15 Responses to “6 Solutions for the Chronically Busy”


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  1. Yep, you’re talking to me. Again. Thanks as always for the reminder to slow down and simply…stop.

    • Courtney Carver

      Things go to fast without us making everything all busy. You are always such an inspiration to me! Can’t wait for our next work out – lunch – work meet-up.

  2. I was chronically busy too. I felt like I needed to be productive all of the time and didn’t give myself time to rest and relax. I was wearing myself out!

    I started slowing down a few years ago and started enjoying life more. I still catch myself talking about being busy from time to time. I like to use that kind of talk as a signal that it is time to slow down again.

    • Courtney Carver

      Karla, That is so smart. It really is a signal and it’s so great that you have the time and space to listen!

  3. Heather

    I stopped competing at work, to “impress” anyone, including my boss. I now go in at 8 instead of 7:15 and I make a list of my top 3 items for the day, check them off and then do a small project, if times permits by 5. I know my boss doesn’t like it but I know I am being more efficient and MUCH happier. : )

    • Heather

      Oh and hence the reason for changing careers. I am SO tired of sitting at a desk 9-10 hours a day and being ran into the ground, watching days and months go by. I ready to slow down my career and amp up the living. :)

  4. I’m with you for all them, except the same meal. I really couldn’t manage that. But then I do love menu plans and lists and I couldn’t keep on top of a family of five without a weekly plan :)

  5. Another GREAT post!

    StoryPeople greeting card by artist and storyteller, Brian Andreas said:

    “Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life.”

  6. Courtney
    This was fantastic. I have been following your blog for sometime, trying to simplify my life. Letting go of things that get in the way. I needed to read this as I hear the ” I am so busy but” coming out of my mouth too many times. I open my eyes and immediately check my phone.. Sigh. With 4 small kids, work part time and a husband who travels quite a bit, I have been trying to cut out a lot on my plate. I have let the laundry pile up to read books with my kids, I am trying to pare down my clutter so it is not too overwhelming to clean. I allow only 1 activity a season per kid and actually schedule them on Tuesday and Thursday so our other days are left as free days to enjoy and have downtime. I deactivated my Facebook account. (have not gotten rid of candy crush yet, but will soon :) You have inspired me to do these things, I just have not commented before.
    Thank you for your inspiring words to make us appreciate the now and truly be more with less.

    • Rachel – I think that your idea of limiting and controlling your children’s activities is so important. I see so many women who are simply run ragged by their children’s sports, lessons, etc.

      This is a great post. Thanks.

  7. As my health has deteriorated over the last 3 years i have found the less i have the less i have to take care of and i believe after 3 years of hard work by me and my daughter i am reaching ‘tipping point’ or maybe ‘no tipping point’ as they won’t be anything left in my house i don’t want or need.

  8. Bill

    Workflowy is great. IMHO Workflowy + Bitrix24 = best free productivity combo in the history of humankind

  9. I started off 2014 by taking a whole day to unplug via what I call a “no electronics day” where the TV, computer and Smartphone are turned off. No Skyping with my boyfriend, no music…just me and a whole lot of peace and quiet. What I found was it was one of the best days in a very long time! It was so good in fact, that each Wednesday I am now honoring the day via “no electronics.” This article is inspiring for me to look at new ways of applying this concept in even more areas of my life. Thanks! Perfect timing to read this. I appreciate you sharing your lessons with each of us as a way to enrich our lives.

  10. Great read and hits home…reading while waiting at the doctor’s office, physically ill, I’m convinced, from what you speak of. Our generation of women are burning out (fast) – thank you for bringing light to this.

  11. Wow! This really resonated with me. A bit painful, but necessary. I have 3 preteen and teenage children and a husband with advanced MS and lately I’ve been feeling as if life is a bit out of control. It used to be quiet with long lovely days, but now its non-stop and I’m so burnt out.

    This week my kids are at camp and my husband is spending a couple if days with his good friend and I have had time to clear my head. Lots of changes need to be made and this post helped confirm some things for me.

    Thank you!

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