9 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Today

If you’re like me, your everyday life is not perhaps the Disney fairytale you had hoped for. There are alarm clocks in the morning and bills at night. Some days at work energize you, but many days are simply drudgery from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. where you come home wanting only blankets, Buzzfeed, and junk food.

Some days, that’s okay. But most of the time, those sort of comfort rituals don’t revive us for the next day; they simply make us dread it all the more. The point of time outside of work is meant for rejuvenation, right? Here are some ways I come back to myself after a stressful day at work:

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#DOSummer2015 Update #3: Scheduling = More Time

CAM00319As you can see, I haven’t made substantial progress in the last month or so on my chart. I haven’t been reading a ton of the Monday pep talks either. (Sorry, Jon Acuff.) I’ve felt a little behind the eight ball most of the summer, so things I can slough off on (e.g., exercise), I have. Unfortunately, that’s not the healthiest. And a lot of it has to do with prioritizing and scheduling.

As a freelancer, daily schedules can be a lot looser than the average 9-5 worker. With that, it’s easy to just work when you feel like it and pull long nights when you have to. After all, no one is peering over your shoulder. But that’s not the most productive. I’ve been like that a lot in college and am trying to create healthier habits. So after musing about it a bit, I’ve realized a lot of it comes down to scheduling.

Granted, I like schedules a lot. I’m a to-do list kind of person. And if you aren’t, then maybe this post isn’t for you. But for those of you who like mapping things out, here are tips on scheduling more:Read More »

#DOSummer2015 Update #2: On Coasting and Accountability

#DOSummer2015 isn’t a very difficult challenge if you’re going for the exercise idea, like me. The nice thing about doing a challenge that requires only 15 minute intervals is when you exercise, you can usually cross off three or four boxes each time. However, it also means you can go nearly a week without crossing out any boxes and still feel ahead—in this case, that’s me. Coasting along.

So, maybe what #DoSummer2015 is helpful for is not so much forcing me to exercise but rather, showing me how quickly I’m willing to slack off on my exercise schedule. It’s amazing what a low level of accountability can do to a girl’s motivation.

However, what I’m learning this summer is that you can’t rely on accountability. Yes, deadlines are good and so are boxes to check off. But in the end, there are times you need to motivate yourself to do something simply for yourself and nothing else.

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#DOSummer2015 Update #1: Confidence Building

In case you missed an earlier post, I’m participating in Jon Acuff’s #DOSummer2015 Challenge , which is a challenge to spend 25 hours of the summer honing or learning a new skill. I decided to go with the classic resolution of working out more. (Original, I know.) Acuff has created a Facebook group to serve as fellow cheerleaders in this challenge and has also created a calendar for participants to track their hours. Right now, I’m at about four hours total. Read More »

Jon Acuff’s DO Summer Challenge

First off, apologies for the single and tardy post for this week. One of my classes ended as one of my internships (the freelance one) began, so there’s been a lot of shuffling around between blogs, emails, exams, papers, presentations, meetings, and commuting. However, my class ended just a few hours ago and I’m really enjoying my internship, so all in all, things are pretty great right now.

One of the first blog assignments I received for my internship was to write up a quick post about a new challenge Jon Acuff issued for this summer. In case you aren’t familiar with who Jon Acuff is, here’s a link to his bio. And if you’re too lazy to read that, here’s my version: he’s a speaker, author, and blogger who is fairly well known for his sarcasm, semi-motivational speeches, and snappy copy.

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