Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Finding the Balance
I know I have written about this before, and that I keep bringing it up. But hey- it's my blog, and I can do what I want. :)
Life has changed. Big time. I can't remember the last time I sat down to enjoy a book, a movie, or anything else. It seems that every waking moment is filled with things that I have to get done. I've gotten to the point where I can't stop and enjoy the simple things. Like watching Netflix for one uninterrupted hour. JK.
In an attempt to change the rut that I've been stuck in, I've been thinking about several things.
1. What things in my life are stressing me out?
2. Can I eliminate those things?
3. If I can't eliminate those things, what can I do to make it better?
Since I have the tendency to overshare, I won't break that trend and just lay it all out there.
1. The things that are stressing me out are my job, trying to drive traffic to my blog, networking, cleaning my house, and the fact that I haven't finished writing thank you notes (and I need to go to the post office. Oh, how I hate going to the post office).
2. I can't eliminate my job or thank you notes (or the post office, unfortunately). I don't want to eliminate the blog, so I'm going to have to figure something out with that. I can do without the additional networking for now.
3. I need to be VERY intentional with every single second that I'm given. That means writing the dang notes and taking them to the blasted post office so I never have to look at my stack of cards again. That means using every spare second that I have at the school to try to work on lesson plans, curriculum maps, emails, grades, and copies (more than likely, all of these things will happen while I pump. Except for the copies. Ew).
As far as the blog goes, I think I've gotten a little too wrapped up in it all. It's exciting when your numbers start to go up- but it takes a ton of work, man. I found myself taking about 3 hours out of my day trying to network to grow in followers/readers. And while it's been fun building those new relationships, it kinda stresses me out. So instead of commenting on literally hundreds of blogs every week in an attempt to get them to read my stuff, I'm taking a different approach. I am going to attempt to produce high-quality posts from here on out that people will want to read (what a novel idea). If I am writing things that people care about, the readers will come.
Here's to simplifying, simplifying, and then simplifying just a little more. And watching Netflix again. I'm just kidding, I promise.