Juggling, juggling… always juggling. Work, life & mental health.

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re trying to juggle a million things all at the same time? I know I do. The last few days have been what I call “headless chicken days,” as in: running around like one. Situations like this are always a risk for me, because I know that overwork is one of the big triggers that can destroy my mental health. So how can I manage my time and make sure I keep a healthy balance between work, life and time for myself?

Step One: The Calendar

It sounds obvious, but being organised seriously matters. There’s nothing that stresses me out more than having to organise trips and visits at the last minute. The earlier I can get things on the calendar the better, and if it’s not on the calendar it’s not booked.

Step Two: Plan, Plan, Plan

There’s an old saying: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance (actually I missed a word out). It’s true. Having a plan for what I’m going to be doing, or where I’m going to be going, really reduces the anxiety of the situation for me. It’s a bit strange this, because it also helps me go of plan if I need to, but I reckon that’s just my wierd brain for you.

And finally…

Step Three: Allocate Time Limits

I have strict rules now, unlike before I became really ill, about how much time I spend working, how much I spend with my family and friends, and how much I have as “me time”. That way I always know, however hard a day I’ve had working I’ll always have plenty of time to rest at the end of it.

Here’s hoping you all have plenty of rest too 🙂

M

Photo Credit: Gabriel Rojas Hruska, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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