The last few weeks have been FULL. There have been coffee dates, new restaurants, craft nights, bible groups, work, uni, everything. More than three or four different appointments every day. I know that everybody is just as busy – there’s probably tons of people who are flourishing on the schedule I have – but I also know that I can’t function for a long time like this.
I, and you as well I believe, need to find a way to be productive, have fun and not crash in front of Netflix after a few weeks, tired out and exhausted, especially with the holidays coming up. We won’t get better if we are feeling stressed all the time. Our schedules will never be free of appointments miraculously. We need to make conscious decisions for a better rested life:
1 | Learn to say no. You don’t need to go to brunch, a coffee date and dinner on the same day if you have things to do and sleep to count in as well. Obvious, but still something I forget all the time.
2 | Rest and sleep. Eight hours every night. I know you can survive on seven hours, but surviving is not flourishing.
3 | Find your work rhythm. Everybody has one time of day he is most productive. If you can work best in the morning, then use that time sitting at your desk working, not brunching with friends, cleaning your house or going to the doctors. Those are all important tasks, but you can still set appointments in the afternoon. Find out at what time you can concentrate best, and plan your tasks around it. (more…)
Just pull the plug. Start writing. Don’t think about it too much.
These are thoughts that are rushing through my head as I sit down to write this post – the first after a long silence on here. It’s hard, starting again. The blogging world is a strange world, with whole books dedicated to getting the most out of your content, tips what to post if you don’t know what to write about, etc etc. I’m not a professional blogger and I don’t want to be, I just love to write, so where is my place in this ever-changing online world?
Lately, I felt like I spend a little too much time watching Grey’s Anatomy and not enough time being creative. It bugged me. So now, I’m excited to share more, explore more, create more, inspire more, I’m excited to be back. Forgive me, if I might not be consistent, forgive me if there’s weeks with four posts and then a week of silence. I don’t want to use this space as a place to help me grow my career and be “efficient”, there’s enough pressure in my day-to-day life already.
I’ve also got some exciting news (they were actually the inspiration that made me want to start blogging again): A few months ago, I had the great opportunity of contributing a story to the first printed edition of Let’s Explore Magazine, a new magazine for the wanderer and wanderluster. After lots of hard work, we’re ready to go into print and need your help now! Crowdfunding has started yesterday, so please help spread the word, it would mean the world to me.
Picture via Let’s Explore Magazine/Kilian Idsinga.