As I’ve mentioned, life has been a bit hectic recently. I’m not a fan of busy, but it does happen and sometimes we can’t mitigate it entirely. I’ve been trying to make sure I enjoy life while being busy. My new blog post series every Sunday, called What I Loved, has really helped me to remember the good things each week. But being busy in itself can be a lesson. Here are the things I’ve learned while being busy.
You Can Say No
When you’re busy, you have to learn how to say no. There are a million and one ways you can do this, and I encourage you to Google it to find the technique that works best for you. When you have said no, other people will lament on the things you missed. Sometimes more than once. That’s ok. Generally speaking, most people do understand, but just wish you had been there because they like your company. Of course, there are petty & passive aggressive people who lament just to try and guilt you, but also, get rid of those people from your life…
Dropping Commitments Is OK
Sometimes you need to focus on yourself. Pretty much all I’ve done for the past few weeks is work, eat, sleep. I didn’t even blog or write much because I felt too “full”. I felt like anything I wrote would be utter crap and totally illogical. I have about twenty posts in my drafts but even then, I didn’t feel like I was able to finish any of them off in any kind of decent manner.
Note What You Actually Do
Being busy can actually help you focus. It brings you right back to what you need, not what you think you need. A large part of me has a want, and possibly even a need, to blog. But what I know I actually needed was sleep, a shower and good food. Sometimes you need something (in this case, being too busy) to bring you back to basics.
Moderate Your Mood
Be mindful of your mood. Just becuase you are busy or tired, does not mean you can treat others differently. I tend to get snippy at people when I’m tired. I don’t want to explain anything. I just want you to know what I want. Mind reading isn’t hard, is it? I’m so very far from perfect in this area, but I have started to recognise when I do it sooner, so that’s progress.
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What’s your tip for managing busy times?