If you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, it can be hard to get things done. How can we enjoy life when there’s so much to take in, to take care of, and to be responsible for?
The answer might be simpler than you think. Even if you consider yourself more of a “spontaneous” personality, you can benefit greatly from taking a little time during the week and giving yourself a plan to thrive.
Organize = Plan things out:
When we try to “wing it” – to make things up on the fly – that can work in the moment, but hasty decisions can eventually settle into bad habits. Don’t let your routine be dictated by hasty decisions made in the moment. Take the opportunity once a week to sit, reassess where you are and where you need to be, and then work on creating your new routine.
Prioritize = Block out time:
Part of creating a new routine means making time for things that matter. You know that at certain times of the day you’ll need to take care of dinner, you’ll need to run errands, you have to set aside time for exercise or hobbies. Yes, even “fun” activities or breaks should be accounted for. That isn’t to say that you need to plan every second of every day. Just set aside time for the big important moments and work around that.
Compromise = Don’t sweat the small stuff:
Not everything goes according to plan and there will always be complications. Sometimes a dinner gets burned, or traffic makes you an hour late – don’t freak out! People who love you will understand when things get messy, the most important step is for you not to lose control. Focus on what needs to get done, do what you can, and then move on to the next thing. When you have some downtime, reflect on the events and you’ll be better prepared for the future.
To Thrive is to be with others:
You’re not in this alone. Sit and talk with friends and family about what you’re doing and where you want to be. Ask them for advice, or even to help out! Discuss who is capable of what, who is responsible for what, and who is willing to do what needs to be done. If everyone is willing to assist and contribute, even just a little, then the burden gets lighter for everyone.