how to: survive when your schedule is crazy

Okay, I know I promised on instagram that I’d be sharing a recap of my Thursday trip to NYC with you, but this post coming first just made way more sense. I’m about to experience schedule overload while covering shifts at both of my jobs and won’t have a day off for at least two weeks. I decided to look into the best ways to ensure that I don’t lose my damn mind, and figured it’s probably something others could benefit positively from as well! Here are my tips for surviving when your schedule gets out of control so you make it to that vacation on the other side (or a whole day in bed, let’s be real).

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1. Prioritize

Use a planner, a notebook, or even the notes app in your phone, but make a list for yourself of all the tasks you’re looking to accomplish. When your head is absolutely spinning from running around nonstop, it helps to have a list to refer to! It also helps if you use a system of ordering what needs to be done first or immediately, and what can be pushed off till later. I like to add stars, but numbering works too!

2. Get your sleep

I know that it’s really tempting to try to cram in as much fun as possible when you’re done working all day by partying all night, but you’re just going to set yourself up for a domino effect where you’re tired the next day and start falling apart at the seams. Unless it’s a concert that you just have to attend, go to bed. Seriously, there’ll be other parties and nights to go out.

3. Plan ahead

I suppose this can go hand in hand with prioritizing, but life is seriously SO MUCH EASIER if you give yourself goals in advance to work toward. This applies to when you’re not on a brain-crushing schedule as well. It’s easier to visualize an end and manifest that future if you’ve given yourself a rough guideline. 

While you’re planning out your weekly goals, don’t forget to plan out your food. Take one day at the beginning of the week to meal prep everything for the days ahead, or at least give yourself a moment to consider where you might grab something to eat a couple days from now that isn’t a drive-thru!

4. Make sure you eat properly

It’s super tempting to just stuff yourself with whatever food is most easily available (which is usually JUNK food), but have you ever felt good after spending a few days binging on fast food?? Really? Letting it go for one day to indulge in some ice cream is fine, but don’t go further! Your body will need all the nutrients it can get when you’re stretched thin, and you’re not gonna find them in McDonald’s burgers (also, ew guys, ew).

5. Set aside alone time

This can be really hard if you’re constantly running around or between two jobs, but make sure you set aside 5 to 10 minutes where you can take a mental breather. Grab yourself a coffee, walk to work, take a bath, do a 10 minute sun salutation; do whatever you need to do, but know it’s possible to fit in “you” time if you actually think about it as such! That 5 minute refresh can really make all the difference in how your day goes, too. 

 

Any tips you think are worth sharing?
How do you survive when you have zero time?


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13 Comments

  1. Brittany September 11, 2016 / 11:29 pm

    Great tips! Absolutely essential for survival.

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com September 13, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      thanks! hope some of them can be helpful to you chica!

  2. Jessica Lam September 12, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    These are really great tips, Katie! Also, I’m in love with your blog theme 🙂

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com September 13, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      thank you! and thanks!! I use pipdig, but super modified it. :))

  3. Allison M. Webb September 12, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Thank you for these tips. I did a recent post on making yourself a priority – it just isn’t human nature for most of us to put ourselves first! Thank you for the reminders!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com September 13, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      no it isn’t! people seem to be conditioned to think that putting themselves first is selfish. :/

  4. Marie Mack September 12, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Alone time is so important. I never get as much as I need to feel fulfilled, but I find it here and there. Thanks for the great tips.

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com September 13, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      I love alone time so much, hah! and you’re welcome!

  5. Nina September 14, 2016 / 12:37 am

    This was my life all summer! I was working two jobs in order to save up money to move overseas. I would go into one job at 7 a.m. and then not return from the other until 10 p.m. It definitely got crazy. When I planned ahead, it helped a lot!

    Nina
    aworldofdresses.com

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com September 14, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      whoa what a long day!! yea, planning ahead helps everything sooo much.

      xx

  6. Bekah September 14, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    I think I would die with out my planner and sleep 🙂 Good read!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com September 14, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      do you have any that you’d suggest? I’ve been trying to find a good one to invest in!

  7. Danielle September 15, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Such great tips, Kate! I totally agree with the sleep tip. Probably the hardest to do when so much is happening but you’re right, it’s super important and will help you get through the day!

    Danielle | http://www.FollowMyGut.com <3

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