When things suddenly happen…

For about two months, I had a busy days. Things suddenly happened one after another. I truly enjoyed that craziness of the everyday. What I didn’t know is what I was about to happen. It was crazy days but not much thing was happening about my own study.

What was I waiting?
I was waiting for the feedback of my confirmation document for my own research study.
I was waiting for a confirmation for the presentation of a conference I wanted to attend at the end of the year.
I was waiting for a final manuscript to come back from a research team ready for the submission.

What happened?
Everything came back yesterday. Not together but only within few hours. I felt my everyday was crazy enough but didn’t expect all these happen at once. Even in the craziness of my everyday life, I felt that I had everything under control. Now, probably not. I actually had to take a day off from study and work to give myself sometime to take all in.

Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.

Paulo Coelho

Eventually, I have no doubt that I will complete all these on time. However, I had to give myself a space to breath and rest before face the crazy reality. I was joking with my supervisor that I should remember to send an email to ask for new contract. Now, I am glad I actually yet to send that email through. I will in probably two weeks but not now.

Regardless of whether I like it or not, I have to prioritise my tasks. My strategy is to land the closer one first. That will be submission of the manuscript followed by addressing the feedback from examiners.

Coming to this point, I have realised that I had so many things that I want to squeeze in this 24-hours each day. Time to sleep, time for myself, time with my niece and nephew, time with my sister-in-law, and time with my supervisor. Um.

How do I fit all these in?
A friend had suggested me previously, fit everything in even just for five minutes. It might sounds like just five minutes but it is more than nothing. By the end of the week, you have given that task/area of your life at least 30 minuets of your week. That in itself is the progress in comparison to not gving it that time.

What do I need to do?
Discipline myself to focus on everything I am doing at that given moment with my full attention to it.

What are you focusing on today?
How do you want to live your life in peak times?
What are the priority in your life?

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