Isn’t it funny how sometimes when you put words to something you’re thinking about, the answer will suddenly present itself? That’s what happened last week after I wrote my post about simplifying my life. I’d been stressing about work. One of the biggest things I had on my plate was my site relaunch, which I had been planning on doing at the beginning of July. As I was getting ready for bed that night, it occurred to me that this was largely a self-imposed deadline. July was the earliest that I could relaunch my site, so that’s when I had planned to do it. But it didn’t even really make sense to do it then.
I decided right then that I needed to push back my relaunch to the end of August. My plans had been made out of impatience rather than strategic planning. I immediately felt much more relaxed.
The day after I posted about simplifying, Jess of Makeunder My Life posted a list of things that she is going to cut to relieve some of her stress. I thought this was an awesome idea, and made my own list of things that I am not going to worry about:
- Relaunch in July. It just makes more sense to do it at the end of August, and patience is a virtue.
- Swap ads in July. One of my first thoughts after deciding to delay my relaunch was “that means that I need to find swappers in July!” The stress came back almost immediately. The thing is, I don’t need to. So I’m not.
- Reply to every comment. This one is hardest for me, because some of my best blogger interactions have been through email, so I really want to reply to each and every comment. But what happens is I let comments sit in my inbox and I stress over things to say in response. The thing is, some comments just don’t require a response. So I’m letting myself off the hook. If I get too behind, I’m giving myself permission to archive all those emails, and start from scratch if I have to.