I’ve received lots of emails from you, and some of you wrote about your thoughts on fear – and some wanted to know how I would get through a super-busy week. Well, here is what I do, and what I hope can help you get through any time you have a busy week: 


1. Plan ahead.
I had an itinerary written out for each day of the week. It was very specific with times for lunches and dinners (even what I was going to cook, or whether we were ordering takeout). I also included travel times between photoshoots, rehearsals, etc. I built it in Google docs and shared it with the people who are involved in the projects. (Yes, having an itinerary is a basic management tool, but it works for family trips and special occasions when you need everyone to be on the same page.)

 

2. Stay flexible and willing to let go. Stressing about things not going the exact way you planned it only makes you more stressed out. Be willing to adjust your itinerary a bit and let go of the exact outcome you planned. I used to be terrible with this – I’d feel so thrown off if things changed that I would stress myself out and everyone around me – making it really difficult to finish the project or the task. Once I realized that what I really cared about was an accomplished goal, and a peaceful and enjoyable experience for all involved, I became a lot more flexible.

3. Lean on others. Don’t try to do everything by yourself. Delegate and assign tasks ahead of time. Know who your to-go person is if you need to get something done fast. Let them know you might need them during your super-busy time. (PS, my favorite thing about delegating and leaning on others comes with a wonderful opportunity to practice letting go of control 😉 )

4. Sleep.If possible, leave enough hours for a good night’s sleep. You won’t be able to stay on top of your game if you are sleep-deprived. When there is a lot going on, you’ll need a well-rested body, a sharp brain and the ability to focus. (This wasn’t really applicable when I was in my 20’s but now I need my 6-7 hours of sleep 😉

5. Eat a clean diet.It’s always good to eat a clean diet, as opposed to processed and fast foods. But it’s especially important when you need that extra energy. When you are tempted to go through drive-through, order a salad from a restaurant instead. Or stop by a Whole Foods and pick up a healthy meal. Better yet, cook something fresh yourself – it might take you only 30 minutes to put together a meal and eat (a salad, or a healthy wrap), especially if you prepped the food before your busy time, and you will feel a lot better

6. Stay hydrated.This doesn’t just mean to drink a lot of water, but also to cut down on caffeine and alcohol. Again, when I was in my 20’s, I could have several cups of coffee in the morning AND drinks at the end of the day and go go go… But now my body is a lot more sensitive and, while caffeine gives me a boost, I feel worse when it wears off. I’m my best when my body is fuelled with good food and water.

 
It makes a difference that I absolutely love what I do, so my being busy also releases good endorphins. When I am dealing with a stressful week that involves stuff that I don’t enjoy, I have to be extra vigilant about sleeping, nourishing my body well, and staying hydrated.
 
At those times, I also make sure I ADD something I enjoy to balance out being stressed out – a few minutes of meditation, stopping throughout the day to take deep breaths and doing something that makes me happy – like putting music on while I’m getting ready in the morning and dancing, or having someone tell me a good joke!
 
My favorite part of getting through busy weeks is a nice PJ day at the end of it (and I always try to schedule one ahead of time 🙂 )

Tatiana “Tajci” Cameron is an award-winning music artist, published author, inspirational speaker, and certified transformational and spiritual life coach.

She has many passions and is dedicated to helping others while also creating an enriched life for herself and her three sons. When Tajci is not on the road performing gigs, she volunteers with local organizations dear to her heart, spends time with loved ones (often involving music!), and collaborates with other artists to bring creative projects to life.

Tajci’s most recent projects include a meditation CD, an annual retreat & sea cruise in Croatia (that she organizes and hosts), and a multimedia CD/book (Un)Broken: Songs My Father Taught Me.

 

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