Every workday morning it’s the same mad rush to get out of the house. I’ll admit, it’s my slow start (whoever invented the snooze button should be shot!) that leads to the snowball effect of rush-rush go-go.
Most of my morning routine is done on autopilot. But there’s always something different. Having a pot luck at work – don’t forget to take the food. Going to my women’s group tonight – don’t forget the book. Remember to buy coffee or veggies or groceries – take the list and a couple of shopping bags. Don’t forget to buy a birthday card for your sister!
Those are things I can control by planning ahead – and sometimes I do. Unexpected delays – snagged pantihose, unravelled seams or a button that falls off add to the stress. Plus the things I can’t control – bus and train schedules, the weather, traffic. On top of that, it’s still winter, which means socks, boots, coat, scarf, gloves and ear-warmers.
Sigh… I’m stressed just writing all of this. And I do it 5 days a week.
Usually, when I forgot my watch, I’m upset and even more fretful and anxious than usual. I worry about missing transit connections, and being later than usual. And about the possibility of what else could go wrong during the day?
About two weeks ago, in my mad morning rush, I forgot to strap on my wrist watch. Again.
So I decided to carry out an informal experiment. I decided NOT to get upset or anxious – just do what I needed to do, and see what happens.
Have you guessed where I’m going with this?
Well, you’re right. I made the transit connections and arrived at the office the same way I would have had I worn a watch. So that was a good start to the day.
But I still felt uneasy and vulnerable with my naked left wrist. As the day went on, something unusual happened. I started to relax.
When I got up from my desk – to get a glass of water, or visit the ladies’ room, or pick up a print job at the colour printer– I didn’t have a watch to glance at. So I just did it.
At the end of the day, I felt noticeably more relaxed. Even the commute home seemed less frazzled, more smooth. Was it my mood and my ‘tude? Was it a confluence of events that would have occurred even had I worn a watch?
I don’t know. All I know is, I felt less stressed when I forgot to put on my watch this morning.
Hmm… should I make a habit of it?