5 Ways to Survive Busy Times

Autumn Reflections in the Austrian Alps

“If you are too busy to read, you are too busy.” – Richard Foster


Back to school time happens to be a very busy time. There are different sizes and styles of school shoes to buy, and the right color and thickness of highlighters, paper, folders, and binders. The school supply list lengthens every year, as well as the open house times and form filling-out, physicals paperwork, lunch money forms … back-to-school is a busy time.

This year, it’s a bit busier at my house — I’m working full-time for the first time in many years, and time is at an extreme shortage. I love the Richard Foster quote, above. I haven’t had too much time to read (for those of you who know me well, this is tough for me), but I’m okay with it. The most important thing is that I’m keeping my eye on the goal and watching for ways to slow life and our schedules down. It’s coming, but I realize I rely on 5 key things to survive busy times.

5 Ways to Survive Busy Times

1) Making time to be with the people you love.

This is the most essential thing, I think, to surviving a busy spell. Being with the people we love reminds us that life still moves on, and that our people care about us, and we care about them.

Miniature golf
A round of mini golf with my peeps

2) Guarding time to exercise and stay active.

Exercise is the first thing that could disappear in busy spells in my life, but it’s the most important for maintaining my personal balance. Staying active improves everything.

3) Eating healthy and well.

Food is medicine, and we are what we eat. What we eat dictates how we feel. Luckily, raspberries and blueberries are in season, and they are my current indulgence.

4) Sleeping enough.

My youngest son will become a teen next month, which means I almost have 3 teenagers in the house. They define the word Nocturnal. School schedules and 6:30 am bus times should help soon, but I’ve been working hard to get enough sleep each night. It helps tremendously through the busyness.

5) Keeping sights on the long-term goal.

Sometimes when we have our eyes and nose to the ground, plowing through a busy spell, we forget the things which matter most, and the aspects of life which are most important. I try to make time to write, to journal, to listen, to remember the bigger picture.

Tirol, Austria, the Alps

These are the five things which keep me whole in a spell of near-constant busyness. I’d love to hear what works for you … please share in the comments. Thank you!

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6 thoughts on “5 Ways to Survive Busy Times

  1. I agree, wholeheartedly, with everything you’ve said. I also like to get up in the morning before everyone else so I can have some time to myself. (If this isn’t possible on weekdays, I’d do it on Saturday and Sunday) Prioritize and make sure you hit the most important things–for me this meant a less tidy house but having time with family, time to indulge some of my passions, and time to help others. Wish I had the power to increase the number of hours in a day 🙂

  2. Hi Jennifer,
    Great post, as usual. I agree with all of the points you made. Also, I think beyond the exercise and the eating well, and getting enough sleep, and scheduling time to interact with your loved-ones, setting aside personal quiet time is important, even if only for ten or 20 minutes. We all need time at some point during the day to “catch up with ourselves.” In terms of keeping up with your reading, I know how tough this can be. I’m not sure how long your commute is to and from work but have you considered audio books? Peace & Blessings Always.

    1. Quiet time is so essential. I once heard the phrase: time to let our souls catch up to our bodies. Yes. I agree. My commute isn’t too long, which I’m grateful for, but audio books are a good option. Thank you, Pheralyn!

  3. Hi again Jennifer,
    I find your list encompasses all of the major factors needed…I may swap the sleep and exercise 🙂 but yes, those are 5 essentials. I would add prayer/meditation as number six. And I would second, that being with those you love can quiet and heal the busyness of our minds and lives.
    I wish you peace.

    1. Time for prayer is a bedrock, I think — the conscious foundation for all the moving pieces in a day. I think it also goes with quiet time, time to let our souls catch up to our bodies. Stillness is essential, but I think that’s why it’s so hard in the midst of busyness. Great adds. Thank you, Felicia!

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