In the beginning stages of sobriety, it can be very easy to become quickly overwhelmed when faced with more than one task at a time. To know which direction to go first can be very confusing. As we move through our lives, while sober, we begin to learn where to place our energies and attention.
Prioritizing is a learned skill. When the focus has been simply obtaining alcohol and/or drugs and then imbibing them, for most of us, that was the one and only priority to which we centered our attention. Our lives were solely propelled by our addictions. We needed nothing more than the substance(s) to which we were beholden.
Now, as we begin rebuilding our lives, we have tasks to accomplish; there is have work to be done; activities in which to participate, etc. We begin to live our lives, lives that extend far past just the drink and/or the drug(s). Learning what needs to happen in what order can be confusing, overwhelming even.
Thankfully, at this California alcohol rehabilitation center, the staff helps us learn how to build our day. We are given a schedule and that schedule then becomes the outline by which we see what needs to happen when during the course of each day. As we transition from living in a drug rehab in Los Angeles, to living in our respective environments, be it our own home or a shared sober living program, we have to learn and eventually know how to structure our day. If we need help knowing what to do when, we learn to ask for guidance. We do not have to become paralyzed by the prospect of more than one thing to do at one time.
What comes first in preparing for the day? If we make our bed every morning, many times the rest of the day falls into place.