Drained

So I’ve had a post set aside for about a week and I just haven’t had time to finish it. Have you ever put so much time and energy into something that you don’t want to do that you can’t find the energy to do things that you enjoy? That’s the way I’m feeling about school right now. I have a paper due, a test, and an oral presentation, all on Tuesday. I’ve been studying like crazy and have had zero free time. My mom recently taught me how to cable and I haven’t even had time to knit! I know that this is a temporary feeling, so I’ve just been reminding myself that it’ll be over soon. In the meantime, here is a picture of a guilty pleasure that makes me happy.

That’s right, chocolate covered gummy bears. I’m not a huge candy person, but these are delicious and a great treat for when you’re feeling bogged down with work. I find that giving yourself little rewards is a great way to motivate yourself. Yesterday was the most gorgeous day ever- no wind, 60°, and sunny. PERFECT day for a long run. Or you know, for writing a paper. So I set a goal! If I can finish half of my paper, I will go for a nice bike ride with Mike. And I did.

It is equally important to push through and know your limitations. I know that may seem contradictory, but everyone gets writers block. Whether you don’t want to write about a given subject, or you just don’t know what to write, know that if you are able to start just one more sentence, it could get the ball rolling. Make an outline or just come up with a general theme you want to discuss and go from there. That being said, know when to stop. At around 10:30 last night, I knew that I wasn’t going to produce the quality of work that I wanted. I could tell that I wasn’t just unmotivated, I was spent. If you set aside specific times to do your work, and stick to that schedule, you may not feel overwhelmed.

Remember, most things in life are temporary, and not everything will turn out how you want it to. The best you can do is be yourself, and nobody can tell you that you’re doing it incorrectly.

 

–Ariel

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