Friday, 27 November 2015

    5 tips for dealing with a busy schedule!

    I'm one of those people who is non stop and I don't like saying no to things. This year this ended up affecting me when I ended up doing far to much and I got hit with the awful winter illnesses that are flying about. So spent a week in bed doing nothing to get better which is my worst nightmare but it has to be done. 




    So I'm a strong believer in never using the excuse sorry I'm too busy, if you want to achieve something you shouldn't ever be too busy to accomplish it and the same goes if you want people, friends etc in your life you should never be too busy to keep on contact. My main line of work helps me be uber organised and many of my friends tell me I need to slow down which is true; downtime is highly important in order to be productive. So here's my top 5 tips I find help manage a hectic schedule: 

    1. Get a good night sleep and Exercise regularly 

    I only get 6 - 7 hours a night. Which is the minimum. I would like to get more but I find it impossible to sleep any earlier. It's a given the more time you give your body to rest in the night the more productive you will be in the day. Also having a regular exercise schedule is a good way of de-stressing. I like to go to the gym at least 3 times a week and sticking to that helps me feel organised and helps me manage my time more effectively. 

    2. To-do lists 

    They're my best friends. Before I leave work every evening I write a to-do list of what needs to be done the next day and every Sunday I write my personal to-do list that I need to achieve that week. In my diary planner so I can see if I have any big events coming up the following week I need to get organised for. That said having a diary is important and utilising your phone calendar and setting reminders throughout the day. My outlook calendar at work is a dream, and all colour coded but helps me keep on top of things. 

    3. Have some me-time

    I live by having one evening a week in. I love going to the theatre, going to dinner, having drinks and meeting up with friends but having one night in to do nothing and catch up on any house chores really clears my mind and helps keep a good balance. I also try make Sunday a chill day too and if you have had one night in the week to do some bits round the house the weekend tidy doesn't seem too much! 

    4. Make the most out of situations 

    So I know I've got a really busy week but I want to get my blog posts ready for next week so whilst I'm on on the tube home from work I'm drafting this. It's so important to utilise your time wisely when you're so busy. Otherwise you'll not be in control of your tasks and become overwhelmed with what you have going on. Travelling (unless driving) is a perfect time to catch up on emails, make to-do lists or give a friend a text to touch base! 

    5. Don't stop having fun 

    I take this very literal as like I said I don't like saying no to things and living in London it is non stop there is always a new restaurant to try, a new exhibition on or a party to go to. I try to pack it all in and I think it's worth it. There's no point working so hard if you can't enjoy yourself. So go out and have some well earned fun! 

    So there you have it. My 5 tips of coping with a busy schedule. These are a few things that really work for me and I'd love to know if you agree and what else you think helps. 

    Lots of love,

    N x
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