This Erin Condren planner is my paper brain. I cannot function without it lately.
I operate best when I’m busy. In college, I had a color coded day planner with sorority events, my double-major related study sessions, social events and philanthropy. I wasn’t happy unless my calendar looked like a literal rainbow of activity with each day planned.
For 2015, I set some pretty audacious goals, but not all of them were listed on that post, or simply weren’t fleshed out as in-depth as they’re coming to light now.
It’s only January 21st and I’m already feeling the pull between what I’m used to, and what I want. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has wondered- how do you know when you’ve bitten off more than you can chew or when you’re really just growing beyond your comfort zone?
Right now, I’m grappling between knowing if I’m hitting the ground running, or if I’ve spread myself too thin with 2015 goals that I’m simply going to hit the ground and fall flat on my face. Seriously, without coffee, I think I’d be dead right now. Sometimes, I feel like I’m split in three different directions- trying to plan and schedule travel (which takes up a lot of time and headspace for me since I haven’t done much), trying to grow the blog and build a team (which is going to be amazing once it’s in place, right now, it’s just challenging me to balance it all), and finally, scheduling in time for loved ones (which sometimes means I’m up late taking calls from folks back on the West Coast since they’re 2 hrs. behind).
Matilda’s tired just thinking about it all..her goals include napping, eating, chewing on things & barking.
I’ve been reading Chris Guillebeau’s latest book- the Happiness of Pursuit, which is all about goal setting in the form of a quest. Instead of just setting one goal, such as visiting Japan- he discusses the idea of a bigger quest, such as visiting every country in the world. It’s been an inspiring book and I absolutely am eating it up during my morning commute on the L train, but I’m wondering if it’s just feeding the brain overload I’m feeling?
Should I fry my circuits a bit if I’m trying to have an amazing year or should I pace myself? I seem to be an all or nothin kind of gal- but is that wise?
I’ve also decided I need some help with my goals for this year- so I’m putting it out there for your input:
– How do you meet new people in a new city who share your interests? How do you build community?
– Do you tackle your goals all at once in a radical fashion, or opt for gradual change?
– How did you know you were working too hard, or that fatigue was a good sign that things were about to happen?
– When you had a long term goal (like paying off debt or losing weight) that was a personal struggle, how did you stay motivated over the long haul? How did you balance time working on your goal & time with friends/partner/family?
– If you’re a city apartment dweller- do you know your neighbors? Did you introduce yourself? I’m thinking of baking cookies and I honestly don’t know if that’s weird.
I’ve already started on my goals to build this blog- it’s been 4 years since I started and I’m so excited to grow this year. I’ve been researching travel for the year and after a few quick trips for weddings and visiting family, I’m ready to do something amazing- I just haven’t decided what yet. Ideas?
I’m excited to get things going, I feel a bit tired with long hours at work, trying to keep the apartment clean, blogging, planning travel and family events (which takes up so much time, I had no idea, honestly!) and I haven’t even gotten back into running yet, though I have been stretching for 5-10 minutes a day. I’m not sure what I have the bandwidth for, so I’m hoping y’all will help me figure out how you’ve done things when you’ve felt maxxed out though you’re totally excited- I just don’t want to burn out before spring, that’d be BAD.
You’re amazing and I always appreciate your feedback…seriously.