37 things I’m grateful for – gratitude list

Think about the things you eagerly wanted, the stuff you often prayed for and was fortunate to have eventually earned. Reflect on how they’ve changed your life. Now consider the people who are always there to love and support you even when you don’t least deserve it. Think about how your life would be if they weren’t around. Well, if that’s not enough reason to be grateful then I don’t know what is.

I thought I’d post this last week already but then I realized that this was something I genuinely needed to do for myself – to reflect as well as experience it on an emotional sphere. I didn’t want to create a mere post out of it, but to rather pause take a moment and be thankful.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. ~ Epicurus

We become so infatuated with what we don’t have and subsequently lose cognizance of what we’re already blessed with. The overflowing clutter of things-to-do keep us so busy that we often miss out on precious things; sheer moments of gratitude and joy. So after consideration I then took time to compile my gratitude list – the things, moments and people that put color into my life.

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  1. I’m grateful that I’m able to wake up to the light of a new day.
  2. Being comfortable with who I am. Yassssss!
  3. The satisfaction from sleeping
  4. Health
  5. Everyone that cares
  6. Love
  7. Empathy
  8. Kindness
  9. Education and knowledge
  10. My mothers (plural)
  11. My mother’s son
  12. My only sister
  13. Niece
  14. Family
  15. Friends
  16. Confidante
  17. The unexpected calls and texts that indicate that I matter
  18. The dreams
  19. All those who believe in me
  20. Music – the fact that it moves me literally and figuratively
  21. Wow! Food guys
  22. All I’ve achieved so far
  23. The bright and gloomy days
  24. All the “I love, I care and I miss you’s”
  25. Connection; phones, internet just the whole nine yards
  26. Forgiveness, the fact that I get a chance to redeem myself
  27. Vacations
  28. Warmth
  29. Board games
  30. My English teacher back in high school, I remember every single word in the letter she wrote me.
  31. The elasticity to adapt to change
  32. Intuition
  33. Laughter
  34. The second, third and multiple chances
  35. Writing
  36. Television
  37. The beginnings and endings

You’ve probably once witnessed time going past you and in turn regretted that you had taken things and people for granted. It is open knowledge that gratitude is not easy to practice but what is the use of working on anything if we’re unable to show appreciation. How are we going to find value in what we are yet to achieve if we’re challenged now as it stands. I don’t know but just maybe if we could attempt to live in the moment, cherish what we have and grasp contentment in every way possible we’d be a little happier and fulfilled – just maybe.

Do you ever take a moment? Forward your thoughts.

 

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How to prioritize and manage your time productively

How do you avoid daily pressures from getting the better of you? Do you put things off for later and make up by justifying that you work well under pressure or are you the type that plans to get things done timeously and avoid burning out?

Juggling a 9-to-5, studying, blogging, exercising, and the rest of life’s demands can be a hella lot sometimes. All these things demand your time; it often feels like there’s tons on your plate with just minimal time to execute. But this is not quite the case, is it? It simply boils down to how you prioritize and allocate your time.

I remember the previous semester I had written down way beforehand how I was going to navigate my studies and stuff, I had a clearer vision of what I wanted to achieve and how I was going to go about it. I’d noted all the things that were consuming my precious limited time of which I had to eliminate and replace accordingly. I had set-up a routine and worked so hard to stick by it.

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Imagine the possibility

Draw up a feasible plan

What is it that you want to achieve? Your plan shouldn’t be so complicated that you’re unable to produce results. Your goals should be realistic and conveniently practical for you to accomplish.

Work schedule

Allocate time for each activity. For instance decide if you’ll workout early in the morning before work so that you’re able to study after work and so forth. Honestly, I’m not an early person so instead I’d workout after work so by eight in the evening I’d start studying and at ten the latest I’d be in bed.

Dedication

You can expect the best when you give your best. Dedicate your time and commit yourself to working hard. Sow and reap the benefits later.

Switch off

Imagine if the time you spend recklessly on social networks was used to grasp concepts and definitions, where would you be if you actually used that time doing something productive? I advise you to start switching off; limit the time you spend online and skip television. Yes, it makes a huge difference. At least for me it did as I wasted plenty of time on there.

Do not procrastinate

It is essential for you to align yourself with the work and don’t lose track. You won’t feel motivated everyday but since you’ve made a commitment you’ll hold yourself liable and do what’s right even when you don’t feel much like it because you care about the outcomes.

Support system

You can use all the support you can get. It can be by means of mere understanding. When your people understand that some moments you’ll miss. Even better when they’re goal-driven themselves, you’ll be more supportive and understanding of one another.

If you take a closer look at your typical day for instance, you’ll notice that you have plenty of time at your disposal, however, managing it efficiently is probably the real challenge. We’re inevitably inclined to things we prioritize and the implications thereof are evident as we tend to concentrate more on them. Now think about what those activities are for you. Are they worth splurging your energy on, are you being productive? If not – subsequently change them; draw up your plan, schedule and put in the work.

All the best!