REPORTER RECOMMENDS TAKING A PERSONAL DAY
As the quarter comes to a close and stress levels are soaring, taking a personal day to relax and center your focus can help to alleviate some of the pressure. Your personal day should be productive, but not stressful, and give you time to enjoy your own company.
Find a day when you have nowhere to be, even if there are a few items on your to-do list. For many, that probably means a Saturday or Sunday, unless you don’t have class or work sometime during the week. Start off the day right with a healthy breakfast and some early morning productivity. Now, that doesn’t mean you need to wake up at 6 a.m., but getting up just a few hours earlier than you normally would on a lazy Saturday can give you a couple extra “free hours” to utilize. Use these few hours to tackle some items on your to-do list.
Often times, it’s easy to spend the entire day anxious about all the work that needs to be done, while procrastinating your time away, leaving you stressed and unproductive. Instead, focus on being useful for just a few solid hours, and you might be surprised how much you can accomplish. Plus, crossing out some of your major projects early in the day can keep looming assignments from stressing you out.
Once you’ve had the morning to be productive, it’s time to do whatever it is that makes you happy. That could mean giving your apartment a good clean — an organized living and working space can help de-clutter your mind — going for a run, or simply relaxing with a glass of wine and reruns of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
STREAM OF FACTS
Christopher Columbus introduced oranges to North America in 1493 WHEN he brought seeds along on his second voyage.
The circumference of the world is 24,901 miles WHEN measured about the EQUATOR.
At the EQUATOR, there is very little variation in the lengths of days and nights, whereas locations near the Earth’s poles can experience extended periods of DAY or night.
On this DAY in history, February 15, 1968, Henry Lewis was elected the conductor and music director for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. According to the New York Times, Lewis was the first African American to lead a symphony orchestra in America.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself."
-Michel de Montaigne
WORD OF THE WEEK
Imperturbable - marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness: serene
Knowing she studied her hardest, Lily walked into her final exam with an imperturbable attitude that even the most difficult question couldn’t shake.
Definition taken from http://merriam-webster.com/