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Posts tagged ‘stress’

Mind full of stuff

Now that the time of the year where I have a lot to do starts again, I find it hard to stop thinking about what I still have to do. My mind can go round and round thinking about exams, planning my future, completing exercises and so on and so forth. It’s really tiring and at the same time, I get so overwhelmed by the amount of tasks that I will do a lot to procrastinate. Fortunately right now, this stuff isn’t useless either, but when it gets more stressful it would be neat to be able to focus.
One strategy is to use (well, I don’t use it, but I write them down elsewhere). But in the long run, I’d like to get a firm grip on what’s necessary, what I should keep in mind, what I can let go and especially how much I should work.
Are there any good strategies you use?

Strategy: working

I have a hard time not working too much at once/really taking breaks. I always feel like I could (when I’m not depressed) or should (when I’m depressed) do more. I also don’t manage to choose reasonable times for breaks (they are usually too short/I end up doing something anyway.) So I have a new idea: when I prepare something for uni/do paperwork or anything that’s definitely not free time, I’ll write down how long I have been working on it. This way, at the end of the day, I can look back and have a more realistic view on what I’ve actually achieved. Hopefully, it will also help reduce my anxiety of not doing EVERYTHING NOW and help with taking breaks because I deserve them.