To Do List for 2018

Sitting in a conservatory on Christmas 2017

I’m making new goals to keep myself on track in 2018.

I love lists especially to do lists. Checking off what I’ve done, keeping my life in order, seeing progress made – everything about these lists leaves me feeling satisfied. Or guilty. It’s always one of the two. Hopefully, this year it will be the satisfied feeling only.

Anyway, I decided to make myself a to do list for 2018. Last year was filled with so much growth. I don’t want to lose any of that momentum in this next year.

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Listaliciousness: Peter Pan Wisdom, Fixer Upper, and New Vocabulary

Me with Mickey Mouse at Disney

Me with Mickey Mouse at Disney

Today held an adventure at Animal Kingdom as well as Mass andĀ Once Upon a TimeĀ with my roommates. I am so very tired but happy. Tomorrow will be a very early start which makes me nervous. However, I am thrilled for my first day of training.

Anyway, here is my post with the top ten links. Enjoy!

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Coping Skills: #77. Preparing at Night for the Morning

Happy Easter Sunday

Waking early in the morning can make functioning difficult.

For those of us with early mornings, getting up and ready can be very difficult. Going to bed early, having coffee, and other tactics can be used. However, having the energy to prepare in the morning can still be a struggle.

A coping skill that I am finally applying is putting together everything needed for the next day before I go to sleep. This might be a hassle in the evening but sure saves me time the next day.

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A Butterfly with the Wings Pulled Off

Roses

A rose in C.S. Lewis’ garden

Right now, I feel like a butterfly with the wings pulled off. Although I love my family and Minnesota, all of me long to be back in Oxford. Or at least somewhere where I am free to soar, grow, and learn. Everything here is stagnant, including myself.

Each day, my spirit seems to sink a little lower. I am trying to stay positive, but my energy is draining fast. Why is it that when we have little to do, we feel the most tired? Depression is a strange and crippling thing.

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The Dreaded “Should”

What list of shoulds do you have for yourself and others?

What list of shoulds do you have for yourself and others?

How many times do we think that we should do something? Alternately, how many times do we think that others should do something?

Every day, I make multiple lists in my brain and on paper of activities that must be completed. To-do lists help me to stay focused. However, my “should lists” are often unrealistic expectations that I impose on myself. Instead of encouraging work, they paralyze me in fear of failure and guilt over mistakes.

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Coping Skill: #37. Create a Schedule

My schedule for today

My schedule for today

Days with long periods of free time fill me with dread. Although I need time alone as an introvert, not having activities leaves me depressed and anxious. This is partially an aspergian trait. Instead of getting anything important done, I tend to waste time which leads to deep depression.

Thus, I sometimes need to make a daily schedule to keep myself on task. Writing this helps me to have a plan on the day and act accordingly. Thus, there is something concrete to look at for guidance in my activities.

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