As I write this, November is fast drawing to a close. It’s happening so fast you are reading this in December! December — one of the busiest months of the year. The semester will be over soon, so fall projects need to be completed and spring projects need to be planned. And to make it even crazier, the days actually are getting shorter! Then add in all the personal and family tasks we have and it’s no wonder we get a bit stressed at this time of the year, even without final exams and papers!
So I share the quote above as a reminder at this hectic time of year. What are the true “have-to’s” on our lists and what are the self-imposed but unimportant stressors? What can you choose not to do and what truly has to be accomplished? What would happen if you didn’t accomplish everything on your list, but sorted out the priorities to focus on them and let the other stuff slide?
Of course, in our work world we don’t always have full control over our tasks, or we may not agree with our supervisor’s priorities. But we can choose our response — stress over it or just get it done and move on. It really is up to us to decide.
As the semester races to a close, I hope everyone will find ways to choose a peaceful, easy response rather than a stressed-out, tense response. If nothing else, take a deep breath and exhale very slowly. It really does help. We aren’t much good at helping students manage this stressful time of the year if we’re running around spreading stress instead of cheer!
The end of a semester should be a time to celebrate all that has been accomplished during the past few months. Take a deep breath, ask someone for help, step outside and enjoy the fresh air and choose to focus on what’s important. You may be surprised to find you have exactly enough time in your day!
All the best,