I’ll confess: I’ve listened to every episode of the podcast Side Hustle School. Chris Guillebeau, for a bunch of reasons, is one of my heroes. But yesterday’s Weekly Recap was particularly inspiring. (The whole thing is only 13 minutes, but I know you can find 3 1/2 minutes to hear the snippet starting at minute 5.)
My take on what Chris says is that the whole point of building a routine is to help us when the overwhelm sets in. You can’t change the fact that too much is crammed into a given day, but you can choose do the best you can for whatever your Self needs. If the day’s probably going to be a mess anyway, you can still create a bright spot by keeping a commitment you’ve made to yourself. For him, it’s getting a run in despite all the meetings, etc.
What do YOU need during that kind of day?
Your Box Lunch Lifestyle is the tiny, calm eye in the middle of the storm. Lunch isn’t going to be perfect on some of these extremely-not-perfect days, but don’t give up. Dig in a little and get some small something for yourself. You get credit for that, and I bet that some better food and little time help will you weather it all a little easier.