It's gonna be a short one this week, and I think most of you know why.
It's Jury Season, y'all.
Holy crap, you guys. These last few weeks have just been a blur. I don't know if anyone else feels the same way, but I have been running at full sprint since Thanksgiving break. Finals are coming up or already happening, juries are a week away (ah!) and I booked myself a church gig for the holiday season (more on those later). So, here's what I'm doing to maintain my precious, limited sanity this year.
I make planning a priority. I have found that my life is so much easier when I've already planned it out for myself. At least four times this week, I have gotten stressed about my tasks only to remember that I've already worked them into my daily schedule. And as I'm writing this, it's a Tuesday.
So, every weekend or at the start of a new week, I'll sit down and plan out my daily schedule. I do this by creating a list of weekly tasks, including household things like cleaning and filing your taxes and eating dinner. Yeah, I said it. Eat dinner, bestie. I then approximate how long each task will take, cross-reference with assignment due dates, and just fill in the gaps. It makes it so much easier on my anxious brain, and saves me loads of time in the long run. But the thing that REALLY helps with stress?
I actually do the things I said I was going to. For real. No matter how I'm feeling, I work with the knowledge that past me knew what would make me feel grounded, and sometimes, that's cleaning my toilet. I have decided at my ripe old age of 25 that it's okay to not be thrilled about doing something in the moment. We're working towards something bigger here, besties. I mean, if I told you that you'll experience a moment (like, maybe an hour tops) of emotional discomfort, but then you get to do all the things you ever wanted to do literally ever, would you do it? I know I would. That being said, I'm not saying to drive yourself like a sadistic work horse, because my last tactic is;
I rest. Yeah, there's time for that. With class five days a week and working the remaining two, I make time to rest. And if I don't have said time, I make sure to be VERY intentional when I eventually do. I also make sure to plan times to see friends and family and Very Cute Boyfriend (henceforth referred to as VCB). However, I plan my social life around my rest, as opposed to the other way around. And that, besties, is because I am old. Inside of me there is an elderly woman just waiting to tell someone how much her back hurts. Luckily, one of the perks of becoming geriatric is that you also gain little nuggets of wisdom. For instance, I know that if I don't sleep well for two straight nights, I will cry on the third day. For literally any reason. SO, I make sure to rest, so that I don't cry. It's simple.
And with that, besties, I am tapping out. How are you feeling about juries this season? Talk to me in the comments! 🙂
-- Camden McLean