I just want to put out there that some of the things I suggest may not work for everyone. I am a true believer that being exposed to different ideas can help you build from those suggestions and help you make it your own. I know what it’s like to have multiple projects on your plate and wondering how to get through it all.
Here are some updates on my latest projects followed by suggestions that may help you if you don’t know where to start.
My amazing friend Luke and I created this instagram page dedicated to our love of dinosaurs and science. We are actively spreading awareness about Paleontology in a modernized way. (We are still in the beginning phase, but have received a lot of positive feedback!)
My friend Bryan is directing a short film and I am helping out with props, makeup, hair, design, keeping people warm, and whatever else is needed. I adore the crew.
I am still working on my costume for the 501st, but put things on hold to work on filming. I am slowly resuming on sewing and cutting my flight suit up this week.
I was accepted into an internship program for college students and will be writing and editing for other blogs. While pancakes have absolutely nothing to do with my internship, I just really liked this picture and felt compelled to add it.
On top of everything else, I am taking some Paleontology classes and working to get my certifications in this field. Because I love it so much.
Am I crazy??
The answer is no. I’m not. On top of all of this, I am also a parent who also works a part time job. Yes it can get stressful, but these projects are also helping me get to where I feel I need to be. But how am I balancing it all? How do I find my peace in the midst of this?
- Organize your schedule
Personally, I have to go the old school way to organize by using a day planner. No, not digital. A paper planner. I hit snooze on my phone a lot, ignore timers or stop them without realizing what it’s for. By writing my projects down, I feel it helps cement the appointments in my brain and allows me to be more aware of the important things to work on.
Use your support system. Whether it be a family member, friend, or even your pet. Your support system can help you with difficult decisions or just be there to listen. When I am feeling overwhelmed, I make sure to take the time to go to my support system to help rejuvenate my soul. They help me think clearly so I can continue to be productive.
- Don’t take too much on
Don’t burn yourself out. Remember why you are doing the projects you are doing. If you need to spread them out, do it. It can be quick and easy to disassociate yourself from your projects when you get overwhelmed. Remember, it’s ok to delegate. It’s ok to ask for help. This doesn’t make you weak. This shows you want to make sure you get this done efficiently and correctly.
- It’s ok to say no!
Just because you have to say no to one project, doesn’t mean you won’t get the opportunity for others. Keep pursuing.
- Make sure to set time away for yourself
Even if it’s 5-10 minutes a day. It’s important to make sure you get YOU time. Stop feeling guilty for it. Making sure you take care of yourself will help you put your best face forward. Meditate, exercise, read a book, go for a walk, or even listen to your favorite music. You matter as well.