I know my gas tank.

January 25, 2012

I got in my car this morning to rush off to a standing doctor's appointment only to remember that I had parked it on empty the night before. I had highly considered filling up on my way home from work yesterday, but at 5:30 after a long day at work, that is the last thing I wanted to do. So I said I'd deal with it in the morning. And then I didn't want to deal with it this morning. (Why do I do this every time?)

The gas gauge said I had 22 miles left until empty, but I know my gas tank. 22 miles would soon drop to 17 miles which would plummet to 0 miles and flash "low fuel" right in the middle of the 10 mile round-trip commute to and from my appointment. I had no choice but to fill up.

Sometimes my week is like that. I fill up at the beginning of the week knowing just how much energy I have to get through the seven days. If I'm feeling close to empty by day three, I need to take a breather. I know my gas tank. I know that if I have something going on every single night of the week, I'm going to lose it by Wednesday. I know if have absolutely nothing going on during the week, I'm going to lose it by Wednesday. It's a constant balance of slowing down and speeding up. I know my speedometer.

This week is one of those weeks where we have some kind of plan every single night. I love plans and I love socializing, but somewhere between all of that I have to go to work each day and then find time to blog, edit and catch up on life at home. Last night we had the opportunity to preview a movie coming out in March. While it was definitely a fun idea, all I could think about all morning was what we had coming up Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I asked my husband if we could skip out and just rent the movie in March. I needed to put on the brakes for a night. I know my limit.

We didn't end up going and it was for the best. I caught up, filled up and left enough in my tank to get me through Saturday. Because no one deserves to see me on empty.

How do you monitor your gas tank?

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