Hello November

The beginning of a new month is one of the best times to almost start all over again.  As the months fly by I find it far too easy to slip into full on procrastination mode and become blissfully unaware of looming deadlines or events.  The start of November and the quickening end of 2016 has almost jump started my motivation all over again, and I am ready to charge head-first into writing my assignments well ahead of my deadlines.

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Organisation has always been an important part of how I function, and sometimes this goes completely to plot and I begin to feel lost in a mountain of workload.  I find that I procrastinate a heck of a lot more when my workload piles up, I will attempt to use any excuse to get out of doing some of the most menial tasks because I fear my work won’t be good enough.  I wouldn’t say that I strive for perfection in everything I do, I am willing to except that I have given my all but it is far to easy to place doubt on my ability to do something I know I am more than capable of doing.

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Over time I have discovered a few little ‘tips’ as we’ll call it, to kick this anxiety and stress-filled procrastination to the kerb.  Firstly, I love going on walks… the cool, fresh air of Autumn has such a calming effect.  The grass glistens with morning frost and the sunshine illuminates the beautiful changing colours of the leaves, and a massive smile appears on my face once again.  I can breathe a sense of relief, watching my dog sniff through the increasing collection of leaves under the trees and I begin to feel 10x better.

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Returning inside, to fill the kettle and enjoy a nice, hot mug of tea (and sometimes a little something to nibble) kick starts up my mojo and I instantly find it a lot easier to focus on prioritising my workload.  It’s amazing what a little bit of fresh air can do!  Remember if you’re feeling a little under the weather or completely unmotivated, take some time for yourself and remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day – great things take time.  Wednesday 2nd November 2016 was National Stress Awareness Day, a day to enforce the importance of minimising stress and working towards providing support and guidance for those who need it.  Not enough emphasis is placed upon our mental health; we often take good care of our bodies and physical appearance…why shouldn’t we therefore include our mental health into the mix?

‘You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think’ – Christopher Robin

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