It is a gorgeous day outside. I really don't want to be working indoors, but I have a lot of work to do. Every now and then I look up, and being lucky to be near a window, I see the sun shining, the trees blowing gently in the breeze, and people walking or skateboarding around. Or it could be considered unlucky to be near a window since I see all the stuff that I can't be a part of today. My natural tendency to procrastinate is fighting to come to the surface. There was a time when it would easily dominate.
Today, though, I'm in control. I planned my day out with activities that needed to get done and put them on my calendar, with alarms, for specific time blocks. The activity that needed most of my brain power I put in the morning so I could get it over with and not stress about worrying to do it the rest of the day. My day was completely planned out, even giving myself breaks so I could go outside for a few minutes.
Then I got out of a morning meeting, and my day had to change. Isn't that always the case? I had work to do resulting from that meeting and had to re-prioritize what I was going to get done today. It wasn't easy, but I pushed some stuff off to tomorrow because there was more than enough that I had to get done TODAY. Put it all on my calendar, now I was good to go.
And every time I look out that window and long to be out there, or get a little stressed thinking about all the work I have to do, I just take a few deep breaths, look at my calendar to see what I need to be working on right now, and plunge in.