Kate Ritchie’s Tips For Handling A Busy Life

By Rebecca O'Malley September 11, 2018

In partnership with Passage Foods, Kate Ritchie shares her tips for staying cool during the busy periods. 

Work, play, parenting, exercise… there aren’t enough hours in the day. If like me, you live a wildly busy life, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by responsibility.

More often than not, balancing a busy schedule is about self-discipline and keeping a watchful eye out for number one (that’s you, remember!). Here are my tips for handling a busy life and being your best self!

1. Learn To Say No

Repeat after me.

Saying no is not a sign of weakness. Saying no is not a sign of weakness. Saying no is not a sign of weakness.

Set realistic expectations for yourself. Don’t worry about hurting other people’s feelings – you can’t please everyone! Don’t spread yourself too thing – you don’t have to agree to everything.

2. Don’t Forget Your Sense Of Humour 

We get it, you’re busy… but no one likes a Debbie Downer. Do your best to keep spirits up and try to see the funny side of life. Stress is contagious so try to keep your own levels down – not only for the benefit of others but for yourself too. Take the time to have a giggle in the tea room and encourage a culture of laughter and light heartedness in your home and office.   

3. Don’t Forget To Slow Down & Prioritise Rest

Science says we should aim for seven to eight hours sleep a night… but we all know that very rarely happens. When you’re tired, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities and tensions can steadily increase. When I head to bed, sometimes I struggle to switch off. That’s why I do my best to keep my work and home lives separate.

Two words: prioritise rest. While there’s no alternative to a good night of sleep, there are steps you can take to bring your energy levels back up.

Take some time out and go for a walk during your lunch break… bring a book and your lunch. When you get home, make time for a long, hot soak in the bath. Or – invest in an adult colouring book and spend some time colouring in. It really helps!

And perhaps most importantly, turn your phone off and invest in an actual alarm clock. This will help you avoid any midnight social interaction.

4. Exercise

The health benefits of regular exercise are endless – for body and for mind.

If you don’t have time for a regular class or workout, try to integrate exercise into your daily routine. Walk or cycle to work. Park your car at the opposite side of the parking lots and ditch the lift for the stairs.

I’d recommend taking a yoga class. When your mind is at its busiest, yoga is a good way to slow down your thoughts. Rather than replaying the events of the day or ticking things off your to-do list – breathing becomes your main priority. Breathe and follow the postures. Go at your own pace. Drink plenty of fluids.

5. Be Smart With Food Prep

Every Sunday, I look out for future Kate and smash out as much meal prep as I can – it really saves time during the week, especially when I’m balancing my work with my responsibilities as a parent.

I want to make sure my family eat well – that’s a priority I refuse to budge on. Thankfully, there a couple of supermarket staples that keep my time in the kitchen to a minimum – Passage To India all-natural simmer sauces can be added to any vegetable or protein to make a tasty and nutritious dish. They even feature the recipe on the back – so no phone scrolling or memory required. Give them a try – they’ll change your life, promise.

6. Take The Time To Socialise

When I have heaps of deadlines looming but I’m gasping for social interaction, I’ll call my girlfriends and organise a working lunch at my favourite café. We can have a good old catch up over a plate then tap into the Wi-Fi and knuckle down. When it’s time for a break – your mates are right there!

7. Establish A Positive Environment 

Nothing beats a ‘can-do’ attitude. Whether you’re working for yourself or as part of a team, make sure the environment you create is positive and supportive. Build trusting relationships and approach tasks with enthusiasm, patience and creativity.

8. Delegate

Another reason to build strong and supportive relationships. Surround yourself with people you trust, so when you need to pass responsibilities onto others, you’re covered.

9. Playtime

Whether it’s with friends or with my daughter, playtime is not up for negotiation. Honestly, playtime will work wonders for both of you. Head to the swimming pool, the park or run around the garden. Playtime is medicinal, I swear!

10. Make Time For Each Other 

When life is at its busiest, don’t forget about the ones you hold dearest. Remember to connect with the people you love, perhaps over a family dinner or a trip to the cinema.

When you look back in twenty years, these are the moments you’ll cherish. 

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