Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Day 231

Today ended up being okay. I threw in the towel just before midnight last night and decided to get some sleep. Rather than leave for New Orleans at 6:30 this morning, I allowed myself to miss the first block of educational sessions at MSERA. In doing so, I logged an additional hour of sleep, which was much needed (as always).

Also, I ended up requesting an extension on my statistics homework. I asked if I could submit by midnight instead of 3:15 pm without penalty, and my professor agreed! Whenever people ask me for similar favors, I try to accommodate them and offer them grace (this doesn't always happen, but I try), but I tend to overdo it trying to meet a deadline rather than admitting that I need more time. I don't know why I was so afraid to ask for a small extension other times, but I am glad I took that step today. It made my day much less stressful, and I was able to accomplish everything I needed to do (with the possible exception of a run, though I rarely run on class days) with minimal stress thanks to a small adjustment.

I found this on Pinterest and liked it.

The takeaway from today is that I need to learn to ask for grace and/or extra time when I need it. For as long as I can remember, I have viewed deadlines as rigid and overexerted myself to meet them when life gets in the way and I start cutting it close to the deadline. While I don't want to make a habit of missing deadlines, I want to work on asking for grace and flexibility when I really need it. That's a new goal to start working on.

Something that made today great: Richard made red beans and rice today, so dinner was super easy.
Time I woke up: 7:15 am

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