There are two foremost vital components to releasing your stress and feelings of overwhelm--organization and compartmentalization. There are situations in life we may not be able to change, but we can most certainly change and improve the way we deal with them. Organizing our professional, personal, and familial lives, as well as our self care time, is crucial to our success. It may seem this is near impossible to do with all you have going on, but the answer is actually quite simple.
The single most important tool you need to organize and compartmentalize is probably already in your hand––it's your smart phone, or more specifically, the calendar app in your phone. Using that calendar, you can easily begin to put everything you need to do and everywhere you need to be into perspective. Here is a list of things to schedule and enter into your calendar:
- Work (about 8 hours plus drive time)
- Dinner (about 2 hours of prep and eating time)
- Homework (about 1-2 hours helping kids)
- Downtime (1 hour before bed just for you)
- Weekend activities
Proportion & Practice:
Scheduling your days will allow you to better visualize all you need to do within each twenty-four hour period. Naturally, by doing so, you are automatically compartmentalizing your day into meaningful chunks of time. This will help you to devote an allotted amount of time to each task and to not overlap or forget tasks, which tends to create overwhelm. Make a habit of scheduling all work and home activities, and don't forget to schedule time for yourself.
As a little organizational bonus, make itemized lists of what needs to be done in a small, pocket size notebook. I suggest you do this by hand and not in your phone. There is something magical that happens when you physically write something down and cross it off as it's accomplished.
Give it a try!