5 Rules for Extremely Busy People: How to Thrive and Stay Alive – By Natalia Oparka

1. Make lists.
Yes. I know. Smartphones are trendy and plus – it’s outdated and cheesy, but believe me, smartphones die and you still have plenty to do while a good old list is always there, ready to be read.

2. Write an essay or go shopping?
So you’ve got the list. That’s a good start, but you also need to analyze and prioritize the items on it: working on your project due in 7 months may not be on the top of your list if you are in a desperate need for clean underwear and there’s no washing powder.
3. Don’t let the food in your fridge develop their own culture.
You work a lot, study a lot, and are always keen on a new hobby. The only problem is you never seem to know your way to the market, let alone finding the stove. Having a busy life is awesome, but one can’t live on energy drinks and snacks. While prioritizing, make time for grocery shopping: healthy snacks, brainy food – consider it an investment in your body. And never are you to dump the leftovers in the darkest corner of your fridge – mine woke me up a month later demanding their rights to vote!
4. No, thank you!
The tests and assignments are mysteriously piled up in front of you and you have no idea how it all happened? Practice saying no and see what happens. Hey, can you take my shift? Hey, could you please hand it a week sooner? How come you’ve never written anything a 100 page long? Remember that you are in charge of your life and you decide whether you are ready for a new project.
5. Embrace your life!
It may seem hectic at times, but it’s all part of the game as long as you are having fun. However, every now and then try to reevaluate where you are and where you are going. This way you will avoid waking up when you are 47 realizing you’ve been doing it all wrong for the past 30 years, and you forgot how to have fun. Stay faithful to yourself and your needs.



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