Based in Frederick, Maryland, Digital Ink & Parchment is a blog by Alexandria Pallat. Her posts explore the integration of faith in every day life.

Combating An Overwhelming Schedule

Combating An Overwhelming Schedule

Adulting is hard. Between every day responsibilities, work, health, and hobbies, we can quickly become overwhelmed. Full schedules are often seen as good things, but s full schedule can lead to frustration and feeling like we don’t have time for rest of any kind. So how can we combat a schedule that feels overwhelming?

Plan what you can, but don’t plan everything

Living with anxiety, planning helps me cope, but over planning can actually lead to anxiety. So while I’ve worked to not plan everything—like I used to try to—I plan what I can. If I have a work event I have to do or an appointment I need, I schedule and plan. But I no longer plan every weekend or every free moment. Allowing myself to have space makes me feel like I have more free time, even if I don’t. Planning what you can gives you control, but leaving space open allows you to breathe.

Be honest with yourself

If you feel overwhelmed, be honest with yourself and cut back where you can. Do not sacrifice your health just to stay busy because you think it’s what is expected.

Don’t Be Afraid Say “No”

I admit, I have a problem with this. I have so many things I enjoy and so many things I want to try that sometimes (a lot of times) feeling overwhelmed is my own fault. If you have a lot going on, sometimes the good thing to do is to say no to another commitment. Be honest with yourself and your schedule—if you really can’t add something else, don’t try to make it fit.

Schedule in rest

I know it seems counterintuitive, but sometimes scheduling in rest can actually be helpful. We see it as something on our schedule, so we don’t add anything in. Or maybe it just serves as a reminder that we have to take time for ourselves.

A too-busy schedule can make us feel overwhelmed. It’s up to us to take active steps to combat feeling overwhelmed. What do you do to help your overwhelmed schedule?

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