What To Do When Things Don’t Go As Planned

It’s two in the afternoon. By now, I should have made all those phone calls, worked on a painting, a mermaid blanket, and finished writing this.

But, I haven’t. Despite all my planning, all my hopes to be ticking things off my to-do list, nothing seems to be going as planned.

And, that’s okay!

I have Perfectionism Syndrome. (It’s not really a medical issue, although, you’d think…) If things aren’t just right, I begin to unravel. It’s moments like these that I have to remind myself to 1) calm down 2) breathe and 3) laugh. I’ve been working on this method for years now.

So, what do you do when things don’t go as planned? Do you freak out? Do you rush to get as much as you can done and hope everything smooths itself out? Do you give up completely? I mean, what’s the point in even trying to get anything done?

img_6344    The socks I didn’t finish during the Tour de Sock competition. They didn’t even fit my feet! On the bright side, I learned mosaic knitting!!

I have a very simple suggestion, and one I am applying at this moment.

Stay positive.

That’s it! You can beat yourself up for all the things you should’ve finished, but that’s not going to change the fact that life happen. Plans change suddenly. Children get sick, you get sick, volunteering takes longer than you expected, your dog gets sick all over the living room floor. It’s so easy to lose patience! To think to yourself, Maybe nothing is going to work out, and I should just quit while I’m ahead.

Please don’t quit. Please keep going. Please stay positive. Everything has a way of working out, and if I’ve learned one thing it’s that by staying positive, you still have a chance to succeed. Being negative makes it so much harder, I promise! Don’t beat yourself up!

IMG_7277.JPG      There’s light and rainbows at the end of the tunnel!

Find joy in the things you did get done. Your children are getting over their cold faster because you’re taking care of them. Students at the local elementary school have benefited because you gave them that little extra bit of time, and their clay pinch pots are beautiful!! And your carpet looks spectacular! Something good came out of what would normally be overwhelming and frustrating.

And, if things are really bad and you can’t find anything positive, take a deep breath and start over. Wipe that slate clean and begin again. And, remember: You got this. 

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