And Plum Deluxe tells you about so many beautiful things to do -- tea parties, meditations, baking projects -- it can all feel overwhelming.
Here's what to do if you feel that way. (Yes, it's a list, but I promise it's short.)
First, ask yourself: what really isn't a priority here?
Time-out for a sec. Is there stuff on your to-do list that really isn't essential? No, really -- are you doing things out of obligation? Doing things because that's how we always have done things? It's a good time to question assumptions because you're not superhuman; you cannot do it all.
Another way to look at this is to ask, "Is this important or urgent (or neither)?" Here's how that plays out:
Second, ask for help.
You don't have to do this alone -- ask for help. That doesn't necessarily mean calling a family member to help out with childcare issues or just asking for your deskmate to pick up the slack. We live in an age of technological innovation, so think about what kind of help would be useful; almost everything is available on the internet right now! There are sites where you can hire people for $5 to help you out on small projects, or maybe it's time for you to invest in support on an ongoing basis. As the cliches go, they apply here: just google it -- there is probably an app for that.
Lastly, make sure you're charging your batteries.
Even if you only have 15 minutes, there's time for self care. You can burn the candle at both ends, but sooner or later you'll pay the price. I'm full of cliches today, but you need the reminders: your health is in your wealth, and the only person who can take the best care of you is yourself.
The best self care practices for people with an overloaded to do list?