Multitasking can be the thief of mindfulness. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be busy + wanting to be our most productive selves. In fact, it’s great to have motivation to be constantly moving. But when we can’t stop + enjoy free time//me time — we’re doing *too much.*
It’s the art we’ve mastered — eating toast while listening to an audiobook while checking our email while walking to our next class [no exaggeration — CHAARG girls are always moving!]. The problem is that when we multitask like this, we probably aren’t giving our best attention to each activity or task at hand. It may seem like we need to get it done + get it done fast, but quality is always greater than quantity. We can give our best selves to everything on our list.
MANAGE YOUR TIME
We find ourselves feeling like we need to plan out *each hour* of our day + fill that hour with productivity — always thinking about where we’re going or what we’re doing next. It’s a habit that is not easy to manage. While this ensures that we get everything done, we can be more effective with our time to make sure we have some *mental health* hours.
PRIORITIZE YOUR OBLIGATIONS
In order to successfully create *me time,* we need to really narrow down our priorities. We already know that living minimally + clearing out our space//belongings is a great way to feel less stressed + more successful — but what about when it comes to our activities + tasks?
It’s not easy to step back + say *I need to take some things off of my plate.* In college, it’s easy to overload ourselves because we want to do it all — we have two internships, a part-time job, we’re full-time students, we’re on the CHAARG exec team, we try to snag volunteer hours — all while studying for our grad school admissions exam. This leaves little time for our favorite things like grabbing coffee//juice with our friends, making it to the gym, or even simply breathing.. Does this sound familiar?
In the blink of an eye, your perfect schedule can all of a sudden feel overwhelming. In moments like these, it’s important to focus on your current priorities at hand. Know what you can take off your plate right now + how you can be mindful of the present moment.Make sure you’re taking on only what you need + not what you can. We are very fortunate to be in college with a whirlwind of opportunities, in such a great organization, ++ getting our degrees. But, this doesn’t mean we are exempt from becoming overstressed when we take on too much simply because *it’s college.*. It’s okay to say no — it’s a hard decision to make, but in the end, we need time to focus on growing ourselves.
REMEMBER THE IMPORTANCE OF*ME-TIME*
Taking time for yourself is not selfish! We don’t have to be on our grind every hour of the day or even every day. To be a happy person living a balanced life, you need time to breathe, relax + enjoy — without a time limit. When you’re focused on only your priorities, you will have time to watch your fave show on Netflix without feeling like you’re forgetting something on a to-do list. While socializing + being a part of great communities like CHAARG is important to our happiness, making time to simply be ourselves is crucial. Studies show that *me-time* allows space for self-discovery while helping to unwind from our [still busy ; )] schedules + can actually make us more productive. Personal time can look different for everyone too, so find what makes you happy, whether it’s reading, running, traveling, or whatever you love to do.
MAKE IT HAPPEN
Schedule little dates with yourself — consider *me-time* as important as the other items on your list. Start small while you still workout your other priorities — perhaps even try to wake up just 30 minutes earlier to drink some coffee + write in your journal. It doesn’t have to be a lot — but it only has to be for you. Remember not to feel guilty — taking care of yourself isn’t being lazy or unproductive, but essential to creating your happiest + healthiest self.
One day at a time, take something unnecessary off your plate — improve your work-life balance + create more time for you. You deserve it <3
+ Abigail [@abigail.inchaarg] // UK CHAARG