Like most of you busy babes, my schedule is usually packed with work, gigs, social events, and all the responsibilities in between. There are days where the only break I get is a 20 minute zone out after lunch. I could honestly use less days where I’m multitasking like an effing siamese octopus!
Whether you’re working on a deadline that’s looming closer and closer by the hour, or running errands like a chicken with its head cut off, surviving a jam-packed day can seem to be a hopeless case. But it’s not always. It’s actually quite possible to go through a busy day without feeling like something the cat dragged in…
Here are a few of the ways I get through my busy days (and stay sane):
I keep my calendar especially close during a busy day.
My daily life has so much going on, with my renovation and my dog and my boyfriend and my business and volunteering and and and… It’s absolutely challenging to keep tabs on everything and never miss an important appointment or deadline. So what’s a girl to do (besides obviously buy a super cute and overpriced agenda)? I keep a calendar, and it saves my BUTT. It helps me clearly see how much time and effort I should allot to a certain assignment. This way I don’t get overwhelmed or even worse, procrastinate. Most importantly, having a calendar keeps my sanity intact.
An agenda where you can write notes and post a To-Do checklist will put order in an otherwise hodgepodge of your daily tasks and commitments, I promise you. Make sure it has a lot of writing space however, so you can write down whatever needs to be done with space to add your own notes. I religiously use my Moleskin notebook as an agenda. It’s not covered in a million flowers or metallic cursive, but I love its functionality!
A digital calendar works just fine too. For the more tech savvy girls out there, you can download some rad calendar or organizer apps (I love Calendar5!) from your Apple Store or Playstore and have quick access to your reminders with a swipe of your finger. I always have my calendar on my phone, so I don’t always have to pull my bigger Moleskin out. Plus being able to set little alarms for yourself is critical for punctuality.
I take little bits of time to myself to meditate or just sit quietly.
The moment we reach “adulthood” (bleh, that word), busy days automatically become something that we have to live with and go through for most parts of our lives. Our long-term goals don’t come easy, and we really have to work for them. However, we shouldn’t sacrifice all of ourselves in the altar of our career. Having bits of time to yourself isn’t bad— even in the middle of a busy day. Hectic days are inevitable, but if you let it consume you, it could lead you to burnout and anxiety.
I make sure to schedule breathers throughout a busy day. I’ll listen to my favorite songs for 15 minutes, or think of happy wanderlusting thoughts in child’s pose. Even just sitting quietly with some tea and letting my mind relax helps ease anxiety. Taking Mosi to the dog park (so he can play, and I can sit in the sun) always helps recenter me. One of the reasons doing 20 things at once exhausts us is because it throws us off balance. It’s tiring living your life being off-center. Incorporating meditation or mind healing practices can help you strike a balance between your career and your mental and emotional health.
I think positive.
This is not the easiest thing to do when I have a mountain of work piled on my desktop. Being positive some days is harder than others. But in almost everything I do, I try to be mindful of what I’m doing and more importantly why I’m doing it. Reading Essentialism (lol, you would think I was getting paid to promote this book) helped me so much with this! Take the words of Walt Whitman: “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.”
It may seem trivial, but trust me, keeping an organized calendar or meditating can make a lot of difference when you’re in the midst of hectic and busy days. Tell me know what works to keep you sane on Mondays in the comments below! I’m always looking to get better and better and living a healthier life. Let’s zen out, not just turn up xx