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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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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In Real Life, 'Plus Size' Means A Size 16 And Up, Not Just Women Who Are Size 8's With Big Breasts

The media needs to understand this, and give recognition to actual plus-size women.

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Recently, a British reality dating TV show called "Love Island" introduced that a plus-sized model would be in the season five lineup of contestants. This decision was made after the show was called out for not having enough diversity in its contestants. However, the internet was quick to point out that this "plus-size model" is not an accurate representation of the plus-size community.


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It is so frustrating that the media picks and chooses women that are the "ideal" version of plus sized. In the fashion world, plus-size starts at size 8. EIGHT. In real life, plus-size women are women who are size 16 and up. Plunkett Research, a marketing research company, estimated in 2018 that 68% of women in America wear a size 16 to 18. This is a vast difference to what we are being told by the media. Just because a woman is curvy and has big breasts, does NOT mean that they are plus size. Marketing teams for television shows, magazines, and other forms of media need to realize that the industry's idea of plus size is not proportionate to reality.

I am all for inclusion, but I also recognize that in order for inclusion to actually happen, it needs to be accurate.

"Love Island" is not the only culprit of being unrealistic in woman's sizes, and I don't fully blame them for this choice. I think this is a perfect example of the unrealistic expectations that our society puts on women. When the media tells the world that expectations are vastly different from reality, it causes women to internalize that message and compare themselves to these unrealistic standards.

By bringing the truth to the public, it allows women to know that they should not compare themselves and feel bad about themselves. Everyone is beautiful. Picking and choosing the "ideal" woman or the "ideal" plus-size woman is completely deceitful. We as a society need to do better.

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