Friday, April 28, 2017

Rebounding to Productivity

It's been a weary week and what's kept me breathing is the little-lived hope of carefree days in the future. For the time being, I make it my will to free up some time to be in a different dome- the outdoor realm, a serendipitous, melodious performance for myself, or being immersed in the safe haven preparatory studies for practicality. Those moments will become more frequent each day, I imagine it to be.

How to Get Back on Track
It's not about building habits. At the heart of it all is stupidly enough, willpower. 

Make a small to-do/to-not-do list. From "nap" to "4x30mins study/workout/etc. sessions." Note that not every task is going to be happening in a day. 

Change up your surroundings. Unless it's "too late" to be acquainted with anybody else, test out other people circles. Listen to a new genre of music. Dare to read that risqué mag. You can step out of your comfort zone; "the biggest risk is not taking any risk." 
Go oldschool. Wear an analog watch, read a real page-turner, go check out the new movie theatre, drive out to an amusement park with some mates. Live a little.. out in the real world. 
Monitor your health. If absorbing info from three textbooks is overwhelming, go outside, take a shower. Be careful with naps, though. Don't let a planned 20 minutes become six hours.
Drink up! An extension on caring for your body.
Time management, in the slightest. Do not fill up your calendar with something happening everyday; surprise circumstances can happen. Carry a planner or scribble down what's sure to happen today. Take note of deadlines, timeframes, and allow room for some flexibility. 
Discipline yourself. Check emails after eight o'clock? Spend a half-hour with your sibling(s)? Watch TV after finishing that scientific paper? These are not promises-these are your own rules.
Stop snoozing. Pick yourself up and walk there. 
Monthly challenges for motivation. Build your character, appearance, and don't forget, inner spirituality. 
Switch up your speaking. Ask more questions, throw in a new word, pretend to be highly knowledgeable of the sport. Easily put what you say to paper. 

Read it again. Some say that there are legends who can read the chapter once and score high marks on an assessment the following day. Oddly enough, I have yet to find a flock of such gifted folks. Seriously, read the material again. Just one more time; for once, having slept on the subject, save your cred by not missing a simple question (that was straight off the notes!!)
Swear by repetition? Sketched everyday for a summer, it was easier to imagine proportions. High weight, low reps or high reps, low work- I don't have the expertise to advise anything along those lines. Watched economics vids, gathered invaluable knowledge and expertise on the subject for a rookie. 
Breathe deeply. Especially with envelopes. I never know what my crazy aunt has got to say this time.

A short list for the time being. I don't even think I mentioned the most basic advice at all.
  Truthfully, time management does not run smoothly on a day-to-day basis for me. But I can get up and eat, unlike some bums I've witnessed. Anyway, my weekend's 50% preoccupied for academic presentations and 50% free (includes a few power naps, if that happens). Been feeling sluggish and rhinitis is kicking in! 
Take care of yourself and keep your head up,