June 25, 2013
If you have a very busy job, or like me have two jobs, or if you are studying or working on a particularly large project here are my little tools and steps to take to help you get through a busy time. I am finding these even more important at the moment.
Firstly some physical acts to maintain your health when busy…
This is super important if you are anything like me, I cannot function without enough sleep. There are some lucky people out there (my Husband is one) that can have very little sleep, get up and go about their day as normal. Most people need 6-7 hours.
If you are really busy do you think it’s better to stay up till 3am and not do your best work or to shut down at a reasonable hour and get up early refreshed? Exactly!
Coffee is my drink at the moment, until I have a had cup in the AM I feel like I am not ready to face the day. I know this is purely habit as I tend to go through different fads all year.
Make that change to tea, even better if it’s a loose leaf green tea. It will start you off gently with a little caffeine and we all know the majorness of green tea for your health. You will reap the benefits of this throughout your busy day.
This could work in so many ways, are you studying? Then listen to something in the background that is calming, not distracting.
If you are travelling to work listen to something upbeat to wake you up and make you feel happy. Know the power of a favourite song to uplift a bad mood, this always helps me enjoy my walk to work a little more.
4. Eat Well
When I am busy one of the first things to go is cooking from scratch, it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have to be this way and will only be of detriment to your health, which let’s face it you are busy at work, college or home you do have time to get ill?
Get yourself an arsenal of quick, easy healthy recipes that you can go to, or set aside one evening and cook a couple of dishes that you can freeze and thus freeing up more time during the week.
If you really have no time a plate of your favourite vegetables steamed may not be exciting but will refuel you and your vitamin levels and sometimes this is what I am craving.
Which brings us to my next point… exercise, once again often the first thing to get pushed to the side when I get busy but not any more…
I actually get ill pretty quick when I am not exercising… generally within two weeks. Not kidding, if I eat naughty foods for two weeks but go to the gym I feel crappy but okay, if I skip the gym i get a cold or fluey symptoms.
Don’t let it slide, that time is so important. If you really feel stuck incorporate it into your day… that walk to work, put your trainers on and speed it up. Take a walk or exercise class on your lunch break or get up a half hour earlier and run then. It’ll be tough but you will never regret doing it, it will energize you!
This is particularly tough for me right now, but I am still walking a lot, and have just started yoga again.
6. Stretching and Meditation
Now if you are really going through a stressful busy period or project I cannot recommend this enough.
If you can go to a yoga or Pilates class. I am so addicted to that quiet time of concentration on my breath and really feeling my body get stretched out.
If you can’t learn some techniques and do it right after you get up. You will feel silly at first but once you start you’ll love it.
7. Take a Break
No matter how busy you are feeling frazzled and tired will not help you get it all done. Make sure you take a break. If you are sat in front of a computer screen all day take regular 5 minute breaks. Walk to the window and grab some air or get up and make more green tea just take your eyes of the screen every now and again.
As for lunch break, I am a huge advocate of a proper walk at lunch, no matter how bad the weather. Blow off the cobwebs, headphones in, walk even just for 20-30 minutes. It will do you the world of good and you’ll come back to your work ready to go again.
You need air and sunshine to live, let alone to keep you happy.
8. Take Care of Yourself
Basically I am telling you not to drop the things that I drop when I am busy.
Pamper time; my nails, a haircut, an eyebrow threading, shaving your legs etc. All those things take time but if you split them up and do one thing a day you’ll feel much better for it. This was my new years resolution… I don’t always succeed but it really is true.
The same could work on taking care of your home… one little chore a day will keep you on top of things and make you feel good.
9. Call a Friend
Feeling stressed? Call a friend and see how they are, laugh a little and put something in the diary for when things calm down. It’ll immediately give you a lift and something to look forward too.
10. Switch Off
When you really need to concentrate switch off, leave your phone in your bag or another room and don’t check your email or the news or twitter or anything for an hour or two and just dig in to your project or work. You’ll be surprised how much more you get done when you are not distracted.
All obvious things maybe, but I need this list as much as anyone.
I have found that being a grown up means being busy, juggling looking after a home, a job… man some people even throw kids into the mix… simple tools and remembering what is important for you will mean that even when you are reeeeeeeeeeally busy you still feel on top of everything and don’t get too stressed out.
image from ExPress-O via Marian WD