3 Ways I Get Through A Busy Day

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):

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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

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  • Jelena C

    Out of all these, I only think positive and only in moments of desperation, just to keep the spirits up! haha I loved this!

  • I couldn’t agree with your post more. My planner (a Day Designer) gets me through. I write affirmations / scriptures / boss quotes at the top to give me perspective throughout the day. I also try to get to work 15-20 minutes early so that I can have some moments of peace before my students come and get in a prayer, organize my day. I also color code things so I can prioritize and keep myself in focus. There is ALWAYS something to do but it’s how you handle it and smile throughout doing it.

  • I was never great at organization which is strange considering I was a PA back in Malaysia. LOL! And at the start of blogging, I just kept everything in my head but once it got way more busy, my Macbook calendar is my BFF. I don’t think I could manage without it. Right now my schedule is determined by my two year old….sad but true. Haha!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Raysa Garcia

    What a great post! Thanks for sharing all these tips with us babe. You look amazingly gorgeous as always.
    Xx, Raysa

  • Katrina Fernandez

    I totally agree with this, just keep positive and everything will be okay. Anyways, you look stunning! Great post babe!

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  • Boyu

    Great tips babe and love these photos! Think positive is my #1 tip as well.

    Boyu xx
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  • Pisa

    I totally agree with you love! The tips are great and helpful :). Just take a little break for a coffee helps me :). And you look amazing as always!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Love, Pisa
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  • These are great suggestions! I love your top and this chic look!

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  • Great tips and I love that top on you!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Violette

    These are gret tips! Thinking positive is certainly a major thing to do!

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  • Love this! Sometimes we get so caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle of life that it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed, especially if you have anxiety as well. But taking a second to breathe and listen to some relaxing music while you work or having a cup of tea and scheduling things well will make the day easier. I personally like to watch a cute cat video when I’m stressed or getting overwhelmed… makes me feel so much better lol! Great post.

    Ellie
    Maplesyrupandteacups.blogspot.ca

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  • Girl, you are stunning; I love this look and your tips, too! I’ve ben so bad in recent years with not being consist with using an agenda and I seriously laughed when reading overpriced because I love to get the super cute ones, but then NEVER use them! I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t get the hang of; I won’t give up, though! Thanks so much for the inspiration and I hope you’re having a great day so far, beauty!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  • I loved this post, such a great reminded of how we can always turn our bad days around! Staying positive makes all the difference for me. And you look gorgeous, beautiful photos!!

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  • sharon wu

    Great post with great photos! Today has been quite a busy day and I’ve been doing the same thing… staying positive. Just patiently trying to make it to the weekend 😉 haha xo, sharon

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  • These are great tips. My days are so hectic so keeping a list of things to do always helps me stay on track.

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  • Love this post!! Taking some quite time is key for me, as well as staying positive. Also knowing that the day won’t last usally will do it for me too! I definitely need to improve at keeping an agenda though! Thank you for sharing love! Xx

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  • These are great tips. It really is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. I still use an agenda, there’s just something about writing things down that helps me focus. However, I am looking for a calendar app because I often forget my agenda at home. Lol! Debating between Calendar 5 or Fantastical 2.
    Love your top, the colour is fantastic on you.
    Have a great weekend!

    xo, Jackie
    stylemydreams.com

  • Style hue

    Well written boo!! I agree with all your point, and I actually do the same things as you 🙂 I find that I have to write things down to do it. I for some reason can not follow it if I write it on my phone. I also always have to have time out, everyday. For me its stretching, swimming or just laying in bed thinking (not sleeping).
    And being positive is the main key to happy life <3

    xo
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  • Such great tips! Also loving that top on you!

    xo, Jennifer
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  • Great tips and I love your outfit! Nice denim! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Great read!! And such a stunning look! I love those jeans!
    Adi xx
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  • These are such great tips, especially the staying positive one! It’s easy to get flustered on a hectic day, but positivity will help in all areas!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
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  • nisharawat

    Great tips! And such a great look. Love the color of your top 🙂

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  • Marie Ebelt

    Amazing photos and great tips ! Thanks for sharing.
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    Marie

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