Sunday well spent at uni 😃 Because 1: I have 3 assignments, 2 learning reflections and 1 MCQ coming up within the next three weeks, (1.5: yes, my stress levels are increasing by the minute), 2: I need to be efficient a...f... , 3: I am more efficient at the library, and 4: parking at uni is free over the weekend 😎
To be honest (which I'm all about), last week, I was becoming increasingly frustrated with myself for not being able to just wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast and get right into study. How hard can it be? Turns out, quit hard. I'd be up at 7am, and despite the wish and will, my brain didn't switch on until 9-10 ish. My focus just wasn't there. "Waste of hours, I need to maximise my time". The 'just get into it!!!'-feeling would rise. Ironically, the frustration would eventually reach a point where it would paralysed all attempts at getting anything done. Sounds familiar?
At breakfast one day I reflected upon the past days in which I ended up asking myself: what if you're not wired to start studying at this time in the morning? What if your golden hours of deep focus begin a little later in the day? So simple yet it changed my perspective. I realised I had not listened to my body and mind as to what I was capable of. What I had done, was being unkind to myself, forcing and expecting outcomes that were not realistic. So, I made a new plan. I would wake up at 7am and get the day started. I would take my time and enjoy breakfast. Then, I'd do things on the general to-do list, such as respond to emails and texts, wish people happy birthday, journal, meal prep, do washing, and so on. And around 10am, I'd get into uni. And sure enough, as I sat down at 10 ish, I'd quickly establish my focus and begin working.
I think the thought of everything we have to do can become so consuming at times that it shuts down all our senses. If you too feel as you're inefficient or not capable, then I hope you can build on my experience. There is so much power in being curious and aware of your own body, mind and thoughts. All the cues for success are there if we only choose to listen. What is realistic? What works for you? How can you work smarter, not harder? 💯