Thursday, January 5, 2012

Inspired or Overwhelmed?


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I had a different post planned for today, but decided it was of immediacy for me to ask you for your advice.
Tonight, I had a revelation, that I have possibly hit my breaking point. Maybe, just maybe, I have a little too many things on my plate. My school responsibilities, of being a TA for this coming semester, has started to kick in, and pairing that with my 9-4 job, leading a small group at my church, my community service projects, finding some time to hang with my friends, oh and MY BLOG, I am getting a tad overwhelmed. I am now a few days behind on my daily blog reads, super behind on responding to emails, and totally in the hole with posts I have to do. And staying up all night is not an option because this girl needs her beauty sleep.

So, I need your help. As fellow bloggers, moms, girlfriends, wives, professionals, or what have you, how do you do it? How do you manage your time? What have you found to be useful? Any amazing planner or organizer you can suggest? Anything will help. So far, I have found this & this to be very useful. 

I think my problem is, I am always thinking, crafting up new ideas and new ventures. I often think there are more hours in the day than there really are, and that every opportunity should be taken. I'd like to think that is what has gotten me to where I am at now. 

But, it's time to make a change.
So here is to getting organized!
xoxo
L


38 comments:

  1. I think first you have to start with priorities, and tackle them accordingly. Having a weekly planner helps, I like to make lists: ideas, posts to go up, posts to do, etc.
    Most of the time, I work in advance, so let's say, that usually I have 3 to 4 posts done for the next week but sometimes I react immediately to things that suddenly inspired me so I'm hooked to the computer a lot!
    I guess one of the perks of living in the future is that I get to catch up on my reader on Monday (while is Sunday for the most) ;)
    Now, having a full time job and all those other activities adding up definitely makes blogging hard, don't know what else I can say to help you! But I do feel for you, even though there's not much in this bloody island, I have to take care of a toddler 24/7 (no day care here), a jewelry business, workout sessions twice a week, and a blog! :S

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  2. I just wanted to let you know that I understand how you feel. I'm in a similar position and my biggest issue is never wanting to say no and taking on to many tasks. The thing that helps me most and keeps me sane is my daily calender where I list out every project I am working on and then I can prioritize what absolutely must get done and what can wait another day. I'm not sure if this helped, but I understand how you feel! Good luck!!

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  3. Taking on too many things and having a fear of failure will you get every.single.time. At least that's my issue of the moment. Hang in there! You have a lot of creative energy and an amazing blog. I know amazing things are coming your way! :)

    www.glamorsham.blogspot.com

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  4. I 100% completely agree with you. I have the same problem- working long 12 hour shifts at the hospital, managing my blog, finding time for friends and family, working out- it can all be a bit much in the scheme of things. I actually had a different blog before having sparkling footsteps and had gotten rid of it because of this.
    The truth is that I love blogging and I didn't want to part with something that helped me decompress every day. Some days/weeks your blogging will fall by the wayside because REAL life calls :) and that is OKAY. It is okay to not post for a few days/week/whatever. You just do what you have to do! :)

    xo Lynzy

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  5. Good luck! I think we all have been there at one point or another. I would just say you need to pick the three most essential things, and then start limiting the others. Maybe instead of ten hours of volunteer work, only five. Or instead of being a co-chair of an event, just settle on doing what you can, when you can. However, you will come out on the other end of this victorious! Everyone does! Also, in regards to the planner, I'm giving one away over at my blog this week (coincidence- I swear) so that may be something you can check off your list.

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  6. That's my problem too! I have too many ideas and not enough hours in the day!! It's so frustrating! I think a planner really helps to manage my crazy thoughts and try to attempt an make a schedule! Good luck girl!

    Love your blog!
    Jenna
    www.thelifeofthewife.blogspot.com

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  7. Ugh, I share your full plate problem too! The best thing that I do to keep my stuff in order is keep a google doc with all of my 'to-do' list items, and try to split them up between the days of the week. This way, I can access them from home, work, wherever, and can do my best to get it done. I also prioritize them for what can be pushed back to another day, and what can't (like work tasks, etc). I hope you get everything sorted, and try not to feel too stressed!

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  8. I LOVE to-do lists! Do you have a planner? if not, you should totally get one. I am a super organizer. I plan everything from my weekly outfits, to dinner meals, to play date weeks in advanced. It's in my blood :)

    hanlonfamily2.blogspot.com

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  9. I am a total time organizer! I love schedules, another thing that has been super helpful for me is an idea book. I write down all my ideas in a book and also a white board calendar.

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  10. You should find fellow bloggers to do contributing posts on your blog ;)

    xo
    C

    www.lamaisondechanel.blogspot.com

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  11. I know the feeling! Whenever I am busy and stressed I ask some blogger friends to go guest posts for me! I can always do one for you if you need : )

    good luck!

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  12. My biggest piece of advice is make posts in advance when you can. If you have a little bit of downtime, take advantage of it and make posts and then program them to post at a later date. It has helped me.

    Also, don't feel bad if you don't get a post up one day. It happens! We won't forget about you!

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  13. Girl, we are in the same boat. I am going to email you because otherwise my comment would be a novel. Seriously.

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  14. I would say take a hard look at everything you are involved in. If there is something that doesn't fulfill you, something you don't love or look forward to, cut it out of your life! You have too many amazing things going on that you probably love doing - clear out the clutter and the things that don't truly add to your happiness. :) I know, easier said that done. But you're right, there are only so many hours in a day!

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  15. I'm right there with you. I'm the worst at time management and have been trying to make figuring that out a priority this year.

    I also think having an arsenal of potential guest bloggers might be helpful when things get really busy.

    Good luck!

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  16. I've been following your blog for about a month now and really enjoy seeing your daily posts. Not everyone posts daily, including me, sometimes it's hard to find the time. I'm a total "list" girl. I make weekly lists and then revise them daily. Sometimes things get moved from one day to the next, it's called life!! I used to feel guilty but I don't anymore. Enjoy each day and don't stress out, things will eventually get done.

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  17. I definitely know this feeling. It was definitely worse when I was in school. It's like the list of things to do is never ending. I think what everyone has said already is great advice. One thing that has always helped for me is to take one thing at a time. Sit down and just do one thing. Focus on that one thing until it's done. And then move on the next. I would always do the most urgent/important things first then move forward that way. It was helpful to me because instead of thinking of the millions of things I had to get done, I was able to focus on a single task. Good luck, missy! You're a rockstar and will succeed!

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  18. As a mom, who has raised two girls, one close to your age, and who has always (until recently) been the volunteer mom...the one who always says yes I can so relate. I recently turned several things over to other people (my high school vb board duties and uniforms for the vb club). I was reluctant at first, but I needed the time for me and my family and the funny thing is, there were others looking for things to do! Win win!! My best advice is to sit down someplace quiet and list everything that is on your plate right now. Then go back through and move those that are truly necessary and important to you to a column marked-MUST, then go back through and move those that aren't a necessity but you don't won't to give up completely into a column marked-POSSIBLY, then a third and final column-ONLY WHEN TIME ALLOWS. Then once all lists are complete, take out your calendar and pencil them in in order, Musts First, Possibilties Second, and Only When Time Allows last...if you calendar is looking too full and overwhelming after just the First...then only add one or two from the other columns...some months you will have more time than others (use those months for extras). Be sure to carve out some ME time each week or just 15 minutes a day. You CAN use this time for some of your Only When Time Allows as a treat if you will. Hope this helps.

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  19. There are times when something's gotta give! And it usually can't be the job or school...and then there are relationships too! So if you're getting to that point, it's ok to put on the breaks and take a break. Whether that be from blogging or something else, everyone has been there and understands!! I hope it gets easier soon! :)

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  20. These ladies have given some great advice. And I think most of us can relate. I know for me I have struggled but I have a system now that I use to weigh things. So say, I ask myself how much effort has to go into this on a scale of 1 to 10. Then I weigh the payoff. How much am I getting out of it, again scale of 1-10. If something takes a lot more effort than my payoff then I evaluate WHY I do it. Are my motives pure, is it vanity, or to people please, or is it legitimate like an act of service that you feel called to. I hope this makes some kind of sense. It usually works for me. Do what brings you peace, life is short, and you should enjoy the journey! xo

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  21. Hi Sweetie - Ooof I hear and feel your pain! There are so many things in this world and we want to tackle them all! It's fun to participate, do more, be alive! And yes - it can get quite overwhelming when all of a sudden we have so many commitments! But what happened to our commitment to caring for ourselves? Downtime? Hanging with the girls?? Just *being* without having to tackle that laundry list!

    Managing time and priorities is right up my alley. It's what I actually teach others. To start I offer to you - to take a deep breath and know that you can do it all and have it all and you can take a break. Go get a coffee. Go for a walk and clear that head.

    Next for more long term results, think about your top 3-5 priorities and manage your time around them. Other things get a back seat.

    I love your blog even though I am way out of college. But I have a year old and finding creative ways to keep peace and stay away from overwhelm. Reach out if you want to discuss further. I will offer you a free strategy session.

    All the best,
    Ashleigh Blatt, the Girl Who Could
    www.girlwhocould.com

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  22. That's a hard place to be in, when I hit that place I look hard at everything I'm doing and start taking things off my plate stat, prioritizing what I can do without. Good luck finding the right balance. Janell

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  23. I hear ya sister! There just never is enough time in a day! Like most people have said, just just need to find the right balance for you. Maybe you don't respond to every email... maybe just ones that have questions. Maybe instead of posting every day... post 3-4 days. Maybe have a specific time allowed for blogging/commenting.... You have to find a balance so blogging doesn't consume your life, b/c then it might feel more like a job and not something fun! And make sure you have time away from the computer (I have a hard time too!) but afterward, you'll feel more refreshed and maybe more inspired.

    Hope it gets easier soon! xoxo

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  24. And learn to say NO! sometimes! People will understand! ;)

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  25. sleep, eat and take a breather day once a week, all to myself :)

    http://jimpricute.blogspot.com/

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  26. I feel ya girl. It's hard not to get stressed out with all that on your plate. As a student who has a full time job I find that not procrastinating (simpler than it sounds) and setting only 2 major goals a day, along with my simpler to-do list things, helps. If it takes longer than 30 minutes, then it's a major goal. Good luck!
    http://carmenmyer.blogspot.com/

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  27. oh, lady!!! i feel your pain! i am always feeling a lot of both - inspired & overwhelmed. planning my wedding, working crazy hours at my job, blogging & having a life somewhere in there is all a lot to handle. in recent weeks i have been staying up WAY to late just to get posts done...i had to resolve to quit this ASAP (it's so bad for you!) though i am not quite on track, i am working on a plan to find time on the weekend to prep at least 3 out of 5 posts on the weekend...it's going to just have to be a non-negotiable for me. i think it is all about making lists and writing out a regular {and reasonable} routine...and sticking to it! good luck! XO brynn

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  28. I can totally relate. If I am feeling overwhelmed, blogging is the one thing I take a break from... your readers love you so they will understand xoxo

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  29. I feel ya sister! I don't think it ever gets easier, we just have to figure out ways to deal. Bravo to you for starting on that path! I think an organizer/planner/calendar is a good start. Also learning to say no has been helpful for me. But I'm like you, always have a new idea and project to start on. Also, be kind to yourself, don't be too hard on yourself, take time to relax! also make sure you sleep enough and eat well. that will keep you from getting sick! big xoxo to you Lauren!! hang in there, no doubt you're rocking it!

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  30. It happens to everyone, so don't stress out- ok, so I know your going to stress out naturally, but what's the point, stressing is not going to help? And wrinkles on such a pretty face is not cute! :) My advise: after you make a list tackle one task at a time and finish it until you can actually cross it off! Scale back the part time gig a few hours and watch your worries roll away!

    good luck and happy new year!
    xo Carlina
    allerictovanilla.com

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  31. I know exactly how you feel. I have so much on my "to do" list but none of it has actually been done. I feel weighted with all the stress, but it's nice to know that I"m not the only one going through it. Sometimes blogging can be more of a chore than a joy, and it shouldn't be. Thanks for opening up and sharing your thoughts, it's nice to see a fellow blogger with substance and great things to say :) now following your wonderful blog

    Tania xx

    http://t-mareeclothing.blogspot.com

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  32. how about assigning each day a specific task? like Mondays are for catching up on e-mails, tuesdays for community service, etc. it helps build a routine and that'll make it easier for you in the long run. i'm sending good vibes your way!

    xoxo

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  33. Clearly I too am behind on reading blogs . . .I think learning to say no to things is SUPER important. I always feel obligated to say yes to friends and my husband but sometimes i need "ME" time to recharge.

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