How Grad School Is Helping to De-clutter My Life
April 12, 2011 § Leave a Comment
I’ve been taking a graduate class for four weeks and I’m already starting to see how being in school is helping to de-clutter my life. Since I work full-time, I have to immediately start studying when I come home if I’m going to get all of my reading and assignments done. This leaves me with little time for other activities and prioritizing has become an important skill to me.
One of the most noticeable ways that my life is becoming de-cluttered is that I no longer have time to watch tv because of my school work. I’m sad to admit this but in the past, I would watch a lot of tv. My routine was to come home from work and turn on the tv as a way to de-stress which wasn’t healthy. Now I come home and study a subject that is exciting to me and that I’m passionate about. As stressful as school can be, it’s a stress reliever in a way since it takes away my focus from the stress at work.
Lately, I’m not as pre-occupied with my job as I was in the past. There are days that I have stress but I’m more focused on school than anything else. Even when I’m at work, I’m thinking about school and reflecting on what I’ve been learning.
I’ve started appreciating my alone time and my hobbies even more now since I’ve been in school. Since my personal time is limited, I’ve become even more interested in my hobbies. I can’t wait until Fridays and Saturdays when I’m able to take personal time for myself.
Another aspect of my life that grad school has helped to de-clutter is that I’ve been able to disengage myself from broken relationships. I don’t have the mental space to absorb my studies and then deal with the broken and misguided friendships/relationships in my life. This is freeing because my spirit is no longer being depleted by these issues.