Do you, at the end of the day, look back and just observe everything that happened with you, around you?
How did this day affect you? How did it impact you? What did you get out of it?
How did your actions affect other people? How did their actions affect you? How did your words affect others and vice versa?
Were you satisfied with the events of this day? If not, what changes can you think of so the process of those events can be changed the next time around?
Were you able to manage your time? Were you able to allot some time for yourself?
The questions might feel a bit overwhelming at first. You can start asking them to yourself one by one, and then add one every day or however you feel comfortable.
You can ponder upon these questions, you can journal your answers, you can simply think about them… But a simple exercise of this sorts helps you manage your days in the micro, so the impact can look and feel even better in the macro.
The moment you decide to do something later, and if it doesn’t have a deadline, it gets left out eventually.
Whether it is related to your personal or your professional life, there are a bunch of micro and macro tasks that need your mental or your physical attention, or both.
Prioritizing according to each one’s deadline and their particular importance, you assort them into doing some things now and some later.
But, when you come to think of it, and when you practically notice your past deeds as well, you’ll notice that the backlog keeps building up (with regards to most of those pending things).
Every day, every week, something new comes up. The tasks change, the manner of importance changes, thus you look at the urgent things at hand. And eventually, what was left out remains left out.
That backlog keeps building up, until you realize how big or long that backlog has become. You may choose to attend to it, one by one, or just leave it altogether, or maybe build that backlog more (knowingly or unknowingly).
This post is a reminder for you to check whether you have a backlog too or not.
In a day of attending to your personal and professional tasks, in a day of listening to others, in a day of constant noise, in a day of chasing things, in a day of deadlines and calls,
Don’t forget to take a moment of rest.
Don’t mix the concept of rest and sleep. Both are different concepts and both are important in their own right.
Rest is to just recuperate your breath, rest is to stay still for a while, rest is to not focus on anything, but to also not distract yourself with anything.
Rest is to take a break for yourself. Rest is to not burden yourself with personal tasks or self improvement or learning during your rest. The right way to manage your time is to balance everything and give some time, whether a few minutes or more for your rest as well.
A concept not spoken of enough, a concept that is looked down upon, and yet it is the rest that springs you back into action, puts you back into focus, gives you the stillness to be in action for the rest of the time, rest is important.
Rest for a while, if you haven’t already.