How am I not burnt out yet considering I’m a full-time high school teacher, a part-time online language teacher, a private tutor, a blogger, and a podcaster?
- I love what I do
- I don’t spend too much time thinking about everything I have to do.
I think that when you’re doing an activity that you love and that fulfills you, you don’t think about how hard you have to work for it. You just enjoy the ride.
On the other hand, if you have to do something that you don’t really have control over such as school, try to do an activity that you enjoy when you’re not doing school work. Before you start to say that you don’t have time, let me tell you that you do have time, you just need to prioritize.
Let’s take for example you’re taking 4 classes in one semester. Get yourself a planner or a weekly calendar. Place those classes that you have first or anything that you can’t really control in your schedule. Once you do that, you’ll clearly see all the available time you have in your hands to do anything that you choose to do.
Of course, you will need to study and complete assignments for the classes you’re taking, but those study sessions don’t have to be horrible.
One of the lessons I learned from James Clear’s book Atomic Habits is to make tasks enjoyable. What I do to achieve that is I join one of my favourite things/places with something that is harder for me to complete. For instance, I don’t really like editing/correcting long essays because that takes a longtime to complete, but I enjoy listening to music and going to coffee shops. Therefore, I either stay home and listen to music while correcting OR I go to a coffee shop and listen to music while making corrections. Because of this, I complete my tasks faster and I feel productive and motivated.
When I am productive, I complete many tasks in a short period of time and I end up with more time to spare. During those times, I do things that fulfill me. Whenever I record a podcast episode, write a blogpost, read a book or watch tedtalks, I feel more motivated to work. On the contrary, when I go shopping, I don’t feel fulfilled. Instead, I just feel guilty for spending so much money.
With that said, try to find an activity you like to do or things that fulfill you. To help you out, you need to try different things. You can’t just sit on your couch, think about what you like and hope that one day you’ll figure it out. You need to take action. The world isn’t going to change around you. The situation is not going to change if you don’t take action.
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