It’s Human Being Not Human Doing

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Daniel Radcliffe
“A fuck? What’s that?” – Daniel Radcliffe

Over the past few months, I’ve been guilty of piling on as much as I can (and even too much at times) on my plate. Between full-time work and school, planning the Epicentr 2 year anniversary party, various volunteer gigs, Leaders of Tomorrow events, meetings, and coffee dates, I was pretty bogged down.

Many people ask how I juggle all, and to be honest, I don’t really have an answer for you. I just work hard and get the job done, and then some. Don’t take me wrong, I definitely had my moments where I was stressed out of my mind and just needed to take a brain break and watch movies and eat chips for a full day. There have been several methods that help me through the madness and I thought I’d share a few:

Make Lists
#ListsonListsonLists. I am the list-queen. I’m like the crazy cat lady of lists. If you saw my computer desktop or my iphone’s Notes app, you’d see it littered with lists.

The other week I was so overwhelmed by school presentations (I had 3 in the span of 2 weeks) and work that I just stop everything and mapped out every little to-do task on a piece of paper. Something about physically writing down my tasks and checking them off that feels so damn good. And yea, the giant to-do list may be daunting but I’d take that challenge any day over a million thoughts floating around in my head and the constant panic of “OMG did I forget to do this?!” Yay for lists!

Say No
While some of us have FOMO (fear of missing out) and want to say yes to everything, don’t underestimate the power of saying no. What good is biting off more than you can chew if you end up choking on it. Do yourself a favour and re-evaluate your priorities and commitments before you add more into your life.

Go Outside
I’m so guilty of being at my laptop all day and night. The only time I actually get outside is on my way to the car or walking to my next meeting. I’m very lucky to work downtown where the waterfront is never more than a stone’s throw away. I used to think it was weird of people to sit alone on park benches and mindlessly stare out at the water but now it’s one of my greatest joys. The water has the ability to make me feel so calm and my problems insignificant.

Ever since I’ve come back from my Europe trip, I’ve been consumed by doing. Doing work, school, volunteer and events that I haven’t focused on being. Even though I enjoy every bit of the work that I do, down to the nitty gritty details, I still crave space and time for myself where I can be silly and act on my desires and impulses. I crave genuine human connection where phones are out of sight and brains are turned off. Happiness is a long walk with my puppy, Snoopy and my best girlfriend and guilt-free binge-watching my favourite TV shows.

This post was inspired by 33 Ways To Be An Insanely Productive, Happy Balanced Person by Thought Catalog.

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