What To Do When Life Gets Crazy

by Rebecca on April 27, 2014

dog sleeping upside down isolated on white background - englishThe past few weeks have been nuts for me.   Family life and work always keeps me busy but Jeff had to have surgery on his foot and we did not quite understand that meant he would be in a cast and not be able to bear any weight at all.  Made me feel very lucky to have canine patients who often walk on their leg just a few days after surgery! If life was not busy enough, in the middle of Jeff’s recovery, we had a friend of mine visiting for a week.

My coach, Dan Foster had shared with me in the past about a principle he likes to use to evaluate where he is in his life, and I thought it would help me get through the next few weeks.  He actually wrote a blog post about it here.

I set aside a little time over the weekend before Jeff’s surgery during my weekly review to think about what I needed to Keep Doing, Start Doing and Stop Doing over the next few weeks.

Here is what I came up with:

Keep Doing

Keep my morning quiet timeI must have some quiet time in the AM- normally this is an hour for me when all is quiet and I can take time to read and think.  I knew without this time, it would get ugly quickly but 1 hour was not realistic with all the things that need to done so I changed it to 15 minutes.

Keep working outI am on a mission to lose some body fat this year so I needed to make sure I did not fall of the wagon in this area but in order to stay sane I dialed them back a bit.

Keep eating cleanThis is really important to me and though it takes a lot of work I know when my diet gets crappy I feel crappy so this was a non-negotiable.

Start Doing:

Start making enough sleep a priority– I know that I need to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night.  When I do not get enough sleep, I am irritable, hungry and not a whole lot of fun to be around.  It is easy when I am busy to let sleep fall to the bottom but I knew I needed to make this a non-negotiable now more than ever.


Stop obsessing over how clean the house is.  I tend to get very stressed out when the house is not clean.  I am not talking about OCD cleanliness but messes tend to stress me out.  I knew it was not going to be possible to keep the house as clean as I like it but I just had to accept that was going to be how it was for the next couple months.

Stop going to our small group.  This was a very tough one for me because I love the people in our group but honestly Jeff and I were not getting what we needed from the time and as much as I would love to keep attending in this season with the limited time we already have with our kids it seemed like a good time to break.

I will not lie and say that it has been easy, but I will tell you I know I have handled a stressful situation a lot better than I would have in the past.  So next time, you have a crazy time coming up in your life, take a little time out figure out what you need to Keep Doing, Start Doing and Stop Doing.

 Do you think this principle can make your life more manageable?

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Vet Changes World April 27, 2014 at 8:30 am

This is a great idea. Each week I make a list of 3 things I want to accomplish, it would be nice to make a list of things I just need to keep rolling with, and things I can give myself a pass on. Thanks for sharing this way of thinking!


Rebecca April 27, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I do the same thing- with the weekly to do’s – very helpful! Thanks for commenting!


Dan April 27, 2014 at 9:53 am

Great post. Time is a zero sum thing. Time is spent somewhere and Im the worst at mis-prioritizing things. Urgent, non important things get too much time. Keep up the good thoughts.


Rebecca April 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm

You are right about that! I am so bad about wanting to do WAY more than I can really handle! Thanks for commenting!


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