Thursday, January 29, 2009

Busy Busy Bee

Sorry for my absence yesterday. It was a super busy, super stress-full work day. I literally worked non-stop from the time I jumped out of bed at 8:30 a.m. (jumped because I meant to wake up earlier!) until the time I got home from my last meeting at 9 p.m. The only thing I stopped for was a half hour lunch.

Which brings me to today's topic. Sometimes-- well, a lot of the times-- I feel like my life is a constant game of playing catch up. Rushing to a meeting, chasing down an interview, hurrying to meet deadline, even inhaling my lunch to minimize lost time . . . the rat race never ends! Of course, as you probably have noticed, this "busy bee" lifestyle is mostly contained to the work-side of my life. But it does overlap into my personal time, too. There's times when I am just so exhausted from the day that all I want to do is melt into the couch instead of going out and doing something social and active (workout, maybe?). Also, by the time I am ready to pass out at night, more often than not, my mind is still racing (going over the day's events, going over what I still have to do, you know the routine) and I struggle to fall asleep.

What I am wondering is, how do you deal with your busy lifestyle? I know I am not alone in this. And what do you do to calm your mind at night?

Thanks for sharing! And until I get your tips, maybe I should just stare at this relaxing photo I took while on vay-cay in Maui last year and dream of lazy days without deadlines and editors:


insomniaclolita said...

I personally think you need to go to Maui again LOL I love Maui too..:) And it's weekend tomorrow :)

Healthy Hunter said...

I came across your blog after following amric's site...thanks for the fun and upbeat topics :)

amric1409 said...

Oh man I know what you mean. Between school assignments, deadlines for the school paper and half-marathon training I'm sad too admit that my social life gets put on the backburner. What I've started doing since January, that has been working great for me is SCHEDULING in workouts and social activities! For example, I have a 2-hour workout and a ton of assignments to get done tomorrow but a group of my friends are going out tonight so I'm going to go out with them until 11 p.m. only. That way I can still get about 6.5 hours sleep before my busy day starts tomorrow. I never go out on Friday nights because I have long training runs on Saturday mornings, so if I want to go out during the weekend I do it Saturday nights.

When I was working long days at my two jobs last summer I fit working out in by doing it in the morning. I'd drag my butt out of bed at 5:30 a.m. everyday so I could get a workout in. The first week or so was BRUTAL but after that it just became a habit to get up early! And make sure you give yourself rest days. I ALWAYS look forward to Sundays because it's the one day of the week where I let myself sleep in and I try not to schedule workouts or social activities on Sundays! Sorry that was so long, hope it helps :-)

amric1409 said...

PS: I read or do yoga too calm my mind at night :-)

Amrita~Ams said...

nice blog !