Okay, so I'll explain where I am and why I'm so frustrated.
I'm right towards the beginning, in Luxarion, I have 5 days left (end of the day in which you can start the glowing number quest). I finished the quest where I have to find the glowing numbers and save the girl, now I have to chase after and defeat Noel. I have like 30 minutes left until the day ends, and I won't be able to fight Noel until after midnight of the next day if I don't do it now. Problem is, all but the lowest enemies utterly destroy me, and when I went up to Noel, he absolutely obliterated me. I was under the impression that I was supposed to defeat Noel at the end of this day, but I'm just getting my ass kicked. I've barely had any time to do side quests, and when I do, I'm faced with enemies that just wear me down.
I feel like I'm doing something horribly wrong. I feel like I'm just keeping up with the pace the game expects (Hope is constantly urging me to hurry and it gets me very agitated), but at the same time, I'm very confused as to where I'm supposed to be in terms of time by this point.