In a previous blog post I hesitantly admitted to being a perfectionist, or control freak as most of my family members like to call it, but whatever you choose to title it the shoe somehow seems to fit me. No matter how much I would like to think I have my crap together there are some things that seem to slip through those cracks. Until recently I thought my organizational method of sticky notes and iPhone calendar reminders was keeping me right on track, but sadly that no longer seems to be the case.
I usually forewarn anyone who is coming into my life that my schedule is a little chaotic and busy just so they have a heads up in case midway through a late night text I pass out and fall asleep. It’s kind of my way of saying “Hey by the way, I’m not narcoleptic or anything I just had a really long day!” If you take into consideration that I work a full-time 9-5, while attempting to finish school on the side (which has been like 7 years in the making), and also being a full time mom it can get overwhelming.
I have to stop and remind myself that nothing worth having comes easy and I am fully aware that I will have to keep busting ass for a little while to make it to where I want to go. In the moments I find myself in a pity party I just think of all of the millions of women who continue to do it every single day. Luckily I’m surrounded by females all day long who are some of the most ambitious women I know and they are definite motivation for me.
So how exactly do you navigate through an overwhelming schedule? I would like to say I have mastered this and have it down to a T, but truth is I’m still perfecting my method. Since half of the year is already gone I’m making an oath to spend the rest of 2015 getting my sh*t together. I’ve compiled a “How To” list that I’m going to try and stick with and here are some of the key factors I’d like to share with anyone else who wants to jump on the bandwagon:
- Prioritize- It really is ALL about priorities people! I sometimes suck at this area, but realizing your priorities is crucial in being organized and keeping your head above water. Some times it means letting go of distractions and while this may suck for a while just keep in mind that anything worth having really does require an effort.
- Set Goals- Long term and short term and even give yourself a deadline. This will keep you motivated and on track and once you start reaching your goals and crossing them off your list you will feel almost invincible. Each person in our office gets to create their own Dream Board and hang it by their desk so that they have a visual reminder every day of things or goals they are working towards. Every one needs a little motivation, you just have to find what works best for you.
- Time Blocking- I continually struggle with this, but time blocking is a NECESSITY. If you know there are certain things you MUST get done then block out an hour or two to devote solely towards those things. Put away the phone, close the door and just focus on what needs to be accomplished. I tend to linger on doing things that are my least favorite so I found that if I set my time blocking and do the things I dread first, I spend less time dreading and more time being productive.
- Know your limits- I like to think I can do it all and that I don’t need help, but the truth is I’m not superwoman. Although, I wish that was an actual career I have to be realistic and know that I’m human and I have limitations. Sometimes I can’t say yes to taking on projects or tasks and I find myself being so overwhelmed that I don’t even know where to begin. It’s important to know that you CANNOT do everything and sometimes you just have to say NO. Being overwhelmed is never fun and when you are working too many things at one time you’re picking quantity over quality and let’s face it, no one likes sloppy work.
- Stay Organized- My Post-It’s method is actually pretty effective, but every now and then when that fails me I use my go-to planner. I have to write things down daily or else a week from now I will completely forget. First thing in the morning I usually make a list of what needs to get done that way or tasks I need to remember and work my way down. Staying organized is the key to staying sane.
- Remember to breathe- There are times when I get so busy that I forget to actually enjoy life. Everyone needs a break and some fresh air and one night out of the week won’t kill you! Whether it’s going to dinner or the movies or just staying in and binging on Netflix remember to take some time for yourself. You can’t get so busy trying to create your future that you forget to enjoy your present.