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Issue #9: Resetting

It's 2:21am and I'm exhausted. For those of you who don't know, this weekend I organized NASA's Space

James Costa

April 25 · Issue #9 · View online
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It’s 2:21am and I’m exhausted. For those of you who don’t know, this weekend I organized NASA’s Space Apps Toronto Hackathon and Youth Program. Having done so for the last 4 years, and not being an event planner myself, has been an incredibly educational process. But after this year’s event, I’m left feeling like I’m mentally and emotionally drained. I’m really proud of having given back to the community in this small way, but I know my focus has had to shift in the last few days especially, and I’m feeling overwhelmed with the amount of things that need to get done elsewhere.
Generally when these things happen, we tend to let them affect everything else we have going on in our lives. We get so tired that we begin to procrastinate on the things we need to get done, don’t end up getting the rest we need to, and then not doing those things properly at all. What I find helps when I’m overwhelmed, disorganized, and am feeling tired is resetting.
Our minds seem to work opposite of this mentality I’m speaking of, though. When things are overwhelming, our minds don’t want to let us reset. We try and sleep but we can’t stop thinking of the things we need to do. We try and keep away from the computer but we end up feeling guilty. But this is something we need to do. Just as lumberjacks needs to sharpen their saws to make sure they’re being effective, so do we.
Sometimes I need an hour, sometimes a day, sometimes I just need to switch up where I’m working from. Some weeks I have to do it multiple times, sometimes I don’t have to do it for months at a time. Regardless of the amount of time or whether I’m alone, with others, or just sleeping, resetting is one of the most important things I do to make sure I’m always at my best.
So tomorrow I’m going to take the day to rest. I’m going to sleep (on a bed, and not on the floor underneath a table in a boardroom), watch Netflix, eat good food, and take care of myself. And whether you do it tomorrow, this week, or a month from now: I challenge you to do the same, and see what kind of impact resetting can have.
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Inspiration for the Week
“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ― Maya Angelou
In Closing
Between presentations at the Hackathon, I shared a bunch of space-related dad jokes, and wanted to share with you my favourite: “Two satellites got married. Their ceremony was alright, but their reception was incredible!”
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