Your Mind Matters

Aristotle once said “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” Time management is a wonderful tool, but in doing so we often neglect ourselves. So, I submit to you this: It is better to manage your energy rather than your time. Yes, you read that right. If you think about it, time is really a fixed construct in that everybody has the same 24 hours in which to work, dream, and create – yes, even Beyoncé. And with this in mind, we still allow ourselves to be ruled by time until we’re so stressed we want to curl into a ball and watch Netflix. (Hey, no judgment).

What is energy? Well, energy is more than just a physical construct. There’s also the mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects of it, too. Mental energy is the ability to analyze, create, and be creative. Emotional energy is the ability to control and maintain one’s emotions. Now, spiritual energy doesn’t have to do with being religious or supernatural, but refers to the driving force in our lives that is associated with being purposeful. Basically, what I’m saying to you is this: take the time out to take care of your mind because with it you are a powerful force that the world needs in order for change to be made.

So how does one manage their energy? Well, it’s important to remember not to overload oneself with commitments. Find one or two things (other than your studies) to commit yourself to and give of yourself to those things that make you feel purposeful. Learn to unplug and give yourself an hour to do something mindless. For me, that’s knitting a hat and listening to Epic Rap Battles of History.

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