Feeling Better?

Thank you to everyone who has been checking up on me.  I’m touched!  And, yes, I am finally feeling better.  It had been a while since I’d gotten sick and I was a bit surprised at how long it took for me to get back on track.

Of course now my To-Do list has grown exponentially.  I am feeling badly about that.  Is that crazy?  I mean, I know that I could not function properly with a monster cold that included a hacking cough and laryngitis.  Yet I’m mad at myself for letting so much stuff pile up.  So I feel both better…and worse.  Ugh.  Didn’t I resolve to be kinder to myself this year?

The thing is, with March right around the corner, I’m feeling a bit apprehensive.  Any teacher will concur:  March is a terrible month.  I think of it as “Marathon Month” because it just goes on forever, especially in the years when Easter is in April.  This March, my husband is shifting into pre-deployment mode which means an (even more) erratic schedule for him while I have assignments due every single week for my classes.

I don’t want to be in survival mode for the next month but I don’t really have a plan so I’d love to get some insight from you.

What do you do to feel better about a daunting task?  How do you pace yourself when faced with a full calendar?  And what keeps you motivated?




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2 responses to “Feeling Better?

  1. Whenever I have a daunting task on the horizon, my only option is to break it up into little bite-sized pieces. Otherwise, I’ll get completely paralyzed by the prospect of being able to finish. So, say I had a month full of assignment and essays to write, papers to grade, and books to read, I’d break it all down into hour blocks. If I had to complete 1000 pages of reading in a week, I’d divide it into seven and go day by day. If I had a 20 page paper to write in two weeks, I’d divide up all the preliminary research and writing into two or three hour blocks and set myself little mini goals, like “by five o’clock, I will have written three whole pages and finished five chapters of reading”. Once you reach the end of your task, you’ll have a big smile on your face, and then you’ll be able to relax knowing everything is covered.

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    • I love the idea of bite-sized pieces–that fits in really nicely with another suggestion that I got which was to track the little accomplishments that happen day-to-day. Thanks for your insight!