Somehow, now that the volleyball season is over, I feel like I’m just starting to get busy. Not that the volleyball season wasn’t busy-- I was gone for almost 12 hours at school every day, and then I went home, did homework, and went to bed.
However, now I’m starting work on the weekends, and suddenly it just feels like there isn’t much time to take a breather. Plus, I’ve signed up for some off-season volleyball practices, and now it’s like being in the volleyball season on top of working and school.
Don't get me wrong: I love being busy, and I’m DEFINITELY not complaining (ew, gross).
Sometimes, though, I want a break when my schedule just doesn’t allow me to have one.
I think most people are busy. Whether you’re a high school student like me trying to manage sports, work, school, friends, sleep, and the rest of your life, or you’re someone in a completely different scenario, you’ve got places to be and things to do.
On of my favorite blog posts that I’ve ever written is 12 Tips For Preparing For Finals because I think it really portrays my philosophy on school-life balance well, and I wrote it in the middle of a kind of light-switch period of my life during finals of last year (more details in that post).
So, in honor of that post, I’m now writing another one with the number 12-- this time all about being busy :)
1. Prioritize sleep (more than you think you need to)
It seems counterintuitive, but sacrificing sleep when you’re busy is not a good idea. Sleep is important for your mental and physical well being, and if you don’t get enough sleep, it’ll be harder to focus and get things done efficiently.
I have multiple posts on sleep, but a good one to start with is How To Get Enough Sleep During The School Year.
2. Prioritize things you think you don’t need to
When you’re busy, it often feels like you should prioritize work, work, and more work. However, things that may seem unimportant now are actually more important in the long run. Spending time with friends and family, cooking, sleeping, exercising, doing hobbies… These things are all important and can’t be left until later.
3. Make Nightly To-Do Lists
To-do lists are life savers.
I like to make a to-do list every night for the next morning. I write down even the little things, like making my bed and brushing my teeth, because I love the feeling of checking something off the list.
To-do lists help you to keep track of everything you have to do so that you don’t get overwhelmed by trying to keep it in your head.
4. Have a Morning ROutine
Having a morning routine is a great way to set yourself up for a productive, focused day.
The morning is when I exercise, have some alone time, eat breakfast, and sometimes drink coffee to get myself mentally and physically ready for the day ahead of me.
Some people might also like to make a to-do list in the morning (although I prefer to do it at night).
5. Have a Nighttime Routine
Nighttime routines help you wind down before bed and get ready (mentally and physically) for the next day.
My nighttime routine typically involves a lot of prepping for the following morning, including food prep and picking my clothes out.
For a more in-depth post on nighttime routines, check out this post.
6. Meal Prep
At the beginning of the week, I like to do some cooking to get myself ready for the week.
Especially if you avoid processed foods, which tend to be quicker and more convenient, meal prepping at the beginning of the week can help make healthy eating more convenient.
Similar to sleeping, although it takes up time, exercise can help you improve your focus and physical wellbeing.
It can be tough to prioritize exercise in busy times, but if you struggle with that, make sure to check out my post on How To Get Motivated To Work Out In The Morning.
Naturally, I’m kind of an uptight, stressed-out, anxious person, which is kind of ironic because, ya know, Chill with Jill.
However, over the past year or so I’ve gotten better at going with the flow and being less stressed, especially as it relates to school.
For more on this topic, check out these posts:
9. Have go-to snacks
When you’re on-the-go, you often don’t have time to sit down and eat a big meal three times a day. Sometimes, you have to have a snack to hold you over until the next time you can sit down at the dinner table.
Have go-to snacks that you can just grab and eat on-the-go, such as bars and dark chocolate (my personal favorite).
For some snack ideas check out this post.
10. Keep It Simple
Don’t overcomplicate things. Don’t overcommit. Keep your schedule simple, keep tasks simple, and don’t overwhelm yourself.
Your schedule is already busy enough-- you don’t need to add unnecessary things.
11. Use a Planner
Planners are like to-do lists, but for the whole week. Using a planner is a great way to help with time management and making sure you know what you’re doing on which days.
It’s easy to forget that you have to do something if you don’t write it down, especially if you’re busy.
It also doesn’t hurt to have a pretty one :)
12. Put. Your. Phone. Away.
Phones are an easy way to waste time. If you want to pass time quickly, go on your phone.
However, if you’re busy, you don't have enough time to afford to waste it on your phone.
If you have to give it to someone else, do it. Working with your phone nearby you can be next to impossible.
Put. Your. Phone. Away.
(Also check out this post.)
Being busy can definitely be challenging, but you don’t have to let it get a hold of you. Make sure to take a balanced approach to whatever you need to do, not be overly perfectionistic about it, and take time to do other things.
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