I don't know how this happened.
It's almost 2015 and I haven't written a weekly blog since...the first week of September! How the heck did that happen?!?
Well, I'll tell you how it happened. On top of my normal workload, I moved. And got married. And went on a two-week European honeymoon. (I know, tough life, right?)
Oh, and my sister had the cutest little baby boy at the end of September. She lives four hours away from me. Here he is:
And my brother just had an adorable little girl in May. They live five hours away. Here she is:
Between the moving and the marrying and the babies...I've been logging a lot of Amtrak/Greyhound/Jet Blue miles this fall and not a whole lot of blogging time.
Excuses, excuses, right?
Though I can't complain about all the wonderful things that have been happening in my life recently, I can complain that they've left me little time to talk to you! And I've been beating myself up about it week after week.
Has that ever happened to you? You have a pile of work to do that only gets bigger, but you don't have time to get to it. So in addition to a giant workload, you start feeling incredibly guilty about not finishing the work, which only makes the work that much harder to start. And your work and guilt both grow to epic proportions.
Work + Guilt = Torture
So what do we do about the torture?
This is going to sound insane, but what if we just gave ourselves a break?
Now, I know you can't do this all the time. After all, deadlines don't meet themselves. But if you're working on a big project that doesn't have a specific deadline, like a college essay or a website or an opt-in for your business, give yourself a day of rest. Or a night of rest. Or even just 15 minutes of rest. Sometimes taking a guilt-free mental break, however small, helps reset and re-energize us for the task ahead.
Here's your homework:
Pick a task you keep putting off. (You know you have at least one!)
Allow yourself to forget about it for a set period of time. (Buh-bye, guilt!)
Choose a time to start working on the task again. (Just to make sure you don't get too relaxed!)
Start working on the task at the specified time. Simple as that!
And on that note, I would like to announce that I will be taking an official break from blogging and new clients in order to reset and re-energize (and, you know, write wedding thank you notes and such). I'll be back before the end of January to say hello and launch my brand-new logo (exciting!), so don't you forget about me. Don't, don't, don't, don't! (Breakfast Club, anyone?)
Taking a guilt-free break feels awesome. Kind of like this. You should try it. ;)
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