We all have those super busy days and sometimes just thinking about them makes us feel exhausted. But fret not! We’ll talk about different fantastic tips that you can apply in order for you to stay ahead of those upcoming fully loaded days. Moreover, tips here are largely from my experience. I hope they could be of help to individuals who are trying to navigate how to manage a super day of events and activities.
1. Wake up and start early
There’s no denying that starting your day early helps make you more productive. Getting up early means you’ll be able to achieve a lot of stuff before anyone else. And you probably know by now that many successful people wake up early and start finishing important tasks while a lot of people are still sleeping.
By the time folks start their day, you’ve already done so much, giving you a positive boost, making you feel fulfilled and helping you stay motivated. Who doesn’t want that?
2. Create a to-do list the day
Some people take this for granted and if you’re one of them, it’s time to utilize and take advantage of this activity.
You can use a planner or notebook for this if you prefer writing your to-do list by hand. But if you don’t have one, you can download a mobile app that allows you to type your to-do list instead,
Not only can you lie down and relax while doing so, you also get the chance to plan your upcoming day and prioritize and work out what order to do things in, etc.
Whether you prefer to write this down or type this up, it’s nice to know you don’t have to stress about forgetting something because you’ve taken the time to create your to-do list.
3. Break down large tasks and projects into smaller ones
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by large tasks and projects? We’ve all been there. For instance:
• Freaking out about a big task which you know requires a lot of effort and hard work
• Stressing out about a challenging task that makes you feel uncomfortable, forcing you to step outside of your usual comfort zone
Here’s the thing: It’s normal to feel intimidated but you don’t have to let negative emotions get in the way.
The next time you feel that something is hard and not possible, remind yourself that IT’S POSSIBLE. Stay calm and turn those large tasks into bite-sized ones.
You can also ask for help! You don’t have to stay miserable and figure everything out on your own. Allow yourself to reach out to others for guidance, assistance and supervision.
4. Keep things clean and tidy
When you’ve got a lot on your plate, there’s nothing worse than scrambling through tons of paper and junk just to look for that post-it note you made the other week.
On that note, being organized makes it way easier to look for certain stuff and helps you save time and check everything off your to-do list. And who doesn’t want that to happen?
5. Take breaks from time to time
Some people don’t take regular breaks and continue pushing themselves until they finish everything. Don’t be one of them! It’s going to hurt your health and your productivity is going to suffer.
Taking regular breaks in between tasks is very important. It lets you breathe and gives you time to destress and slow down. Don’t feel guilty and don’t hesitate to make room for self-care.
You need that nap, that cup of coffee or that walk to clear your head. Do whatever you need to feel better and get back on track. You’ll achieve so much more and avoid feeling burned out when you do so.
6. Don’t take on more work than you can handle
Saying no can be hard at times. But not doing so will backfire and make you feel miserable.
If you’re already busy, don’t feel the need to take on more work than you can handle. It’s better to be honest with your feelings and tell people you can’t help them.
And while trying to be nice isn’t a bad thing, remind yourself that it becomes toxic if it affects you in a negative way. So, practice self-love and don’t say yes when you want to say no.
Don’t be a people pleaser and don’t downplay the benefits of saying no and overestimate the benefits of saying yes. Saying NO is good for you. Don’t forget that.
You Can Master Your Long Day!
It’s definitely a challenge to get on top and stay on top of everything when you have a lot on your plate these days. With that said, feel free to practice and apply the tips above to help you stay ahead of super busy days.
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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“Excellence of making inclusion happen”