Dealing with studies, work, relationships and the stress: it really is difficult getting organised and make most out of the effort and the time you are putting in. It’s necessary to take some time off so that you can breathe and live for a change. It’s important for your well being. But to ‘earn’ this free time, most of us have to end up living as per a schedule and let a little battery operated device, the watch, rule our life. Planning out a schedule to live by, facing unexpected situations, getting stymied and not being able to complete the important tasks and not having enough time for the ‘less important’ stuff can make you really really stressed and can leave you in a paranoia (using the word loosely). As the time draws close to next day’s work, you end up feeling like not doing anything at all. The work gradually keeps piling up and in the end you have no choice but to construct a new schedule and force in more work into a smaller time frame. This in turn adversely affects mental and physical well-being. It might also affect relationships between people as you might end up being grouchy and ill-tempered.
Well, ever since I took up writing along with academic work and was maintaining this weblog as well, I felt a dire need to schedule and reschedule. After some months of working ceaselessly and not getting time to unwind myself, I thought I should sit back and reconsider. So, yeah, I figured out, schedules make you dull not productive, so it’s best not to make them at all, they only succeed in make you feel guilty about the time you spent just being with yourself when something more ‘important’ had to be done. I ended up making a list of a few things that I need to keep in mind about time optimisation for a very very long time to come. I’ll list out a few here:
1) Figuring out the time of the day when output far exceeds the effort put in and doing whatever feels difficult then. Doing the reverse will only aggravate your difficulty.
2) Even ditching the university routine is sometimes necessary. It gets you the time to socialize with people your own age and learn new things and get acquainted with different perspectives and not just being bogged down with academics.
3)Getting organised: A cluttered area increases stress. You can’t find what you are looking for when you need it. Organizing the work/study area is the primary step towards a marked difference in productivity. Keeping important stuff filed, segregated and organised helps to save a lot of time and trouble and also keep that nagging sensation inside the head at bay since you have everything you need at a well set-up area. This includes important papers like certificates, bank documents, extra cash and cards and even stationary. Keeping a separate notebook for passwords and bank account nos. and insurance details also prevents stress.
4) Utilizing travel time for lower priority stuff or even using that time for making phone calls and talk to people associated with you on a personal level.
5)Sometimes even willingly getting sacrificed at the altar of consumerism works wonders as it does boost productivity by clearing your mind of it’s “flutterings”. It’s easier to get back and focus on your work after you’ve spend a bit of time devoid of any voluntary cerebral activity.
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