Busyness is an affliction that is good and bad at the same time. Being busy with your passion is important, but often times that busyness can cause some problems in your daily life. You’ll devote hours and hours to it to try and make it work, and that’s great. But putting all that effort into your work will wear your body down.
With the help of a 2018 diary by Saint Belford and the tips below, we are confident that you can get your life back. Busyness doesn’t have to rule your life. Here are some ways to get a handle on your lifestyle.
Admit That You’re Too Busy
Having a busy lifestyle afflicts a lot of people. You may have an addiction to being busy and may not even know it. It’s important to take a step back and examine just how busy you are. If it’s affecting your life negatively (even if you’re busy with a passion project) you need to take a step away. Busyness hinders your ability to enjoy the best things in life, which usually happen when you’re with family and friends. Admit you’re too busy and take a breath.
Stop Over-Committing Yourself
Busy people tend to make themselves even busier than they can handle. This comes in the form of other commitments and promises made to people. Start politely saying ‘no’ to new tasks if you can’t manage them. You’ll find that you’ll be much happier.
Starting early and working late makes for a very tired individual. When you’re tired, you aren’t at your best and consistently running on no fuel will only trigger a case of burnout. Do yourself a favour and rest your mind and body, so that you’re ready to take on whatever comes the following day.
Create a Morning Routine
If you find that you’re busy but without purpose or direction, having a morning routine can solve a lot of problems. Writing in your diary as soon as you get up, or going for a jog, or simply eating the same thing each day will get you into a good set of habits to embrace. It’s a great way to start the day less chaotically.
Busyness addiction can lead to getting easily confused about what tasks need to be taken care of and when. Creating lists will remedy this issue instantly. Daily/weekly/monthly goal and to-do lists are great things to create during your morning routine. Be sure to look over these tasks at the end of each day to evaluate where you are.
Force Yourself to Make Time for Self Improvement
This is vital if you find yourself getting too busy. You’re your own time arbiter. You make your schedule. Build time into your day for meditation, exercise, reading, writing in your diary – anything that will help your mind become clearer, build it in.
Make Use of the Time You Have
When you have things on your to-do list that won’t take long, why not do them right now? If it’s a quick note to a colleague, write it. If you have to set up a meeting through an email, send it. Have groceries that need putting away? Store them. Dirty dishes? Wash them. Get these small tasks out of the way if they won’t take much time.
Make Small Changes
Sweeping changes to how you work can increase the pressure you put on yourself. Instead of big changes, make some micro adjustments. These could be unsubscribing to emails that you don’t need or parking further away to allow a head-clearing stroll to the office.
Get Out of the Office
Speaking of the office, why not try to escape? If your work involves an internet connection, you can literally do it from anywhere with wi-fi. See if you can get out of the office for a few hours each week and watch how it improves your life.
Take a Social Media Break
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat – these are important marketing tools for businesses. They also kill productivity. If you’re busy and take a Facebook break, you’re only making yourself busier later. So, try taking a week off of everything. Trust us – you’ll be more productive than ever.
Don’t Be Busy – Be Productive
Instead of worrying too much about your schedule and how you’re going to tame it, worry about how full that schedule is. More Importantly, worry about how much ‘you’ time is built into your schedule. Once you create more time for yourself in your daily routine, you’ll find that your busy life will calm down. Then you can really get to work on the things you want to do.