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Hello Dear Readers,
We're two weeks into the new year now and I have to say so far, it's been a good year. I know it's only been 11 days, but t's got to start somewhere, right?
I've been trying to make some changes to my habits this year. For me that means being proactively productive and writing - a lot.
At first anything seemed possible. Of course, we were also still on break for the first week of the year. This week we are back to reality and busy days trying to fit more into a day than is possible. I'm already feeling worn out.
It is hard to set priorities when I want to do it all. It is hard to commit to a daily (or even weekly) task that takes time and energy away from all the other daily (or weekly) tasks that I want to complete.
Choosing what you spend your time and energy on is an important undertaking. There is a finite pool of which to draw from and I understand first hand the anxiety that can build up when you can't get everything accomplished.
There's a quote I found a while ago, though I don't know where it originated from, that says: When things don't add up, start subtracting. I've been contemplating this as I find myself frustrated by not being able to do it all.
I just have to keep doing something and do my best when it comes to managing my time and flowing with my energy levels. This sounds easy, but it is proving a bit more difficult than expected - especially when my inner monologue becomes insistent on what I "should" be doing.
"Should" is a word that I am slowly trying to erase from my vocabulary. I have lots of things I can and need to do, but saying I "should" do this particular thing right now often ends in my staring at a computer screen (or whatever the activity is) and not getting anything done because it is not something I can focus on right now. Of course, eventually you have to get a goal accomplished, but with planning, not force of will.
I am trying to plan better and take care of myself so that I can keep going with maximum amount of energy. For me that means, getting lots of sleep, practicing yoga and keeping a daily journal with lots of thoughts, observations and opinions. All of these practices help me stay inspired, motivated and able to keep writing.
How is your year going so far? Are you able to find the time and energy to accomplish all the things you hope to? Are you giving yourself the self-care you need to make it all happen?
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