When I am starting writting this post, I am in train, going back from my uni. It’s already 8 pm. My classes finished at 4:30, but I’ve decided to stay and work a bit on my assignments. It makes me scared, as deadline of two of my assignments is on Monday, 4th of December, so if we don’t count today, I have only three days to get them ready. It wouldn’t be so bad, if not the fact, that one of them is hardly started so far. First one took so much time and efford.
Any way, today I would like to share with you some advice, which have changed my life for better.
But first, let me tell you story behind it. When I was a child, I loved school (I still do), but what was scaring me was, that each next year of my education was bringing more work, than the one before. At some point, I’ve hardly managed with all homeworks, exams, speaches, projects, etc. I’ve started hating school. Every day seemed to me same: school, coming home, studying, going to sleep. Weekends same, only I haven’t go to school. This was making me so unhappy.
One day, I’ve decided to leave school (obviously my parents haven’t let me do this) and when I’ve informed my dad (D), I could see corners of his mouth rising a bit.
D: ‘Why do you want to leave school? Not that long ago you loved it?’
I: ‘I did, but know I don’t. There is so much to do, I have no time for anything else!’
D: ‘And this is the reason to leave school? In your life you will always have more and more to do. Now your only responsibility is your school. When you’ll grow up, there will be work, children, house… Maybe even more.’
I: ‘But I still want to leave.’
D: ‘I can give you some idea. When you will have some free time?’
I: ‘When holidays will come.’
D: ‘Ok, so when you feel, like you can’t manage, just write what you want to do during your holiday. Every time one activity.’
I: ‘But it will only give more work!’ (Yes, that time writting was for me huge job 😉 )
D: ‘Do this just for three days and we will talk that time’
For three days I was writting activities. I had quite a lot (unfortunately, I don’t remember what exactly, but it is not that important). After that time I came back to my dad.
I: ‘Here is my list. It didn’t help me. I still want to leave school’
My dad hasn’t even looked at my list.
D: ‘How would you feel if you could do any of those activities now?’
I: ‘I would feel relaxed and happy’
D: ‘So now, every time, when you feel you have too much to do, just look at your list and think, that ok, now there is a lot of work. It is hard. But holidays will come and for two months you will be doing only stuff from your list (I think in most countries is different, byt in Poland summer holidays are for two months).
I: ‘But there is still long time till holidays comes!’
D: ‘Yes, but now you have your list, something you will look forward to, so it’s going to be easier’
To be honest, I haven’t believed him. Now I do. Since that time, I always have something, what is going to happen in the future and what I can’t wait for. If I don’t have, I create new one.
It seems silly, but it really works (at least for me). Now, again there is so much to do, sometimes I have a feeling, that I can’t manage, not this time. But very quickly I realise, that Christmas is just round the corner and plenty of time waiting to be used. And work is becoming easier (of course, I don’t want to spend my free time on worrying about pending tasks, so better to get them done before Christmas 😉 ).
With this thought I am going to leave you now. I wish all of you to be able to find something to look forward to. And of course, I wish you a very productive day.
I’ll see you in my next post
Today’s photo is old as well, but if we are talking about Christmas, it seems perfect to me. It has been taken by me last year when I was in Poland and those decorated trees look just adorable 😉