Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mr. Twain

Do you ever feel like you have so much to do so instead of doing any of it you go take a nap?
I feel like it is happening.
Every year at about this time I start feeling overwhelmed.
The semester is coming to a close, I am burnt out, all final projects are due,
and final tests are looming.
The weather is nice and begging you to skip class and play outside.
Right now I am trying to find an internship and have spent hours
crafting and re-crafting resumes and cover letters and applications.
I have been stressed about interviews and our summer plans.
There is just so much to do and I am feeling overwhelmed.

Then I found this quote on a friend's blog.  It is by Mark Twain.
"The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small managable tasks, and then starting on the first one"
For some reason, this just clicked.
One.
Step.
At.
A.
Time.

One task, just do one small task, check it off your list and then move on to the next.
So that is the plan.
Instead of letting myself get overwhelmed,
I am just going to do a little at a time until everything is done.

Thanks Mr. Twain, you are so wise.

This quote on sticky note on desktop...CHECK!

18 comments:

Brynn Snyder said...

I have the problem of wanting to nap and really needing one, but knowing that I have work to do. Usually I should have taken the nap while I could have, but I always end up working and being really really tired.

Amira said...

Oh, how I needed to read this this morning! I'm at that point in the semester too where I'd like to just curl up in the fetal position and cry. One. Step. At. A. Time.

Jes said...

love twain and love that quote.
great reminder that we shouldn't get overwhelmed (even though we always do!)

Mrs.Marie Lester said...

oh yes I know how that feels! Right before my husband would come home on leave when there was SO much to get done I couldn't do ANYTHING I took more trips to starbucks than I can count and facebook was my time consumer (or a nap lol)when things get SOOO overwhelming like that it all feels impossible! thats when breaking it all down is the best (and hardest for me) thing to do lol! glad you posted this :D

Emma Frances said...

Love the quote! I need to put it on a sticky note on my desk as well! :] And seriously, the wonderful weather really does BEG you to skip class! GAH!

Jenna@The Life of the Wife said...

I love this. I have ADD and it is SO hard for me to focus on one thing at a time! I'm gonna try though...!!

Jenna

Crystal ~Skittle Bug~ said...

Ugggghhhhh.... my stomach literally groaned outloud in pain when I read that you were working on resumes over and over again... that would be something that I LOATHE ENTIRELY. I commend you for your hard work! haha :) And I definitely love that quote! I totally get overwhelmed and just take a nap or watch a movie or something and then am stuck cramming everything at the last minute!

dreaming en francais said...

I totally needed this because I've been feeling the same lately -- and we still have about a month left of the semester! Right now I'm on spring break and still can't help but think about all that I have to do once I'm back in school next week. Gah! xo

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Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

girl I do that ALL the time. Sometimes our bodies just need a nap :) a little break!

Autumn Ingram said...

Love the quote! Also, I gave you the Liebster Blog Award in my post tonight:)

Mrs. Pancakes said...

The quote above is brilliant! So tue!

Jaclyn said...

i get like this a lot. love your blog. found you via breakfast at the zemkes!

Whitney Leigh said...

Mark Twain is a genius. Simple as that. And I really needed that little kick in the pants of a quote for I too am being run down by finals week approaching.
xox your newest follower,
Whitney
themiddleofthestreet.blogspot.com

the lovebirds said...

so happy I stumbled upon your blog! I needed to read this! xo

two birds said...

what a perfect quote. it's so simple and yet so true. i hope you are maintaining some sense of calm!!

Jenn @ PSP said...

Love this! Everything seems overwhelming until you break it down. I like to make checklists of things I need to do and slip some things in there that I needed to do that I've already accomplished - just so I can cross them off the list : )

Alexis Kaye said...

I love this!!! I'm getting towards the end of my semester too and it is overwhelming!!! But glorious summer will be here too! which is still crazy busy but it's not AS bad. For me at least. I love that quote. Good luck with getting it all done :)

Kylee Noelle {the blog} said...

fantastic quote! good luck with all you've got going on! I know how that feels, but luckily there are down times as well...just dwell on those :)

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