For whatever reason, life lately seems to feel so much more draining. Maybe it's the post-vacation struggle to get back into the swing of things, but I think it has more to do with the fact that I'm constantly toggling my attention between five projects at work, and home and blog priorities. All that context-switching can really do a number on a girl's focus, energy, and efficiency.
To cope, I've been trying to simplify and streamline my life as much as possible. If this outfit bears a few similarities to last week's, it's because I've developed a uniform of sorts: a top and an A-line, easy-to-wear skirt with only the most basic of summer accessories (sandals, shades, bag). Bonus points if it's in classic black and white.
I've also adopted a pseudo-Pavlovian "Can't deal!" reflex to incoming messages. When an email arrives in my inbox that has nothing to do with what I'm working on at that moment and isn't marked urgent, I say to myself "Can't deal!" and flag it for closer reading or follow-up later. Then I dedicate a half hour to an hour to going through them, mostly at the end of the day when I'm feeling very tired. Small trick of the mind, yes, but it's so liberating to give myself permission to not respond right away and maintain focus.
Do you have any tricks to deal with context-switching? Do tell!