Having a busy schedule can be stressful and overwhelming at times. Learning how to manage this lifestyle can help prevent stress and burnout while also freeing up time for yourself. Here are some tips for managing a busy lifestyle.
- Wake up earlier
Waking up earlier in the morning helps you get a jumpstart on the day. Not only do you have more time to enjoy breakfast and get ready for the day, but you also have time to check some things off your checklist. If you were planning on doing laundry or dishes that day, crossing it off your list earlier in the day can help to alleviate stress and start off the day productively.
- Keep a Planner
Scheduling your week ahead of time helps to avoid burnout and stress. This keeps you on track throughout the week and ensures that you get everything done. It’s important to leave time in your schedule for yourself and extra tasks that might come up last minute.
- Quit trying to do it all
When scheduling your day/week, it can be easy to put too much on your plate. When we put too much on our plate, we might beat ourselves up for what we don’t get done. Creating smaller goals that we can celebrate throughout the day can help prevent us from focusing on what we didn’t achieve. Remember to appreciate the progress you’ve made, and find a different time to complete the rest of your tasks.
- Limit your caffeine intake
Not getting enough sleep at night is a reason why we might not wake up early. Caffeine can help during the daytime, but we don’t realize how much it affects us when we want to go to sleep at night. If you have trouble falling asleep at night, it might be because caffeine is still in your system. Cutting off your caffeine intake by 5pm can be a good start to getting a better night’s rest.
- Learn to say no
It can be hard to say no at times, but learning to say no frees up time in your busy day. Knowing that you have time to get everything done while saving time for yourself can help you feel less stressed. Saying no also helps you be realistic about what you can get done during the day, which in turn prevents you from burning out.