We are a people of many hats and only 1 head to wear them on. Learning to balance deadlines, commitments, and your own personal wishes is hard, so here are some tips to help you through it.
Craft Explicit & Affirming Goals
It’s easy to get lost going through the motions of life, especially if where you are now isn’t where you want to be. Set up goals to put you on the path to your dreamed future, or – if you don’t know what that future is – craft goals to be the best current you that you can be! It can be as simple as coming to work on time every day or making the Dean’s List. Be positive, be specific, and be realistic.
Plan, plan, plan
Some days there will be a million things that you have to do, but only 24 hours in the day. This is the time to prioritize and map your time out. Choose what tasks are most important to you, and which ones can be saved for later. Then, put it in writing to mark its permanence (and to give you a quick reference sheet)!
Growing up, I used to miss the bus to school all the time. One day my dad said, “what do you do for an hour every morning?” and made me spend a week writing down everything I did and how long I spent doing it. Take a day to track your habits. You’ll learn when you wast time and how you waste it, so you can make relevant and alternative actions.
Craft a Motivational Playlist
Get hype! Checking items off your to-do list can be (semi)fun! Put together 5 tracks that get you pumped before jumping into a challenging activity or craft some chill beats that will offer a little ambiance while you work!
Take Breaks & Reward Hard Work
There is such a thing as working too hard. I recommend setting mini goals for your tasks and offering a reward in between. If I get through 3 chapters of a book, I might reward myself with a 5 minute YouTube video or take a stroll to go pick up the snack. Just make sure that your rewards and breaks are specific. If you just say, “I did a great job so I’ll go out somewhere,” there’s a chance that you may never come back.
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Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!