How To Tame A Hectic Schedule And Save Your Sanity

Is your weekly schedule crazy? Do you feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day? Do you wake-up feeling overwhelmed before your day has even started? 

Then, you’re in the right place. 

So, what can I do to make my crazy schedule easier to handle?

#1 ASK FOR HELP

We all have awesome plans and delusions of grander but, remember you can’t do everything. You have family, friends, and co-workers… ask for help.

Don’t let pride get in your way. Let others help you. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of boldness. Be bold enough to voice when you need help and don’t be ashamed.

Some of you might not struggle with pride when asking for help but, like me, might struggle with perfection. Letting someone else help you might mean the job isn’t done quite to your standards. I can tell you from experience, your perfection is doing nothing but stressing you out and holding you back from enjoying life. So maybe the house work isn’t perfect when your kids help out. Does it really matter? So perhaps someone at work didn’t do the project like you would have done it. Did it get done? Did anyone die?? All joking aside, no one is as hard on you as you! Let go of your perfection and let others help you so you can be more productive and actually have time to enjoy life a little.

Who knows, maybe letting someone else help you might even show that they did it better or even approached the project in a way you never thought of. Free yourself by asking for help when you need it.

#2 DELEGATE WHAT YOU CAN

Are you really the only person who can do all the things on your list? What could you possibly delegate to someone else? 

Is your housework overwhelming? Perhaps, could you find a way to budget in a housekeeper once a week to delegate out the housework. Is the lawn work hard to fit in every week? Lawn care crews are pretty cheap to hire. Maybe you work online and keeping up with social media posts are driving you crazy. Hire a Virtual Assistant to help with your social media. 

I know, I know, you’re thinking I can afford to delegate out my work. Maybe you would have to cut going out to eat once a week to cover the cost of a house keeper. But, wouldn’t that be worth it to take that burden off your shoulders? Maybe you’d have to stop going to Starbucks once a week to afford a lawn crew. I’d give up a weekly coffee to have someone else deal with my yard. Or maybe you just can’t see spending the money to pay a virtual assistant to do something that technically you could do. But in the amount of time you save by delegating out your social media work could you be doing things that actually produces income for your business? 

See what you can delegate out to others, within your budget, and focus on the things that only you can do. And be creative, how can you adjust your budget to free up your time for things that are more important. 

#3 PRIORITIZE YOUR SCHEDULE

You look at your schedule and you have ten thousand things to do today. Stop and ask yourself a few questions. 

Do I really have to do ALL these things today? If not, mark them off the schedule or move them to a different day. 

Next, ask what are the top 3 things I must do today? Highlight or put an asterisk beside the 3 must do items.

Then look at what is left on your schedule. Put them in order importance. After you complete your 3 must do items you can then move through the rest of your list in order of importance.

Do you want to know my favorite way to save time and even money every week? 

I delegate my grocery shopping. It may seem silly but, this one thing saves me a couple of hours every single week.

I don’t have to drive back and forth to the store. I don’t wait in long lines. I don’t have to load all the groceries in my car just to unload them all again when I finally get home. I simply order online and have them delivered to my house. 

So you might be thinking how does this save money because my store charges to order online and have them delivered. Well, mine does too. But, how many times do you go to the store with a list and your list seems to magically grow after you get there? Mine was regularly growing to the tune of $30 to $40 dollars a trip. Now, ordering online I stick to my list and am not lured by those stinking end cap displays or clever marketing schemes. So, even though I pay $10 I save $30 to $40 by not stepping foot in the store. Plus, I’m not using any of my gas for trips to the store. 

I nearly forgot to mention another great reason to shop online. It helps me stick to my diet. If you’ve been following us you know that we are trying to be more intentional about what we eat. Unlike Brad, my willpower is something I really struggle with. At the store if I passed my favorite sweet treats, I could hear them calling out to me. If I made eye contact with a Snickers bar my mouth would instantly begin to water. And who could say no to warm fresh glazed donuts in the bakery. Are you starting to feel me here? Going to the store would put me in some sort of a trance where I would go into a daze and all my willpower would go out the window. Then I’d end up at home unpacking my groceries with guilt seeing all the junk I bought and sneakily hide it away just to use it to self-sabotage my diet later in the week. Now, I order groceries right after my morning workout when my willpower is strong and set them to be delivered. And those sneaky little things never even get a chance to end up in my house. 

No, a grocery store is not paying me to talk about shopping online. This is just a super simple tool that EVERYONE can start using right now, to free up time every week in their schedule. If you’re already starting with the excuses just stop. Maybe you can’t have your groceries delivered but, can you order online and just pick them up? How much time would that save you? Did you know there are also services where you can hire an individual to deliver your groceries to you? Guys, I’m in Puerto Rico and we are behind on everything so if I can figure it out, I’m sure you can too. Even if you choose not to order your groceries get creative and see what you can delegate out to save you time.

Just remember that you are in control of your schedule. You getting stressed over your schedule is simple you choosing to react to overwhelm, rather than choosing to respond by taking control of your schedule.

You are in control of your schedule and you have the power to make a difference.