As the last bit of your reading week comes to a close, you begin to wonder what you actually accomplished this break. So before you let the guilt and dread sink in, let me reassure you that you will be okay. Yea you could tell yourself that you could have done better and that you should have known better. But really, you knew better and chose to ignore that little voice in your head that told you to work. So I am here to give you a quick list of sure fire ways to get you on the right track. Now, I’m no guru – yet – but I have been practicing what I preach and so far, it’s going pretty well.
1. Make Your Bed.
Yes your mom has been telling you this for years but there is real logic to this! I cannot state it better than the U.S Navy Adm. William H. McRaven who said in his speech to the University of Texas,
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed”.
2. Dress for Success
Success means something different for everyone. If it means sweatpants, a 3 piece suite or a onesie than go for it. But generally, dressing like an “adult” makes you act like an adult. For me, it’s a pair of jeans that an “adult” gave to me and a plaid shirt which means business. Research has been done to prove this overused phrase so you can train you body to believe it too.
This also includes not dressing at all. When you want to succeed in getting a good night’s sleep, research suggests sleeping naked is the way to go. Now semi-nude is my preference but it’s important to find yours so you can get the most out of your beauty sleep.
3. Don’t Forget Your Squad
After a week of socializing you might want to cut everyone off. And while I am extremely guilty of this, it does more harm than good. By cutting people off, we are at a higher risk of burning ourselves out. Our mind and body can only handle so much sitting, writing, typing and re-writing. So depending on how behind you are, try to maintain a balance. Learn to separate your friends from those you can get work done with, from those you cannot. Group studying/work sessions are a tried and true method and although they don’t work for everyone, they make you realize that everyone is on the same boat. So if it isn’t studying with friends, it’s grabbing a bite to eat with them or playing games – tag used to be all the rage back in the day.
4. Get Your Heart Pumping
Sleep schedule a hot mess? Can’t stop thinking once you get to bed? In the height of guilt and dread from not getting our work done, we spend more time worrying than doing. So if you find yourself unable to focus and relaying the same thing again and again in your head, then go for a walk. A walk to the fridge is one of my all time favourite activities. In it I get exercise, adventure, nutrition and appreciation.
5. Realize You’re Human
“I am a human being, and thus nothing human is alien to me”- Terentius Lucanus
This is one my favorite quotes and it was introduced to me by Dr.Maya Angelou in her recording of I Am Human. I highly suggest listening to her yourself. In it she explains the quote very eloquently and makes you realize you can achieve greatness. Think of someone you idealize, or want to be like. Now, realize you have in you the same components as they do. If you know your biology and human history, it isn’t a far fetched idea. Genetically, we aren’t very different. Rather, it is our genetic codes that are turned on or off or non-existent or in a different place that make use unique. These codes can be turned on or off due to many factors so technically, yes, I have in me the same components as Drake and I too can go from being an underdog to the 6 God in my field. So can you.
So my point is simple. You are at a time in your life where the little things count. The little things, truly depending on your program, can make or break you. So don’t let them break you. Strive for greatness because it is achievable. It has been done countless times before you, and will continue to happen around you and after you.
“If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better” – U.S Navy Adm. William H. McRaven
If nothing else works, remember Jeb Bush. Just a simple twitter search of his name will show you how he epically failed in the U.S elections. After 2 generations of his family being Presidents of the United States, his story would have made it a trilogy. Luckily, the trilogy ended humorously.