5 Ways to Alleviate Schedule Congestion

stress over your schedule

Do you stress over your busy schedule? It’s possible you suffer from schedule congestion. Here are 5 ways to know & 5 ways to give yourself more space.

One of the common themes I see in working with clients as a Sleep & Well-being Coach–particularly those looking to reduce stress so they can sleep better–is that they suffer from “schedule congestion.” Do you? Here are 5 ways to know:

  1. You move from one appointment / obligation / meeting to another, without any space between them.
  2. Your evenings are as booked as your days (sometimes expressed as “I have no free time” or “I have no time for myself”).
  3. You’re “doing” all the way up until it’s time to go to sleep.
  4. You’re frequently responding to interruptions, “fire drills”, and/or “emergencies.”
  5. You view taking care of yourself (e.g. eating, sleeping) as “a waste of time,” or procrastinate such self-care activities.

Of course there are other symptoms, but these are the ones I hear a lot.

So, what is there to do? How can you find space and reduce feelings of stress and overwhelm, when it seems impossible?

It’s often hard to “de-congest” right away, so you must begin in small ways.

I suggest you look at your schedule a month or so out, and implement these 5 “rules” as soon as requests for commitments during that month start coming in (from others and/or from you!):

  1. Whenever you accept an appointment / obligation / meeting, automatically block off 30-60 minutes afterwards. You may initially feel this is excessive, but I encourage you to try it.
  2. Ensure you have an evening with “nothing to do” at least 3-4 times per week (bonus: don’t commit to anything on back-to-back evenings).
  3. Set a recurring alarm that goes off 2-3 hours before you plan to go to sleep. When the alarm goes off, shut off your phone, turn off all screens, and enjoy some real relaxation time!
  4. Slot tasks into an Urgent vs. Important Matrix. Schedule at least 1 hour / week on your calendar for Weekly Planning (download the Urgent vs. Important Matrix Worksheet).
  5. Remember who you are: a human being. To function optimally, you must care for your mind-body system with recovery and rest. This is especially true if you are a caretaker for others.

If you adopt these 5 rules, you might find yourself less stressed, sleeping with fewer interruptions, and feeling more grounded.

If you should try them for a time, and then stop (because you reverted to old habits, or your routine was disrupted) learn what you can do. And, you can always go back to doing #4.

Here’s to having more space. 😉

Are you ready to get serious about sleep?

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2 Responses

  1. Vanessa says:

    I love you amazing story! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this!

    Also, I love the new UX! Look forward to reboot and connecting again!
    Love from Austin,
    V

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