Tuesday, September 14, 2010

1, 2, 3....Breathe

It's that time of the year where everyone is getting back into a routine and trying to juggle a million things. I know that I am definitely trying to adjust to life as a graduate student and intern. I saw a good post the other day about how to the faster pace that kicks in about this time. Therefore, I'm going to share my top 5 pointers on how to stay on top of your game without stressing too much:

1) Buy a planner or organizer. Seriously if you do not write something down you are likely to forget it later. This helps me keep track of homework assignments, meetings, classes, work, etc. This way I also know what is on the agenda for the day and I don't have to try to remember if I'm supposed to be somewhere or doing something else.

2) Take a time out. Plan a break for yourself everyday to do something that you want to do and enjoy. It could be a short walk or even messing around on Facebook. Do whatever you want for like 10 min. and then refocus on whatever you were working on.

3) Plan your meals for the week. This helps because you don't have to waste time trying to figure out what you are going to pack for lunch or eat at dinner. Plus you only have to run to the grocery store once instead of stopping at fast food restaurants.

4) Communicate. We all have days where we are so busy we feel like we don't have time to spend on people. However, just one short conversation with a friend, sibling, or boyfriend/girlfriend can boost your mood. It will allow you to talk about your day and get whatever you need to off your chest, plus I'm sure it will brighten your mood and the person's mood you call. Work is always going to be there, but people aren't. So take the 5 min to just say hi.

5) Sleep. This is one thing that people tend to sacrifice when they are busy, but sleep is super important for you. If you don't get enough sleep you are likely to be tired, crabby, and get even more behind on your work because you don't have the energy to do it. So try to aim for about 7-8 hours a night, your body will thank you.

These are just some of the things that help keep me sane during the week when I'm running from here to there and wondering how I'm going to kept everything accomplished. However, we have to remember we are only human. There is only so much we can accomplish each day. So don't be too hard on yourself, because there is always tomorrow.

Does anybody else have any tips that help them stay on top of their game?

Have a great Tuesday!


  1. A very thoughtful reminder for us all to read. I found my way here via the Foodbuzz Project Food Blog competition. I love the food and recipes you feature, so I'll be back. I'm curious to see what your entry for the next leg of the competition will be. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. The ONLY thing I would add is to get a little exercise, fresh air, outside. It's mind clearing and so good for you. Even for 15-20 minutes, even if it's COLD. It's makes such a difference.