Friday, April 24, 2020

It's Time To Stop Over-Reaching

Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash

I'm taking some time to really look at the moments when I feel like I am getting overwhelmed or frustrated. One of those moments happened recently when we were going through our storage to clean some things out. I was trying to pick things apart three rows deep. You can't do that. You have to deal with what is directly in front of you. 

I labeled this situation over reaching. I personally define over-reaching as:
  1. Trying to do more than one step in front of me
  2. Trying to do projects not on my plate (learn to delegate!)
  3. Trying to act on something that needs to be left alone 
Basically, I get ahead of myself and never set up a foundation to build on. I want to get the details in place before I even make a shape on my paper. I'm trying to do step four before I've even started step one. This makes me feel overwhelmed and shut down so I don't do anything. 

I felt this again when I started working on my newsletter. I already started thinking on how I could add to it or change it before I even set up a template. I wanted to be on my tenth iteration before I even decided on a name. 

I need to stop over reaching. 

To do this, I empower mindfulness. Now that this phenomenon has a name, I can acknowledge it for what it is. I get really excited and skip out on the process. This means I need to slow down and do the work. Do all the steps, especially the first one. 

For my newsletter design I created a mantra. Start small, create a template, work consistently. When I enevitably start running away with an idea, I stop and ask if it directly helps me publish the first issue. If the answer is no, put it on a planning page and move on. 

Thanks to this realization and mindfulness, I created Volume 1, Issue 1 of Balancing Tree Burrow, the place where writing and life meet. 

Sending you peace and love!

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