December 6, 2011

Bulk view

Busy, busy, busy week

Tuesday, Dec 6: Launch project O. Wednesday, Dec 7: Launch project T. Thursday, Dec 8: Have insulation installed (W- taking care of coordinating with contractors). J-’s with us too, so homework help will take up part of our evenings. There’s probably more, maybe, but we’ll see.

It’s a packed week, which means it’s even more important to slow down. Stress and hurry result in mistakes, which make things worse. Yes; slow down, write things out, follow the steps, and make time for notes, and I’ll make it through to the end of the week. Each minute will pass with or without me anyway, so I may as well make the most of it.

Writing is part of the way I keep sane. I notice that when I go for too long without writing, I feel a little fidgety, a bit unraveled, somewhat frayed around the edges. So, writing. There’s something about leaving myself these notes to mark the passage of time, punctuating the otherwise breathless stream with commas and periods and the occasional tangential paragraph.

Sleep. Sleep is important, too. I’ve been getting a decent amount of sleep.

Not stressing out is important. It’s particularly useful to remember that there isn’t that much more I can do this week to affect the way the next few days play out. We’ve prepared and prepared, and now we’ll see the results.

Oddly enough, thinking about the worst-case scenario helps. Even if both launches were toast, the contractors botched the insulation, and lots of other things happened, we’d adapt. Things would be okay.

Best case: what if things go without a hitch? Then, hypothetically looking back, I’d like to have worried just enough to improve my notes and productivity without worrying so much that the stress got in the way. Balance.

The more I get used to this, the easier it is to not get overwhelmed. =) It’s just one thing at a time. All I have to do is to do one thing well, and the next, and the next, without losing sight of my overarching priorities.