Writing this after a craaaazy week. Had a sprint going on at work, going through some courses, mommy-ing, creating, brainstorming. Ever feel just so overwhelmed with the many things going on that seem to all be urgent, all at the same time? That was last week for me and this week. I found myself lying awake one night thinking of not the things on my to-do list that I have completed but those that I did not and even more things that I forgot to put there!
When you never stop doing doing doing and never seem to see the end of this very long list, there will be a breaking point and loss of motivation. I was this close to throwing in the towel and abandoning the many plans I have been preparing for in what seems like years.
You know how people always say “just breathe”? I heard that in my head on Saturday. At least the calendar said it was Saturday, I was coming off a very long Friday. You will never truly understand what it means when you yourself have to just stop to catch a breath. So, at 5am on Saturday, with no sleep, I stepped away from the computer, went out into the yard and just stared at my violets and breathed. Really, I emptied my mind, breathed, looked at the flowers and sent out a silent “help me”.
Suffice to say, my week ended better that it had started. I still have my long list but thankfully the most important things got done. Stopping to breathe gives you clarity that you cannot get while doing everything all at once. When I went back in, I took a piece of paper and a pen and wrote another list – yes, another list. This was instinctive and my priorities automatically went on top.
So, just breathe folks, it will help get your act together. And have an epic week! 🙂