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How to keep your sanity when you have a full plate

When you have many different things on your plate at the current time including business, family, and other personal concerns, you need to be able to maintain a positive attitude and keep your energy levels up in order to accomplish all of your goals. Here are my favorite tips for keeping your sanity when you have a full plate.

Recognize What Isn’t Working for You

While it’s certainly important to understand the value of saying yes and working on projects,it is just as, if not more important, to learn how to say no. Being asked to serve in a new volunteer capacity where you don’t have the time or working on a project with a client who's no longer the right fit for you means that it’s time for you to reevaluate your priorities. It can be daunting to let somebody go or to turn a project down but it can also be better for your own mental health and for your ability to live up to the obligations you’ve already set out.

Make Sure Your Environment is Conducive to What You Need

If your house is cluttered and this drives you crazy and makes you feel unaccomplished, it’s time to carve out some time to set things up for the right way. I use an oil diffuser, oils on my temples, and a work environment that is quiet and soothing in order to allow me to accomplish many things at once without getting stressed out. If your chair is not comfortable, there’s little chance you’ll stay! Take the time to set things up so that your brain automatically clicks over into work mode when you arrive to get things done.

Use Your Support System

Whether it’s friends, family, getting a weekly massage, or taking 10 or 20 minute walks in the middle of the day to calm down, having a support system that infuses you with energy and allows you to disconnect from the stresses of everyday life is strongly recommended.

This can help you stay on top of all of your goals and accomplish everything you need. Recognize when you’re feeling burned out or overwhelmed. Take a step back. Hire someone to help you with your business or your housecleaning. It’s okay to admit you can’t do it all (or do it all and keep your sanity, anyways.)

Avoid Toxic People

This one does not always work perfectly. Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid toxic people (co-workers at your day job, mothers-in- law, the overbearing fellow pre-school mom who makes you feel like you don’t do enough,) but you should always take steps to draw clear boundaries. One of the easiest ways to avoid toxic people is to make sure you always surround yourself with as many positive and supportive people as possible.

If this doesn’t come in the form of friends or family, a digital accountability partner, a mastermind group, or even an online forum or Facebook group where you share your concerns and obstacles can help in this situation. In many cases, it’s all about knowing that you’re not alone. If you do have to interact with someone toxic, just avoid bringing up issues that cause problems if you can. If your family just doesn’t “get” your blogging empire, just tell them

“It’s going well, thanks for asking,” and leave it at that when they ask. If your in-laws won’t stop critiquing your parenting style, ignore the topic entirely and move on to talking about something else. It’s not always possible to protect yourself from the flood of negativity radiating off someone, but remember that you are in control of your energy and enjoyment.

Flex those boundary-creating muscles when you need to!

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Laura Pennington is a 7 th grade teacher turned entrepreneur and freelance writer. She helps business owners get things done more quickly and efficiently at


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