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.
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 🙂