7 Tips for Getting through a Hectic Week
Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about 7 tips for getting through a hectic week.
We all have hectic weeks from time to time – weeks where we’ve got a lot to do at work, social engagements, or other commitments, and a bigger than usual to-do list. These weeks can come out of the blue, or they can come before or after a vacation when we’ve either got to prepare or catch up. Sometimes our hectic weeks are work-focused and on other occasions, it’s our private and home lives that are keeping us busy. On the most hectic of weeks, it usually feels like a combination of the two, and everything can seem to come at us at once.
Some hectic weeks are predictable, and others come out of nowhere. But either way, it can feel as though everything is too much. You might feel stressed out like you can’t get it all done, or like you are letting people down. These weeks can leave us stressed, tired and emotional. They can have an impact on our lives and happiness long after they are over.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. With the right management, a hectic week can leave you feeling positive, powerful, and successful. Here are some tips to help you get through with a fantastic outlook.
Write a List
If you’ve got a lot to do, a list is one of the easiest ways to organize your time and make sure you don’t forget anything. Whether you use an app like Trello or Airtable, or a good old-fashioned pen and paper, it can be effective.
Take a look at your list. Is there anything on it that you don’t actually need to do this week? During a hectic week, lighten your load by putting things off, cutting things completely, delegating tasks, or asking for help.
Get Harder Jobs Out of the Way
Harder or more time-consuming jobs can be overwhelming. Feeling overwhelmed or worried about them can make everything else feel worse. Get these jobs out of the way first, even if they aren’t a priority, and your week will get easier.
Put Some Prep Time in
If you know that you’ve got a hectic week coming up, ask yourself what you can do now to make it easier. Even small bits of preparation can make life easier.
Adjust Your Mindset
Instead of seeing a busy week as something awful that you can’t cope with, try to frame it as a challenge. Look at the positives instead of the negatives.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep can be tough when there’s a lot on your mind, and you are worried about the day ahead or thinking about the day just gone. But getting a good night’s sleep will reduce your stress levels, boost your productivity and mood, and help you to stay focused, alert, and happy.
If you are regularly very busy or often struggle to sleep, then you might want to consider an adjustable bed or a more supportive mattress. The best adjustable beds have many advantages and can certainly make sleeping easier. You should also make sure you stick to a sleep schedule as much as possible, especially when things are tough. Then, cut coffee in the evenings, eat earlier, and fit in some exercise to help you to rest when you can.
Start Saying No
The last thing that you want when you are busy is to be adding more tasks to your list. Make sure you say no to anyone that asks you for anything that you don’t absolutely need to do.
One of the best things that you can do when it comes to surviving (and even thriving in) a hectic week is to remind yourself that it won’t last. At some point soon, your jobs will be done, life will be back to normal, and you’ll be able to take a bit of a break. Remind yourself as often as you need to, and you will make it through.