Daily Coping 20 Jul 2021

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I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral 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. 

Today’s tip is to pick an achievable goal for the week and make progress.

I actually did this last week. I have had a lot of things on my list of things to do this year, and sometimes I get a little paralyzed by the length of the list. There are also some larger projects that I find myself putting off because I keep thinking “I’ll take a day” or “Take a weekend” to do this.

The reality is that I never will likely get a large block of uninterrupted time, when I feel ready to tackle things.

I got up, had some breakfast, and then went outside recently. There were a few other things I could do, but I started with a chainsaw and chopping down some juniper bushes in our front yard. My wife has been asking to do this, and I keep delaying rather than getting started.

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I got one out, taking a few breaks as I tried to cut down the tangled limbs and drag them to a nearby gully. My breaks were on the lawnmower, mostly because I needed to get that done as well.

The next day I went out and tackled a second one. I managed to get down to two stumps.

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I took a few days off, but then spent about an hour one night working on the third one. I didn’t get it out, but I made more progress.

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Baby steps were helpful to me moving forward.

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