HOW TO: Keep It Together During Busy Weeks

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Hey y’all!

Sooooo, once again, I’m delaying my Lash Lift post. I know, and I’m sorry! At this point I’ve had it done — I just really want the time to take good photos where you can see the effects and really perfect the post for you guys. It’s a post that’s been a long time in the making, so I just want to be sure it’s the absolute best and most informative it can be!

That being said, unfortunately, I’ve still been having a crazy week (clearly…my apologies for the delayed post — again! I swear this is the last time it’s going to happen). Between having a term paper due Thursday, Poetry class assignments (also due Thursday, because of course), a crazy busy week at work (between the amount of Canucks games, Lacrosse games and UFC Fights this week, its been a little overwhelming) and getting ready for my trip to Mexico (!!!) exactly one week today — I have been overwhelmed as heck.

Since I once again had to delay the post I had planned, I figured I’d share with you a little list of ten tips on how I’ve been surviving this week! Hopefully, for those of you with crazy weeks of your own coming up, you’ll find some advice here that’ll help you get through the busy and stressful times and make it to the other side in once piece.

  1. Get some sleep!!! It’s tempting to stay up super late to get everything done, especially when you’re on a roll. But not only will you end up regretting it the next day, but it’ll slowly start to build up and take more of a toll as time wears on — making it harder for you to keep up.
  2. Make sure you’re eating regularly. This one may seem super obvious — but when you’re having a really long day and feel like absolute garbage and can’t quite figure out why — you probably just need to eat more. Plan ahead for days when you know you may have to delay meals (for me, this is longer work days) and stock up on some snacks. My personal fave to get through long shifts are Clif Bar’s Nut Butter and Fruit Smoothie filled granola bars — soooooo good.
  3. Make sure you’re still keeping in touch with friends and family — you really need that support.
  4. Set aside daily time for self-care, but don’t overdo it! Taking time to take care of yourself is a necessity — but there’s a line between what you need and just procrastinating. If you’re having a ridiculously busy week, try to limit yourself to maximum one hour a day. You can always make up for it next week if you need to! But anything more than that may just be a guise to put off important tasks. If you need good self-care ideas to formulate a structured one-hour plan, be sure to check out my list here!
  5. Plan everything out well in advance. Even if you don’t follow the plan to a T (stuff always goes wrong — you can’t sweat it!) just having everything written down will ensure you don’t forget anything.
  6. On that note, be sure to limit tasks that need to be done ASAP to busy weeks — everything else can be taken care of later. Even things that feel super important to you and keeping your life together, such as cleaning, meal prepping, laundry, etc., can slide for a few days if it helps you complete all your tasks on time. Just remember — it’s all about balance!
  7. Obvious one — but stay hydrated.
  8. If you have a lot of tasks that are going to take a while to complete, try to break them up into smaller segments and switch it up every few hours. Maybe it’s just me, but I find this really helps me avoid burning out.
  9. Don’t overdo it on caffeine! It’s hard, I know. Sometimes during the crazy weeks it feels like that coffee is LITERALLY the only thing that’s going to help you survive the next few hours. However, if you’re already feeling kind of exhausted, you don’t want all that caffeine to impact your sleep. Even if you’re still falling asleep quickly, too much coffee can impact your quality of sleep — meaning you won’t wake up feeling refreshed and ready the next day. (If you really feel you can’t go without it, try decaf! If nothing else, hopefully the placebo effect will have you convinced it’s what you need).
  10. Be sure to reward yourself for completing tasks. You’ve been having a rough week — you deserve it! Not only that, but rewarding yourself for checking tricky tasks off your checklist will help to incentivize you to keep going. (It’ll also help to refresh you so you don’t feel like the week is one never-ending struggle — you need breaks!). Try to stick to little rewards after each task, and try to take a whole day off after you finish everything up — you need it! Take the day to relax and catch up on all the self-care, sleep, and alone time you’ve missed since your life got so hectic.

Happy Sunday everyone, and hopefully this next week goes well for you all! (And if it DOES happen to get a little intense, at least you have a little advice that’ll help make it easier!). If you have any other advice that helps you get through the tough times, or just want to vent about the week you’re having, drop a comment below! This week is going to be a bit of an intense one, but once I make it through to the other side I get to head down to Puerto Vallarta for a week, which is making it all worth it. Be sure to stay tuned for next week’s post about my experience getting a Lash Lift (seriously this time, I promise!) as well as TWO new travel posts coming out in the following weeks.

Here’s to surviving this week — or even thriving, if you’re lucky! I hope you all achieve your goals — we’re almost halfway through February, after all!

Much love,

Meredith

35 thoughts on “HOW TO: Keep It Together During Busy Weeks

  1. katelyn | embark to explore says:

    Some really helpful tips. Especially the one about getting to sleep even if you’re on a roll. I feel like I relate to that and although blogging is fun, I have to tell myself to stop or I’ll keep working all night 😴 thanks for sharing x

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    • meredithdent says:

      Thank you, I’m glad you found this helpful! I feel that so much — I hate going to bed when it feels like I’m making great progress on tasks, but it’s really helpful in the long run in terms of fighting exhaustion and burn out.

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    • meredithdent says:

      I used to be the same way, it just seemed easier to stay up late and get things done rather than being productive in the daytime/finishing up the next day. Habits aren’t made overnight, you’ll get there! Thanks for reading babe ❤️

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    • meredithdent says:

      We all have rough weeks, it’s not always possible to plan everything out perfectly and have everything run smoothly and that’s okay! Good luck with the next two weeks, I’m glad you got some good tips out of this post and I hope you manage to get everything done and everything goes well ❤️

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    • meredithdent says:

      Caffeine has caused me a lot of anxiety in the past, so I feel that. A little bit is really helpful but too much just ends up making me shaky and nervous, so I try not to overdo it even if I feel I need it. Thanks for reading lovely ❤️

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  2. Georgianne says:

    Really useful tips! I have made it a point to go to bed by 10:30pm and it has really helped me because when I don’t get enough sleep I get so cranky I annoy myself haha. I need to remember to drink more water though – cold weather makes me feel like I don’t need to drink but then my skin gets too dry. That’s when I realise I’m extremely dehydrated!

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    • meredithdent says:

      That’s the best! I’m not able to go to bed that early or on a regular schedule because of my job, but I wish I could! I can’t even imagine how much it must help. It’s funny also how easy it is to forget to drink water, but I always find it makes me feel a lot more alert than when I’m dehydrated! Thanks for reading babe ❤️

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    • meredithdent says:

      It’s always important to take time and check in with yourself, especially when you’re feeling a little overwhelmed. Also yes, they’re the best! I just went and stocked up on more of them before work today, I can’t get enough of them.

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  3. Bumbles says:

    When I was a student when something needed to be done I didn’t sleep. I’d really pay for it the next day that wasn’t the best way to do it lol. Spacing it out and trying to get things done if you know the weeks gonna be busy is so important.

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    • meredithdent says:

      I used to be just like that in my earlier Uni years — I’d even pull all-nighters at time, which was the worst. I can’t do stuff like anymore, so I naturally have to space things out more. However, I always try to put all work away by midnight since it’s not like I’m putting in my best work after then. Thanks for reading love ❤️

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    • meredithdent says:

      Yes! I need to write stuff down otherwise I just get overwhelmed — I need to be able to visualize the amount of work I have to do. It always makes me feel it’s a lot more manageable! Thanks for reading lovely ❤️

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  4. aspoonfulpofvanilla says:

    These are great tips! I can be busy some weeks I always forget to leave some time for self-care and by the weekend I am exhausted. I am trying to get better and I have a diary so I can schedule things and work out a plan I will need to add self-care in there too.

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    • meredithdent says:

      Balance really is key to keeping your stress as low as possible! I always feel a lot worse when I cram everything in and let it impact my sleep, versus spacing everything out evenly, making time for self-care and getting 8 hours of sleep every night. Thanks for reading love ❤️

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  5. xtineloves says:

    I love your tips. Balance is literally everything. But sometimes I need an actual balance not extreme of one then the other as I think that’s what balance is. A little of everything to not get burned out. Xxx

    Xtineloves.co.uk

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