We’ve all experienced it - a last minute appointment, lunch, or meeting cancellation that we’d pretty much planned a day around. Hey, it happens. But does it bug you? Put you into a time-challenged tailspin? Disappointment is just a part of it, as we often overreact and feel like a whole day of productivity is lost.
It happened to me today. A session was cancelled at the last minute, and it just didn’t seem to be in the stars to get someone else plugged in. Sure, I’d rather meet with a client, but a while back I decided to consciously look at these situations as opportunities. What else can I do with the 4 hours of time I had reserved (note - it’s only 4 out of the total 16-17 hours of awake time I have. It can’t wreck the whole day.)? This cancellation is the ideal opportunity for me to look through my list of “important but not urgent” items and see what can be accomplished. Here are the possibilities:
There are plenty of other things you could add to a “what-to-do-with-unexpected-time" list of your own - personal errands, cleaning out the email inbox, scheduling home maintenance, reaching out to a friend you haven’t heard from. You can probably look over a recent to-do list and see almost too many possibilities.
So how to choose? The quicker you can focus on one or two, the less you’ll feel the day slipping away from you. When I think it through, I really have 5 hours open (if I count the travel time), and I can realistically fill that with two of my ideas. The potential of the day now has a whole new spin, all in service to making some kind of progress. Clearly I already chose writing, since you’re now reading this post. The closet has really been driving me nuts, so that’s likely what will be tackled next. And then…?
I think I hear Netflix calling.
Sara Skillen - Certified Professional Organizer®, coach, wife and mom, and serial list-maker. Excited to be in the long but worthwhile process of becoming a Certified ADHD Organizer Coach. Learning to trust my intuition more every day. Shall we work together?