I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed this week! School has gotten crazy and the curriculum has started picking up the pace. It can be very hard to keep up with if you do not have the proper tools to conquer this semester!
Since I am in the same boat as most of you reading this, I decided to share 3 ways to eliminate stress—especially if you’re in college—and get more work done! These tips will work for everyone! Student or not, we can all learn something new!
1. DON’T PROCRASTINATE:
Personally, it doesn’t take me long to write an essay or to study for a test. But one thing I have a problem with is motivation. Once I get in work mode, I can go for hours. The struggle is just getting there. Sometimes I think about the amount of work I have to do and I get worried and overwhelmed and it keeps me from starting. Ever met a perfectionist with no motivation? If you are that person, trust me. I feel you. But some things are too important to do a half-good job. Put your best foot forward! Tell yourself, “I’ll do 10 minutes of work and then take a break.” If you keep it simple and start small, it’ll help you to procrastinate less and you’ll also find that you don’t even need a break because you’re so focused on your work that you’d rather finish it then waste any time “resting.” *Being in your phone or watching Netflix...(I’m DEF guilty of that one🤭)
Staring your work ahead of time will help eliminate that last minute “I should have done this last week” stress.
2. FREE TIME IS NOT FREE TIME TO RELAX, BUT FREE TIME TO GET AHEAD:
Last week I found myself with A TON of free time. I didn’t have anything to turn in so for the first couple days of the week, I relaxed. I sat on my phone, watched TV and thought, “yeah I’ve got this college thing under control.” But what you don’t know is that the next week, I had an essay, a speech, and a test. Unfortunately I didn’t start preparing until that Thursday... Which was about 5 days before anything was due, it if you’re in college like me or you have gone through college, you know that is NOT enough time. So do yourself a favor, if you find yourself with “free time,” USE IT WISELY!
3. TAKE SOME TIME TO TREAT YOURSELF:
Okay, so I know that seems counterproductive. Like, the best way to get things done is to relax. Well in a way it’s true. I’ve found that when I spend time on myself I feel much better. When I actually take the time to treat myself, working is less frustrating because I’ve already done something fun. This is also something you should do AFTER you’re done working on whatever task. Don’t be stingy with rewarding yourself for your hard work and dedication! Sometimes, it’s okay to have that extra piece of cake, or to watch bing watch your favorite show. Even to buy that dress that you can “go without.” You’ve done a good job and you’ve earned it, so pat yourself on the back and keep moving forward!
These are just a few things that work for me! If you have any other tips, be sure to let me know and I’ll make another blog post about it! I hope these help you eliminate stress and get more work done!
with love, JJ
Everything you do impacts someone in some way.
You might be saying, well duh. But I just don’t think we really grasp the kind of influence we have, especially as representatives for Christ. Literally anything we say or do can affect how someone looks at God. It’s a crazy concept.
Lately I’ve been thinking about the things I post on this blog and my social media. I have made it my mission to use these platforms for the glory of Jesus, but sometimes it can feel like I’m talking to no one.
ANYBODY ELSE FEEL THIS WAY?!
It is not easy to live in a world where fame and instant gratification are #1. It has honestly been more of a struggle for me to continue this blog than you might think. I have struggled so much with comparison throughout my life and it’s no different now. I find myself looking at other blogs, other businesses, other girls, and I feel somehow less than because I’m not as well known, or because I’m not as thin. I think about how I don’t have as many friends or as many likes as them. It’s a constant battle and I’m learning to let Jesus fight for me. (Spoiler: He never loses!)
You see, doubt will tell you that the work you put in doesn’t matter and that you’re not impacting anyone’s life. It’ll tell you that your goal isn’t even worth trying to reach because you don’t have as much exposure/fame as the next person. It will tell you to quit before you even get started.
It’s such an easy thing to fall for! You look at all the work you’ve put in, the late hours, the extra prayer time, the money, resources, and energy. Then you look at your life and you see no apparent impact being made. Like no results AT ALL. And you’re like what the heck?! After all I put into this?! It feels like it’s all for nothing....
But don’t go anywhere, hear me out: 🗣ITS NOT FOR NOTHING!!!🗣
Truth is, the little, consistent things you do make a HUGE difference!
I post things about Jesus all the time on social media. But I never thought anyone was really paying attention. And then a couple of instances occurred (over time): A stranger I met at a youth worship night said he recognized me from Instagram, and said I was “inspirational.” Another time a boy told me, “I read your blog, it was very thoughtful.” Someone else reached out to me saying that what I tweeted was exactly what they were feeling. My father read my posts and told me that he was “so proud” of me.
See what I mean?
You’ll never know how your consistency can help someone else unless you CHOOSE to persevere. The little things you do are making a difference in amazing ways, but you won’t know if you quit now!
Hearing how God is using you from other people is such a faith booster, it does wonders for the soul. God sure knows how to pour back into us when we pour into others!
All this reminds me of a verse that is very special to me.
"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin..." ––– Zephaniah 4:10
This verse speaks VOLUMES. I love it because this a constant reminder that even starting is a victory in God’s eyes. He REJOICES when you decide to start. Before you’ve even become successful by the worlds standards, God sees you as a CONQUEROR! let that sink in! It may FEEL like no one sees you, but before you get any human comment, God is right there, saying He’s proud of you.
I wanted to write about this because I’ve seen so many of my old/new peers starting businesses and blogs and so much more. God has blessed me with the ability to relate to people and I have to use it to pour into those around me. I feel like I went all over the place with this LOL, but I pray it encourages you!
Remember: THE LITTLE THINGS MATTER.
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Back to school already.
Feels like just yesterday I was graduating high school and starting my college journey. Now here I am already done with week 1 of my sophomore year. Time has been going by non-stop since I turned 18 ad I’m honestly kind of scared. Like next thing I know, I’ll be 40. Like wHAT EVEN?!
Regardless of how time seems to be slipping away, I’ve decided to focus on the now. The Lord has been good to me this week. After getting off to a rough start during the transition from my summer mindset to my student mindset, I finally feel like things are gonna be okay.
I’ve been going through this season where things seem okay and then BAM! A whole bunch of things come and make me worry. Inspite of the VARIOUS curve balls, the one thing I have noticed constantly is that God’s grace has covered me in literally every situation I have found myself in. I am forever grateful.
And this week is no exception when looking for evidence of God’s grace and goodness. I finally got a phone after 8 months (long story), my classes are going well, I’m making new friends, and life just feels good. I also FINALLY have a car, which has been a huge blessing because I feel so independent and free. I had to wait but God truly knows what you need and when you need it, we gotta trust Him when He says, yes, just as much as when He says wait, or no.
When the Lord told me to come to this school, I really didn’t want to! I wanted to go out and be “free” and be”independent.” But in hindsight I’m starting to realize that God had a plan all along. Yes, He wants me to be free, but He was teaching me that the best way to be independent is to learn to depend on Him for myself. And BOY have I been learning how to trust God, no matter how things look! (Spoiler: Things have been crazy and when it comes to trusting God, it’s WAY easier said than done.)
Contrary to what I was thinking, He wasn’t punishing me. I didn’t do anything wrong to deserve God placing me in a place I did not want to be! It was for the purpose of teaching me lessons that I would need for where He wanted to send me!
He was giving me the time I needed to get fully rooted in Him before He sends me off. What a good, good Father He is!
So far, this whole college experience has been lesson after lesson. While that can be and has been frustrating, it is also a good thing. It shows that I am growing and learning and becoming more like Jesus. Isn’t that the goal after all? To be more like Him in everything we do, so that the world sees Him through us? To grow, and learn, and become is a process we’ll go through outer whole lives, which is why we need Jesus. Because we can’t reach the perfection level required to e with the Father.
So that’s a little of what I’ve learned this week, I pray it encourages you.
Even if your first week of school wasn’t that great, or if it didn’t meet your expectations, just remember this: You can CHOOSE to make the rest of the year fabulous😜✨ Yes, YOU! No matter what happens, Jesus has fresh mercies for you every morning, He has JOY for you every morning. That mercy can be yours and that joy can be your strength TODAY, but you have to make the decision to receive what Jesus paid for, so it could be freely given to you.
Year 2, week 1 has been a success. And I am so excited to see what Jesus has in store for me in the days and weeks and years to come!