What to do When You Don't Know What to Do

Not sure what to do? Take it one step at a time. 

In improv, we call this action "building brick by brick." Because we're working without a script (hey! just like life!), we can't bring a fully realized house to the stage, we can only bring a "brick"...or that one thing we have to offer in the moment. Then we work together to build a reality "brick by brick" using "ok, now what?" and the other gifts and choices we have to create something new from scratch. 

I've been struggling this week to enjoy some much needed downtime.  All I could think about was all the things I was "putting off" not doing (IT'S VACATION, SARAH), and then, when I finally turned that off, I began stewing about how I would spend my downtime to maximize my relaxation.

I am a vacation ruiner. 

Finally, I had to remind myself that all I need to do is take it "brick by brick."

First, coffee. Then, enjoy coffee. Then, take a walk. Then, hit a movie, if I feel like it. I had been so intent on planning how to relax I was missing out on doing the things I actually find relaxing. I sort of just went where the wind blew me and had some lovely times and naps (and food. Probably too much food. OK, definitely too much food.)

"Brick by brick" is great not just for salvaging a vacation, but, oh, for pretty much everything. Overwhelmed at work? Take it task by task (and only one task at a time). House a mess? Take it room by room. Struggling with depression or anxiety? Take it moment by moment.

Everything can be figured out as you go along. Plans are nice, sure, but sometimes life gives a big "fuck you" to your plans. When that happens, build (or re-build) brick by brick. 

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