I spend so much time feeling stressed, exhausted, and overwhelmed that I have started to believe that this is just how life goes. I’m not quite ready to give into that line of thinking, however. So I’ve started doing stuff lately to try to make a difference.
Some things I have tried/am trying:
- practicing mindfulness
- less social media
- more exercise
- more organization
- some of the things from this 30 day minimalist challenge
For example, tonight I did a bunch of cleaning and organizing (including getting rid of a bunch of stuff that had taken over my closet). I had dinner with my kid. We built one of the LEGO sets together while chatting about our days. I avoided the internet, instead choosing to listen to music and read. I cleaned out my inbox and unsubscribed from a ton of emails (I love unroll.me). And I turned notifications off.
I have some more ideas for things that I think will help. I know it seems silly in our digital age, but I’m going to be buying a day planner/note keeper for all of my lists and stuff. (You should see all the post it notes I have stuck to my desk, computer monitor, case files, etc.) I’ll still use Google Keep for some things, but I enjoy writing things out, so I think this will be a good move for me. Besides, I’ve been wanting an excuse to buy an Erin Condren LifePlanner!
I still feel really overwhelmed, but all I can do is take it one day at a time, and try not to be so hard on myself. After all, I’m a work in progress.