Today did not start as planned.
As part of my commitment to me in 2020, I am planning my time. I had my goals set and planned out my day, leaving some time for the unexpected. Good thing too, since the unexpected happened early.
The day started out like any other – I picked up my phone, put it in my pocket and took the dogs for a walk. When I crossed the street, I realized I no longer had my phone.
My first thought was, predictably, NOOOOO! How am I going to do my job? I have to find it NOWNOWNOWNOWNOW! So, I frantically set about finding my phone.
As I retraced my steps, trying to pull one disappointed dog (the other one was only too happy to oblige) toward home, I started rearranging my day in my head. My thoughts were along the lines of:
Instead of working in the morning, I might have to spend it getting a new phone.
I hope it doesn’t take too long.
How can I make it shorter?
Also, where is my phone so I don’t have to go through this?
As all these thoughts were going through my head, the one thing I realized was that, I was no longer panicked. I wasn’t beating myself up for losing my phone. I wasn’t even fretting about the unexpected expense. I didn’t berate myself for being so careless or assume the worst outcome. I just searched for my phone and formed a contingency plan.
I didn’t even panic when my search turned up nothing. Instead, I came back to the house, fed the dogs, logged on to my computer, reset my password, opened the phone locator program, saw that my phone was in a common area of my neighborhood, headed back to the area, searched and finally found my phone. The best part? It didn’t take too long and I was able to accomplish my goals.
Sometimes, life doesn’t work out as we planned. We can either roll with it and move on, or let it ruin our day/week/month/year or more. And while I’ve chosen both, this year, I’m working to go with Option 1 whenever possible. Most of all, I won’t let the unexpected be an excuse I use to justify not accomplishing my goals.
What do you think? What’s your plan the next time you encounter a “speed bump”?