If you're on the hamster wheel,
running as fast as you can
but not seeing the forward momentum you hoped for,
take a break!
I'm doing this right now. It's early Saturday morning. I'm in a coffee shop catching up on blogging and starting a brand new writing project for myself that has nothing to do with my school job and everything to do with giving me the perspective I need to hop back on the wheel and keep going in a few hours.
I know I still need to go shopping for science experiment materials, make a costume for myself, and grade papers this weekend between spending time with my family and working around the house. It's all still there. I'm just stepping away for a couple hours.
Sometimes I don't let myself step away. I feel guilty and ashamed, and thenI just start to feel and be resentful and negative. So, brave heart, take a break! Call a friend, go for a hike, curl up with a cup of tea, indulge in a guilty pleasure--just skip the guilt!
It's amazing how a little break can make a big difference in prioritizing and efficiency and perspective.