorrow.
- Self-Care: I had a packed social calendar on my trip, and while I loved eating, drinking, and being merry with friends and family, I’m looking forward to not making any plans for a little while. I’ll feel more like myself when I have unscheduled alone time to exercise, read, journal, and cook meals with vegetables in them. It’s good to be home.