I found this definition of ‘Go With The Flow’ in the Urban Dictionary –
‘To not attempt to exert a large amount of influence on the course of events, whether a specific series of events or events in general. A person who does this is often referred to as “laid back” or “easygoing”.’
Let me explain…
The new day job is all geared towards quarterly reporting. Which in some ways is pretty cool – in the accounting world everything revolves around month-end reporting, and I’m thankfully not involved in or tied down by that monthly mayhem. The downside of this is that when we do report at the end of each quarter, it is a pretty full-on and tightly packed week. This has been the first quarterly reporting I’ve been through, and it was a pretty intense and stressful time.
Unfortunately for me, quarterly reporting week has collided with preparing to be away, as well as clashing with my plan to start working on Book Two. I had drawn up a detailed timetable of what I was going to do, how long it would take, and by the time you read this I was going to be all set for the following week.
Things haven’t quite worked out that way. After making the decision on which idea I’m going for with Book Two, I haven’t touched it again. I have a mountain of filing and paperwork at home to get through. And my parents have seen more of the pooch in the last few days than I have.
I had two choices when work deadlines and chaos threw all my other plans into disarray. I could have gotten upset, thrown a wobbly, and spread that energy to everyone at work and at home. Or I could have decided to Go With The Flow. Either way, the end result would be exactly the same – long hours at work, and no hours at home.
I chose to Go With The Flow. Staying later and seeing things first hand has been a useful learning experience, and I know I’ll be able to make next quarter’s reporting process smoother as a result of what I’ve learned this time around. I’ve also demonstrated to my employers that whilst I stick to 9 – 5 most of the time, I’m committed to the role and will stay when necessary – they can rely on me. And when the numbers still didn’t look right after our third attempt, the group despair and giggles were a bonding experience with my team.
The other (possibly the more important) thing I’ve done is this – I’ve let myself off. I’ve consciously chosen not to feel guilty. Let me say that again. I’ve chosen not to feel guilty.
Work didn’t go as smoothly as planned, priorities changed and there was nothing I could do about it. I was never going to achieve everything I’d originally thought I would. That’s ok. Life doesn’t always go the way you want it to, or plan it to. You have to roll with the punches.
That isn’t the choice.
The only choice you have is to decide how you’re going to feel about what’s happening. So why choose negative, soul-destroying energy? If you did the best you could with what you had, then choose to feel good about that. Enjoy the positive energy that goes with that choice. Why would you even consider the alternative?
Have a wonderful week and enjoy going with the flow.