How to say no!
How to Say ‘No’
Let’s face it — it’s so easy to get sucked into new responsibility after new responsibility until you’ve completely booked up your time and nearly overwhelmed yourself. I once gave a presentation on time management, and I asked everyone to raise their hand if they’d been guilted into doing something they didn’t have time to do. Every hand in the room went up. How can you keep prioritizing when more things keep getting added to your plate?
When to say no
The key to this is saying no, and unfortunately, it’s not as easy to do as it sounds. As much as we’d all like to successfully overachieve at all times, sometimes we just can’t put any more on our plates. It’s important to be able to recognize when that’s the case and to know how to respectfully decline more work.
Whenever something will add unnecessary time or stress that you don’t have room for, it’s probably a good idea to say no. This could be a favor a friend asks you to do, something in an extracurricular that could be delegated to someone else or even when your boss gives you one too many tasks in a short amount of time. If you don’t have time for it or you know it’ll be one more thing to add to your overwhelming to-do list, it’s okay to say no.
The key is to know your limits. Only you know how much you can handle at once without going over the edge. If you feel you’re reaching that point, you owe it to yourself to protect your time. Other people don’t know how much is on your plate, so it’s unlikely they’re intentionally asking you to overcommit yourself. It’s your job to politely decline if you feel someone else could devote more time and energy.
Ways to Start Your Morning Off Right
Often, a college student’s morning routine consists of waking up five minutes before class, throwing on yesterday’s jeans and grabbing a coffee from the dining hall on the way. It’s often rushed and isn’t much of a morning routine at all. Maybe you alternate the jeans with last week’s sweatpants and swap out the coffee for an orange juice to spice it up, but there are plenty of ways to ensure better self-care without exerting too much effort. Just know you may sadly lose an extra five minutes of sleep; however, any of the following additions to your morning routine will hopefully be beneficial.
For a busy college student always on the go, finding time to eat breakfast is usually a hindrance. Who has the time to sit down in a dining hall or assemble their own breakfast before 8 a.m. chemistry lab? If you’re someone who can’t imagine creating an avocado toast masterpiece, don’t worry! There are a number of fast and healthy breakfast combinations you can try. The important thing is that you eat something in the morning.
In case you’re not a breakfast person, remember that eating a simple protein bar or a piece of fruit can prevent your stomach from rumbling in the middle of an exam or your hand reaching for sweets later in the morning. Eating breakfast can also keep your digestive system regulated, especially during your least favorite time of the month.
Starting your day off the right way is more important than most of us realize as college students. We deal with enormous amounts of stress and sometimes don’t know how to handle it. By adding something healthy and positive to your morning routine, you change the entire course of your day for the better.
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