my life thrives on balance + routine. and as crazy as it may sound, I function better when I have borderline too much on my plate. I’ve always been that way. in college, I took on extra shifts at work pushing me to nearly 40 hours each week, while balancing a full course load. it’s always seemed the more I have going on, the less time I have to procrastinate.
does anyone else feel that way?
there’s no reason to try + change yourself. just know how you best operate.
8 tips for thriving at busy.
1. embrace the mornings, but know when you need more sleep || my day goes drastically better when I get up early & don’t have to rush through my morning routine. but some nights when my brain will not shut off, I know extra sleep is necessary.
2. always have a notebook with you || you never know when an idea may strike, and if you’re anything like me ..if you don’t write it down, it’ll be gone for good. I have a notebook + pen in my tote at all times. but I also use evernote (on my phone, computer & tablet) to document my thoughts + ideas, and review them at the end of the day.
3. let your calendar be your friend || I tend to be a one day at a time kind of person. so I am very intentional about utilizing my google calendar. it gives me a snapshot of my upcoming day, week, & month. and best of all I can set reminders for myself. because I know, I need them. (I also set reminders on evernote. I can never have too many).
4. take a break || it is so easy to get wrapped up in the day’s tasks, or how overwhelming your day may be. in those moments, it’s best to step away. get some fresh air. grab a coffee. have a laugh (I favor buzzfeed animals for this). know what works for your midday de-stressing.
5. create a routine || my life needs a bit of structure + consistency. my morning + bedtime routines stay the same. but each day is a little different. for example: on monday & thursday, I go into work at 10AM and get off at 7PM, so I rely on a productive morning; which includes working out & planning for the blog. on tuesday & wednesday, I’m home by 5:45PM. so I use those nights to work on upcoming projects for the blog and clean up around the house.
6. drink a lot of coffee, but even more water || obviously, caffeine keeps me on the go. I look forward to my morning cup of joe. and for those extra long days, I reward myself with an afternoon coffee run. but next to my coffee cup, you’ll always find a glass of water. staying hydrated is so important!
7. take time to read || I like to end my day in a book. now, the amount I read each night is dependent on how tired I am and it varies. but besides being a great way to unwind + put me to sleep, it also stimulates creativity + thought. (I’m into self-help books. two of my recent favorites: the happiness project & dream year).
8. know your limit || there is a huge difference between staying busy + being completely overwhelmed. it’s not a fun lesson when you discover your limit. there are usually tears involved, or there was when I found mine. but when you’re wavering dangerously close, know it is ok to say “no”. your sanity will thank you.