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Now the previous me would have felt dull for the rest of the day, probably would have ordered an indulgent Deliveroo for lunch, felt sluggish as a result, wasted time reviewing the perceived humiliation of the meeting, then canceled drinks in favor of slobbing in front of Netflix, citing “I had a shitty day and I just don’t feel like it,” as the reason I ditched the arrangements.

Another example, you ask? Sure. I had no plans on a Sunday – which in theory is fine – but it was a sunny Sunday and so I spent the early hours of the day feeling lonely, like I was missing something and I wasted the day. In the second trimester, I got back into action and decided to go out on my own, so I went to the park, downloaded an audiobook, and spent several blissful hours in the sun with the hum of life around me. I came home feeling energized and so in the third trimester I decided to exercise in the garden and then, feeling full of endorphins, contacted a few friends to see if anyone one was there for an early outdoor dinner. They were, and so my fourth trimester was spent doing exactly what I felt so bad about earlier in the day: hanging out with mates in a pub garden.

Now, I appreciate that none of these examples show me saving the planet or getting a promotion, but they’re a shining example of how dividing up the day keeps you from catastrophizing and snowballing to bed – from more, the winnings add up. Before the Four Quarters Method, I may have woken up on a Sunday, felt lonely, and spent the rest of the day feeling more and more self-pity, to the point where straining my hand to a friend to see it would have seemed out of place. my reach. Likewise, before the four quarters method, having a few bad hours at work would have given a paranoid and doubtful tone to the day.

And it also works in a more modest way. Maybe you want to practice the first thing and you don’t quite get there, no worries, you have time on your side, you still have three quarters to play. And so, instead of waiting for the day to run away on its own and writing it off as a “day without motion,” you suddenly feel like time is on your side, three years ago. other clear chances for you to fit in a workout and check off the goals for the day.

This also works when you look back on the day, it makes it easier to spot the good parts, even if three quarters were bad.

Since adopting the Four Quarters Method, I have felt a more sustained sense of happiness and accomplishment, found joy more easily each day, and managed to sustain it for longer periods of time. longer and more balanced. On top of that, I felt healthier, able to nip destructive emotional eating in the bud with each new start (trimester) and more easily adapt to movement.

Also, using the four quarters to plan my day more effectively has made me more productive. Perhaps similar to the popular Pomodoro technique (a time management system that encourages people to work with the time they have, rather than against it. Using this method, you divide your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. These intervals are called pomodoros), dividing your time makes it easier to focus on these tunes, with a clear start and end in sight, and means I check off more things on my to-do list than ever. previously.

It also helps me see where I need a break and helps prevent burnout (which is all too common right now). If I can see I’m going to work for three shifts, I know I can give myself the fourth shift as a guilt-free rest — and that helps me get more out of my downtime, too.

And other TikTok users seem to be just as enamored with me, leaving comments praising the method below the video. “Wow, that’s a great idea. So simple but never thought of it that way! wrote one, while another added, “Perfect place to try it out! 🥰 Im gonna start doing it today, great idea x.”

Basically, I’m a four-quarter convert, and now — thanks to my ability to relentlessly praise the formula in any conversation — so are many of my friends.