Monday of this week, I awoke to the realization that I had made an error. I booked this week’s business trip a day off. Oops. Not good. I was so stressed by my error, I ended up having hours of generalized anxiety and a panic attack on the way to the airport.
It was more than just the trip. I had been sick. Fine. The kids kept me up for the past few nights. Whatever, it happens. Sitting at the gate, however, I realized that if a (fixable) error could spin me into that much of a tizzy, I was off-course in managing my life.
I had been thinking – how do I become excellent? Generally excellent. Is that a thing? Sitting at the gate, I wrote down a list.
Sometimes it’s better to make a “not to do” list. Maybe the answer you are looking for is not in finding a new method, but in discarding your current method.
With that, I give you my list of how not to be excellent.
- Try to focus on multiple tasks at the same time.
- Stay up late and get poor sleep.
- Drink lots of caffeine.
- Eat sugary foods.
- Neglect private prayer.
- Don’t make time to sit and reflect without the input of other minds.
- Treat people poorly.
- Do busy work.
- Binge anything and everything.
- Become sedentary.
- Work more, play less.
- Let little things stress me.
- Rush through my work.
- Rush through anything (like booking a business trip).
- Forget to be grateful.