How to get through November
November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized
I can totally relate when people say November brings with it the dreaded Novemberitis. I’ve had when I was in school. You see we always had our end of the year exams in November. The weather would be awesome as summer had arrived and I’d be stuck in my bedroom studying and stressing for the next exam. The sun would be shining and the pool would look extra inviting and I’d be learning about the cold war in history. Or the earthworm in biology. Or something food related in Home economics (I’m a hopeless cook – maybe the signs were there early). Point is I’ve never been November’s biggest fan.
Then I started working and for a few years this changed. November meant it was the month before we took annual leave. Before office lunches and gifts and other lovely things arrived. In one office I worked in, we even put up a tree.
You’d think I was cured of Novemberitis for good. Then I started studying through work and for two years in a row my exam was in November. Novemberitis hit like bucket of ice cold water. It was back. The sun would be shining and the dogs would be outside running around and I’d be stuck in our study trying to recite how to do calculations using the correct formula and how to remember graphs. It was like I was back in school (but with a much better wardrobe and nicer hairdo).
This year I took a break from studying. Working full time and studying part time is not easy and I admire those that make a success of it. November this year was mine. All mine! I signed up for National Novel Writing Month and I tell you it has been awesome. Spending hours in the study doing something I love is making November whip by at quite a speed. Before we know it, the festive season will have arrived (I cannot wait to dust off the Boney M Christmas CD). But I’ve made a list of ways to get through November for those who find this month a bit long:
1.) Try something you have never done before. For me it was attempting to write a novel in 30 days.
2.) Surround yourself with positive people. I find myself instantly more energetic spending time with people who I can have a laugh with, as opposed to a grumpy person who wants to moan and gossip about someone.
3.) Keep your routines. This time of year it is easy to get out of good habits and get a little lazy. “It is the festive season” we all chant. Yes it is, but you’ll feel so much better if you keep going to gym and continue eating reasonably. I can assure you, you’ll feel alot better in January next year.
4.) Tackle something you have been putting off at work. That massive box of old files under your desk is not going to go away on its own. Break the task up into little bits every day and by the time you go on leave you’ll have a clear desk and more legroom.
5.) If you cannot take leave in December then November may seem even longer. Have something fun planned for the days you are at work during the festive season. Schedule a coffee or snack with a colleague and enjoy your lunch hour away from the office. Or take a book with to work and find somewhere quiet to read during your lunchtime.
6.) Plan ahead. This time of year gets a little hectic with everyone wanting last minute get togethers and you could end up feeling more stressed. Get out your diary and schedule your plans wisely. If you have a big client meeting on Wednesday, having a girls night out on Tuesday might not be the best idea. Plan your time sensibly.
7.) Learn to say no. If you cannot make a lunch/dinner/shopping date, then say so. People will understand. Don’t stress yourself out trying to please everyone as you’ll end up feeling resentful and burnt out. This brings me to my last point…..
8.) Take time out for yourself. Run yourself a bubble bath. Put on your favourite CD. Buy that book you’ve been wanting to read. Make time to do things that puts a smile on your face and before you know it November will be over and you’ll feel alot calmer.