Contribution by: Shoug Al Nafisi
Little creepers ruining your summer?
Three tips to stay in control
The Summer isn’t always as relaxed as we’d like it to be – partly because it’s long, but also because it’s a form of a midyear evaluation. We tend to look back at how the year’s been going, but also anticipate what’s to come. More often than we’d like to that anticipation causes us to be anxious, taking away much time needed to relax, and also ruins the summer vibes you’ve been looking to catch.
Pessimists have a fair share of hits to their health and performance that you wouldn’t want. These three tips will help you turn things around now:
- Clear out the clutter
First and foremost, you’ll need to separate fact from fiction. You can only deal with what has happened and what is truly within your control. Note down a few things to start or improve on for better personal and work performance. On day-to-day matters, choose a task- or two-a-day only to work on or complete.
- Use time blocks to dedicate time and focused effort.
For example: dedicate your most creative hours to creating (mornings to noon for the news and writing in my case), your most energetic hours to work out, an hour or two to unwind at night, and fit in the rest accordingly.
- Block out distractions
For example: I use the “do not disturb” mode on my iPhone that only rings when it’s someone on my carefully chosen “favorites” list.
- Focus on the positive
After managing to block out time for the important tasks, it’s much easier to relax when it comes to time off. Knowing that you’ve accomplished or are on your way consequently serves to keep you more at ease and less anxious. Now, that’s the fuel you need to truly enjoy the time you have to wander, sit back, and relax. Not only are you about to have that pleasant time off you’ve been seeking, but have also set the rhythm for positive control of the rest of the year.
- Stick to the plan
This summer time plan can easily be fixed to fit your later schedule. There are enough hours in the day, and days in the week for that. The important part is to give yourself the time and energy to focus where and when it matters, and reap as much benefit as you can. No more wasted energy on what “might and might not happen”, no more anxiety, and a whole lot of time on your hands.