Feelings of Overwhelm

What am I going to do?

I don’t know about anyone else but 2017 has not been my year. I feel like the challenges that have been thrown at me are reminiscent of being the last player left on your team during dodgeball and there are no balls left on your side.

Earlier in the year, when another challenge would present itself, I would usually respond with anger, frustration and overwhelm before I finally exploded and tired out. I would like to say I have made sooooo much progress but really, today, I would like to acknowledge my baby steps. You see, typically as someone who is innately anxious while also enjoying achieving big dreams, I see the big picture and freak out. This goes for my large accumulation of student debt, the entire 6 chapters of my master’s thesis, and the steps leading to my ultimate professional goal. Even to some extent, I get overwhelmed and impatient with this blog… I JUST GOT IT RUNNING YESTERDAY! THIS IS MY SECOND POST!!

On Monday, I sat with a good friend of mine who has an accumulation of wisdom in her years ahead of my own. We were discussing some of my work and she told me: “Okay Stephanie, you are well on your way. However, now you need to take each chapter one at a time, finish it, refine it, make it perfect. Then once that is completely done – THEN move onto the next”. I share this little tidbit of wisdom with you my readers because – like most areas of my life, I tend to circle things. I move around without always committing to my one main task at hand. There is a whole philosophy of productivity that talks about this. For now, I would like to refer to this infographic created by Brandon Gaille. Gaille proposes 5 time management techniques for enhanced productivity.

My biggest vice is I switch between tasks and I procrastinate on social media. So, what if I did not? Would that bring the stress down? Would I actually get something done? I have decided to try all five of these techniques over the next week and write a review post on my feelings towards the various methods. It is my hope that I can figure out which method works for me so I can get the things I need off my to-do list.

On the list for tomorrow:

I have to complete my proposal for a conference in New York City; I need to complete a chapter of my thesis; and, I need to host people in celebration of Maciej’s birthday!!

On that note, I have put together a lovely menu spread for tomorrow! I am excited to get cooking! The recipes in this menu are all from one of my favourite bloggers of all time, Angela Liddon of Oh She Glows. Her recipes are always a hit – even amongst those dietary meat purists. On the menu I have:

Appetizers:

Main Course

Dessert:

Drinks:

I think it goes without saying, I have one HECK of a day in the kitchen and on the computer tomorrow – anyone want to give me a vote of confidence that I can pull this off? Nah, sadly, me neither. I think it would be wise if I take some time before bed and schedule out my day tomorrow in my iCloud calendar as well as make friends with the Pomodoro technique because tomorrow is going to be a busy one! I will let you know how the menu turns out!

Do you have any productivity tips and tricks? How about keeping stress and overwhelm at bay? Share them below! I would love to discuss them with you!

Wishing everyone a good night!

And of course, most importantly – to the man I hope to keep whispering nonsense to until you have tripled this age – Happy Birthday.

Photo credit: Boakview Photography

14 Day Simple Hydration Challenge

Hey there!

It is 1AM and insomnia has hit me hard!

I have no idea what it is but I have had a rough go of making sure I get enough sleep. I keep rolling around and getting out of bed. I recognize that I should get 8 hours every night but here is my issue – or rather, the internal debate:

If I sleep in pure blackout silence, my thoughts race and I cycle around ultimately leaving myself feeling frustrated because … what the heck … it is 3AM and I know I could have accomplished something in the time between when I tried sleeping and that point.

ALTERNATIVELY

I often listen to a TV show on Netflix (cue endless episodes of Friends and Grey’s Anatomy), but sometimes I get hooked on the episodes and stay awake. Additionally, I hear the blue light is really bad for making sure that you are rested.

I have a feeling that my life stresses are hitting me hard and that is a major component in me making sure I get enough sleep … maybe a future challenge? Thoughts?

Speaking of challenges, onto my first blog challenge! I am admittedly very excited. I decided to make this challenge an easy (well, not easy but one that I can accomplish even though this week is incredibly busy) and healthy one. And hey – maybe this one will help with this insomnia? *sigh* I have my hopes. But without further ado,

Simple hydration.

There are a whole series of metaphors about the healing power of water. Water hydrates, cleanses, and purifies. There is no doubt about the benefits of drinking water, however – despite my better judgement – I am not great at keeping myself hydrated. I have tried various strategies like the large water bottle labelled with times on it (was very popular on Pinterest for a while), but each of these things have failed me. So instead, I present to you my system of scheduled water intake … or rather, my daily “water breaks”.

I have recently gotten into the habit of using my iCloud calendar for scheduling and I have been very receptive of my notifications so I thought I may schedule the times I drink water and see if this works.

How about you readers? Are you good at keeping your water up? What strategies do you use? Keep me posted!

Good night everyone!