I've shifted my morning goal this week from 'Leave by 7:45' to 'No stress!' I want to enter my day with some semblance of peace, not melt-downs and nagging. This simple reframe has transformed the past few days. I discovered simple solutions:
Taking the 2 seconds to ask Rowan which car door he wants to leave from, preventing a melt-down. (He's two.)
Extra home cuddle time, so Rowan doesn't cry at drop-off
Blocking off my calendar until 10am, so I don't feel extra pressure if something goes wrong
The crazy thing? I've been done with drop-off earlier. Everyone is happier, and I'm more productive after. I was solving for the wrong thing. I wanted to leave by 7:45 to reduce stress, but that goal actually caused more.
Try shifting your goal. Prioritize 'space to think' versus 'checking off to-dos'; 'connecting with a client' versus 'closing the deal'. You'll be amazed at what doors open.