The Art of Chaos

If I had to describe my life in an image right now, it would be this one:

There are so many things happening, I don’t know what to focus on first. In this case, I am like Troy. Things happen so suddenly at times, it’s very hard to keep up. Soon enough, you begin to feel overwhelmed and you panic, and before you know it, you’re Pierce – on the ground, with people standing over you trying to help you out. But the room is still on fire.  It’s hard figuring out a way to deal with the whole notion of being overwhelmed.

Because, of course, as we all know, we do not live in Europe, and being whelmed is just not a thing. In Canada – especially in university in Canada – life moves at a startling quick pace. There never seems to be enough time in the day to do what you want. In fact, if there’s one thing I’ve seen that describes it best, it’s this picture:

pick two triangle

But it doesn’t have to be like this. There’s a trick, a secret that’s not so secret, to avoiding the state of being overwhelmed and remaining whelmed. Time management.

Ten points to anyone who can tell me what that means. I’m kidding, of course. Time management is a skill that is acquired only after you break down while studying for a test. Breaking down at least once  – usually it’s multiple times – is a prerequisite. That’s right folks, even this skill has a prerequisite. And we all know how much we love prerequisites. Anyway, after you’ve had your crying jag, you should pull up this thing called a calendar. And write everything that is due in this calendar. Have another crying session as you realize how many things you haven’t done. When you’re finished, you make a plan. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. Don’t do what’s easiest first – especially if that’s due in a month. Do what’s due. Do what’s due, that’s the motto.

At the end of it all, only one image will describe your life:

What a wonderful sight. (Another ten points if you love The Incredibles as much as I do)

It’s going to seem chaotic at first. That’s because it is. It’s utter mayhem. However, as Amelia Atwater-Rhodes said, “Life is nothing without a little chaos to make it interesting.”

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