Busy Life? That's Alright.
I'm one of those psycho people who genuinely likes being busy. I mean really busy. Sure I need and take breaks accordingly but for the most part, I like having events in my planner, working from home, planning shoots, going on trips and castings, etc. There's something so fulfilling about checking off the tasks on your to-do list one by one. Just me?
However, even for a busybody like myself, I run into overwhelm. It's an easy thing to fall into when you've got a busy schedule and you're one of those people who likes to say "yes" to every opportunity presented. With that being said, lately, I've been getting much better at keeping myself balanced even when I'm BUSY AS HELL. Here are a few tips and tricks that help me stay on track when I've got a lot on my plate.
I love taking advantage of new organization tips so when Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential wrote a blog post about Time Batching, I was all ears... or... all eyes. The blog post helped me realize that you get so much more done in a timely manner when you focus on ONE thing at a time. This was a hard one for me to crack down on because I'd always find myself switching from one task to another and consequently finding myself in very stressful situations. Recognizing priorities and knocking them out in order of importance is key.
I know adding something to your to-do list sounds counter-productive but hear me out on this one. MAKE TIME TO EXERCISE! It could be anything from a 15 minute run around your block to a 30-minute yoga or sweat sesh at home. When you don't have time to make it to the gym or your go-to cycling class, it's still so so important to get your body moving and spark those little happy peptides in your brain called endorphins. I know you know what I'm talking about! You ALWAYS feel better after a workout.
This one, you've probably heard a million times from teachers, your parents, and doctors. NEVER skip breakfast. Starting your day off with a healthy meal makes a huge difference in your productivity.
Another tip I've found which is HUGE is keeping my surroundings clean and organized. Always clean up after yourself RIGHT after you're finished with what you're doing. If you have laundry that needs to be done, get it going first thing so you have one less thing on your plate. Clean as you go while making food so you don't have to worry about finishing up a pile of dishes right before you leave your place. When your environment is clean, it takes care of the distractions that come with a messy or unorganized area.
Check on yourself. If you find yourself so overwhelmed, you feel like curling into a ball, crying your eyes out and then bury yourself, it's time to communicate. Talk to your bosses, agents, clients, or whoever and see if they can help with the load. It's better to ask for help before you hit your deadlines than to come up short without warning.