Cancel Everything + Listen: How to Bounce Back

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The ambulance finally shows up and wheels your gurney in the back while in excruciating pain with a friendly EMT asking question after question about allergies + things you can't concentrate on because of the pain. He has the most soothing voice as he jabs the biggest fucking needle you have ever seen in your arm so that now you can't move it. You just left your car in the parking lot of someplace that you don't even know where it is. And as they wheel you into the emergency room you realize that you left the TV in your hotel room on and all your shit scattered all over the place. At this rate you might not see it again because it hits you you're not getting out of this place any time soon.

That's what I was doing exactly a year ago.

I didn't know what was wrong with me, I just knew that I was in the worst pain that I had ever felt. I've never had a child but I can only imagine this was right up there with it. The friendly nurse at the desk asked even more questions while my cell is ringing. As soon as it stops, it starts again. I finally said to the nurse, 'I need to get this or they'll just keep calling.' It was my brother. He was worried. By now I'm on a morphine drip and while the pain has eased up, now all I want to do is sleep and I can barely move. I was shuffled into some big machine where they injected some stuff that made me feel like I had to pee. That was weird.

It took doctors 3 days and lots of scans + tests to figure out my appendix had ruptured. In the year since, life has changed but also oddly stayed the same. Because I was in the hospital for 14 days and then 10 days at home recovering, I had to stop everything. I'm not much for drama and the only people that even knew I was in the hospital were my family and the people that I had to cancel meetings with. Even my closest friends found out through the grapevine.

Life has a funny way of telling you, you have to cancel everything + pay attention.

While my body has completely recovered, my business took much longer. I'm not even really sure that it has recovered completely. Partly because I don't want it too. I had done a really great job of making myself busy but not really being productive or growing. It's been rather nice not having a packed schedule for the past year and being able to just go to lunch with a friend at the last minute because I'm not really doing anything or watch daytime TV with Lucy snuggled next to me.

The whole experience and the year to follow has been a big lesson.

  1. You have to take care of yourself or you'll end up in the back of ambulance with an IV morphine drip. ASAP.
  2. But then once you learn the slow down lesson then you have to learn the speed up lesson again. Finding the happy medium of being productive + successful {aka busier} while still being present + enjoying life has proven to more difficult than anticipated.

I'm a very results-driven person so this big picture, enjoy life, be present, it's not all about work lesson has been a difficult one. I will say, now that I have dipped my toe in the water of slowing down + not being busy, it's hard to get back in the grove of working a solid 8 hour day. Particularly when the weather has been as nice as it has been lately.

I'm still trying to figure out how to be less busy + more productive and making the time count. I just haven't built my system yet. What are some of your productivity hacks for getting more done in less time?

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