Building my schedule related to my personality
If you know anything about the Enneagram Personality Test, it determines which of the 9 personalities you are. After taking the test, I had the 7th personality described. Typically I’m a very scattered and unorganized person, not particularly irresponsible and I don’t procrastinate. Being a person with a lot of books I want to read and things I want to accomplish, it gets overwhelming. I like to think practically and reasonably, but have trouble reaching my goals. Meanwhile, I’ve tried to come up with ways that I could organize my life and feel like I finally had control over my day.
No more sleeping in
I don’t have classes until the afternoon, so instead of sleeping until 10 a.m., I started waking up earlier and began working out in the mornings. Quickly, I noticed that change shifted my whole day and altered the way my brain operated. Instead of feeling like my brain was everywhere, I felt that I was productive and in control. Trust me, I am not a morning person at all and always felt like waking up and going to bed early was boring. Getting older, I’ve realized that it’s not boring, it’s actually a smart thing to do.
Instead of having unintended plans in my schedule, I began writing and planning out my days during the week. As an intern for two different jobs, a full-time student, a part-time worker, I had no other choice but to sit down, fill out a calendar, and color code my activities and tasks. Never had I thought that I would be that person, but here we are, planning and preparing without all the anxiety. In turn, planning my week out has truly made a difference, and I couldn’t imagine not doing it before.
Going to bed earlier
Staying up till 1 a.m. and waking up four hours later wasn’t quite working for me, so I set a bedtime. I could finally read all those books I’ve been busily running past! Now, I have the time to put on a face mask, read my book, and get ready for the next day without stress.
You can do it too!
All of these little habits I’ve made have changed the way I feel, reduced my anxiety, and made me more productive. Finally, I feel like I have control over my life and my brain isn’t as scattered as it used to be.
Here’s some more things you can do to stay productive throughout the busy school year.
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