June 6, 2011

I stumbled upon an article that teaches how to be laid back. At first I thought reading it would sound very desperate but I chose to read the article anyway. So here are the points that the author highlighted in his article:

1. Do one thing at a time. I love multitasking and I really think its the best thing I can do during school season but I admit things aren't that perfect at the end of each task. I wouldn't even feel satisfied but for the sake of finishing the task, I would rather assume I am satisfied than being troubled and stuck to another task. Here's a thought from the author: If something doesn't deserve your undivided attention, maybe it's not worth doing at all.

2. Slow down. When projects are due within a month, don't start doing it a week before the deadline because things get messed up along the way and you end up not finishing the project on time. Even if you think it is very easy to work on. Your teacher won't give you that big time allowance if it isn't hard to do. Of course you have to slow down a bit, think and rethink the things to do so you will not mess the whole thing because you were thinking too much. Don't just "get it over with" --Find a way to make every activity something that you look forward to doing.

3. Stop being a perfectionist. That doesn't mean we don't have to put standards at all things but we should be clever enough to know the things to prioritize. If you are working on a project, yes, being a perfectionist might be okay but if you are conscious about things like your appearance, your whatever that you want to look perfect, that's not being clever. You are just inviting anxiety to your life.

4. Step Aside. You don't have to do everything on your own. You cannot work on a project on your own. You need other people's help. But that doesn't mean you will give all the task to them. Its about knowing your responsibility and not carrying the world on your own.

5. Remember that it's not the end of the world. Stop making yourself perfect at everything. All of us make mistakes so you need not to worry too much if you messed up something. You will live an unhappy life if you always worry. As what the author said: Many people spend their entire lives trying to prevent bad things from happening. But guess what? They happen anyway. And life goes on. That's not to say you shouldn't take any kinds of precautions in life, but if the majority of your thoughts are consumed in contingency planning, you're not enjoying life. You're preventing it.

6. Focus on what you have, not what you have to do. Appreciate what you have, while you have it. :)

So guys, don't stress yourself too much! Have a worry-free and laid back life! Haha :)

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