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Some of you probably know this about me by now, but I’m someone who loves schedules and planning. I love my routines and I love knowing that what needs to be done will get done.
Having a set plan for things works really well for me and my productivity.
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But these past few weeks, my routine just wasn’t possible. Between moving into our first home (I’ll be sharing that soon), getting a new puppy (I’ll be talking about him soon too), having a sick family member, my husband starting a new job working overnight shifts, and normal relationship/work/life stuff, things have been hectic. It’s been hard to have routines or anything like that.
I’m willing to bet that we’ve all been there – going through something that’s just shaking up our daily routine. It happens, but it might make you feel overwhelmed.
Maybe you’re going through a big life change, maybe you’re just way too busy, or maybe something (like life) is just getting in the way.
What happens when your routine just isn’t working and you’re feeling stressed? How can you deal when you have too much on your plate?
Today, I thought I’d share a few tips for balancing your schedule – and life – without going cray-cray!
Figure out where you’re spending your time.
Take a few minutes to actually grab a piece of paper and a pen and write down where you’re spending your time. What are your current commitments? Write down all of your responsibilities, tasks, etc. You should really actually write them down. It’s good to take a look at everything you’re spending your time on.
Cut the fat off of your list.
Okay, now cross things off of your list if they aren’t necessary or important. Is there anything that you could ask someone else to do? Is there a commitment that you could nicely back out of? Is there anything you could just forget about?
If you need to call someone and let them know you can’t do whatever you promised to do, don’t feel bad. Because: 1) There’s nothing wrong with saying no sometimes, and 2) You probably wouldn’t do your best work anyway when you’re feeling so overwhelmed.
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Prioritize what’s left on your list.
Now that you’ve written down your list and trimmed the fat off of it, write down your new list on a new piece of paper. Number the tasks in order of importance. This is an important step so that you can actually make sure you’re getting your “must-dos” done!
Create a game plan for the day.
Once you know what you need to get done, it’s time to make a game plan. Take your list and plan out your day – from start to finish. It’s best to keep a planner or journal for this so you always have everything organized.
When you’re making your plan for the day, there are two main ways that people get more done. Some people like to start with a couple of small tasks to get the ball rolling and build momentum for the rest of their to-do list. But some people like to get their most important tasks out of the way first so that they know they’re done, even if they don’t have time to do anything else. Figure out what works for you, personally!
Give yourself grace when you need it.
It’s important to have grace with yourself at all times, but it’s especially important when you’re stressed out. Nobody is Superwoman, and we can’t always tackle it all. Life gets in the way and stuff happens. Sometimes slow and steady wins the race! Just keep swimming, but try not to get in over your head. Getting too overwhelmed won’t help anything. And remember: Tomorrow is a new day and a new chance to start over!
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What’s your best tip for dealing with an overwhelming schedule? Let me know in the comments!