Feeling Overwhelmed? Take a Break

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By Katie Corbett

 

When overwhelm starts to occur, it can be easy to try to push through. As a result, you could end up working until you are spent or shut down. I have found it helpful to take a break.

 

Overwhelm can easily happen to me when I need to make multiple choices. The most recent example is that I am tentatively searching for a new dog. There are so many different breeds out there, and it can be overwhelming. I have also taken quizzes and have never gotten the same result twice. And then when it comes to adoptable dogs… It gets even harder.

 

I’m trying my best to take it slow through the process, and take breaks in between research sessions. I’m also trying really hard to be honest about what I’m looking for, so that it will help me weed out the choices that might not be the best for me.

 

Are you in the middle of a project that is overwhelming? What things are you doing to pace yourself and make sure that you are getting all the information you need?

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The Fun of Co-Writing

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By Katie Corbett

 

Typically thought of as a solitary activity, writing is fun when someone else is brought into the mix. I started working on a story with one of my friends this past week, and have found the process to be energizing and enjoyable.

With file sharing, software, and technological advancements, it has never been easier to collaborate on a project. With a little forethought, planning, and communication, it can be a fun activity for all involved.

I’ve learned a lot throughout this project. My co-writer lives in New Zealand, and our story is set there. She’s teaching me all kinds of really cool things like the way schools are set up, alternative words for fast food (takeaway), and incorporating New Zealand-style mannerisms and speaking.

Is there an activity that you think is solitary, but could lend itself well to collaboration? Find someone with similar interests and ask them if they would like to join you. You might be surprised at all of the fun you will have.

 

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When You Know You Feel Like Yourself

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By Katie Corbett

 

I enjoy feeling like I am authentically who I meant to be. I have more joy in life, feel a greater sense of well-being, and I am more productive when I feel most like myself.

 

I can tell when I am feeling most like myself, because I feel more emotionally balanced. I am not easily swayed by the feelings of others or the circumstances around me.

 

Another sign that I am living as my truest self is that I start to get interested in new hobbies. I recently picked up origami and ballet, and both of these ventures our results of my feeling very in-tune with who I am.

What are some ways that you can tell that you are living from your true potential? Leave a comment and let me know.

 

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If There Were No One Else in the World

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By Katie Corbett

 

I am a recovering people-pleaser. I am always looking for ways to figure out what I want, find out what is important to me, and accomplish those things.

 

I have pondered a question that has helped me do this effectively: “If there were no one else in the world, what would you do?” It is a very insightful question, and I have been surprised by the answers I have gotten.

At times, when I ask myself this question, the answer is something relaxing, like read a book, or take a nap. Other times it is something productive, like work on a specific project, or do chores.

 

At first, I was afraid that when I asked myself this question, I would only do activities that would give me the most pleasure. Asking myself this question has helped me trust myself, and recognize what is good for me in that moment without worrying about the opinions or expectations of others.

Have you encountered a question that has changed your life? Let me know; I would love to see it in the comments.

 

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Keeping The Silence: Leaving Email Notifications Turned Off

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By Katie Corbett

 

I am always looking for ways to maximize productivity and minimize stress. This past week, I tried something new that has helped a lot. When I got back to work after the holidays I left my email notifications turned off.

 

Doing this helped me realize that I am more productive when I can check my email at a time that is best for me. Rather than having a Pavlovian response every time my email pings, I can check the account when I have time and mental bandwidth to do any tasks necessary that might pop up.

I typically check my email mid-morning, again at around noon, and a final time later in the day at around 3:00 PM. This helps me stay on top of things, and make sure that I am not missing anything important without sacrificing focus time.

 

What new hacks are you trying to minimize stress, maximize productivity, and make your life better? Leave a comment and let me know.

 

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Reflections on The 4-Hour Workweek: The Joys of Outsourcing

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By Katie Corbett

 

Since I owe a lot of my success—and future planning—to the book, “The 4-Hour Workweek,” by Tim Ferriss, I have decided to revisit the book each quarter in 2022. Here are my thoughts in quarter four. I hope this inspires you to pick up a book that helps you live your dreams. Enjoy!

 

 

Remember in December: Lessons from the Final quarter of 2022

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By Katie Corbett

 

This month, I am reflecting on the lessons I learned during each quarter of 2022. During the fourth quarter of 2022, I quit a job, started a new one, made more edits to my novel, got Covid, and, for the first time since this blog’s inception, I failed to post on a Friday.

 

I think the main take away from this quarter has been for me to take care of myself and give myself grace. I hope that all of us can take that lesson into the new year.

What was the most important thing you’ve learned in 2022? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Remember in December: Lessons From Quarter Three of 2022

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By Katie Corbett

 

Throughout this month, I am reflecting on what I learned in 2022, quarter by quarter. In the third quarter in 2022, I took time off to visit a friend, planned my first fundraising event, and added a few more chapters to my novel.


in that quarter, I learned that it is important to take things at the pace that they need to happen. In planning the event, I did what needed to be done at the time that it needed to be done. I hadn’t been aware that more chapters needed to go into my novel until they needed to happen. And in terms of taking time off to visit a friend, it was important to take the vacation time when it arose and fully utilize the opportunity when it presented itself.

 

When have you done things in the time that they needed to happen? Have you made the decision to stop accusing yourself of laziness or poor planning and taking life as it has come? What have been the results? I’d love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment.

 

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Remember in December: Lessons from Quarter 2 of 2022

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By Katie Corbett

 

This month, I am reflecting on lessons I learned throughout each of the quarters in 2022. In the second quarter, I was offered a new job, worked a lot (sometimes three jobs at once), and started writing my novel again.

 

I think the biggest take away is that no matter how busy you are, make time for things that are fun. If I hadn’t been working on my novel during that time, I don’t know that I would have been able to accomplish all of the things I wanted to accomplish. It was a wonderful, creative outlet, and I am excited to be , working on it again. (I originally started it when I was in college, and have written several iterations since then; now I feel like it is finally coming together.)

 

What creative hobbies sustain you during times of busyness and stress? Leave me a comment and let me know.

 

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Remember in December: Lessons from the First Quarter of 2022

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By Katie Corbett

 

As the year comes to a close, I will reflect on what I have learned in each quarter. During quarter one of 2022, I went on a work trip for two weeks with my coworkers, lead a focus group for the first time, Did a lot of reading and meditation, and landed some unexpected clients in my business.

 

I think the most valuable lesson I learned in that quarter was to keep discovering more about myself. I found it helpful to sit in the quiet and reflect on who I am as a person.

 

What did you do in the first quarter of 2022? I’d love to hear how it went and what you learned.

 

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