Failing to Plan Really is Planning To STRESS!!!

"IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, YOU ARE PLANNING TO FAIL."

Yes, I know, it’s an old saying.  But the older I get, the more I realize that it is so very true.  

I guess in today’s world the saying could be updated to say, “Failing to Plan is Planning to Stress Out!”

Failing to Plan is Planning to Stress Out!

I’m a resident of Northern Ontario, Canada.  That means for me, winter is coming soon and certain things need to get done.  For example, it is really hard to find your lawn furniture under 5 feet of snow.

I have a roof issue that needs addressing.  I thought it was addressed when I hired a professional roofing contractor to replace my entire roof, and instructed him to water-proof the troublesome valley.  Sadly, he did not listen.  And it leaks exactly where it used to.

I have two business trips, one in October, and one in November, which eats up nearly 14 days of my precious before-winter time.

I have about 1-2 cords of firewood that need to be piled into the woodshed before they get buried under snow.

The garage needs to be cleaned out and re-organized so I can park my vehicle in it.

I knew these needed to get done once spring arrived.  And I always thought “Hey, there’s plenty of time to get all that done.”  Here we are now, almost at the end of September, and almost nothing is done!

Here we are now, almost at the end of September, and almost nothing is done!

 The pre-winter chores face me down, mocking me, laughing at me for my procrastination and misplaced faith in myself that I would indeed get it done.

So, how do I proceed now?

Do I hide my head in shame, and berate myself for allowing this to happen?

Do I waste time fretting over impending winter doom that will consume me if I don’t get things in order?

No!

I have to forgive myself first and foremost.

I have to remind myself that I am a capable adult with the ability to analyze a problem and plan out a solution.

I have to remind myself that I am a capable adult with the ability to analyze a problem and plan out a solution.

Next, I must prioritize these winter chores.  What needs to get done first, second, third, and so on.  What chores are weather-dependent, and what can I do whether it rains or shines?

Next I have to look at my calendar and schedule in the time I think I will need to get these chores done.  As those days come and go, I scratch each completed chore of the priority list.  With each one struck, I must celebrate that victory.  

With each completed chore, each victory brings a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.  And then I can relax soundly, as fall turns into winter.

#DefyingDepression #YouCanBeHappy #YouCanHelpYourself


Thomas Detert is a Depression Survivor, Mental Health Advocate, Author, YouTuber and founder of DefyingDepression.

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