Stretched for Time

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Organization and time management has never been my strong suit. For years, I denied it. I'd say things like, "I'm deadline oriented" and "I work well under pressure" to make myself feel better about my natural tendency to take on a million projects, and wait until the last minute when a deadline strikes terror in my heart to actually sit down accomplish the task at hand. This is an incredibly unnecessarily stressful way to live.

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It's like denying that my knees hyperextend just a tad in Triangle Pose—also something I did for years. Wishing it wasn't so to make myself feel better wasn't doing anything for me but putting me at risk for a painful injury somewhere down the road.

I've come to two important realizations in recent years. First, since I have a tendency to hyperextend my knees in my yoga poses, I'm always going to have work just a little bit harder when I practice those poses to gain the strength I need to keep myself safe and injury-free. Second, because of my tendency toward chaos over organization, I'm always going to have to work a little harder to keep things in my life organized, avoid procrastination, and get sucked into things that waste my time and do not serve me.

This is easier said than done. But it's more important for me now than ever because of the astonishingly fast rate my life is becoming more complicated. If you've been reading my blog you probably already know I have a baby on the way. (It's a girl, and when we saw her sucking her toe in the ultrasound I couldn't have been prouder of my little yogi.) I am a new homeowner—which is as overwhelming as it is exciting. I also have a full-time job and an ambitious dream to someday fully support myself through writing and teaching yoga.

I know it's probably just going to get a lot harder as I go from a pregnant lady to a new mom who will have to learn new coping skills when a crying infant cuts into my Savasana time—but I have to believe that my yoga practice will keep my grounded and help me find new and creative ways to practice, even when exhaustion sets in.

How do you manage to keep up with your practice and stay on top of life at the same time? Please share your pointers!