I have been that overplanning time-maximizer. This year, I have been realizing that I will always feel behind when I try to keep up with too much. Jen’s reflection on what she learned from the nun’s schedule in this post supports and clarifies the insights that I have gained and am trying to apply to my life.
This is a later post on the same topic that I also find worth sharing.
The story that Jennifer shares in this post resonates with a topic that I have been thinking about this past year and the conclusion that I have been coming to. I previously thought, first world problems aren’t real problems, so how hard can my privileged life really be? But beating myself up for feeling like I was struggling is counterproductive and forcing myself to be grateful doesn’t work. As I found this past school year, recognizing the problems and hardships that I experience as real struggles rather than things-to-ignore-because-at-least-I-have-food-and-college made these challenges easier to deal with and freed my mental space and energy so that I could genuinely appreciate the blessings in my life.
Much of this advice sounds a lot like how to be a better individual and community member. We should see personal wellbeing and performance, kindness and achievement, self-improvement and helping others as complementary rather than mutually exclusive.