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).
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. GET PROPER NUTRITION
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?