These tips will help you find energy for working a lot and hard, and to continue living, not just existing.
It is better not to remind some people about “work-life balance”: they need only to deal with a big list of tasks that make people depressed just with their quantity and deadlines. Alert regime can be a way of life not that long. Sooner or later, but the constant stress takes out all the energy. It is to be restored all the time, in order to prevent stuns, not to fade out. And to get up feeling good every morning as well.
Creating lists, using task managers: this helps when you’ve got to put your tasks to order here and now. To get long-term results, you need another approach. Try keeping up to several tested principles. Everyday stress will stop getting all your energy out of you due to them.
Don’t Plan Tasks, but Set Up a Daily Schedule
Everyone who went in for dancing, art or music school knows what regular practice and its meaning is. You’ve got not only to repeat similar pa or melodies according to the set-up schedule, but to go in for process as well. This means: to exercise.
It is much easier to do this in a precisely set up time, than to decide at what time to start exercises every day. Otherwise, everyday planning will take much more of your time than working on different tasks. So, make sure you’ve got a schedule in your adult life as well. You should know what your day will be today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow with the preciseness up to 99%.
Less uncertainty means less time wasted in vain.
Though, you should allow unpredictable circumstances (the remaining 1%) to get you’re your life. Sometimes they are weekends and holydays that become reasons of joy. Sometimes they can look as late-night job and sudden additional tasks. In both ways, they bring some diversity into your everyday routine.
By the way, strict schedule allows understanding when the level of your stress goes up. Unplanned tasks pull you out of course exactly during such periods. Thanks to that, you can locate those “fire zones” easier, and deal with them fast in order to put everything back to regular state.
Getting more tasks and convincing oneself that it is real to complete them all is ambitious, but naive.
Everyone has their own life priorities that need to be put onto the main place. Build your routine around them.
If it is career that is a priority, this means that you should subordinate many other life aspects to it.
In order to be a successful worker, it is often not enough to just spend 8 hours (and more) at the office. At the same time, there are people that need 8 hours for sleep: they can’t sleep less; otherwise there will be no energy to work. Others need regular morning sports: exercises charge them with energy, it is easier to work hard after them. This means, these habits are to be priorities. You need to account them first when planning your schedule.
When romantic relationships or a family is the priority, then everyday habits are to work for them. As a result, you won’t be stressed because of feeling that the important part of your life doesn’t get enough attention.
Know the Limits
In this case, it is okay to divide people into two types. There are “maximizers”, who won’t stop until they look through all the possible variants and choose the best of them when making a decision.
There are people with completely different state of mind as well. They feel enough with the first met option that correlates with their criteria.
Sometimes, even perfectionists are better to suppress their inner “maximizers” and not to overwork. Especially if there is a period when their stress level is extremely high. Once you break your schedule because of many tasks and high pressure, ask yourself: what would be enough to do in order to keep your life going regularly, but not to pull you off your course.
Complete priority tasks. Go for training or small walk. Isolate your mind from irritators (don’t check email box before sleep, for instance).
Those who are used to do maximum need to know how to stop: to do enough, and nothing more.
This is how you can save your energy and motivation. You will be prepared for dealing with new situations: both predicted or not.