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There are days where I’m up at 6am to type a paper, then off to eat at 7am, and then class from 8-4pm, followed by yoga class and grocery store errands and then homework until I collapse into bed at ten or eleven.
Yet somehow I’m still keeping up with my studies and making the Dean’s List, carving out time to ironically go see the Birdemic 2 world premiere with my awesome boyfriend, and do yoga three times a week, ballroom dancing twice a week, and running twice a week. Oh, and then I somehow also update four blogs and do graphic design work on the side, while also writing scripts and novels year round and still managing to get eight or nine hours of sleep most nights.
Yeah. I know a thing a two about time management. And getting tickets to dorky premieres. (Did you know Birdemic 2 not only has killer birds, but — gasp — zombies??)
Anyways, I’m here to help you navigate your crazy schedule and still find ways to be fit and healthy year-round! Here they are:
Rule Number 1: Make Sleep Your Priority
I don’t care what’s due tomorrow, sleep is your priority! Why? Because you’ll be healthier, more alert, you’ll weigh less, and you’ll be less likely to get sick.
Here’s some FACTS.
- If you sleep 1 more hour per day, you’ll lose 14.3lbs per year by doing this alone!
- You are 20% more likely to die in the next 20 years if you are sleep deprived
- Your risk for breast cancer DOUBLES.
I use this epic add-on called Flux, and it tints your screen orange at night so the glow of your computer won’t keep you awake at night. I highly recommend it!
Rule Number 2: Find Your Calm Center
When life seems out of control, you need to step away for a moment and find some peace. I’ve found meditation and yoga to be highly beneficial not just for fitness reasons, but also because it’s the reason why I’m able to find the right perspective on life and stay optimistic.
I find that even just listening to the sound of rain or oceans (RainyMood.com is a good one) helps me focus and relax.
Journal writing is another great way to clear out your mind and focus on what’s important. By writing down your problems, they become manageable, and by writing down your victories, you remind yourself of your strengths.
Rule Number 3: Stay Organized
Keeping your to-do lists and calendar up to date is a must. Every day I look at these things and formulate a set of daily goals. Today I did everything I set out to do: laundry, a take-home midterm, a graphic design for a real estate postcard, and preparation for the zombie/killer bird apocalypse that Birdemic 2 assures us is on the horizon.
Goals and organization is critical to getting you off Tumblr and the internet and getting those important tasks done. (Unlike you’re me and half of your goals are on the internet and Tumblr, than it’s just a matter of avoiding the minefields of cute kitten GIFS and Reddit.)
There you have it! Now do some yoga, formulate your goals for tomorrow and this week, and sleep well!