We all live incredibly busy lives, often at 100mph without even registering what we’re doing and without being in the moment. We have jobs, there may be children to take to school and take to activities or parties, we might go to the gym, try and have a social life and then spend quality time with our loved ones.
There are a few simple things that you can take on board to start to slow down and maybe have time to think about self care – you might be like me and looking after number 1 goes to the bottom of the ‘to-do list’ every single day.
If you run your own business, chances are you have your emails synced with your mobile phone meaning that you are ALWAYS connected to work. You may have a ‘9-5 job’ where you have the same situation. Try not to reply to work emails out of office hours (i.e. after 6pm). We need to be able to switch off from work mode in the evenings and weekends allowing my already busy minds to unwind.
After a break from work or you’re normal routine, it’s obviously going to be busy catching up with emails and client work. For some, a list is the ultimate organisation tool – ploughing through to tick everything off is extremely satisfying! However, we need to remind ourselves that not everything needs to be done right this instant. Something’s can wait until tomorrow, next week or even next month.
This leads on from slowing down. Some weeks our diaries are packed with work appointments, life appointments and social gatherings. Stop and think about what you are saying yes to and start to say no to every invite or meeting. We’re not going to miss out. Busy people often find it difficult to just sit and relax some times, doing nothing. Work on this, if only for 15 minutes day but it again allows you start to unwind and relax.
None of these points are new and groundbreaking, but essentially we want to keep that chilled holiday mode going for as long as possible!!
I think sometimes we also just need to take a step back and look at how BUSY we’ve become.