I decided to set myself the challenge of listening to my language and the language of others for seven days. I wanted to see how much people use reactive language or proactive language and what the result of this was.
Stephen Covey gives us the following examples of reactive languge:
- There’s nothing I can do.
- That’s just the way I am.
- He makes me so mad.
- They won’t allow that.
- I have to do that.
- I can’t.
- I must.
- If only.
He gives us the following examples of proactive language:
- Let’s look at our alternatives.
- I can choose a different approach.
- I control my own feelings.
- I can create an effective presentation.
- I will choose an appropriate response.
- I choose.
- I prefer.
- I will.
A little background. Daddy as been at the pub all day watching football and drinking so I will be sleeping on the sofa tonight – just so I get a decent sleep. MLS is currently sleeping in Mummy and Daddy’s bed as he says he is a big boy now and is refusing to sleep in his cot bed (as it’s for babies)! The sofa is very comfy by the way!
So Day 1 I find myself awake at 2 am! MLS has woken up and is full of beans. He climbs under the blanket with me and proceeds to fidget for the next three hours, finally falling asleep at 5am. So, lucky me gets approximately half hour sleep before my alarm goes off at 5.30! During the three hours DLP woke up also so I sent her in with her Daddy (it really is ‘musical beds’ in our house). So, not the best start to the day, but I try to remember that the kids were probably wakeful due to me letting them play on their Leap pads before bed and being over-stimulated, so I can’t blame anyone but myself!
Everyone else in the house is up by about 6. I try to remain mindful that I am tired and not to snap at anyone. Then, of course the kids start arguing – I admit, I could of handled it better! But, I realise and apologise to them for shouting and explain that I didn’t get much sleep, and all is well again. Daddy managed to go unscathed and I left for work.
It is my first day back at work after a week off so I’m feeling a little ‘meh’ anyway. On my way to work I decide to think positively about going back and all the good things it entails such as seeing the people I support, my colleagues who are also friends, and all the cake which might be left over from last week as there were four birthdays going on! I try to remember that I am tired and to pace myself today.
I buy fruit and a healthy lunch on the way (this will make me feel better about eating cake). I arrive at work on time with a smile on my face and pleased to see everyone (which I am). We sit around the table for (green) tea and breakfast. My friend asks about my week off and if I’m glad to be back, I tell her about my week and say that I am. She then goes on to talk about what’s going on with her. She has had a fall out with a friend (a work colleague), and it is causing tension for her at work. I hear slot of ‘she did this’ and ‘she did that’. I try to offer helpful comments but realise I’m just getting sucked into the negativity. So I decide to keep quiet and just listen. And as people always do (given half the chance), she came round to her own solution while my integrity remained intact.
Anyway, so much for pacing myself today. It turns out to be very busy! I support my residents to get out of bed, have breakfast etc. I check on their finances and realise no one did their banking while I was off last week, so none of the residents have any money. I huff about it a bit to myself and then use it as an opportunity to take one of the residents out to town in the lovely sunshine! I remember to put my problems in perspective and think about what the people I support have been through. It really is humbling.
I arrive back at the house after some fresh air and sunshine and have lunch (and cake). After lunch I sort out the rest of the finances. My boss is in today and requests to see me in the office. I know already what he wants – he knows that I am on an office day tomorrow so he will give me some of his work load to complete! Currently he has me writing staff appraisals (really should be his job – how would you feel if your colleague wrote your appraisal and not your boss?)! I remember that his job involves crazy amounts of work which he just hasn’t got time to do and that he thinks highly of me and spent the last seven years fighting to get me a pay rise and promotion (achieved last month!). He also knows I spend far more time with the staff team and know them better than he does so will probably do a better job. He also knows I’m a paperwork geek and I like to have some days when I do office work. So he talks me round again. Which is fine!
I arrive home shattered. I get the washing done, make the beds and finish the paperwork needed for MLS to start nursery tomorrow. The grocery order arrives and then the children arrive home from nannies.
MLS is shattered and asleep by 6.15, DLP by 7.30. Daddy calls to say he’s working late so to eat without him.I eat, write this post and am now off for an early night! Sorry Writing 101 prompt, you will have to wait!
Considering how tired I was today I think I did pretty well!