Do you got time fo’ dat?

Stress-Management

Can we please take a moment to appreciate this picture?

I just love everything about it. His eyes, his flared nostrils, his strangely shaped tongue. I believe it is safe to say that all AP kids, college kids, and adults, for that matter have felt like screaming like our friend here (most of us actually have). But if you, like myself, managed to forget about your to-do list for even just a second while staring at this lovely man’s face, then I consider this post to already be a success.

Stress is a funny thing.

We all experience it. We all see it in different areas of our own lives. Some of us see it in school, some in our home lives, some in relationships, some in all areas. To be honest, stress sucks. It’s the constant nagging bug in the back of your mind, telling you that whatever you are doing right now isn’t enough, and there are other more important things that you should be doing. We constantly worry about things we have to do, and worry that we don’t have enough time to do it.

This brings me to my next point, which is expressed beautifully in this video clip-

Ain’t nobody got time for dat!

That pretty sums up my high school career. I think it pretty much sums up everybody’s life. Our to-do lists, constantly growing, remind us that we simply have no time. No time to do anything. Everything we start doing, then, becomes a half-hearted attempt to finish everything. All detail is lost and we are left with everything “done” but it is not done well. If we eliminated half of our to-do lists, it would make the remaining half twice as successful.

So why don’t we? Why do we feel like we have to do everything do feel like we did anything? It should be the opposite. You don’t have to be amazing at everything. Find your niche, and be amazing at one thing. People will be more impressed with you if you are an unbelievable musician, innovator, or writer, as opposed to mediocre at all three.

Cut out part of your to-do list. Find something you’re good at, and build on that. Make time for something you want to do.

Make time fo’ dat.

You’ll have less stress, a happier lifestyle, and more effective time-usage.

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