Why Pacing Yourself Is Critical for Acheiving Goals

runningMy journey through high school has taught me many lessons. For example, I learned that the path forward isn’t always clear, that not everything is as black and white as I thought it was, and that some friendships just don’t survive. During finals week this year, I learned another important lesson.

I have always been a bit of a procrastinator. I usually get my homework done, but often at the last minute. As spring got into full swing, I began to let my focus loosen, and I started pushing my assignments right up to their deadlines.

When finals week came, I had about forty five pages of writing to do on top of studying for classes such as Precalculus. I was swamped. I pulled two all-nighters and stayed up well beyond midnight on the other nights. By the end of the week, I was exhausted and burned out. I had nothing left in me.

Consequently, for two weeks, I simply could not bring myself to write my weekly articles for this site. I had nothing left in me. However, it did not have to be that way.

Had I paced myself, I could have easily completed finals week with plenty of rest and my creative juices still flowing. Nonetheless, I procrastinated, resulting in my needless suffering.  This, however, did teach me an important lesson.

I learned that pacing myself is important for maintaining my creativity and health. If I do not plan ahead and pace myself out, I suffer. I learned that I am not omnipotent. Unsurprisingly, I do have my limits, and I need to respect them.

In the future, I intend to anticipate my workload and keep a healthy perspective of my abilities. I will work consistently, maintaining an even pace. I do not want to be bled dry again.

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