Finance Stoic 11b – Feeling overwhelmed

It is official, I am overwhelmed.


  1. Working a minimum of fifty hours per week
  2. Being a husband and father to two young boys
  3. Writing a fantasy book set in an alternative universe with my sister
  4. Running every day as I train for longer and longer distances culminating in 112 km (70 miles) this year
  5. Building a house in one of the most expensive cities in the world with ever escalating construction costs and timelines
  6. Starting a blog on a topic I am passionate about and setting a goal to write two posts every single day on my finance stoic observations
  7. Setting a goal of reading one book per week and writing a book review, including potential applications to financial independence, for my blog

I’m tired, but I am also having a lot of fun exploring new outlets for my energy and creativity.

A realization today was that I ought to go down to one journal entry per day, which will take place at the end of the day.

I intend to continue to write in my journal each morning, as Marcus Aurelius did, and each evening, as Seneca did, but I will only bring forward my thoughts from my journal onto my blog once per day, taking the best of my morning and evening entries for the blog.

Financial independence thoughts

If you are feeling overwhelmed, it can impact your mental focus, which is important in achieving your financial goals.

A good read on Think Simple Now lists certain drivers of an overwhelmed mind and also how to address them. Beautifully, the article starts with this quote:

Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.~John De Paola

Six ingredients to overwhelm and stress


  1. Take on too much
  2. Pressure on self
  3. Perfectionist
  4. Control
  5. Overachiever

Eight ways to cure the overwhelmed and stressed

  1. Step out
  2. Prioritize
  3. Journal
  4. Give up control
  5. Ask for, and allow, help
  6. Create boundaries [This was my favorite]
  7. Shut out the noise
  8. Have a bedtime ritual

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