How To Stop Rushing Through Your Day

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It’s happening again. You’re rushing through your morning routine just trying to get everyone out the door on time. Do you kids’ have their backpacks ready? Has the dog been fed? And on and on your mind goes. If this sounds anything like you, then you need this episode. 


Today, we will talk about my favorite strategy to help me have time to breathe throughout the day. Rushing can feel mentally draining! It affects my mood and my kids. So I will tell you all about building a buffer time, and how this can help you stop rushing throughout your day, boost your productivity, and help you feel more calm and adaptable as you go about your daily tasks. Not only that, but I will give you 2 simple tips that will help you start implementing a buffer time effectively by considering how you are actually spending your time, and how the “fudge factor” could be affecting your day. Here’s this episode at a glance:  


(2:06) How rushing can affect our day and our stress levels. Do you notice you are short with your kids when you’re rushing? Or maybe you notice it’s hard for you to focus when you’re rushing. 


(6:55) My #1 Tip to Stop Rushing: Build in buffer time! What I mean by buffer time, how it helps, and how you can start building this even today. 


(9:36) Step #1: Know how you are spending your time. Make a time audit of even the smallest things- from finishing a presentation to locking up your house. How much time are you actually spending on these things and are you factoring them into your routine? 


(11:49) Fudge Factor. Predict how long you think something will take and then compare it to the actual time it took. It likely takes you longer to complete a task than you think and this could be why you end up rushing from task to task! 


(14:54) Don’t overschedule yourself. Now that you know how long it actually takes you to do these tasks, make sure you are scheduling a realistic amount of things to do during your day. 


(17:55) Make tasks specific. Don’t just stick a multi-day project on that list- get granular. 


(18:25) As always, start small. Focus on a few tasks that you want to tackle more consistently or with less stress. 

Sometimes, rushing is inevitable. Traffic is unusually heavy or the WiFi is out when you get to work. These things can hold us up and then cause us to rush the rest of our day. But hopefully, if you have a buffer built in, these little things that get in our way won’t be as stressful to you as they once were. If this concept was helpful for you, be sure to share it and tag me on social media with your major takeaway from this episode! Until next time, it was good to see you.


I'm Rupa Wong.

Hi! I'm Dr. Rupa Wong. Physician. Private Practice Owner. Mama to 3 kids. Managing Partner. Educator. Textbook Author. Conference Co-Founder. Mentor. I am more than just one thing, even as a doctor and I bet you are too. I would love to help you envision the life you want, and then get after it. What are you waiting for?


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