Personal Wellness

Sunday Morning Coffee // No. 17

And just like that, the first week of March is over and done with. Deciding to dig deeper into self this month was probably one of the best decisions I could have made. Because I honestly haven’t realized how easy it is for self-neglect to mask itself as productivity or ambition. I’ve always been productive, I’ve always been ambitious…I always will be.

Those things are programed into who I am; I don’t know how to function without those two things acting as driving forces within me. But at the same time, I really really need to be more conscious of my personal wellness and how the things that I’m doing are impacting me. Slowing down and doing less aren’t things that I’m necessarily good at, but I can try.

This week, I spent lots of time planning and researching for my ecoursewhich is still in the development phases. I’m so glad that I created that survey asking what you guys really wanted to learn from me, and thank you all again for being so responsive.  I’d already had some foundation work started, but that research opened my eyes and really shifted some of my focus. This course is going to be jammed packed with great stuff, and I hope everyone who participates gets the most from it.

Curl Up + Click On These

+ The photos from Amanda’s trip to visit the long neck Karen tribe are incredible. I loved reading her trip recap and satisfying my wanderlust a bit.

+ Brittany’s 5 tips for working from home couldn’t have come at a better time. I think you can apply these tips to anything home-based: work, studying, blogging.

+ One of my goals for the month is to simplify my eating. This delicious looking salad is officially on the menu.

+ The perfect dessert for a birthday girl to be! Delicious ice cream squares!

It seems that my theme for this week of 21 Days of Self was self indulgence. Lesson learned? I don’t indulge in life’s little pleasures nearly enough. Also, I have one killer sweet tooth…

How was your week/weekend? Spend some time focusing on your, relaxing from the madness, and prepping for the week ahead today!

Being Realistic With Time

Notice anything different around these parts? I wish you all could see my face when I think of, mention or look at this design. I can literally feel myself glowing. I love everything about it, it’s all that I wanted and more in a brand refresh. I also updated the sponsor and about the blog pages, and I’ll be revamping my about me page next! My social media profiles will also get revamped to match the blog’s branding, so look out for that too!

I also wanted to say thank you thank you thank you for all of the sweet, heartfelt comments left on Monday’s post. I’m glad that so many of you were able to related to feeling “blog guilt.” Thanks for letting me know that I’m not alone, and that I really have nothing to feel guilty about.

Oh, and to all of you who have taken my ecourse & ebook survey already, you rock! I’m going to keep accepting responses until the end of the week, and then I’ll share the results (and what I plan to do with those results) here on the blog next week!

My post on Monday, and reading through some of your comments, go me to thinking about how realistic we are when it comes to time and time management. Because how many times do you find yourself scrambling to get last minute projects completed, and stopping to ask “I wish there were more than 24 hours in one day.” But there aren’t, we only get 24 hours each day, and we can either use them wisely or waste them big time.

If you’ve spent even 10 minutes on this blog, you know that I’m big on to-do lists and productivity skills. I like mapping out my days, organizing tasks and attacking the day with intention. But still, even when I’ve written out a master plan for the day, I still find myself wishing I could collect an extra hour or two each night.

Sometimes, we aren’t very realistic with the time we have.

We look at the day, and forget about real things that we have to do – having a snack to keep you energized throughout the day, calling home, or even just taking a second to breathe. Oh, and don’t forget sleep – that takes time too. Everything  all requires time, and we have to be real enough with ourself to allocate that time.

Some easy ways to be more realistic about time

01. Stop overcommitting. The notion that we have to do as much in one day as humanly possible is a myth. That isn’t productivity, it’s overwhelm. Take on the things you need to be productive that day, no more. Once those things are done, evaluate how you’d like to spend the rest of your free time.

02. Stop comparing yourself to others. Your lifestyle is as unique are you are. Just because your productive day doesn’t match your best friends doesn’t mean you’ve done any less or that you’re worth any less. Your only job is to evaluate yourself, not the world.

03. Aim for balance. Instead of trying to pack your day full of work items, try to balance those out with zen items. Things that allow you to center yourself, refocus and boost your spirit. For me, that can be grabbing a cup of tea before class, or sharing an idea for a blog post with a friend. Anything to break the monotony. Because when you skip doing these things, you don’t do your tougher tasks well, and it usually takes you longer to complete them.

04. Keep your time distraction free. Instead of approaching the day as a blank sheet that you should just throw paint on as you go, think of it as being broken up in intervals. Place different tasks in different blocks, and give those items your full attention for that time. Step away from the TV, close those 20 tabs in your browser and watch time slow down for you.

Do you find yourself pressed for time? Do you think you’re being real about the amount of time you have to get work done each day?

Goals, February 2014

I feel like time is literally flying this year, right before my eyes. January seemed to just fly by, and now another month is here, which means time to set some new goals and intentions to focus on.

I like breaking down goals every month, to make my longer term goals seem a little nearer, and more attainable. It’s easy to say that you will accomplish ‘x’ amount of things over one year, but breaking it down piece by piece helps to bring those goals to fruition. And this year, I am all about results.

The hardest part of goal setting, in my experience, is getting over the little road blocks that distract you, and help to keep you stuck where you are.  Checking in with myself to make sure I’m still pushing in the right direction is a huge help.

This month, I’m focusing on…

+ Finding balance, and avoiding overwhelm at all costs. I’ve become so used to having a schedule jammed packed with things to do every hour of every day, that I’ve accepted overwhelm as a necessary evil. It isn’t. This month I want to continuously focus on saying no when I have to, and admitting when things are becoming too much.

Life is always perceived to be the huge juggling act, but that’s not how things have to be. You shouldn’t spend your time trying to balance a million things in mid-air, hoping that nothing falls down and hits you in the face. Balance is key. Just making a few small changes to how I run this blog has helped me incredibly reduce feeling overwhelmed.

+ Enjoy the little things that are happening, and give them full credit for being amazing. I can already tell that this year is going to bring so many new and exciting ventures my way. From my decision to jump head first into offering eBooks and eCourses here on the blog, to dedicating time to take writing more seriously.

This month, I want to celebrated all of these little behind the scenes happenings to the fullest. Who says you have to wait to see the finish product to have a little pride?!

+ Finish organizing the blog a bit. I’ve been working on revamping the And Yes To Joy brand a bit over the past few weeks. It will include a little refreshing to the design, logo and color scheme and a redo of some of the blogs pages. I want this blog to be completely functional, and to serve it’s purpose in the best way possible. I can’t wait to share all of the behind-the-scenes details with all of you.

That’s it, three simple areas of focus for a short, but still mighty and meaningful month. I love how a lot of these are me oriented. Really focusing on my own wellness and well being.