Today’s coping tip is to free up time by canceling any unnecessary plans.
I. Suck. At. This.
I don’t like to blow things off, and I do like to keep busy. I also don’t schedule a lot of things, and tend to just spur of the moment do things. I rarely make reservations or plans ahead of time.
Recently, I had something cancel on me. I had planned to go watch some of the kids I coach play for their team. When the game got postponed, I didn’t look to see if there was another option and decided to relax at home.
Overall, I am getting better about not making plans for vacations or trips and trying to enjoy some downtime. If an opportunity comes up to do something, I’ll decide if I want to participate, but I’ve learned not to feel pressure, or to engage in FOMO. I’m OK with missing things if I need downtime.
I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQL Server Central newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here. All my coping tips are under this tag.