We all know that being successful, in whatever area you wish to pursue, is not just about being smart or talented, its not about being lucky or even honing in and perfecting a specific required set of skills.
One of the most important factors in determining your success is the hard work and effort you put in.
There is no such thing as an overnight success, the break through and recognition can happen really quickly but the accomplishment comes with a lot of labour and with it, a lot of struggle and tough grind.
But that should never deter us from bettering ourselves and trying our best to be as successful as we can.
And putting in our 100% does not mean working ourselves into the ground.
We need to set out our day as productively as possible and think of working smart as well as working hard.
There are many studies and many different techniques which promote working in set intervals at a time.
They claim that in order to work your best setting intervals helps you stay in focus, allows you to break down larger tasks so that they are more manageable and provides you with an incentive to make the most of the set time you have.
And as a teacher I have to say I couldn’t agree more.
When planning for the day the timetable is composed of subjects which we need to teach as well as breaks in between, and each subject itself is broken down into three parts, the introduction, main task and the plenary which brings it all together.
Having the day set out like that helps the children stay focused on the task ahead, avoids them getting bored and results in a lot of learning taking place in these short intervals.
The same can be said for us, spending all day on one task will more likely leave us procrastinating, bored, demotivated and tired.
So in order to make the most of the day ahead, let’s wake up (after a good night sleep of course) to a productive timetable.
Set no less than 25 minutes to no more than 90 minutes on a task, it might not seem like much but when you get your head down to actually committing yourself to the task you have set out to do, you’ll be amazed as what you can achieve.
Remember only you know how you work best and what you need to do, which is why there is a large variation of the timings, you might not set out the intervals correctly to the tasks in the beginning but trust me you’ll get there eventually.
And track your intervals, set an alarm or make sure there is a clock visible to you at all times, because a set interval is just that, it is an allocated time slot designated to the task you have planned.
Once you are happy with the time you have allocated to each task, you need to make sure you stick to it, you might think of something else, or a new idea or direction of work might pop up unexpectedly, if so note it down for the next time you come back to it, do not disrupt your entire day because of it.
Take regular breaks, allowing you switch off from what you have just completed, revive yourself and refocus on the next task ahead.
This also depends on your own timetable, shorter intervals might require shorter breaks in between with a long break after maybe two or three or even four completed tasks, and longer breaks may be required after longer intervals.
Don’t forget that you are in control of your day, these are helpful tips and guidelines to make your life more manageable and easier, but again only you know what works best for you.
There may be adjustments and a few tweaks here and there but planning your day well, means making the most of the hours you have ahead of you.
So seize your day, for it is yours to conquer!
Reflect. Love. Heal
Brown Girl R