Stress is a
horrible thing. It often sneaks up on a person and causes all sorts of
problems. There are many reasons why one gets stressed out but one of the worst
causes of stress is being disorganised and finding yourself running out of
time, or arriving at a place without important stuff that you need.
homework you left on the dining room table or your PE clothes, or your
permission slip to go on an outing.
relatively easy way to eliminate such stress.
Plan your day.
Ergh! Sibo. I
hear you say… that’s so boring.
you plan your day, you’d probably have more free time to do fun stuff.
times have we all rushed around, looking for something at the last minute,
panicking like crazy when we can’t find it—only to find that it’s right there,
under our nose. Or even worse, having to leave the house without it.
Use a diary
or planner and write down everything that you have to do the night before.
This way you
won’t wake up in the middle of the night, think of something you have to do the
next day and lay there worrying that you’ll have forgotten it by morning.
Part of planning, is developing a routine.
Try to go bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time in the morning. Set two alarms if you have a hard time waking up.
Have a shower, get dressed, and eat your breakfast (or the other way around if you are a messy eater).
Rather be ready to leave five minutes early than be running five minutes late.
Pack your school things the night before. Make certain all the stuff you need for the next day is in your case before you go to sleep. One less thing to worry about.
Create a routine for yourself as far as your homework is concerned too. Try and do it at the same time every day. Don’t leave it for after supper when you are too tired to think either.
Keep the space where you do your homework neat tidy so that you don’t get distracted.
Lastly, don’t multi-task. While you might think you’re getting loads of things done all at once, usually nothing gets done properly. Do one thing at a time and do it well.
You often hear people saying that they wish they had more time to do something – be it homework, making dinner or spending time with friends doing something fun.
It is the one thing that we cannot change. Those minutes tick by relentlessly, never stopping for a moment.
Seems like when you are a kid the time takes forever to pass, but somehow when you get a bit older it feels as though the time whooshes by. One minute it’s the beginning of the year and suddenly the year is finished and it’s time to look forward to the holiday season again.
I guess we should all think about using our time more wisely.
Sometimes that sounds easier said than done. Exams are looming and studying for them is not really a very attractive prospect. Often you tell yourself you’ll just “do this quickly” and study later. Then suddenly the time has disappeared and you are unprepared.
That old saying – procrastination is the thief of time – might be tired – but it certainly is true.
I’ve decided to try and plan my life a bit better. I’m making lists of the stuff I need to do. I’m putting the important stuff on the list along with some smaller tasks – which are easy to get done. Then I feel great when I see things crossed off and it galvanises me to do more of the things on the list. I reward myself with some play time every so often for being so productive.
I’m really hoping it works because I’m rather good at dawdling!
Talking about time and how valuable it is – it’s really rude to keep somebody waiting.
Often we agree to be somewhere at a certain time and then get there several minutes late. In South Africa it is jokingly referred to as “African Time” but it does not make it right.
It sends the signal that the other person’s time is not important – to you anyway, and it shows a complete lack of respect. Being on time requires proper planning – like being aware and factoring in anything that might crop up causing delays and making one late.
It’s sometimes hard to predict traffic and often one gets to a place way too early and then you have to wait around but it is better than being late. Take a book or something.