One Thing at a Time

I have really started to realize how important is to take things one step at a time!

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when you have a million different things going on. Instead of worrying about future stuff, focus on the task at hand.

Yesterday, I was thinking about failing classes (long term), not passing the FE test (October 24th), marathon training (still have 16 weeks…). Basically, I was worrying about things that need not be worried about at THAT moment.

I had two focus on what needed to be done yesterday, or today. Not tomorrow, not next week, or next month. Not even next weekend.

By taking things one step at a time, it’s much easier to get a grip. Caitlin helped me realize this yesterday, and I immediately got it. I was freaking out about all that could go wrong. My energy was being spread too thin, and nothing I was doing was being done to my full potential!

I concentrated on what I had to do right then and made a list. Once I realized that I only had two things to accomplish (study for two tests) it made it so much easier to tackle!

Today, I have just as much work to do. I focused a lot more today, stayed off g-chat and twitter, and got my stuff done! I even have time for a lunch post! 😀


I completely forgot about my Pei Wei Leftovers!!!



Thai Dynamite with tofu, veggies, and brown rice!


I love those crunchy little peas!

Already dug into snack number 1:


I’m sad that strawberries are going out of season! 😦 Bring on the honey crisp apples!!!


How do you stay focused on today, and not worry about the future?


❤ MegaNerd

14 Responses

  1. so true megan! one step at a time 🙂

  2. I don’t stay focused on today – I worry about everything and work myself into a big tizzy, get completely overwhelmed, cry my eyes out, and then I’m okay and I start worrying again! It is a neverending cycle! I probably need to take lessons from you and Caitlin!! LOL!!

  3. It took me years to learn how to focus and NOT WORRY about things! It comes with “age”, as my mom used to always tell me and of course she was right, for me at least! I always focus on TODAY’s tasks 1st, with mental notes on up coming events (got to love outlook & cell phone calendar reminder though so too much thinking/remembering isn’t always involved anymore)! And, as soon as I stop to “worry” I STOP…… does no good, so just do not do it! =) Laura

  4. Omg I’m reeeeally craving a stir-fry now… You may have given me my dinner inspiration 🙂

  5. P.S. I meant to stay above…….as soon as I START to “worry” I STOP…….it does not good, so just do not do it! Believe me I know this from LOTS & LOTS of experience!

    =) Laura

  6. Everyday I make a list of things that need to get done that day. Every month I make a “big picture” calendar so I know what long term things I have coming up then I pick a day or two when nothing is going on to accomplish those things (doctor’s appointments, paying bills, random other tasks). It is amazing how much better I feel about everything now that I’ve switched to this!

  7. That is definitely something that I struggle with! I have a difficult time focusing on the present. I am always looking back at what I did, could have done better etc. as well as worrying about the future.. The time I waste doing all of that could definitely be better spent on the present!

    One of my favorite bible verses actually puts it all into perspective for me! “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” 🙂

  8. Awesome attitude! 🙂

    I agree – sometimes when I look at EVERYTHING I have to do, I get so overwhelmed and then I waste time stressing out (or crying!)! It’s all about one task at a time…

    Just like Dori in Finding Nemo, I need to “just keep swimming…”

  9. when i was in school, and even still, i am TERRIBLE abt not focusing on ‘the now.’ i was always freaking out about test grades coming back, getting assignments done, getting a job, graduating, etc etc etc! basically, it was a horrendous way to procrastinate. so ineffective.

    post-its and lists became my bffs. still make lists like a mo-fo, and have to remind myself to breathe…relax, concentrate on whats in front of me, breathe…

  10. When it comes to school work I can only think about one thing at a time! I complete an assignment and then start thinking about the next. I hope thinking about one thing at a time helps you out. 🙂

  11. Leftover Chinese is the best. All of the flavors intensify and get so nummy 🙂

    I don’t do a good job at living in the present. I am always trying to look towards the future. I need to stop that and learn to live it up every day!

  12. Great way to look at things. One step at a time is really all we can handle. I often feel that I can take on more than this and then I quickly crash and burn.

    You are so strong and will do awesome this year! Trust me, you have so much support and love behind you girly.

  13. Such great advice. It can be extremely overwhelming to think about long term goals, let alone THREE long term goals!

  14. I agree with Caitlin. Focus on right this minute. Just take a deep breath, then let it out. Ask yourself what needs to be taken care of NOW. Imagine what happens if you don’t take care of that issue right now. That should help focus you on what needs to be done first. It’s too easy to get overwhelmed by all that must be done and prepared for. Running can wait, blogging can wait. Studying CANNOT wait!

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