I have learned that there is great value in an epic snow blizzard event, both prior, during, and after. First of all, because the weathermen get all excited about forecasting the impending doom and scare us all into thinking we will be stuck in our homes for days, it forces us to be more organized than any ordinary day. The media urge us to get ready and be prepared.
The survival instinct in us emerges and so we all run to the supermarket because we fear we will be on lock-down for days without food, (and of course, let’s not forget the fresh milk, it’s always a commodity and the very first item to deplete itself)
Apparently, when we receive a weather advisory, we take immediate action and seem to react accordingly with little difficulty. The day prior to a snowstorm, I notice that wherever I go, I get a sense that everybody is preparing, albeit cancelling appointments or rescheduling them, changing travel, etc., all in an effort to plan ahead. You can feel it, the “hustle-bustle” is in the air. A teachable moment indeed, and a great eye-opener for ANY situation.
So this begs the question, where is your inner alert for readiness in an ordinary week? Try this. Take a look at your week at a glance with a little more critical thinking. Prepare with a more heightened sense of organization and I bet it will bring you better results. Being organized prepares you for the unexpected and helps you focus on your goals, just like for a snowstorm.
As for the actual snow day, it’s a great opportunity to measure how you choose to spend your time. It’s a time to reflect. You’ve got a day off.
- Organize a closet, a drawer, or any room (hey, if you’re going to dream, dream big).
- Read an old fashioned book, if you haven’t got a Kindle or Nook yet (yes, that requires turning an actual page)
- Watch a movie or impose an all day marathon (popcorn a must).
- Call an old friend (the kind that the time lapsed never matters).
- Get lost on Facebook with no time-management in mind.
- Catch up on sleep (an impossible goal but worth the effort).
- Eat ALL the food you bought.
- Exercise at home (probably not likely).
- Sort mail and pay bills (this is a tough one, most likely on your “to hate”- list).
Or NOT!!!!!! Whether the snow day gives us time to do the things we love to do, or hate to do, the mere break from everyday routine is a great rethink for all of us to recognize how we use our time.
After the snowstorm has settled and you’ve shoveled your way back to the mundane, don’t be down on yourself if you went the lazy route, it’s YOUR time and YOU own it. That being said, after being a recluse for a day or two, I am confident that you will be eager and happy to get out and rock the world tomorrow. Everybody needs a snowstorm now and then.