How to cope with a busy schedule

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Have you ever had so much to do, you’ve laid down and watched TV instead? Because, same.

Sometimes our schedules or our ‘to-do’ lists have become so overloaded with things, that actually doing anything about it seems like the hardest thing in the world. And in fact, we just sit and procrastinate and make our to-do list even longer. I’m a list type of girl, I’ve spoke about this many times before.. but even for me, sometimes they can get a little overwhelming.

If you’re like me and love nothing more than to get everything written down on a list so you can work your way through it, then you will understand me when I say.. it starts with one list, then another.. until you have lists on top of lists. It’s easy to get bogged down with your schedule, especially as we all seem to have so much to do these days. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with having a busy schedule, absolutely not. But sometimes we have to prioritize in order to give it our all and be the best we can.

I’ve been the one to overload my schedule with lots of things to do and done almost anything to put off doing it. But I’ve learnt a few things that have helped me recently. They’ve helped to ease my schedule and ensure I have enough time not only to do what needs to be done, but also make that very important time for myself.. to relax;

Don’t get stressed

I realise this is easier said than done. I’m speaking from experience here. But getting stressed solves nothing. In fact it just makes things harder. Try and keep stress to a minimum (depending on your task). If it’s something you know will cause stress, try and take deep breaths and stay as level headed as possible. It makes a busy schedule so much easier.

Write a list

I know I just spoke about lists, but for me they work. Don’t write lists on top of lists, that’s just a recipe for disaster (unless that works for you). Stick to one list, write down everything you need to get done that day or that week. Write them a simply as possible and if need be, write down when they need to be done for.

Prioritize the most important

I like to get the hardest or the most time consuming thing done first. This way I won’t run out of steam. The smaller and easier tasks can wait, after all, they won’t take much doing. If it’s important, it’s probably a sign it needs your undivided attention. Don’t fall into the trap of putting your most important task at the bottom of your list, that’s the quickest way to not getting it done.

Ask for help

I know we all like to think we can do absolutely anything on our own, and we can, you’re absolutely right. Bit sometimes a bit of help from our loved ones is all we really need. They are there for us every other time we need them, so why not now? I like to ask my loved ones for help, it makes things easier and they are always happy to help out. And vise versa, I return the favor whenever they may need it.

Get outside assistance – if necessary

This can be done in many ways. But for the sake of this blog post I’ll use re decorating a bedroom for my example. Yes you could paint it yourself, yes it would probably save you some money. But for the sake of your wellbeing and your precious time, why not get a professional decorator in? They will get the job done in a fraction of the time it would take you, and it will also free up some of your time to get on with that important task you’ve not had the time for. Getting outside assistance in no way means you’re lazy, it means you would rather get assistance than put your health at risk by tiring yourself out. It’s a matter of priorities, if you would prefer to do the painting yourself, then go for it.

Take it one task at a time

I used to be terrible at this, and even now it sometimes creeps up on me. When you have a list as long as your arm, it’s easy to get stuck in the ‘I should be doing this’ mind frame. By this I mean, I could be sat doing one task but my mind is onto the next. Already planning what I need to do and not giving my full attention to the task in hand. Try not to do this. Focus on what you are doing at that moment, take it one task at a time, give it your time and attention and it will be done much quicker and to a higher standard than if your mind is elsewhere.

Know your limit

I’m going to say this is probably the most important one. You have to know your limit. It doesn’t matter how busy your schedule is, you have to know when you have reached your limit. Don’t go full steam ahead and end up burning yourself out, that does no one any good. If it needs doing and it’s important then get it done first.. leave the putting a load of washing in the washer and changing the bedding until tomorrow. If you can get it all done in one day without wearing yourself to the ground, then great. But if after you’ve done your most important job amongst other things, you feel run down. Either have a break or realise you’ve reached your limit.

Take breaks

It doesn’t have to be anything major, just make sure you make time for breaks during your busy schedule. Grab a cup of tea, go cuddle your dog, grab a snack or maybe sit outside in the fresh air for 10 minutes. Take a breather then get right back to it. Just 5 or 10 short minutes away from whatever it is you are doing is enough for a bit of brain space, we all need it. They work wonders I promise you.

One thought on “How to cope with a busy schedule

  1. Taking it one task at a time is so key, because that’s exactly how I get through a long to-do list as well. If I allow myself to think about the rest of the things I’ve yet to do, I’d easily get overwhelmed.

    Besides, the only time when you have the most power is right now, so it’s best to just focus on what’s happening right now, isn’t it? Thanks for this post!

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