Know Your Limits

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Hey everyone! I don’t want to publicly complain or anything…

BUT THIS HAS BEEN THE MOST STRESSFUL MONTH OF MY ENTIRE LIFE!

Senior year is a trap. You go into it thinking it’ll be all fun and games, but before you know it, you’re drowning in homework AND college applications/scholarships!

But it’s fine, I’m fine. (not)

If you’re still living in the youthful bliss known as Not Senior Year, you have been warned. If you’re also a senior, please feel free to comment all of your personal complaints regarding this year, because I will understand completely. 🙂

Anyway, you might be thinking…

“Tiffany, you must be procrastinating like crazy if this school year has been so hard for you!”

…BUT…

That would not be the case. At least not all of it.

The truth is, I’m actually improving a lot when it comes to how much I procrastinate regularly. Of course, I still have those “relapses”, but I’ve been surprisingly efficient with my time recently. I’ve lowered my phone usage and I’ve stopped checking my social media as frequently. In fact, I even turned my phone on airplane mode for almost all of today because I knew that I needed to focus on other things! So, what’s the cause of the issue?

Put simply, I’ve put too much on my own plate.

I’ve overestimated both my capabilities as a human and the number of hours I have in a day. On top of taking 6 dual enrollment classes, I’m highly involved in several clubs at my school, I have a job, I volunteer regularly, I have a photography business, AND I try to set aside time to hang out with my friends and enjoy my hobbies.

To be completely honest, I don’t think I can handle all of it.

But wait a minute. Let’s stop right here and think…

Are you in the same situation as me? Are you pushing yourself too hard? How much is TOO much involvement?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to make an excuse for you to stop motivating yourself to reach your highest potential. KEEP WORKING HARD. But please remember that it’s also important to KNOW YOUR LIMITS.

So… if you are in a similar scenario, here’s my advice:

Make sacrifices that will benefit you in the long run. In other words, if you have too much to do and too little time, let go of something (at least temporarily) that isn’t a necessity. Decide which activities are the most important to you and focus your attention on them. Let the secondary activities fall into the background, and only spend time on them if you have the time!

Apply these principles to your life to reduce the amount of stress you have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Give yourself a chance to breathe!

-Tiffany/The Stressed Senior Who Needs to Take Her Own Advice

11 thoughts on “Know Your Limits

  1. There are several peaks of high stresses for anyone. Last year of high school is invariably one of the tallest. It’s true for any generation and any culture. You are not alone. Hang in there, the light at the end of the tunnel will soon brighten up your eyes and spirit.

  2. Many procrastinators are also high achievers, like you and me. Despite my life long struggle with procrastination, I am on my way to an Ivy League school. However, being a “successful” procrastinator means a lot of pain and agony both physically and mentally. I agree that “knowing your limits” is one way to alleviate this. To me, “knowing when to stop” is my way to be a high achiever and a procrastinator at the same time. Let’s face it, most people have a monster called procrastination inside them. Eradication of it is probably impossible. More importantly is how to control it. “Knowing when to stop” is the leash in my hands around the monster’s neck. Thanks for your insights.-RSM

    1. That’s amazing that you are on your way to an Ivy League!! Congratulations 🙂
      I’ve also noticed a similar trend… procrastination does tend to hit overachievers the hardest, and the effects on us are especially detrimental. Wonderfully written; thank you for your feedback!

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