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how to be busy & happy at the same time

 You know when you feel like there are thirty-thousand things to get done, and you constantly have a backlog of tasks, and you're running around to your many responsibilities thinking okay, what do I have to do next?  

Yeah. Me too.

Whenever I'm really busy, I've noticed that there are three ways I tend to deal with my busyness:

01. the professional productivity master 

Sometimes when I'm super busy I get really, really motivated. I love the satisfaction of finishing things, and checking off lists, and thinking wow, I was so productive today.

So sometimes, when I get hit with a wave of busyness, I ride it like a master. I get everywhere early. I write very detailed to-do-list in my planner, with pretty gel pens. I use every twenty minute break to get some reading done, or take a few quick photos, instead of letting time be wasted.

At these times, even if I'm sort of stressed out or overwhelmed, the stress doesn't really bother me. Instead, it creates this weird sort of buzzing eagerness inside of me, and I just want to go go go. 

 It's like that scientific law, an object in motion stays in motion. At these times, when I get going, I just keep on going.

02.  the "I'm so stressed out, I'll just eat candy and watch youtube" logician 

On other days, things aren't quite as gung-ho.

Sometimes when I come home from a long, hard day of dancing/studying and I think of all the stuff I have to do, my brain kind of just rejects the possibility of being productive. I slouch into my desk chair, open my computer, look at the to-do-lists leftover from productive days and think "yeah, that's not happening." I willingly sink into an internet time-warp for a few hours, postponing all my busyness and responsibilities until some later, undetermined time.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is called procrastination.

03. the "I don't want to be here" optimist

Even when there are things I can't procrastinate, like going to class or ballet, I don't always do them with enthusiasm. Sometimes, not even with willingness. Sometimes I'm barely, barely functioning, and I'm just wishing for free time, when things will be less busy.

Surprisingly, since starting college far, I've had a better-than-average number of happily busy days (for a while there in high school my record was not so good). But even when I emerge triumphantly (and somewhat cheerfully) from the rubble of an especially busy week, I undoubtedly have a day or two of, well, candy-eating and youtube-watching. Every few days of happy-busyness are matched by a few more days of hating-my-life-busyness.

Now, I like to believe that people can make time for anything that they really want to make time for. I think most of us probably have more free time than we let ourselves believe.

But something I've found myself wondering lately, is this: Even if it's possible to be busy all the time, is it possible to be happily busy all the time? Is it possible to live a life of consistent busyness, with a backlog of responsibilities trailing you everywhere you go, while still being a pleasant human and generally enjoying yourself? Is it possible to, even when you have stressful or difficult days, be very busy and very happy about it at the same time?

I sure hope so.

Honestly, I don't know, and I don't think there's any scientific law about this one. But I've created my own sort of (very scientific) theory, based on my busyness experiences thus far. If there's any way to be very busy and very happy at the same time, I think it probably includes these four things:

be organized 

So you can stay on top of your responsibilities and, even if you're really busy, avoid feeling like a mess all the time. 

save time to rest

 I think busy people have to learn to find restful moments in hectic days. Otherwise they'd probably go insane. Also, sleep. 

be excited about the future 

It's easier to be busy all the time when you're excited about the future possibilities that your busyness could bring.

have love for what you do

Be able to say "I love that I spend my time in the way that I do."

That's all I have to say for now!
Let me know how you deal with busyness, and if you have any tips to add to this list. :)

♡ Julia
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  1. I do think being organized and making time for rest are crucial when you are trying to be productive even when you are very very very busy - your mind needs a rest sometimes

    Life is just Rosie

    1. That is a really good point, rest is definitely a huge part in managing your busyness. Thanks for reading, Rose!

  2. I feel like lately I have been able to organize myself a little better, and it definitely helps!


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    1. Yay that's great! I'm slowly getting there, too. I feel like it will make me feel way less stressed. :)

  3. I think you're spot on, you have to look forward to the tasks and remind yourself WHY you're doing them in the first place! On the other hand, some people go overboard with trying to fill their days with a million tasks and feel burnt out too quickly! yay for balance haha

    loved this post!

    1. Totally! And yeah, burnout is a very real problem. Balance is definitely key here (as it always is, haha). Thanks so much for reading, Dana!

  4. wow i love it

  5. Great post! Always best to put yourself first!!

    Emily |

    1. So true! Thanks so much for reading, Emily!

  6. At the end of the day I guess it's really passion and love for what you do that ends up being the winning card. When you genuinely enjoy what you do, sometimes it doesn't bother you much if you become too busy or tired. Great post! | Bloglovin' | Instagram

    1. I TOTALLY agree with that statement, anne. I think that's why some people can survive with little sleep or rest (we all know people like that) because they just love what they do.

  7. Staying organized is the best and only advice that I can give myself or anyone to stay on top of things. I count on my Calendar for everything as my whole life is scheduled in it, without it I'll be doomed.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Yeah, I think that's definitely a really important part of it! Otherwise, busyness will just seem too overwhelming!

  8. Thank you for sharing such an insightful post! I am bad with being organzined tbh, needed these tips haha :)

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    1. Thank YOU for reading, Ankita! Checking out your blog now :)

  9. Time management is definitely imporant :) It's also knowing that what you're doing is for a purpose and "productive" more than just keeping you "busy", thats what makes me happy while keeping occupied with work! :) xoxo

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  10. 1st of all, want to say that I'm very happy I found your blog-- your description hooked me-- I'm always looking for writers with a little bit of depth.
    2nd-- your busyness description is hilarious-- I feel like that is so me. There are days when I can happily schedule myself down to the minute, and others when I pretend I don't having anything to do b/c its to painful to look at. I actually don't think it's physically possible to always be happy busy-- I think the trick however, is to fight to be calm and organized even on those uber stressful days.

  11. I so, so, so need this! Thanks for posting!


  12. I think staying busy actually keeps me happy! I have a lot of energy and am constantly wanting to be on the go. Luckily it works for me and makes me happy to be busy. I think staying organized is a large component. I find when I'm not stressing about the details because I've already organized them, my life is soooo much better. All of this is really great advice!


  13. Keeping busy definitely help's you to stay happy! Staying organised and enjoying what you're doing is so important too xx

    Lauren |


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