Thoughts, Tips, Ideas and Tricks to live your best life
You know when you're just having a kind of rough or sluggish day? Or maybe you are stressed out because you have way too much on your plate, and can't get the thought "how am I going to get all of this done today?!?"
Yesterday was kind of a sluggish day for me, I had a lot to do, but I had such a hard time peeling myself up and getting myself to do anything. I was feeling very unproductive and it was frustrating me. I acknowledged my frustration, and decided to apply my own philosophy. Just 20 minutes at a time to my day.
I set my alarm for 20 minute intervals, and decided what I would do for the next 20 minutes. Each block of 20 minutes I'd do something physically different to the last 20 minutes. So for example I would deal with something from work that really needed to get done on the computer for 20 minutes, then I exercised for 20 minutes (I love revfit on youtue), then I took care of something else on the computer, then I cleaned my apartment.... And voila, I am feeling productive, more energized, and I actually took care of some things that were really stressing me out.
Doing things at 20 minute intervals started in high school. I had a really hard time focusing when it came to studying, and I learned that if I set the timer for a short interval, and I knew it would end soon, I was able to focus. This has also worked very well for kids when I used to nanny and would do homework, personally I think for younger kids 10 minutes is a good interval. Its long enough to get something done, but its a short enough amount of time that they understand and know will not "take forever."
The added bonus of doing things in 20 minute intervals, is that because I know it will end soon, there is a competitive side of me that comes out, and wants to see how much I can get done. So in essence, I end up working faster :)
On days that I am feeling sad, I'll alternate the things I do with emotional value. So for example, I'll curl up in my bed or read, then I'll do something "I need to do," then I'll color, then back to something "I need to do" and so on. This often helps me to feel better, because I removed things that were stressing me out from my "list", but I also allowed myself to just be in whatever mood I was in, which is very healing.
I hope this idea brings some ease into your life. I'd love to hear how treating the day with one 20 minute interval at a time works for you!
I'm very passionate about a lot of things, often trying to incorporate all of it into my life!