“Every hour of your life that ticks by, there are numerous points and moments when you can choose to pause – and be aware of your mental and physical state. At any given point, you can freeze the flow that is your life, and be fully conscious for a moment.”
― Kevin Michel, Moving Through Parallel Worlds To Achieve Your Dreams
We all move at a different pace, so find a system that works for you! You know when you’re looking through your instagram feed, and all your friends look like they’re doing so many cool things with their lives? You’re all, “How do they have full-time jobs, hobbies, and a social life when I have a part-time job and no hobbies, and still always blow off my friends because I’m busy?”
First of all, stop comparing yourself to other people. You are you and no one else, so focus on doing your best. Secondly. remember that social media tells only one story that’s purposefully curated to show the charming highlights of the user’s life. No one posts about the tragic and boring aspects of their life, and if you are doing that then that’s why no one is following you. No one likes a Debbie Downer (except Tumblr).
Those people who are actually successfully juggling work, play, friends, and love aren’t multitasking superheroes. They’ve simply found a system that optimizes their productivity. You can do it, too, but you have to listen to yourself and discover what works best for you. Whenever you find yourself falling behind or slipping into procrastination, try to learn why. If you’re feeling flustered and overwhelmed, take a moment to slow down and hash out a plan that works for you. If you’re feeling bored and eager for a distraction, schedule a few minutes every hour for a fun activity like browsing Reddit. If that deadline is creeping up so fast you that you want to lay down and die, try planning a little more time to re-organize your tasks and projects.
Yesterday, I had a lengthy “To Do” list and I did not want to do anything on it. Instead, I wanted to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy all day and eat nothing but strawberries dipped in crème fraîche and sugar until I passed out. Usually I would deal with this situation by browsing Etsy or scanning Vice, but instead I got myself out of the house and went to the farmer’s market to purchase some particularly beautiful radishes, white russian kale, local strawberries, and pork belly. Then I came home and alternated between working on my “To Do’s” and playing around in the kitchen. In my mind, I was just biding time while the pork belly defrosted, but I was also integrating a period of relaxing creativity into my workload and greatly increasing my productivity. Consequently. I made one of the best meals I’ve ever made, and the only recipe I used was this guide to cooking pork belly fast. I really believe that because I found the right balance for my personality, I was able to not only create something magical while still fulfilling my obligations, but also enjoy myself.