Accomplish Your Dreams By Eliminating Time-Wasting Behaviors

Accomplish Your Dreams By Eliminating Time-Wasting Behaviors

We are given a finite number of days on Earth and it is up to us to decide how we can best use them.
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The key to being the most productive version of ourselves is by spending time prioritizing our goals and creating plans that maximize the time that we invest in achieving these goals. That idea is pretty simple in theory, but in practice, many of us have difficulty applying it to our daily lives.

Time management is a skill that can help us change our lives if only we allow it to do so.

During any high stress period, whether it be at work, school or in my personal life, I reflect upon how there is something about the hectic environment that motivates me to do even more and be even better. Every person reacts to stressful and chaotic periods differently; some people thrive while others struggle.

However, within all of us is the potential to use stress as a means of motivation and energy to accomplish any task at hand.

When you are so busy trying to meet deadlines, there is not time to spend engaging in non-productive behaviors or habits. If you still find yourself watching Youtube videos or spending excessive periods of time on social media in the midst of your busiest week, then you may need to implement some better planning and time management skills.

Budgeting out time in advance depending on which deadlines come first is key. By deciding which days will be dedicated to certain projects or assignments, you can manage your time and find time to do other activities that you have wanted to do and that will also push personal growth, such as going to the gym, trying a new club or spending quality time with those that you love.

It is also up to you to decide who and what you give your time to. My general rule is that as soon as something starts consistently taking more than it is giving, it is time to cut it out of your life.

Another helpful way to stay motivated while working to keep going, is to make sure your playlist is upbeat and that you have a vision in your mind of why the work is important. Without having a sense of purpose to the work that you are doing, it will become 10 times harder and 10 times easier to not put forth your best effort. However, if we picture the feeling of pride, sense of accomplishment and freedom that we can achieve as a result of doing well in all of our endeavors, I find that the motivation to work hard flows easily.

Also, giving yourself healthy rewards after completing large tasks can help monumentally, as can calling a friend or family member to hear some motivational words.

I always think of my school work as something that I am putting my name to and therefore, I believe that it should represent my work ethic and true capabilities. I know in the end that every single project and assignment will add up, has something to teach me and will bring me closer to the career that I desire.

I also think that it is incredibly motivating and humbling to remind myself in times of high stress just how lucky I am to be receiving my education at all and to remind myself of my responsibility to not take it for granted and use what it gives to do more good.

Ultimately, we are given a finite number of days on Earth and it is up to us to decide how we can best use them to not only our advantage, but also to serve others. By being our best and most productive selves, we can achieve our biggest dreams and become positive influences on the world around us.

We can always do a little more, work a little harder and be a little better. It is up to us, though, to hear that truth and act upon it.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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My Eating Disorder Was A Secret, Even From Me

No one ever talks about it, and if they had my life might be different.

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I remember ninth grade health class very well, specifically one day in particular. The day we talked about eating disorders, I was ready to hear about anorexia and bulimia. I was not ready to walk out of that classroom with confirmation that I had an eating disorder, but that is exactly what I did that day.

After speaking on anorexia and bulimia, my teacher told us about Binge Eating Disorder.

My 14-year-old ears perked up. I had never heard of this disease, but I was immediately interested. I knew anorexia and bulimia well, they were the diseases that, at the time, I wish I had the determination to try, but I was too scared to hurt my body.

Binge Eating Disorder was new to me. My teacher described it as continuing to eat after you were full and eating for hours at a time. As the signs and symptoms continued to be read, I realized... that the last three years of my life had been plagued by binges. There was a lot I couldn't control in my life, but eating was one thing that I always had control over. It was the one thing that always brought me comfort.

Most binges would start after I came home from a hard day at school, or maybe after I got in a fight with a family member. Maybe I felt insecure about the growing number on the scale, but I ate.

It always started with half a bag of chips, then maybe a cookie or other sweet treat, and then I would finish with something else I could find in the pantry. My mother would come home and begin making dinner.

Ashamed, I would hide the food anywhere so my family could not tell I had been eating and then I would go eat dinner.

This was a common occurrence for me, but I had no idea that my habits were wrong or should point to an eating disorder. The only thing that I knew was wrong with me, was that I was gaining weight.

For the longest time, I thought an eating disorder was something that helped you lose weight unhealthily, not gain weight. It wasn't until I sat in a health class that I realized that there was anything wrong with me.

Education is so important in overcoming eating disorders. We are making such great strides about informing people about the dangers of eating disorders and positive body image.

It is so important that we start making Binge Eating Disorder a topic that is as known as anorexia and bulimia. No one ever discusses Binge Eating Disorder, not even the dangers of it, maybe if they had my life might have been different.

Maybe I would have found out about it earlier and could have gotten help before it got out of hand.

I wish I could say that I left that health class that day and never had a binge again. The truth is I binged several times after that, and still to this day I have an episode, although they are very rare.

It would be unrealistic to tell you that I overcame my eating disorder that day because it is a journey I am still completing. Every day presents a new challenge, and sometimes I fail, but I will succeed, and succeeding is worth a few failures.

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