I have returned to academia only to be met with the familiar cries of “I have soooooo much work to do” and “omg I’m soooooooooo stressed”. At the minute I’m trying to find the right balance of getting enough work done and taking time to look after myself.
As I live in Cambridge and don’t have a bike, I’m finding myself doing a lot of walking. I mean a lot of walking. My faculty is about a 50 minute walk from where I live so each morning I’m marching through the streets fuelled by Aldi’s-own crunchy nut and the sound of Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast in my ears.
Recently I was listening to an episode she did with the absolute ICON that is Gok Wan. I was a HUGE Gok fan growing up and have watched basically every tv show he’s ever made, so was very keen to hear what he had to say about this funny old thing we call life. The majority of their conversation revolved around work, both Fearne and Gok are self-confessed workaholics, and to be honest I could identify with a lot of the stuff they were saying.
So this month, I’ve decided we all need to ask ourselves if it’s actually worth it? As 20-something’s we are under a lot of pressure to get the job, make that money and splurge it all on renting a room in an okay house in an okay borough of London. I’m not suggesting that you quit your job and go to south east Asia to find yourself (you still have bills to pay hun), but I am suggesting that you question why it is that you do what you do. Does it bring you joy? Are you fulfilling your potential? Are you taking enough time off to look after yourself?
For a lot of us, work is a means to and end until we find “the next big thing”. But even if you hate your day job, you can do other things that bring colour to your life. Hopefully the question below will help you to manage your time more effectively to ensure that you are getting some of that good ol’ self loving in, as well as the boring but necessary stuff.
In theory, these are questions that you could be asking yourself every day. Some are about getting organised, some are about chilling the heck out. That’s how balance works right? Off we go:
- What will I do to take care of myself today?
- Have I created an unrealistic to do list? Do I need to manage my expectations?
- How many hours a day am I spending on social media?
- Am I saying yes to some things I should be saying no to?
- Am I saying no to some things I should be saying yes to?
- Do I set boundaries for “me time”?
- Do I ask for help when I need it?
- Am I spending enough time with friends and family?
- Am I organised enough?
- What matters the most?
- Why am I doing this?
LOADS of love,