Can Convenience & Self-Improvement Occupy The Same Scheduling Space?

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We all understand that anything good in our lives has often come from the ability to change our actions to best suit our environments – in other words embarking on unconscious and conscious self-discipline. As you grow in years, you realize that sustaining relationships with your family is not as much as a given as it is a careful interplay of care, attention and mutual respect – perhaps settling personality difference from time to time. You likely realize that your working skills have come from a slow march of training on the job and in an educational field, without which you would struggle to earn your current income. You realize that health is dictated by how much activity you partake in, what your diet is, how much sleep you have and how sensible you are with danger. Of course, this last example will always be marred by the difficulty of unfair illnesses, but we always have within our reach the ability to improve our personal health, even if that’s simply in the environments we choose to surround ourselves with.

To summarize this initial point, we all know that usually anything good that comes to us in our mature lives are an exercise in self-improvement, even if it doesn’t feel like that’s explicitly the reason. For example, your drive to work this morning will be statistically safer if you care for the road rules. That is not a fixed guarantee. It’s a sustained effort and decision you make each morning to rectify your behaviour, even if it has become instinctual road habit.

For more pressing matters of novel self-improvement, we understand that part of our schedule and learning efforts will need to be directed in the orientation of a new goal. But can self-improvement and convenience occupy the same scheduling space in our busy lives? Absolutely. Consider the following if you hope to improve your situation without implementing too much of an upset to your schedule.

Online Degrees

Studying for a degree online is without a doubt one of the most convenient methods of gaining a new qualification. Many people wish that they followed up with further education, or perhaps that they took a different course during their prime. Many people feel that if you haven’t earned a degree in your early twenties, going back to do so is a waste of time. This is patently false and quite a damaging perception to hold onto, so it’s essential to consider how beneficial its opposite migth be.

An online degree is not only good for your schedule. It’s excellent for your financial planning to, as reducing the need for bricks and mortar tuition and resources can help slash the cost of trying a new degree, helping you live more comfortably from week to week, and become accredited with something worthwhile.

However, perhaps more pertinent to this article is the fact that online degrees are very comfortably nestled within your schedule if you plan correctly. No matter if you have children, a hard job or simply only a couple of hours of free time a day, you can chip away and make progress through an online degree thanks to the flexibility of hours and no need to attend select lecture courses at a particular time. Often this means that young professionals and parents alike can find time to accommodate this as they need to, working more one day and less the next, always with convenience in mind.

The best part? This convenience needn’t come at the cost of anything else. You may still study prestigious degrees such as an engineering management program online, while still contributing to your daily working effort. The only thing to consider that might give you pause is that online degrees require a dilligent mind for planning, and you need to keep your motivation consistent. When relying on yourself, any progress you make will need to become generated by you and you alone. However, we’re certain that with the right mindset, you’ll have zero problems with this.

Exercise

Exercise is something we all need to take part in for optimal health, but it can often feel like an unecessary constraint on our schedule. When we’re trying to balance a job, family and all the other million considerations we need to think of in one day, working out is often considered one of the least important. Of course, this all depends on your mode of reference.

In order to be fit and healthy, you needn’t feel obliged to work out for hours a day. It’s quite important to consider just how little effort can help you stay healthy, so long as you practice it dilligently. For example, making small lifestyle changes such as using the stairs instead of the elevetor, learning a morning calisthenics routine to go over your body and stretch before you begin your daily schedule can help keep you alert. You may decide that the gym is near enough for you to enjoy twenty minutes on the treadmill at lunch, helping you feel a boost of energy in the middle of the day (perfect for sedentary jobs.)

You may be able to bring some of your personal home duties alongside you with this new healthy prioritization. For example, it might be that taking your young child to a swim class or pool a few times a week can help you get active together. Coming back from the normal school run may be a great time to workout in your living room by purchasing a machine, a Yoga DVD or weights, or perhaps even opting for more active responsibilities at work can help you stay trim and help benefit your professional life.

Exercise can be incredibly convenient because we are built to move. Usually, you can incorporate this in many of your daily activities if you’re wise and pay attention to your body.

Absorbing Content

We all have a choice of the content we absorb on a daily basis. While personalized cell phones and social media feeds have perhaps left us in a digital bubble when it comes to the type of news we consume and with what political leaning it has been constructed in mind of, finding new and novel forms of content is usually only one search engine result away.

We all absorb content, what matters is finding the type of content that is relevant to you. It can pay to understand what forms of podcast can keep you informed, what audio-books are worth listening to, and perhaps what television series you prioritize in your spare time. Self-improvement can come through exposure to if you care to tailor it. It’s the difference between watching a serialized reality television program and watching a long-form documentary series. It’s knowing when to balance entertainment and informed content, and ideally realizing there needn’t be a disconnect between the two.

Curate your content. You can tailor what content providers you subscribe to, where and how you absorb this information, and what you think of it. If you find that your reading capacities have dropped in recent years, perhaps nurturing a healthy audio-book library can help your commutes shine. If you notice that you’re struggling to apply yourself to your new promotional role, listen to podcasts or TED talks about leadership and management solutions. It’s guaranteed that if you look for the content you need, someone, somewhere is out trying to provide it.

With these simple efforts, convenience and self-improvement can for sure become balanced and absorbed into one another – always to your benefit.

Comments

  1. I would like to say yes, but in my world, I cannot find that balance.

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