Your daily thought, point to ponder and soulful reflection.

Daily thought: Don’t put off until tomorrow what you could do today.

Point to ponder: Procrastination is habitual for some, unheard of for others. We can find any excuse to put something off or avoid it altogether. Or we can look for every reason to make it happen. To which side of the scale do you tip?

Soulful reflection: Reality is, unless we are extreme Type A personalities, most of us fall somewhere in the middle, depending on the day. I think it is important to develop a strong relationship with ourselves, so we are attuned to our strengths and weaknesses, allowing us to live honestly and ensure we are holding ourselves accountable where it counts.

This past weekend found me with some less than pleasurable physical roadblocks that I could have easily given into. Living with autoimmune conditions can be debilitating at times, and some of us consider ourselves warriors – and others, sufferers. Fact is, we’re all warriors because it is not an easy plight and each person’s pain is different. It’s exhausting mentally, physically, and emotionally at times.

But I pushed through. I had things I wanted to get done and I wasn’t about to let anything get in my way. Family and friends sometimes give me a hard time when I do this, but I’ve learned to know the difference between when I need to give in or cut my losses, and when I can forge forward. And this week, I am beyond elated that I pushed through.

Sometimes our spirits need the lift that only overcoming obstacles through perseverance can deliver. Sometimes we need to prove that we are stronger than we may feel at times. And sometimes we don’t want to put off until tomorrow what can be done today.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring so if nothing else – make today count in every way you can.

Managing your energy when dealing with others.

We have to interact with others. It’s a fact of life. Whether it’s work, school, family or the community at large, we have to do it – even when we don’t like it.

There are people who fuel you, giving you energy and instilling a feeling of euphoria that finds you motivated and inspired.

There are others who drain you, depleting your energy reserves and leaving you exhausted, running on empty.

Then there are those who are steady and calm, no highs or lows. No inspiration or depletion. They just are who they are.

So how can we effectively manage our day when having to deal with a variety of personality types and moods?

Organizing your day can be like creating a recipe to make the ideal meal. A touch of this, a dash of that. Heavy on one ingredient, light on another. When all is cooked, it’s just right.

How does that analogy work in life?

When orchestrating your schedule, people are the ingredients in any day. Aim to manage your energy by knowing which personalities fuel you, and which deplete you – then balance accordingly, sandwiching the energy zappers in between the motivators with a mix of the steady and calm ones in between.

We can’t run away from these people, so we need to take charge of our day and learn how to manage our energy accordingly.

This won’t always be possible. We have no control over the strangers we will encounter during a day, however, we can take as much action as possible to ensure our reactions are rational and reasonable.

Not an easy feat.

Whether it’s people or activities, pay attention to what gives you energy, and what takes it away. Once you recognize this and start to make changes to the things within your control, you will be on your way to creating a more fulfilling life – and experiencing less stressful days.