I hope you are doing well. I was going to do the cliché blogger thing and tell you that "I'm sorry for my lack of posting" however, I decided against it. I have had the busiest week - art final deadline (done) retake of philosophy (done) driving test (passed) and revising for all of my other exams, so instead of saying how sorry I am for not posting I have decided to compile some helpful tips to help you slow down and enjoy your time - we only get one life, enjoy it.
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” ~Gandhi
Many of you will know the challenges of trying to juggle many things at once and being super busy, whether it be school, work, blogging, or just finding time to do the things you love; it can be hard to fit it all in. Now I'm not saying stop running at 100 mph as some people (my self included) love this way of living. However, sometimes we need to stop, take a look around, and enjoy the scenery (the metaphorical scenery of life, obviously). So here are some tips to help you slow down:
1. Limit your day - Days can be busy and if you are at school or at work for 8 hours a day then have commitments when you get out (like us bloggers) then it can be hard to know when to stop, what to prioritize, and when to say no. However, if you set yourself a list of tasks to do in a day, then limit your time to do them. For example if you usually have 8 hours in a day then limit yourself to 6, then you will work more efficiently to get them done and won't spend your evening stressing out.
2. Be Prepared - It's an old cliché and something my mum used to tell me all the time when I was at school but it works. If you have lots to do the next day then just get yourself prepared the night before - lunch, documents get everything sorted so you just get up and get going.
3. Give yourself the gift of time - Set your alarm for 15 minutes before you usually get up. That way you have time to sit down, enjoy a coffee, and maybe do some internet scrolling. It is surprising how much more you feel like getting on and working once you have taken a little bit of time to yourself and had a peaceful, stress-free morning.
4. Disconnect the distractions - This is particularly helpful if you have an essay or piece of work that needs to be done on the computer, take away the distraction and disconnect your computer from the internet so that if you do feel like taking a quick peek on Facebook or a quick watch of a funny video . . then you can't.
5. Hardest first - If there are hard or time consuming tasks you have to do in your day, then do them first. It may be hard but at least if you get them done then you wont spend the rest of the panicking, or stressing that you will run out of time.
6. Plan you-time - It is great to be busy, but we all need a break sometimes as you may find yourself increasingly running out of time for you. Instead of leaving your you-time until you are free, plan you-time, like a block of it, in your week plan so you know that you have it to look forward to and will work harder as a result, giving you even more you-time. It's a wonderful circle.
7. One at a time - In this day and age we are all constantly multi-tasking, and it is not effective. If you slow down and focus on one thing at a time, you will actually end up getting more done and being less stressed about it. Win, win.
8. Find peace whenever possible - In order to function at maximum capacity we need to be healthy, happy and stress-free. Now I'm not saying this is easy to be all time, but when you have a little bit of time or are feeling particularly stressed find a quiet space and meditate and you may feel that your stress will diminish and your thoughts will be much clearer, allowing you to tackle any problems coming your way.
I hope that these tips help you to get more done and less stressed, to give you more time to enjoy the world, because it's awesome.
Thanks for reading