Life as a series of endless post-its…

6 Jun

Written by Kirri White.  Follow me on twitter or facebook.

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This post is part of the #trust30 writing initiative, inspired by Ralph Waldo Emersons “Self-reliance” that encourages you to look within and trust yourself.  You can find further details regarding the challenge here.

Day four prompt by author  Jenny Blake

Identify one of your biggest challenges at the moment (ie I don’t feel passionate about my work) and turn it into a question (ie How can I do work I’m passionate about?) Write it on a post-it and put it up on your bathroom mirror or the back of your front door. After 48-hours, journal what answers came up for you and be sure to evaluate them.

In my haste to get everything done that desperately needed to get done this weekend, I now find myself behind in this writing challenge.

Behind who?  I’m not sure, but I do know that I spend many days and weeks racing and rushing…hyped up on adrenaline and a barrage of less than kind self-talk.  Driven by responsibilities and the need to do, to create, to make something out of every waking moment.

I can spend up to an hour planning each and every week, and have a bunch of post-its adorning mirrors, doors and notebooks.

I’ve been told that this is a good thing.  I’m motivated, enjoy keeping fit, making it happen and have all my ducks lined up in a nice straight row.  Thanks for noticing… what the whispers of insomnia and anxiety in a mind that won’t shut the hell up?

Enter pretty pink post-it:

Moment of truth.

I have coached people on maintaining work-life balance.  I aspire to live a simpler, more conscious life and yet there are times when I have to admit to being a junked up overachiever.

The sleepless nights and jitter-bug mind are always an indication that I’m out of whack and headed to that place of pure whackness!

So what do I do?  To be honest, taking this time to reflect and examine is the biggest step of all for me.  It takes me back to a place of awareness and reminds me of the importance of checking in and making minor adjustments to my current path.

Some other things I know will help and that I can consciously commit to:

– Work smarter not longer and harder.  Work in specific chunks of time and take breaks.

-Prioritize and differentiate between what is really important and what is urgent.

-Minimise caffeine and no chocolate at night (ooh that’s a hard one)

– Do more yoga, meditation and less running, dancing and metaphorical bouncing off walls

-Spend more time outside with the aim of connecting with nature

-Keep doing what I love but make sure I’m still plugged in to my family and friends

-Have one day a week where I am completely disconnected from technology – completely (also a hard one!)

– Make time to examine and reflect….That’s what I’m doing right now.


That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? . . . Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare. Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


5 Responses to “Life as a series of endless post-its…”

  1. Terry June 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    This is a post I could do with writing myself (having taken the time to do the reflecting), but no time so I will use your reflection, thnx…hehe

    – Prioritising between urgent and important is a great one, a friend of mine, Ian Dickson, reflects on the 4 quadrants (urgent-unimportant, urgent-important, etc..) as the seats in a car. Guess which is the driver’s seat..very powerful stuff and really important for success.

    – Reduce caffeine and no chocolate…phewee, keep the chocolate coming…:)

    – No tech one day…never happen (for me).

    – But what I really liked is your last one. “Make time to examine and reflect….That’s what I’m doing right now.”, followed immediately by your sign off. Love it ‘reflect, done that, next’.

    If I could wave a magic wand and calm your days I would, but then what would you overfill them with?

    Good job, K!

  2. Cathy June 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Don’t know if I could stick to some of your resolutions…especially the no technology for one day EVERY week! lol although it would be good for me! I can certainly relate to brain going at a hundred miles an hour and never seeming to rest!

    • Kirri White June 8, 2011 at 10:52 am #

      Cathy….with a comment like that – i think you NEED a no-tech day more than I do hehe.
      I did it on Saturday and after the initial two hour period of slight agitation – it was aok and I got to spend the day fully connected to other more exciting things.

      • Cathy June 8, 2011 at 10:56 am #

        lol well this long weekend we are going out of town for an engagement. We’ll be in the country where I doubt I’ll have any reception so I’ll be forced to enjoy the calmness and not think about FB, blogging etc… kind of looking forward to the break…

  3. Dr. Pete June 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    “Behind who?” – Great question, and I think it summarizes your whole post pretty well. I work for myself with good clients, some of whom have known me for years, and yet I always feel like I’m behind. If every project is ahead of schedule, I’ll pull out that thing I’ve been putting off for years or convince myself that I’m not taking on enough. It’s like I’m chasing my own shadow, and I’m never going to win that race.

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