Calendar Stress?

It’s December now…hard to believe that 2020 is almot over. In some ways, it feels like just last week that we were first put on lockdown for our protection when the pandemic began. But that was 9 months ago! This is going to be a strange holiday season for most people. I celebrate Christmas, so that’s what I know and will talk about, but I think we could substitute almost any holiday in its place and things would be equally strange.

In the past couple of days, I’ve signed up for or purchased a phenomenal number of courses and programs…more than I typically do in any given month. I don’t know if it’s a factor of having been cooped up in the house for so long without the reprieve of window shopping – which is something I really enjoy doing! Or if it’s just “that time of the year”…you know…Christmas. Do you find that everything seems more appealing at Christmastime? I think a little mental switch flips and suddenly my brain says “Buy that now!” on every second item I look at.

Of course, the downside of this rampage with my credit card is that I now have so many courses to complete that I don’t even know where to start. Some of them are self-paced, which is great. Others are supposed to be done in a set timeframe, and have online classes that I’m supposed to be attending. Those are NOT going as well, judging by the number of emails I’m receiving that say some variation of “You missed your class. Reschedule it now!”

I think it’s all about the calendar. As I turn up the page to reveal each new month, there’s a little less time left…

… to finish that project I started ages ago…

… to plan for next year…

… to feel “prepared”…

As a result, I sit at my desk, staring at my computer screen and making lists of all the things I have to do…

All.The.Things.

I’m trying to learn how a couple of new platforms operate, while I’m still maintaining the activities that I do each month. As an affiliate marketer, it’s hard not to be drawn to new flashy stuff when it shows up in my news feed… it’s like Kryptonite for Superman… or maybe it’s more like a meaty bone for a dog.

At any rate… I believe the stress most of us feel at this time of year is all due to the calendar. If we could throw out all the calendars, I think we’d be set. At least we wouldn’t know that the year is almost over and time is running out…right?!

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