I’m known by many to be a Type-A, workaholic, and perfectionist. There are pros and cons to this. The pros are that I get everything that I say I’m going to do, done. The cons are that it’s not necessarily “healthy.”
Having a healthy lifestyle not only means eating healthy, being active, and maintaining your body such as your eyes, but it also means having a manageable schedule and workload, having that balance.
Here are a few of my tips on how I get it all done, without sacrificing my health and happiness.
This is so important. There are a million and one things to do and to be real with you, we’re just not going to have enough time for that.
Rather than being pulled in so many directions, choose a handful of things that are truly important to you and that is worth investing your energy into. To give you a sense, my priorities are: school work, friends, family, health, Avolicious, my faith.
If some work pops up that involves these categories, then I’m willing to stay up later, sacrifice my sleep time and get it done. If the work does not involve these categories, I’ll either put it off to the side to work on it later, OR I’ll say no.
This is said so so so many times, but saying NO is okay. Period. No questions.
Keep your important categories in mind and as you create your schedule/to-do list, make sure those categories are on the top of that list.
As much as hangry (hungry + angry) exists, losing focus when hungry is very much a real thing (do we have a term for this?). I tend to always lose focus when I’m hungry. This is perfectly normal because rather than using our energy to focus on our work, because we have no energy, we can’t focus. The key is that the snacks you eat should help you study and work longer. They shouldn’t drift you away from studying because of their absurd sugar content or some weird chemical ingredient.
The easiest snacks that are both healthy and convenient to carry around are granola bars. My recent favorites are the GoMacro bars. GoMacro bars provide organic, plant-powered and wholesome nutrition – a perfect combination for a little pick me up at around that 3pm/4pm time.
I love stashing these in my backpack during school or even in the summer, when I’m going out and about doing internships and volunteer work.
THREE// 120% Focus
I live by the mantra, “Work hard, Play Hard.” And working hard for me not only means putting in the time, the hours to work, but to be ultra-efficient while doing so. Making sure the concentration between the effort and time is the highest it can be.
Completely hone in on your work. No other thoughts. Put away your distractions, including music. Go all in.
You’ll find that when you have a 120% focus you get much more work done in less time, meaning you get more time to relax and play hard.
FOUR// My non-negotiables
With these three tips above, I get my non-negotiables accomplished. My non-negotiables are: sleeping at least 6+ hours every day, eating healthy (eating at least one meal where it is non-meat and green), and at least 1-2 hours of relaxing and play time.
How to you get everything done (in a healthy way)?