how to do it all (and be successful):

There always seems to be 20,000 things going on at once, am I right? Exams, workouts, meals to prepare, someone’s birthday, group projects, meetings, papers, calling your grandma, volunteering, working, planning, and sometimes sleeping.

I am guilty of anyone else who takes on many roles but, I able to do everything I do because of one simple phrase I tell myself:

“BE PRESENT.”

How is this achieved? Start by making a list of all the roles you currently hold:

Student, daughter/son, brother, sister, friend, teammate, grandson or granddaughter, boyfriend or girlfriend, employee, president, teacher, etc. Now take a look at your list and rank which of the roles you feel you are best at and which you could work on. Why are you better at some and struggle with others?

You are capable of being good at each of the roles you hold, no matter how many (reasonably), if you focus on the role you’re in at that very moment.

What do I mean by this?

The emphasis is not stressing about the future but rather focusing on the present.

  • When you are in the middle of studying, minimize distractions. Take a 10 minute break every hour, and don’t check your phone, emails, or anything else that may distract you. Keep your phone halfway across the room, and don’t pay attention to anything else around you.

 

  • When you’re at work and you are stressed out about an event you have tomorrow, don’t think about tomorrow; focus on your job. Learn from every experience you have. Tomorrow will come regardless, and you will be off work later, which is when you can prepare for the next day.

 

  • When your friend or family member is talking to you, put your phone away. Do you know how it feels when you’re trying to talk to someone, they act like they’re listening, you finish your story, and they ask you what you just said? It doesn’t feel good. Don’t be that person. Give your valued friends & family your attention. Sometimes all a person need is for you to be an active listener.

 

  • When you feel like breaking down from stress, focus on taking 15 minutes to clear your mind. Take a walk, call your best friend, jam out. Don’t think about your stressors in that time. Focus on clearing your head and preparing how to tackle the task ahead of you.

 

Each experience we are faced with holds learning opportunities, and if you are impatient, you might miss out on them. The future will come regardless; stressing about things that are to come is a waste of your energy you could be investing in what you’re doing in that moment.

Manifest your energy into the task at hand, and you will be successful in whatever you choose to do.

 

xx,

M

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