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Are Your Days Draining You? – 8 Steps To Catch Up By Your Standards

Written by: Ilaria Storch, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


What do you think about catching up with all ideas and actions that are not yours?

I love the idea of catching up in a casual and intimate way, coming from a personal desire to sincerely know how you are getting along, and those you care for too, yet when catching up or being on top of everything presents a paralyzing feeling, that you are falling behind all that you need to do, it is time to take some personal assessment of what is going on with yourself and your goals. Even if you are a top engineer, or a physician, where you must be knowledgeable of all the latest improvements in your areas, in real-time, I feel it is wise to be aware of how you are feeling with your focus and health, to best serve those who need you.

Below are some positive examples of catching up to inspire you.

  • With friends and family about how everyone is doing.

  • Setting up a time to meet and have a proper conversation, with a colleague, or boss, to talk about where you are, who would benefit from some help and nudging.

  • Keeping up and catching up with your health and exercise, taking action to improve that.

  • The scheduling ones, like catching up with your kid’s, or pet´s, yearly shots, and overall health.

  • Checking in with the elderly you know – I always feel they need to be seen, heard, and hugged.

For most of us, me included, the exercise of being guided from within, while being percipient of what is around you, each time more seems like a resource to be counted on, where catching up can be used as a light to activate your projects, your life, reaching out to what you desire to catch up with, with your things, and not from a place of fomo (fear of missing out), but as a powerful tool to only be motivated, at that moment, to keep on doing what you love, organize your papers, work, and home, doing all you can with the time and resources you have at that moment.

Here I will show you 8 steps on how you can start releasing your catching up by outer standards:

  1. Start your day writing down, or sketching, or recording on your phone, a couple of things you would really enjoy doing, schedule them into your calendar. If you are a night person, do this before you go to sleep, to set the intention for the next day.

  2. Swap heavy-task deadlines for smaller-task ones, so that you get a sense of moving faster towards your bigger duties, and still feel you get to choose.

  3. Spend some time remembering what brings you joy after accomplishing, from tiny tasks, like cleaning up your desk, removing pictures on the wall that do not inspire you anymore, to bigger ones, like finally changing jobs or renovating your place.

  4. Get out of groups that are not connected to your improvement and that are not open to dialogue and creativity.

  5. Time-block some time on your calendar to create your new goals and do what you can to move on.

  6. Play with and exercise your freedom of choice and apply it on different areas where you can be helpful and learn something different.

  7. Apply for free online courses, set up a page with your experience and thoughts and keep your journey in motion, especially if you are not fulfilled at work, or are looking for a job.

  8. Read the books you want to and watch the films that inspire you to get moving and motivated – it doesn´t matter if they are not trendy at all.

The perspective that things happen one at a time is quite delusional – a bit like when we learn history at school – we go from one period to another, yet everything is happening at the same time, in different ways, around the world. The same happens with life in general, where you must meet a project deadline, go to the doctor, organize your kid’s, or pet’s schedule, and yours too, maybe tend to relatives, friends, exercise routine, do groceries, relax – for each person, their agenda. It took me some years to figure out that it is quite impossible to get one area “finished”, or at least flowing before you go to the next one – I think mothers know that yet instinctively, or at least we are trained to, we rush and tend to everything and everyone before we can even think of catching up on our thriving new ideas.

One way to getting closer to having your responsibilities and your fun projects running together, sometimes not so smoothly, is, if you have resources, to delegate some tasks and ask for help. Today, I am a huge believer in allocating some resources to mentoring and coaching – it is amazing when you are driven from within and can also get great output from experts that can see you and your work under a brand-new perspective – so exciting and productive! And when resources are short, take a deep breath and do your own research and poll around your closest friend, or colleague, or even a boss, true people that you can trust and will give you real feedback. You can thank them with a brownie or cookie afterwards – maybe even bake it yourself – and keep the flow of connectivity in action.

Remember – be Nomad in your inspiration!

I would love to know what is draining you and not letting you catch up with your true self – write to me at:

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Ilaria Storch, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine Ilaria Storch, a Life Coach Nomad, is the creator of Life Coach Nomads, where she shares her passion for travel and for inspiring people everywhere to access their true center and find more connection and energy on the way to more joy, fun, and fulfillment. She practices that following your emotions, wrapped up in a personal structure that can connect your goals, desires, and love, is the path to all real and true growth. Wherever you are, change is nomadic by essence, and it takes time, support and starts inside you when you absolutely desire to develop yourself and move on. She has a Bachelor´s Degree in Advertising, speaks many languages, won a Fashion Illustration Award during College, and loves coaching her clients towards their expressive life journey.



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