September 12, 2013 5:54 AM Subscribe
I'm entering what I expect to be a very busy year: busy full-time job with frequent evening and weekend work, graduate classes one night a week (plus homework), and a large writing project due next year. I find that I can get really overwhelmed and stressed when my schedule gets locked in and deadlines line up. I'm trying to find ways to simplify and ease my daily life so that I don't add additional stressors. What are your best time- and stress-saving tips for getting through intensely busy times?
posted by Miko to human relations (27 answers total) 78 users marked this as a favorite
I've noticed that when I'm already preoccupied with work deadlines, dumb things like running out of toilet paper at home or having laundry pile up can send me over the tipping point into feeling like everything is about to fall apart and I'll never be in control again ever. I've worked out a few things I think will help, like:
-grocery shopping once a week and getting an abundant enough supply of everything that I don't need to make extra runs for milk or cat food or whatever
-using a rotating supper meal plan and bringing similar things for lunch every day, so I don't have to spend time planning or wandering the aisles looking for inspiration
-keeping the gas tank full to avoid last-minute pit stops
But what would be some other good structural solutions I could try? More ideas like that are most welcome, for home or work. Also interested in any practices you might recommend, like quick meditations, setting aside "me time" hours, etc.