This week marks the midpoint of the college semester. And you’re busy. I mean B-U-S-Y. Often, the first thing we do when we we find ourselves overloaded is we start cutting the “nonessentials.” That can be a good thing. We waste a lot of time.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that EVERYTHING except schoolwork and your job is nonessential. Just because it isn’t graded or doesn’t pay, doesn’t mean it’s not important. These things give you the strength and clarity to perform.
I like to think in terms of Life Accounts.
These are the big areas of your life that you want to succeed. For me, the accounts are:
- Friends and Family
Some actions make deposits in these accounts (going to the gym puts a deposit in the Health Account). Others make withdrawals (working late and missing an evening at home withdraws from the Wife and Kids Accounts).
Here’s the punchline: your energy is high when all accounts have positive balances.
On the flip side, you’ll have trouble focusing, being productive, and feeling like you’re in control if any accounts are overdrawn.
Are you stressed and busy? Take a walk. Play a video game. Go on a date. Get some energy back. Then get to work.
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