What To Do When You Are So Busy You Don’t Know Where To Start


It’s been an extra busy couple of weeks. So what kept me sane?

  • Having at least 15 min of quiet time every morning
  • Missing a couple evening meetings
  • Taking walks in the afternoon or evening with my family
  • Looking at the to do list the night before and writing on a small piece of paper the top 5. I leave it right in front of my computer for the next day.
  • Taking time out with a friend
  • Saying no to a request
  • Having the family help out making dinner
  • Writing gratitudes daily in my journal before bed
  • Setting intentions before working on each of my projects ie (I intend to be focused. or joyful. or loving. or detailed.)
  • Renegotiating a deadline
  • Taking breaks for a minute or two

What do you do when things are extra busy?


  • I definitely do the list.

    But more than that, I like to focus on “emergency first aid” – what is the least I can get away with to make me feel less crazy? 🙂

  • I try to read every night before bed- and not medical books or deep spiritual things (both of which I enjoy)- just light fiction. It really relaxes me.

    I also live by my Blackberry. If it’s not on the calendar or my list application, I’m likely to forget it. My BB saves my sanity many times!

  • Rosemarie says:

    I do the list thing too. I use RememberTheMilk but seeing all my tasks just confuses me, so I like to have a paper list to focus on.

    Setting an intention before a task is a really interesting one though. I so often start a project with enthusiasm and then wane. I wonder if resetting my intention each time I came to work on it would help? Sure going to give it a try. (I do like typesetting the village magazine, I do, I do 🙂 )

    Just as an aside Beth, did you say this is the first year you have done without a paper calendar – you were going to use Google calendar? I just wondered how that went.

  • Maree says:

    As usual you are spot on for me Beth, I am waay too busy at work and feel very consumed by it. I will try and take on some of your ideas starting right now this morning at 6.24am.
    Thank you

  • Beth says:

    Hope it’s been a better week for you Maree!

  • Beth says:

    Rosemarie, I use swift to do list and it lets me just look at the tasks for the day or for whatever category. I think Remember the Milk has certain views as well. Yes I lasted all year with Google calendar and will not go back to a paper calendar.

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