You know those times when everything just feels hectic? You finally complete a big task, just as one of your kids gets sick, your upcoming flight gets cancelled, and your sock starts falling down inside your shoe … all within a span of 10 minutes. When life seems to be falling apart, know that you have what it takes to pull it together. Rather than letting life happen TO you, let’s jump into a few ways to harness the power of your mindset and actions to take control!
Do a social media detox.
Social media is great for keeping up with the people you’re closest to, but if we’re being honest, it’s also a total highlight reel. When your life feels chaotic, it’s easy to look at your social feed and take a trip down that all-too-real rabbit hole of comparison.
The truth is, we’ve all got things we’re dealing with under the surface that don’t always fit into our perfectly curated Instagram™ aesthetic. Rather than being so invested in what everyone else is doing, put down your phone and start focusing on yourself and serving others. (Here’s a helpful guide to making your social media detox work for you!)
Side note: If you still find yourself struggling with comparison, not just on social media, but also in everyday life, read this post on overcoming social comparison!
Eliminate the clutter.
If it’s not serving you, making you happy, or bringing you closer to where you want to be, get rid of it. Clear out the mental and physical clutter in your life to make room for the things that support your growth!
Getting Rid of Physical Clutter
- Go through your closet every 6-ish months to get rid of anything you no longer wear. (Donate your gently used clothes to Goodwill®.)
- Only purchase the things you need—easier said than done. 😉
- A tidy workspace is a productive workspace! Take an extra 20 minutes to deep clean your desk.
Getting Rid of Mental Clutter
- Start using a physical or digital planner to organize your to-do list.
- Simplify your daily routine and stop doing the activities that aren’t helping you make progress.
- Give yourself time to unwind at the end of each day.
Manage your expectations.
You’ve got high expectations for yourself. You plan on accomplishing your goals in a certain period of time. You expect things to go a certain way … but what happens if your plan doesn’t go the way you imagined it would?
Here’s the real deal: Life is full of ups and downs—that’s just the way it goes. There will be times when you feel like you’re on top of the world, and other times when you feel like you just can’t keep up. Remember that we’re all works in progress and the journey to becoming our best doesn’t come without challenges. Give yourself grace when things don’t go your way and figure out how to adjust. Use this post for tips on managing expectations from yourself and others.
It’s not always easy. The more you get knocked down, the harder it becomes to get back up and pull it together. Keep showing up for yourself, especially when the going gets tough. You’re far more powerful than you think you are. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and find calm in the chaos.
Pulling it together means staying productive toward your goals, even when you really don’t feel like it. Read my post for a few productivity tips to help you out.