Tips for Surviving Lockdown Chaos

Tips for Surviving Lockdown Chaos

Lockdown chaos is real. I am an introvert and I am getting stir crazy. Thank goodness for remote locations to walk the dog and get fresh air. I get it. My husband is fantasizing about eating something other than MY cooking.

This week’s video covers setting boundaries (and holding to them), being flexible (yes, life happens), and letting it go.

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I pulled in this quote because I am always worried about disappointing others. As I get older, and hopefully wiser, I recognize the chaos this causes to my schedule and my feelings.

Brené Brown says, “Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.”

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Transcript

Hi, my name is Lisa Olinda, and I am the Chaos Whisperer. I am bringing you chaos busting tips to manage your time and increase your productivity.

In Delaware, we remain in lockdown due to COVID-19. Only essential services are available. The rational part of my brain thinks this should help me be more focused, but unfortunately, that is not the case.

Even as I prepare this video, I found myself distracted by an email that popped up on my screen. It was not necessary, but I found myself reading it anyways.

So today, let’s focus for a few minutes as I bring you a 3-2-1 chaos buster punch.

I am used to being home, in my home office, working every weekday. My dogs and I have a great routine, and I get my things done. Now I am working from home, with a husband and adult son working from home. My schedule has shifted dramatically.

Brené Brown says, “Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.”

My Three Chaos Buster Thoughts

  1. Set boundaries. Let your housemates know when you have conference calls and unmovable tasks.
  2. Be flexible. Life happens. The dog throws up. A cup of coffee gets spilled. Try to keep a sense of humor and move on. (If you are wondering, yes, these are current events in our house.)
  3. Let it go. I saw a meme the other day about a couple that was “COVID-19 fighting.” Our stress levels are HIGH. You are humming along nicely when suddenly someone says something that pushes you over the edge. Take a few deep breaths, reflect on whether you need to respond, and let it go.

My Two Chaos Buster Inspirations

  1. I love this quote by Albert Einstein, “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” An example is my mom texted me early this morning and needed help. I shifted some time so that I could help her achieve some online tasks that were overwhelming her.
  2. Letting go of expectations is hard. I remember early in my marriage, my husband kindly urging me to let go of my expectations. I was confused and did not immediately understand what he meant. After reflection, I realized I was living in a fantasy of unrealistic marriage expectations. My husband is wonderful and a great father, but he could not live up to my unrealistic expectations.

One Action Item

As you go through your week, choose one boundary to set that helps you thrive. It could be closing your office door when you need to have quiet time or just blocking time in your calendar and knocking out your top three tasks for the day.

Do you have any comments or questions? Please leave a message below or email me at [email protected]. Visit my website at olindaservices.com and schedule a 15-minute session with me.

I love to connect and look forward to hearing from you. My goal is to keep you on the path to success.

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