Today’s post is a continuation of yesterday’s post, so go here to read part one.
The last couple weeks have been far, far busier than I anticipated between moving, having my mother visit, going for job interviews, and trying to achieve all my goals. Granted, I knew it was going to be a busy month so I purposefully kept my list of goals shorter and for a shorter time period.
As always, I accomplished some goals I hadn’t intended to, such as visiting Stonehenge and so forth. What frightened me is that I almost forgot what I had actually set out as goals at the start of the month. Because of the chaos, I wasn’t able to have my list of goals handy to look at every morning that I had gotten into a routine of doing. It reminded me of the importance of not only writing down my goals but having them visible to me on a regular basis.
The rest of this week has been gearing up for my tournament. It's mostly a mental thing and make sure I get enough sleep thing and don't stress too much about it thing because that will just become exhausting and I'll get absolutely nothing accomplished.
So I started Googling: I wanted to know how to stay productive.
I wanted to see if I could put my mind at ease about being very busy with things that were beyond me (like moving) and not accomplishing my March goals. I found this interesting article that sort of guided me in some self-reflection: Am I just busy or am I actually being productive? Or am I both?
While I'm happy with my March goals in that I think ultimately they are going to add to my greater life vision (which is vague, granted, but it's still there), I couldn't say the same with my tentative April goals. I'm not one to back down out of a commitment lightly, however, I had to admit to myself that participating in the A to Z challenge this year will ultimately make me busier and less productive than I can afford to be.
My vague aim is to be employed, be active, and write a bit more. With the amazing community spirit of A to Z I feel like I have bitten off more than I could chew and I won't be able to visit as many other blogs as I would like. I mean, all, ideally, but not going to be feasible. The A to Z challenge won't contribute to the vague employment, fitness, and writing aim I have in mind presently as the hours I would spend blogging and visiting other blogs needs to be spent elsewhere. Lack of prep this month has made me dread the challenge, which is not a good start.
I will still participate. I will blog A to Z and visit as many people as possible, but especially those who visit and comment on my blog. This just means that for the next A to Z challenge I will either not participate or find a way to make A to Z productive for me. But it all comes down to re-evaluation of my goals and keeping my vision visible and at the forefront.
Enough of that seriousness.
Who else is participating in A to Z? Feeling overwhelmed or ready for this?