I’m sure we’ve all read, or been verbally fed, exam stress advice like this offered by the BBC. And believe me, as somebody who has a birthday that falls during exam term, people greatly appreciate it if you make the effort to include a few drinks one evening in your hefty revision schedule. But this says nothing about the sweet five minutes you could take to glance out of your window, or the break you could take to enjoy a popular snack named after a furry/cute/much-videoed animal. Besides the science that suggests having a five minute break every half an our is beneficial to the brain, finding pleasure in small little things we do away from work helps to keep moral up and make life a little more bearable. If we begin to see life as a series of 'little moments,' rather than the ‘pathway’ to our targets and goals that so many self help authors clamour to point out, then we can feel less deprived of what we want to “get” and where we have to “be”, and become more fulfilled. In essence, forget about seeing the wood through the trees, and find a pretty leaf instead. If you feel like you’re enjoying your day more because you’re taking some time to yourself, then that motivation is far more likely to feed back into your work.
The day that I post this you will be able to find me in Cambridge. As a result of persuasive (Blake) friends, wine with dinner and tactical ignorance of my bank account, I’m flying back for the weekend on a flight I booked yesterday. In the big picture world, I’m doing something far too spontaneous, and paying more money for it. I should be using my time to explore more of Austria, practising more of my German and getting more of my Year Abroad Project done (see: started). I have goals that I should be focused on, and distractions are a no-no. But on the other hand my friends are finishing their exams, I’ve been promised a party and the whole time is going to be hilarious. So after writing a whole blog post to justify my actions I’m pretty sure I am the winner here. I’ll just need a good bacon sandwich to top it all off.