July 24

5 Steps to Not Get Caught in the Busyness of Life

Do you find yourself too busy all the time? Running as fast as you can to keep up with all of your responsibilities and commitments? Do you feel frustrated, stressed, or tired?

Many people feel they’re on a treadmill and can’t seem to get off. This seems all too common these days with people trying to juggle it all and keep up with the many tasks, projects, and people in their life. The secret is to get off the treadmill! Remember that you are more than that treadmill. You have a soul, a spirit, a unique essence. A saying that I like to remember is, “I’m not just a human being having a spiritual experience. I’m a spiritual being having a human experience.”

Well, you may think, “That’s a good concept, but what does that mean in terms of all my responsibilities and commitments?”

Here are 5 practical techniques to deal with life’s demands and not get caught in the busyness of life

  1. Set yourself up to win every day.

    .Develop a practice every morning where you take a few minutes to connect with yourself and your spirit. For those of you who are spiritual people remember your connection with God, spirit, Christ, your higher power or whatever name you use for something greater than yourself. Get yourself into a peaceful and centered space before you start the day. Some people pray, meditate, or put on beautiful music to get into that space.

  2. Pick something that gets you back in that peaceful, centered place throughout the day.

    Is it going outside for a minute, playing some nice music, a Bible verse or positive affirmation. Here are examples of a positive affirmations: I am peaceful, centered and I know all is well. I know and trust everything is working out today. I handle all situations and projects with Grace and ease.

  3. Review your options to become less busy.

    • Reduce the amount of activities you have.
    • Delegate or get support with something.
    • Let go of the tendency to be perfectionist and try to be all thing to all people
    • Set boundaries so that there’s a limit to how much you will do.
    • Accept that it’s busy right now, but make new choices so it will be not be as busy in the future.
    • Forgo extra tasks, responsibilities and your own expectations that aren’t necessary right now. What is your choice now? How do you enjoy life more? Can you reclaim your spirit and have more peace and calm in your life right now?
  4. Have fun and laugh.

    Fun and laughter will get out you off the treadmill and bring a greater lightness and joy to our life. Having fun needs to be a higher priority in your life. Many people put fun low on the priority list after handling their responsibilities. What if you knew if you had fun you would be more productive, and bring a better perspective and outlook to every situation and task in your life? You could have more energy and be more resourceful in dealing with the demands of everyday life. Either that or you can continue being stressed, running as fast as you can, and not necessarily being happy throughout your day. The choice is yours.

  5. Remember what’s worked before.What have you done before when you were too busy? Did you learn lessons from the busy times?  Can you do something differently this time? The lessons could be for example, to say no, to let go of pleasing people, to know when good is good enough, and to let go of unnecessary tasks and to dos to name a few.

Applying these 5 tips will help you move outside the busyness of life, and allow you to approach your life in a more peaceful, centered and a more joyful way.


Do you often feel trapped in the ceaseless whirl of busyness? Struggling to keep up with the ever-growing list of responsibilities and commitments, only to end up feeling frustrated, exhausted, or stressed?

In today’s hyper-connected world, this sensation of being stuck on an unending treadmill has become all too familiar. Juggling myriad tasks, projects, and social connections often leaves us feeling overwhelmed. However, the key lies in stepping off this relentless treadmill and realizing that you’re more than a mere participant in this race. You are a unique being with a soul and spirit, navigating through the human experience.

You might wonder, “How can I translate this philosophical concept into managing my real-life responsibilities and commitments?”

Here are five refreshed, practical strategies designed to handle life’s demands without getting swallowed by the constant buzz of business. These steps, tailored to the modern dynamics of life coaching, enable you to find your own rhythm amidst life’s chaos.

  1. Start Each Day Aligned with Your Inner Self

Begin each morning with a brief ritual that connects you to your inner self and your spiritual essence. For those who embrace spirituality, remember your connection to a higher power – God, Spirit, Christ, or whichever entity resonates with your beliefs. Anchor yourself in a peaceful and centered space before diving into the day. This could be achieved through prayer, meditation, listening to soothing music, or any other practice that kindles tranquility within you.

  1. Retain Your Calm Amidst the Storm

Identify a strategy that helps you reconnect with your peaceful center throughout the day. It could be stepping outside for a moment, listening to calming music, reciting a Bible verse, or repeating a positive affirmation. Examples of affirmations could be: “I am peaceful and centered, knowing all is well,” or “I navigate all situations and projects with grace and ease.”

  1. Evaluate and Optimize Your Lifestyle

Take time to review your daily activities, and consider ways to make your lifestyle less frantic. You could consider decreasing the number of activities, delegating tasks, or seeking support. You might also need to challenge any perfectionist tendencies, set boundaries, or accept current busyness but make choices that ensure future peace. Sometimes, it’s about letting go of extra tasks, responsibilities, or self-imposed expectations that aren’t crucial. How can you reclaim your peace and enjoy life more in the present?

  1. Prioritize Fun and Laughter

Integrating fun and laughter into your routine can pull you off the treadmill, bringing a sense of lightness and joy to your life. Often, we relegate fun to a lower rung on our priority ladder, after all responsibilities have been dealt with. But what if prioritizing fun could boost your productivity, infuse a positive outlook into every situation, and replenish your energy, making you more resourceful in handling everyday demands? Alternatively, you could remain stuck in the stress loop, constantly running yet not necessarily finding joy in your day. The choice is yours.

  1. Leverage Past Experiences

Reflect on past instances when you felt overwhelmed. What strategies worked then? What lessons did you glean from those hectic periods? Could you adapt your approach this time? Lessons might include learning to say no, prioritizing self-care over people-pleasing, accepting that “good” is often good enough, and letting go of unnecessary tasks.

Implementing these five modern strategies will help you sidestep the constant busyness of life, enabling you to navigate your daily routine in a more peaceful, centered, and joyful manner. Remember, in the ever-evolving realm of life coaching, it’s about cultivating an approach that resonates with your unique rhythm and not getting consumed by the world’s frantic pace.

Fern founder of Life Purpose Institute
Fern Gorin, P.C.C.

Fern is the Founder and Director of the Life Purpose Institute, Inc. Before working as a coach; she was a mental health counselor, social worker, and career counselor. She developed her unique coaching method in 1984 and has assisted thousands of people in her coaching practice in making positive life and career changes. Fern developed a strong and compelling vision to help people discover their purpose, move forward in all areas of their life, and create a life they love.

After serving for many years as a Life Coach and licensed therapist in her private practice, she began training coaches internationally to perform this important work. Fern wrote and developed comprehensive manuals and materials for the Life and Spiritual Coach Training Programs.

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