From my Hart: July is a Mess

Hello friends! It is officially the second Friday July…we’ve crossed the half way point already and are full-steam ahead into summer!

For me, I’ve found myself overbooked, yet again. I said to my boyfriend, “July is a mess and I don’t know how to fix it!” I’ve been up to lots of fun things, but that is not without stress to accomplish tasks, having to explain to people that I’ve overbooked myself, and exhaustion.

I have a problem

I realized this last night, when I was making a to do list for myself and felt compelled to write items such as “sleep well, eat breakfast & drive to work” on my to do list. -.-

It’s not that I am so busy that I would forget to eat breakfast and go to work, it’s that I’m so anxious about accomplishing my daily tasks that I’m becoming compulsive again & more quickly overwhelmed.

What’s a girl to do?

Well, I’ve got a lot more activities, deadlines, and things to accomplish this month, and as much as I’d like to throw in the towel and just spend my days in bed or taking walks, that is not going to work.

So, I’ve got to get better at managing graduate work, house hunting, my regular work, nannying and a social life. The only way I can do this, is by tending to myself first. If I don’t, I’ll crash on vacation instead of enjoying myself.

  1. I know I need to function off a certain amount of sleep eat night, continue to eat well & to run or bike each day to keep myself moving and feeling good!
  2. I need to prioritize my daily tasks at work, put on my do not disturb at times, and get down to business!
  3. I will continue to accomplish my graduate work at the pace I am, but I need to realize that the deadlines I set for myself are earlier than the actual due dates… that it’s okay if I turn in work a day early or day of, instead.
  4. Finally, I need to schedule some down time, so that when we suddenly rush off to see a house, or I’ve got something to do with family or friends, I don’t feel dread at having one more item on my to do list.

That’s life

It’s a balancing act and I’m realizing my need to accomplish things at a certain pace and time is actually making me rigid. I might even be adding more stress than helping at times.

My planner is still my go-to, and I tend to be over zealous and say yes to a bunch of things, but it’s a work in progress.

Each day is a gift, we need to stop and enjoy each moment. I may have shed a tear silently in my car here and there because I am just overwhelmed, but that is okay! I feel the emotion and then I choose to stay positive, happy and to enjoy each day!

Feature image from RowdyGowdys

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