To-Do List: Relax
For anyone who’s ever rushed to get things done, frantically skimming reading notes for class or a meeting, this post is for you.
It’s a good idea to have a list, or a planner, detailing all the things you need to get done. Whether it’s just in a day, or for the entire week, schedules can fill up rather quickly, and we don’t always remember to pencil ourselves in. It’s a great idea, actually, if you’re someone (like me) who forgets things easily.
However, our schedules can sometimes dictate our lives. They become a code to live by, even if we don’t realize it. If we miss an item on our lists, or it takes too long, we start stressing. Our eyes get all wide, the muscles in our necks tense up, and jets of smoke fly from our ears.
Okay, so I’m being dramatic, but the levels of stress we experience when something doesn’t go our way – or the way we schedule things out – can make us feel as though we failed somehow, or as if we aren’t being productive.
Let me be the first to say that this is 100% false. FALSE, I SAY!
Schedules were meant to be tentative, allowing for the unexpected or, let’s face it, a break. We can start the day with high ambitions, thinking we’re going to accomplish everything on our lists. While most times it’s possible to get everything done, and take a break, there are some days when it seems as if the tasks never end.
If, like me, you’re a person who can’t deal when things don’t go the way they envision, or schedule, here are some quick pro-tips to help you manage your tasks and set aside some time to watch an episode or two of your favorite show! (:
Pro-Tip #1: If things have a deadline, write it in your planner 1-2 days before it’s actually due. Chances are, you’re going to forget that it’s not actually do that day, and you’ll be less likely to procrastinate. You’ll also wind up with a lot of free time at the end.
Pro-Tip #2: If it’s an event, or a daily To-Do List, and you find that it’s going to be hella long, divide it up. What items simply have to be done? Mark those first and write the ones that aren’t as important further down the list. This can help reduce that icky feeling we get when we don’t get everything done.
Pro-Tip #3: Breathe. At the end of the day, your sanity is more important. It’s important to remember that stress, and over-exerting yourself physically and mentally, can lead to some nasty physical consequences (e.g., fatigue, irritability, headache, etc). If there’s no way to get something done, either find a quick creative solution, or understand that, sometimes, it just can’t get done.
Take care of yourselves, loves!
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