Hello, beautiful people of the internet. How’s the life going?
Mine, as you can probably deduct from lack of posts in the recent months, is very busy, engaging and demanding. New job, second year of uni, very active 4 year old and a global pandemic on top of all that!
But I don’t write that as an excuse or for someone to pat me on the back.
If you’ve ever thought how on Earth I am able to manage working, attending full-time uni and taking care or a child… the truth is- sometimes I don’t. You can’t give 100% of yourself to all of those things at once. (Ok, maybe a Wonder Woman could, but I’m definitely not her.) You need to choose where you need to be most, but sometimes things slips through…
It’s so easy to feel like there is too much going on around, and a cartoony steam will go out of your ears any minute now… Instant access and constant flow of various information adds up to the mix.
And that’s why I’ve written down my go to solutions to reduce stress-load to a minimum. I hope it will be helpful to someone.
Here are my top tips to stay on top of your life and don’t go crazy:
1. Write it down. – Mental load is a real thing. Writing things down helps me reduce the amount of information I need to remember in my head. Whether it’s a shopping list, to do list or some random ideas. Format doesn’t matter, as long as you know where to look for it later on. After years of sticking to my notebook, I switched to Microsoft’s To Do app. It has a lovely interface, is fully customisable and I can share my lists with others if I wish to. If you’re after a nice planning app, I recommend giving it a go!
2. Stop micromanaging. – As a perfectionist and a OCD sufferer, I struggle with this a lot, especially at home. But in all honesty, done is better than perfect. Other people are capable to complete tasks too.
3. Prioritise. – There are only 24 hours in a day. Sometimes you just can’t complete all your tasks. Here is where tip 1 comes in handy. Create a todo list and group them (or underline, highlight etc. You set the rules) by their priority. There are things that needs to be done, are stuff that can wait a day or two.
4. Learn to say no. – My weekly dynamics has changed a lot recently, due to my change of job. As a result, I got into a habit of over-planning my weekends. I’d schedule play dates, meetings with friends, weekly house cleaning, weekly shopping…all into two days. Sunday evening came, and instead of feeling rested and ready for another busy week, I was exhausted!
I learned from my mistakes, and now some weekends are SLOW.
Do you have any tips to stay on track? Share with me!