I found this quote applicable to several situations I have encountered in work and school:
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”
Yesterday was my first complete day off in three weeks. It was fabulous. I didn’t have to go to school or work at any point during the day. I picked up my mom from the airport the day before, so she and I spent the day off making red beans and rice, running errands, doing homework (just me for that one), and otherwise taking it easy. It was excellent.
I miss the good old days when I had at least one or two days a week to do nothing. Right now, every day has at least a couple of hours where I have to go to school or work. While it’s good to be busy, I would like to have some time off again. I need a couple of days soon, or I might go crazy.
One of my former employers gave me some pretty good advice last spring: don’t let them make you do something you don’t want to do. The “them” he meant at the time was my graduate school teachers, but it is applicable to every part of someone’s life. Of course, my own version combines this age-old wisdom with the understanding that, sometimes, in order to achieve a desired result, one must do things you don’t always like. Still, it’s important to remember where you want to go.
I decided I need to give up on the broadcasting/advertising double major and focus on finishing one of them by the spring. Since my thesis focuses on advertising, I am choosing advertising. I need to do this in order to finish my thesis by the end of next semester. I will continue taking the digital media course because it’s what I want to do, but the journalism class isn’t something I would have chosen if I wasn’t forced to do it in order to call myself a “broadcasting” major. It’s a decent class, but the workload is extremely heavy. My other classes are suffering because of it. I gave it a shot. I am doing well in the course, but I don’t have time to devote myself to everything.
After two months of not balancing my checkbook–and even longer having a table full of pieces of paper meant for the scrapbook–I finally cleared all of it! The scrapbook items are pasted in their book. My checkbook is balanced and ready for more transactions. Even my kitchen is clean, and I’m washing towels. Now, all I have to do this weekend is laundry, homework, other regular house cleaning, and go to work. It sounds like a lot when I write it down, but it isn’t as bad as I expected. Having a clear desk and a new Baroque-Classical study music playlist will help. I knew the unclean desk was bothering me, but I didn’t realize how good I would feel once it was done. All of the essentials from my list are finished. It feels good.
Now, it’s time for part two.