I’m going to let you in on a little pet peeve of mind.
I can’t stand when people talk about how busy they are.
More specifically, I find it annoying when people think they are so much busier than everyone else. You know who genuinely is busy? The President.
That’s not to say that sometimes our plates aren’t full — or overflowing — and we feel overwhelmed.
We’ve all been there. That place where we fill stretched to the max — a school fundraiser you agreed to co-chair, cookies to bake for your daughter’s soccer team’s bakesale, and weeks worth of laundry to fold and put away before your in-laws’ imminent arrival in three days.
It’s easy to feel like you’re about to come apart at the seems, both emotionally and physically as you’re stretched in multiple directions.
I definitely had a few weeks of that at the beginning of the month. In a span of two weeks I had two crafts shows where I was selling my jewelry, one of which was over an hour away; a custom necklace to make; three freelance articles and two guest posts to write; plus my own blog to maintain. In the midst of it I also launched a self-care ebook for busy moms I had been writing and working on for several months. Not to mention the usual household chores to get done and my almost 2-year-old daughter to watch four days a week.
To say I was stressed is an understatement, and I was beginning to wonder how I was possibly going to get it all done.
Thankfully, after a couple tense weeks and a few nights where I definitely did not get enough sleep, I managed to survive and magically get everything done.
(I’ll admit my house was a bit of a disaster during this time, but we’ll just keep that between the two of us.)
These are my little secrets for staying organized and on top of everything when I am feeling overwhelmed.
Write down everything you have to get done
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you have an endless to-do list running through your head. Writing everything down — and I mean everything, including eating! — will help you to feel more organized and help ensure that you don’t forget anything. I personally use Evernote, where I keep a running to-do notebook, but you can also do it on Google Docs. With both you can easily access them from both your computer and your phone. You can check them off and see you’ve made, which can be super motivating when you have a lot to do.
Break things down into smaller chunks
Instead of “launch ebook,” I wrote down every single step I needed to take to get me there, from writing blog posts to scheduling social media. It helps to make large, otherwise daunting tasks both more manageable and tangible, and helps you keep track of what you need to do next.
Set deadlines & reminders in your calendar
Use your online calendar to write down deadlines and send you alerts as you approach them so you don’t accidentally forget to to do something.
As much as possible, do things in the order that they need to get done, and finish them so that they aren’t hanging over your head.
Do something to take care of yourself
This may seem strange as a tip for staying organized, but for your brain to properly function it needs some rest. It’s difficult to focus and remember things when you are tired, haven’t had enough to drink or aren’t eating well, or haven’t moved your body. You may find that afterwards you feel refreshed and energized after stepping away from your work, not to mention more focused. Do something that you enjoy — go for a walk, do something creative, listen to some music — that takes you away from you work and is all about you.
How do you stay organized when you are feeling overwhelmed?
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A version of this post first appeared on A Dish of Daily Life.
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