Life naturally tends to get hectic, whether we like it or not, and regardless of what we may or may not be doing to contribute to the situation.
Obligations and commitments just tend to build one atop the other, and before you know it, your calendar is tightly filled with urgent sprints in this direction and that, to achieve your workplace obligations, handle your domestic chores, and pursue your personal goals.
Of course, the solution to all of this isn’t to throw up your hands and start loudly complaining. Instead, it’s to utilize a few smart techniques for helping to stay on top of your duties in spite of the chaos of daily life.
Here are some tips for staying on top of things when life is hectic.
Focus on your core priorities and core competencies, and let other people handle the rest
There will always be certain things that you are good at, and even specialized in, and other things that you don’t really know the first thing about.
Often, we try to single-handedly deal with all the challenges that arise in our lives through sheer grit and determination. But when you’re trying to handle tasks that fall well outside your area of expertise, you’re going to be expending a lot more energy and taking a lot more time, than you would be if you were focusing on something you actually knew about.
Not only that, but you’re likely to do a significantly worse job at it, too.
When it comes to things like dealing with repair issues in the home, you might be best off contacting Plumbing Services and letting experts handle those tasks on your behalf, instead of dedicating your entire weekend to a DIY effort.
Write everything down, and use a tried and tested system for cataloging your thoughts, errands, and obligations
When you’re trying to keep track of all your obligations, goals, and thoughts purely off the top of your head – or even, for that matter, by taking haphazard notes scattered fragments of paper – you’re going to find that things are far more stressful than they need to be, and that you make the situation worse for yourself by regularly overlooking or forgetting things.
An excellent strategy to use here is to write everything down, in a central location such as a Bullet Journal, or a Filofax.
Writing things down is just the start, however. You should also use a tried and tested system for cataloging your thoughts, errands, and obligations in an intuitive manner. Consider looking into David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” method. It’s not just for CEOs.
Try to schedule your days in advance (and include time for rest and relaxation)
It’s easy to radically overbook yourself on any given day and to end up in a frantic state as a result.
Part of the problem here is that we tend not to be very good at anticipating just how long different errands will actually take, and how much energy we’ll likely have available throughout the day.
To tackle this potential issue, try to schedule your days in advance in a conservative manner – and include time for rest and relaxation, too.
When you know what you should be doing during different hours of the day, you’re more likely to keep a realistic perspective on things.