Get Comfortable with Being Concise and Honest
I didn’t realize my propensity for writing long-winded, formal emails until I needed to quickly tell all of my clients that I would be unavailable until further notice. As much as my heart wanted to write a traditional message, I knew that I simply had to share the facts, excuse my absence, and promise that I would be in touch as soon as possible. In truth, most of my emails had the subject line “House burned down” because there was no time to mince words. Communicating with concise transparency takes courage, but it shows readers that you trust they will react with respect and understanding. They almost always will.
Wear Matching Socks
When you put on clothing, pretend it’s the last outfit you’ll own. Do you love it? Do you feel cute and comfortable in it? Pretend all your other clothes will be destroyed and you’ll have to wear it over and over – because that actually DOES happen. Pretend you’ll be on the front page of the newspaper, because that happens too. My one long fluffy red sock with snowflakes and my short fluffy white sock with pumpkins do not match. My ratty leggings, chunky poo-colored cardigan and bright orange hat don’t look good together either. It’s not about fashion, it’s just about feeling good about how you look, no matter what you’re planning on doing.
Live In The Moment
I have struggled with this forever, because I’m a natural planner and scatterbrained multi-tasker. Still, that’s no excuse. Moments go up in smoke and they never come back. Whether you’re working or spending time with family, you’re doing yourself a major disservice by not being present, focusing, and finding the joy, value, or lesson in every moment. It sounds cliche and extreme to say that any moment could be your last, but it could easily be the last moment of an era, so you’re responsible for using it, appreciating it, and making it matter.
Put Serious Thought Into an Emergency Plan
We used to talk about what we would take if our alarms went off and we smelled smoke. We never once considered that we wouldn’t be home when our home was on fire. Instead of focusing on what you’ll grab, think about where you’ll go, who you’ll contact, and what you can do to make the transition easier. When you work hard, plan obsessively, and pay your bills and taxes, homelessness doesn’t seem like something you’ll need to worry about. Unfortunately, it can happen. Since I own my business and work from home, losing my home also meant losing my office. An emergency plan wouldn’t have stopped that, but a little foresight might have helped ease the adjustment.