Friday, 10 February 2017

Balancing Act

Hi everyone, long time no see!

First off I'd like to apologise for not posting at all this past year. It's been pretty difficult to balance all the stuff going on, especially when I am a full-time student, have a job and would also like to create posts on this blog. None of these things is an excuse but I feel as though the blog has been sacrificed in order to pass my courses, which I apologise for.
Now that is out of the way I'd like to share some ways that I try to organise myself and keep the machine running smoothly.
Let's get started!

1. Write down your upcoming projects in an agenda/day-timer or on your phone.

If you are anything like me I have to keep a notification on my phone as well as in an agenda. I find that if I have it in just one place I'm unlikely to check it regularly but having it twice increases the likeliness of it being seen. That may seem like overkill to some, but when you have 7 projects due in a 3 week period, it makes it a bit easier to manage.

2. When you finally sit down to do projects, make sure you have your listening playlist selected beforehand.

Again to some people, this may be an unnecessary step as they don't listen to music while working or you prefer to listen to everything on shuffle. This system works for me as I find that once I look away from what I'm doing I spend too much time shifting through until I find a song I like and then take a break. If I have my playlist set up in advance I can weed out taking 70 breaks and instead for every hour and half of writing I take a 15-minute break where  I will get coffee or tea and put on a new playlist. I find this takes up less of my time and also raises my efficiency.

3. Find a drink that will keep you both hydrated and motivated.

Some people like energy drinks. Others like hot chocolate. I'm more of a tea and coffee girl personally. The hot beverage keeps me warm and fuzzy, while the caffeine keeps me focused. I'd be lying if I said my working process doesn't require caffeine.

4. Don't be afraid to take breaks.

By taking a 15-minute break every 2 hours, I often feel more accomplished than when I sit down and force myself to concentrate for 8 hours. Even if my break is checking Instagram as I get tea or coffee, after that 15 minutes I feel more refreshed and willing to continue working.

5. Finally, when you get tired consider going to be bed.

This may seem hard when you have  70 different bings going on, but this is important as it gives you a new perspective when you come back to it and helps to lower anxiety levels. I find that my work patterns have changed a lot since I was in High School. I used to write all of my papers the night before it was due, and the stress of finishing it often times made the process much longer and frankly the quality of my work was affected by that. I learned to adjust my methods and it seems to help a lot more.

Stress can't be completely removed from your life but by finding ways to cope with it better, and developing ways to achieve your goals will make the process a whole lot easier!
Hopefully this helps someone struggling to balance a lot of things at once, and even if one thing resonates with you that's great!
Hope you are all having a great 2017 so far, and I will talk to you later!

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