5 Tips for Juggling a Busy Day
Being a mom of two, a wife, a writer, and YouTuber, I have a lot of things I am juggling. My life at the moment is busier than it’s ever been, but I’m also happier than I’ve ever been, too! It hasn’t always been this way, though. It’s taken me years to achieve balance in my life when it comes to busy-ness and happiness. I’ve found that it is possible (and easy) to be busy, stressed, and not happy. It’s also possible to be busy, calm and happy. Staying flexible and calm amid a busy season is one of the keys to success and happiness in life. Here are my best tips to help you achieve busy bliss:
1. Morning Routine Tip: Do What’s Important
Do your most important tasks in the morning. Studies show that is when you are most productive and clearly thinking. Use that to your advantage and sit down, avoid social media, and attack the things that are most important for you to accomplish. For me, these come in seasons and they change all the time. I used to exercise right when I woke up, pay bills, and make my lunch for the day. Now, my life looks a lot different (and I put all my bills on auto-pay) and I answer emails in the morning, pray, and write out my daily tasks instead. I’m sure over time, what I choose to do first in the morning will EVOLVE as life changes. But, I will always make it a goal to get the important things done in the morning when I’m most inspired (and caffeinated)!
2. Planning Tip: Try Switching Back to Paper
Ever open up your planner or to-do list on your phone and somehow accidentally find yourself scrolling through Instagram for 10 minutes? You’re not alone sister. I do that too, and since I’ve switched back to a paper planner, I’ve found I can ditch my phone for 10 minutes, give my full attention to planning my day and focus without being distracted by scrolling mindlessly through cat videos. I don’t plan out every aspect of my day because that makes me feel trapped. Rather, I plan out general things I would like to get done, maybe an idea for dinner, and a few goals for the week. I stay flexible every day and that reduces my stress if my plans change (which they probably will).
3. Healthy Eating Tip: Eat Your Passion
I used to be more harsh on myself to “eat healthy”. After years of trying to find balance, I’ve found that it’s a lot more effective to eat what you’re passionate about. Now, I eat what my body is craving (unless it’s nachos three days in a row). I also stick to simple rules like limiting myself to 2 cups of coffee, avoiding most candy & processed sugar to stop mid-day energy crashes. What you eat more of, your body will crave. If you give it a chance to eat healthfully, it will become easier over time. These simple tricks make a big difference in keeping your energy up all day. They key is to not have too many rules. When you feel deprived and constricted, that’s when it’s hardest to stay on track and eat healthfully. But then again, some days call for a Reese’s Blizzard. No judging.
4. Spiritual Tip: It’s Hard to Come Back from Burnout
Don’t get stuck in the mindset that not taking a break will help you. It won’t. It can lead to burnout, and once you’re burned out, it’s very hard to bounce back. Remember that taking an hour or two a day for “you time” is just as productive as getting that extra load of laundry done. I tend to feel guilty for taking any time to myself, so I really have to practice this tip since this is a weakness of mine. Know yourself!
5. Friendship Tip: Show Me Your Friends and I’ll Show You Your Future.
Surround yourself with only people who lift you up and believe in the power of your unique passions. Some people handle any sort of busy-ness they have by complaining. Don’t surround yourself with people who compete for the title of “who’s busiest”. This is a game that you will not enjoy winning and one that zaps your energy. Befriend people who pour light, positivity, and encouragement into you. The attitudes you surround yourself with are the attitudes that you will eventually have yourself.
Finally, don’t be too hard on yourself! Not to spoil the ending for you, but everything is going to be okay. 🙂