As much as we all love complaining about how busy we are — real talk, everyone gets a little bit of smug pleasure from declaring themselves “totally swamped” — burnout is very real and can strike even the most energetic and highly functioning among us. It happens when the exhilaration of tearing through a packed day shades into stress and causes us to start getting frustrated and slipping up. Ever worked yourself into a tizzy because your perfectly planned schedule went awry by 15 minutes? That’s classic burnout.
Now, we’ll just say right up front that we’re not going to try to convince you to slow down or give up on your ambitious on-the-go lifestyle. You do you. Instead, we want to let you in on some real-time tips and tricks that’ll shave off unnecessary time-sucks and stressors from your day. Whether it be banning that “Did I turn off my straightener?” anxiety or relying on your Google Assistant to get things done, these tricks all come by way of the most efficient, constantly on-the-move people we know. Read on (hands-free and between today’s many engagements, we’re imagining), and prepare to do what you do even better.
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We all know that feeling of dread that hits when you’re halfway to work and suddenly can’t remember if you turned off the oven. Combat these busy-girl qualms by creating a “last-minute list” of all the things you need to check before running out the door. Also, it might feel silly, but getting into the habit of saying “I’m turning off my curling iron/tea kettle/AC/lights” aloud to yourself can really help.
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Take 10 minutes right now and clean out your car, desk, or home office. In a study conducted by Brother, 52% of participants claimed they felt instantly more productive with a tidy work area.
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Need to get on the phone with your bank, airline, or pharmacy but don’t have the time to sit on hold? Use a virtual queue and let the site wait for you. Hold music is about to be a thing of the past.
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On the go and in need of a quick caffeine boost or pick-me-up snack? Download the apps for the coffee shops and restaurants you frequent most to place your orders in advance and avoid lengthy lines. Not to mention, the more you order, the more most spots will reward you — discounts, free meals, you name it.