Some days I just think too much and it becomes a problem - I lose the motivation to continue thinking about all the what-I-should-dos or what-I-could-have-beens.
I guess I'm overthinking too much. I guess it is an occupational hazard of mine. There are really a lot of uncertainties in life that I don't even know how I will turn out at the end of these 4 years in university.
I like to engage in deep conversations in my mind. It comforts me, and it makes me feel as though I have control over my destiny (although I don't). As such, overthinking is a problem that I am always grappling with.
However, what I found out recently was that making impromptu plans and executing it without much thought was a faster way to ensure a task is done.
"Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality."
— Robin Sharma
The mind works as a filter, filtering away unwanted and useless thoughts. However it can cause procastination to happen when ideas that are stuck in the mind and not executed.
By bypassing the mind and executing the action right away, one can avoid a lot of mental debate about whether to execute the action or not.
This approach SHOULD only apply to things which you really want to do (that is not illegal or immoral) and are really passionate about.
Stop overthinking, make it happen.
Impromptu weekly reflections
I guess two things that I have learned over the past few months is to savour each moment whenever you can, and to properly pace yourself.
There are lots of painful realities in life that one has to face every day, but we should not forget about all those small moments of happiness, the human connections that we form through all our daily interactions that make life a bit more bearable. Yes, everyone is struggling together. That is why we should treasure every tiny moment of success that life dishes out daily.
Another thing is that burnout is real. When you face your work for every weekday and it is not complete at the end of the week, there is always this temptation to bring it back home and continue working on it. I have fell into this trap many times. While it made me feel better than I was able to complete the work in time, deep down I felt miserable. It was not a productive use of my time.
My own definition of a fulfilling life is one that allows me to balance my hobbies and work. As such, ideally I would have time every week to work and improve on my hobbies. Right now, I am trying really hard not to touch my work outside of my work hours. If there was a need for me to finish my work, I should simply report there earlier and leave later. No work outside of company hours.