How To Beat The Stress Of A Busy Schedule

How To Beat The Stress Of A Busy Schedule

Kick the daily feelings of stress and anxiety to the curb with this tactic.
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We all know at times it can be nice to sit back, relax, and go with the flow--but sometimes it can also create problems. You find yourself running around like a madman, unable to meet priorities, always late to events, and putting things off until the last minute. You aren't making it to the gym. You aren't finishing your homework. You aren't meeting deadlines. Why? You've probably said to yourself (and others) that you simply don't have time. You're busy. Everyone is busy. It's important to keep in mind that being busy is merely a mindset. It's a representation of your priorities and time management. If you consistently find yourself wishing there were 6 more hours in a day, keep reading. I have an efficient and effective strategy to help tackle your busiest of days.

You can confide in anyone about your stressful schedule and I can almost guarantee their advice will be centered around concepts of time management. They're right. Being busy is and can always be solved through effective time management skills and planning. The key is how you manage your time, but people typically don't understand how to improve those time management skills. Okay, so now you're thinking...how do I improve? How do I even manage my time? Is there a way to make a plan? How do I execute it? You create a personal schedule tailored to you. A precise, accurate, and to-the-minute schedule that will guide you through your day one task and priority at a time. Here's how.

You can start with a blank sheet of paper, a new Note on your iPhone, or even make a spreadsheet with time intervals like the one below. Whichever is going to help you be most successful is the best option.

1. Schedule in specific time-oriented priorities.

For example, a time-oriented priority would be your job (you have to be there at a certain time) or an appointment. They are things that you must do or attend with a specific time/place attached to them. Whatever they are for you, schedule them in. Only focus on the day at hand

2. Add in travel/commute times for the time-oriented priorities. Make sure to leave extra time in case of traffic or emergencies.

I always like to add 10-15 minutes to however long my commute is for cushion-time just to be safe. No one appreciates chronically late employees or friends. With that said, if I need to be at work at 9:00am and I know it takes me 30 minutes to drive there, I'll want to leave 40-45 minutes before I start.

3. Write out any other priorities that are not time-oriented.

An example of priorities that are not time-oriented would include eating at least 3 healthy meals a day, getting ready and taking a shower, and going to the gym. This includes all and any tasks you know you need to do, but don't have to be done at a certain time. If any of these events require travel, make sure to include the commute times.


4. Add any additional activities and/or responsibilities you have time for.

This can include reading a chapter of your favorite book, watching a YouTube video you saved, or working on a paper you started.

5. Order them up in a consecutive list and execute.

Once you have everything in order for your day, you'll have a time for when you need to wake up to get everything in and a time you can go to bed.

Tips, Tricks, and Things To Remember

1. Don't try to tackle more than one day at once. Create a new schedule for each day as you need one. I find myself creating my daily schedule as I lay in bed before I fall asleep. That way, your plan is fresh in your mind and you're ready to execute the following morning.

2. Always allow extra time. You know yourself better than anyone. Are you slow to wake up in the morning? Fit in an extra 5-10 minutes to account for the snooze button. Find yourself needing more time to finish your makeup? Start a few minutes earlier.

3. Keep calm if things don't work out. Sometimes, things will come up, your plan will be thrown completely off track, and you'll feel rushed, behind, and late. Simply adjust your day--don't let it break you. Just keep going.

Stress can suffocate you. You feel like you're drowning and you're barely able to keep your head above water. When will I find the time? How will I get it all done? You are capable of creating the time. You are capable of setting yourself up for a successful, positive day.

It's okay to need structure and a routine to follow. It can give you mental peace and clarity, a sense of control, and the ability to perform at your best. There's nothing wrong with needing to take the extra step to feel more secure in your everyday life.

Some may say this strategy is extreme and over the top. Some may like to go with the flow and execute tasks as them come with no rhyme or reason, but not everyone works that way. Some have anxiety over their daily life. Some struggle to keep up. For some, this can make a difference. Give it a shot for one week--you'll notice it.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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The Truth About Narcan, Insulin, And Who Pays For What

"Stupid junkies, I have to pay for my Insulin but they get Narcan FOR FREE. Can you believe that?"

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Naloxone.

Let's talk about it. Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan or Evzio is a "medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose." According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Naloxone basically reverses the effects of an overdose.

As you see on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and every other social media platform in the world, "junkies" get indirectly bashed, undermined, and in a nutshell, told that they don't deserve a place on earth.

The most common argument used by "non-addicts" is "I have to pay for my Insulin for my diabetes, but they get Narcan for free? Wow, our government sucks and the system is a joke."

For those of you that don't know, diabetes is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone, insulin, is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

There are two types of this disease: Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes that result from a variety of different factors. Diabetes can be acquired through genetics but can also be personally obtained through lifestyle, depending on the type. Aside from genetics and being born into a diabetic family, you may also be diagnosed with diabetes as a result of physical inactivity, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and being overweight. In other words, if you let your body go, don't work out or do some type of physical activity, let your high blood pressure go untreated, and eat unhealthy foods; you have a chance of developing diabetes.

Next, let's talk about prices.

On average, Insulin costs $200 monthly. This depends on the brand, personal insurance, coupons, and other factors such as organizations that help people get cheaper insulin.

Narcan nasal spray costs $130 for a two-time use. You can buy it at CVS Pharmacy (and other pharmacies) in states such as Ohio, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Some of these states may require a prescription.

Now that you know that Narcan/Evzio isn't free, it's time to talk about other charges that are brought upon addicts when they overdose. If an ambulance is called, they have to pay for it. If they are sent to the emergency room, they also have to pay for that.

The idea that "junkies" get Narcan for free is something society has made up to make drug users feel even more guilt than they already do from having an addiction alone.

Believe it or not, most of us are addicted to something that can be fatal or cause illness/injury. If you eat processed foods or sugar ridden foods every day, chances are you have an addiction to sugar. The withdrawal that someone has from quitting sugar is similar to the withdrawal that one goes through from quitting heroin. You get a splitting headache, you have cold sweats, you are moody, and it makes you sick. If you drink coffee all day on most days and you try to quit, it results in an awful headache for a few days. The addiction to cigarettes and the withdrawal that people go through for that speaks for itself; we all know a smoker or an ex-smoker.

Instead of following social norms, degrading drug users and putting ourselves on a pedestal because we don't use heroin or another "hard drug," we should advocate for the health and stand up for each other. If you see someone on the street that you know is a drug user, pull them aside and pray with them. Help them find a better life. Recommend church, rehab, or any other ideas that may be at your fingertips to mention.

The moral of the story is this: we all have an addiction, hypocrisy is at it's finest thanks to social media, and we are all human. Walk a mile in someone else's shoes before you judge them. It doesn't cost a dime to shed light on someone's life, especially when they are in need.

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