Need Motivation!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

I am in dire need of motivation today! I am really exhausted from all my thousands of things I have to do weekly, daily, and hourly! (I am sure many of you understand!) I am in grad school part-time which does not seem like a lot but it is so not really part-time (there is class every other week or so, there is 90 hours worth of clinicals outside of school, and there are so many stupid petty assignments that may or may not be graded). Then I work 2 days a week, sometimes 3 (12 hour days) and then I have a house to try (key word there is TRY) to keep in order! I hit a wall yesterday and almost fell asleep at work (mind you I am a nurse at a children's hospital), not a good thing! So, I really need to work out today and try to get some energy back because I have work tomorrow and Monday, I have clinical Tuesday, Wednesday (may have to cancel) and Friday and a HUGE test on Thursday (which is why I may cancel my clinical Wednesday) and I CANNOT be exhausted! And I will need stress relief! Therefore, I need MOTIVATION! Help please!
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    Can't say that my plate has been QUITE as full as yours, but here's what I find helps more than anything:

    Shave off my workout time first thing in the morning...then I'm good for the day. Helps to rev me up and get me going.

    Important not to lose sight of taking care of yourself when faced with SOOO many other tasks!

    Don, Co-Leader of All Health Professionals SparkTeam
    4846 days ago
    Wow. I am amazed at all you do. You DO have one full plate!! But it's full of really worthy things.
    Is there any way you could fit in even 15 or 20 minutes of cardio first thing in the morning? I often find that it "changes my pace" for the whole day. I get much more done, have a better attitude doing it, and stay calmer.

    Hmmm -- clinicals? Sounds like maybe you're in grad school for psychology, maybe? Take a moment every day to celebrate your fabulous accomplishments and all you're doing. Imagine you were looking at someone else managing to all YOU are doing -- wouldn't you give THAT woman a pat on the back? Celebrate yourself.
    4846 days ago
    I hear you! I recently finished grad school, and then all the certification stuff I needed to do following that. Some weeks are better than others, aren't they?

    Here are some of the things that helped me when I had to study for hours on top of everything else.

    1. I made a giant To Do list and wrote down every little thing and every little step that was rolling around in my brain keeping me stressed. Just getting it out of my brain and onto paper was a stress releaser.
    2. I crossed out or put postponement dates on anything I could.
    3. I called people and asked for help with stuff I didn't HAVE to do myself. I told my friends and family that I was just not available until after the semester was over. They all understood.
    4. I set a timer during study time. I would work for 45 minutes and then take 15 minutes to surf online, read the paper, something non-school related. I found I had a lot more stamina with the scheduled breaks.

    I'm not sure if it helps, but it did help me feel a little more in control of what I needed to do, and sometimes that was enough to give me strength to get it all done.

    Now I'm done and trying to figure out what to do with all the extra time!

    Good luck!

    4846 days ago
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