Watching Friends Counts, Right? Getting Things Done Without Being Busy

In an effort to visualize all that I did in the last week, because I feel like it wasn’t much, I’m going to list all that I did accomplish. I know other people have accomplished way more than me, but there have to be some people out there who did way less. (Right?) So, here we go:screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-10-56-07-am-walked dogs (multiple times)

-wrote wedding thank you notes (so close to done!)

-mailed finished thank you notes (this included a trip to the post office to send something to Germany)

-figured out where to recycle an old laptop and Kindle, packaged items, and took them to the post office to be mailed

-applied for marketing specialist jobs and freelance writing jobs

-went grocery shoppingscreen-shot-2016-09-09-at-10-56-42-amscreen-shot-2016-09-09-at-10-56-32-am

-made two homemade dinners and prepped a bunch of food for easy lunches

-went to my first orchestra

-frantically practiced playing my violin in preparation for the rehearsal

-activated new debit and credit cards (I know, only a phone call, but it took time to do!) and continued calling the long list of places to change my last name

-bought a new wallet because Indy decided to destroy my old one

-bought a friend’s baby shower present

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-10-57-17-am-listed a bunch of clothes I don’t want anymore on a website called Tradesy in an effort to sell them (if they don’t sell, they’re going to Goodwill)

-set up a phone interview for Tuesday

-mailed a birthday card

-watched lots of Friends (still something, right?)


-got gas and windshield wiper fluid

-changed and washed the bedding

-went out to dinner with Jonathan and my dad

-met my dad, stepmom, and other family for lunch

-updated my budget

-started a new book (How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents)

While I may not have gone to the gym or done as much as I would have liked to (like writing a few blogs), I still did something. I’m the type of person that feels better when I accomplish a lot in a day. Even if I’m having a lazy day, I can only do that for so long before I go stir-crazy.

That said, I am not the kind of person that likes being busy. I like to knock things off my to do list, I like to feel accomplished, but I don’t like feeling stressed out because I have a full calendar.

I found this article on how to get a lot done without being busy, and I think it is really interesting. I’ve been around people who are busy, and seemingly don’t get things done, running around in a perpetual busy flurry. It is exhausting to watch. I want to have a thriving career, be a great wife and pet mama, have a family, be with my friends, go to the gym, and more – but I don’t want to feel exhausted the whole time.

Being honest: When things got overwhelmingly busy at work I had to be honest with myself and talk to my manager about it. It was better to be honest that there was too much on my plate versus letting things fall to the wayside. I also think it is important to be honest with yourself about what you really want to do with your time outside of work.

Sharing the work: Jonathan has helped me with this. If there are certain things I want to get done, but I have too many other things to knock off my list first, I know I can rely on him to help me out. At work this meant asking others to help with the task, or delegating to freelancers or contractors.

Be concise: When I first started working, my e-mails were so long. At one job most correspondence was via e-mail and typically called for a descriptive, semi-lengthy e-mail. Then at my next job, e-mails seemed to be maybe five words at most. I try to land somewhere in between. It saves time and adapting minimalism to other aspects of my life keeps me clutter-free. (At least I try to be!)

Do what you want to do: If Jonathan and I said yes to everything, we’d never be at home. And we’d probably never see each other. Sometimes it’s hard to say no, but it’s totally necessary.

Jot it down: I’m not like the person who wrote this article – I don’t think about work constantly. If there were big projects going on at work, then I naturally would think about those at home, and then I’d dive right in once I was back at work – but for me, if a thought or idea or “to do” is floating around in my head, I’ll grab my notebook and jot it down. Then I’ll let it go. That way I know that when I’m in a good place to get things done, I can refer back to my list.

Lastly, I like this – straight from the article, “Take the plunge early on, err on the side of lots of activities, and with each step review which ones make you come alive with the good kind of challenge and which are just flabby, useless, or worse yet, detrimental to your well-being. You need some material to work with before you begin chipping away.”

Here’s to crossing things off your checklist and jumping right in to life’s adventures.


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