(Art installation; Artist Unknown)

My bad for the lack of posting! I’ve been busy busy working on a few projects to present to over the next few weeks. I did a post not too long ago (on the old blog) about the various ways I handle stress management when things get hectic. I just HAD to reuse this image. It’s too good! I can’t look at without wishing I was the artist who created this awesome installation…

Without further adieu, here are a few tips I’ve implemented. I hope they work for you as well as they have for me (to see the original post, click here) ;

1/Meditate. I’ve always had problems with meditation. Until recently. I’m by no means a Yogi or anything but I recently received some advice that really changed the way I practice meditation. A friend essentially told me to forget what everyone said about the ‘rules‘ of mediation and do it in a way that feels right to you specifically.  He also said something that really resonated with me about repeating the mantra ‘I am being extremely kind to myself’. This really gave me some clarity. I started with five minutes (found it difficult, but I did it!). A few minutes of time spent with yourself? Super refreshing. Almost like hitting the reset button. Focus, and be extremely kind to yourself. Isn’t that all mediation really is?

2/ Create a Monthly Calendar. Jot down all the crap you need to get done somewhere visible. This one’s pretty straight forward. Once each task has been completed, check it off. By the end of the month, you’re calendar (should hopefully) be filled with check marks. Nothing more motivating than a visible reminder of how much you’ve accomplished.

3/Listen to music. I know this sounds super obvious. I stopped listening to music for a while because I was finding it distracting. Then I realized its the type of music that was the distraction (Trap music for instance while writing wasn’t really working out. Half way through the second song i’d completely abandoned by desk. I’m out here shakin’ my locks and folding clothes. Do you catch my drift?). Listen to something that matches the pace of what you’re doing. That way it won’t break your concentration.

4/ Find out when you work best and make an effort. I’m a morning person. I love mornings. My idea day starts between 6:30 and 7:00am with a hot cup of tea and a clear workspace. This usually doesn’t happen. Why? because I’m getting to bed far to late and spending too much time on the wrong things. Like Love and Hip Hop for example. That show is my effing kryptonite. Ask me how many nights I’ve been up ’till 3:00am watching back to back episodes? Actually, don’t.

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