By: Yaritza Zayas, MS, MFT, LPC, NCC
I find myself busier more than ever. From managing my schedule (both professionally and personally) and having endless to do lists. So, after much trial and error through out the years, I have learned what helps me keep my sanity when I am extremely busy. Getting to a routine can be stressful but once established it can ease anxiety and feeling burned out. Here are 5 tips that will help you create a structure that can be helpful for you:
1. Set a time each week to plan. One day that you’ll map out what your week will look like and what you need to do. Schedule your must do’s into your calendar. This will keep you efficient.
2. Focus on one task at a time. Splitting your focus you’ll make a lot mistakes. You’ll be more productive anyway. There is a myth (which I believed myself) that multi-tasking is more efficient. However, studies have proven that this isn’t the case. The quality of the tasks is compromised. So, what I have been practicing is the PomodoroT. Which is 25 minutes of focused attention and then a 10 minute break. Keeps me focused and prevents my boredom!
3. Keep active regularly. Join a class, go for a walk, find YouTube videos, or play with your kids. Options are limitless. Find 30 minutes 3 times a day.
4. Learn to say “no”. You don’t have to be superwoman and volunteer of the year. Decide what’s important and do that.
5. Delegate. Similar to the previous tip: ask for help. Talk with your partner and divide tasks. If the kids are old enough give them chores or turn cleaning into a game.
The fact is that business can make us feel competent however in the long run it can really be damaging to us to find ways to do it all. And the truth is no one can possibly accomplish everything to everyone. So, prioritize and set yourself up for success!