How to be productive when you don't have to be productive

Hey guys!
If you read my life update, you would know my current situation- I am currently taking a gap year, a.k.a. I am no longer a student. I am someone whose life was based on my academic obligations/duties; most of my daily routine was devoted to studying, note-taking, reading the assigned literature. But now, I don't have to do that. I don't have to do anything. When that realization struck me, it struck me like a lightning bolt by the way. I (like any normal human) took maximal advantage of it. Thus, my usual day looked like this:

  • wake up at noon
  • eat lunch
  • watch TV or Gilmore Girls on my laptop
  • play World of Warcraft
  • eat dinner
  • take a shower (maybe)
  • go back to sleep
My days were unproductive, I wasn't taking care of myself, I wasn't doing anything which I found meaningful and purposeful. So, last week I gave myself a challenge and tried to follow it through for the whole week:

 Be productive even though you don't have to be!

The challenge is actually a routine, created to maximize the time usage throughout the day. We all have the same 24 hours, but not all of us use them the same. Both you, me, Beyonce, Queen Elizabeth, your cat, your grandma, my doctor and everybody- same 24 hours!

 The routine:

  1. Wake up at 9. Or before, but 9 is the last minute where you should wake up.
  2. While you drink your coffee/tea, update your planner. Yes, even though you don't have any deadlines now, you should still use a planner. Get that habit in you before it's too late and you're left clueless.
  3. Organize something. Every. Single. Day. I picked this time to be between 11 AM and 1 PM (at 1 PM I have lunch). Organize your closet, your makeup storage, your bookshelf, your desk area, your bath/shower supplies, your kitchen, your pantry, your bathroom, your cat toys... Doesn't matter what it is, but organize it so it works for you. And once you do organize it, keep it that way. 
  4. Read books. Read newspapers, Read articles. Educate yourself even though you are out of school. Knowledge is power, something no one can take away from you. Learn something new every day. Pro tip: keep a small notebook with you at all times; jot down any question which you want to look up into; answer those questions daily.
  5. Exercise. Eat healthy. Drink water. Drink tea. Have one bad habit. But just one. Balance is the key to maintaining a good routine. But make exercise a part of that routine, eat a banana instead of that bag of chips. But know that you can always eat junk food when you really feel like it. Balance, my mate. It's crucial.
  6. Don't become a hermit, reach out to people once a day. Send a text to your college friend, send an email to your aunt, arrange coffee dates, meetings, walks. Socialize. Just because you aren't surrounded with people on a daily basis, doesn't mean you don't need that. You do. Don't lie to yourself. 
  7. Pick up a hobby. Spend an hour on that hobby every day. Draw, paint, write, sing, play an instrument, dance, go hiking, knit a sweater for your cat which he/she will probably hate, try out new makeup tutorials, create a blog, create a YouTube channel, learn a new language, learn sign language. Pick up a hobby. Hobbies will keep you going.
  8. Call it a night at 9 PM. 9 PM is when you will retreat to your bedroom, do your night routine, read a book for pleasure, watch a TV show or a movie, cuddle with your pet. Write your to-do list for tomorrow, set your alarm clock for the same time you woke up this morning. 


Apart from the daily schedule, don't forget to dream. Dream and visualize your future life, set goals. Those goals can be anything, it can go from what kind of an outfit you want to have in the future, what college you will apply next year, what kind of an apartment you want to have, how you want to feel/look,what you want to do and what kind of a person you want to become. Set goals. Visualize them. If you have troubles visualizing them, make a dream/goal board. Set it up somewhere where you will see it first thing in the morning. Print out pictures, write out quotes, draw and doodle- whatever gets you going in the morning.

Also, never lose momentum. If you're on a roll with this challenge- awesome, but you have to keep going. You have to wake up everyday with determination that the next day will be as good if not even better than today. Work on yourself, for yourself, by yourself. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul!

I've been trying to keep up with this challenge of mine, and to be honest... I feel good. I feel like I have a purpose, like I am where I am supposed to be, doing what I want and like. I am also getting so much support from my mother and brother, as well as from my boyfriend, which keeps giving me momentum and I just feel so amazing right now! I don't think I have ever been more at peace with myself and my surroundings. This was one of my 2017 goals and I am so glad I finally managed to achieve it!

Will you do the challenge as well? Do you like the fact that I posted 3 days in a row? WHAAT? Yes! Comment down bellow or hit me up on Twitter (contacts page everybody!!!) what you think of this mini challenge and if you want to add something to it!
Lots of love,
Omega 

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