TLS #63: How to stay on track when life gets busy


In today’s Lively Show, I’m tackling a great listener question:

How can we prevent getting off track when life gets busy? 

This is a great topic to discuss right now, as we wrap up the first month of 2015. I’m sure there are many plans you may have had in mind at the start of the year that may be feeling a little daunting as your schedule ramps up.

This episode is perfect for those who are trying to stay on top of their plans amidst a busy schedule, or who have fallen off track and want to get back on a consistent schedule.







  • The new business + blog bonuses that are now part of Life With Intention Online.
  • My biggest tips about staying on track when things get busy.
  • The reason it starts to feel harder to stay on track when life gets busy.
  • The #1 Value to keep in mind when you haven’t been staying on track.




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  1. Kendra

    Thank you for this, Jess! It is so easy to feel a little helpless when off-track habits have snowballed into this massive thing that seems like a permanent barrier between me and the person I’d like to be. This really was the encouragement I needed to feel empowered to do what I can in the present moment. Your advice also reminded me of Brene Brown’s advice to embrace “good” over “perfect.” Good finishes the race, whereas perfect might never even step onto the track. I struggle (and I know from your stories that you’ve experienced these feelings, too) to act if I don’t believe I can be 100% successful. So, if I’ve already eaten a donut at the beginning of the day, I might be less likely to work out later, since I’ve already blown my chances at having a “perfect score” for my physical habits that day. This applies to business and personal projects, too. Anyway – I really appreciated this episode and hope it encourages other listeners, too!

    1. Jess Lively

      I hear you with the perfectionism!! I’ve struggled a lot with this over the years, and still do from time to time.

      I think shifting our focus from achievements and outcomes to our Values is the thing that helps us step away from “all or nothing” and into the present moment. : )

      1. Molly

        Yes to all of this! Thanks for this episode, Jess 🙂 Would love to meet over coffee some time in Austin as I’ll be here until I move to Houston in May.

        1. Jess Lively

          Thank you so much for the coffee invite, Molly!

          As I mention in today’s episode (launching soon!), I have been running on empty for a few months, and I am really trying to hone in on my intention to simplify my schedule. For this reason I’ll politely pass. But I thank you so much for the invite and hope we do get to meet up at some point!

  2. Eliza SJ

    Airplane brain! I love it! Did you know that’s actually a legit *thing* ? Apparently because there’s less oxygen when we’re way up in the sky, humans become more inspired/creative. Go figure!

    Also, thank you for today’s podcast. It’s such a great reminder to be flexible in your intentions in your present situation/context, and to be kind! I loved that you said that.

    ps So looking forward to the next session of Life With Intention !!

    1. Jess Lively

      Yes! I heard someone mention that Nasa had done studies on that! I never knew it was because there was *less* oxygen, though! Crazy.

      I can’t wait to see you in class next week!

  3. gcatherinev

    I needed to hear this, THANK YOU! I always end up giving up if I am not able to maintain a commitment or a Value, especially if it involves a lot of time, but your words have inspired me to try harder because as you said, every bit counts.

    1. Jess Lively

      That’s so great to hear!

      I believe it can be helpful to realize a commitment is different than a Value. While a commitment might require an extended length of time, a Value is always either embodied in the present moment, or not.

      So it can be helpful to remember that even when commitments feel hard to keep, Values are always possible in the present moment, given our current circumstances. : )

  4. Sage Grayson

    Awesome advice, as always. Baby steps (or baby edits as I say) are the only way I get anything done. Here’s my baby step: leave one comment on a website I love. 🙂

    1. Jess Lively

      Aw, that is so sweet, Sage. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face. : )

      I hope you have a great night!!

  5. Thanks Jess, that was an epiphany for me! I have issues committing to do the things I value, like exercising. But, last night, I was upset with myself for not getting a workout in, so I did 25 pushups before bed. Rather than seeing it as a failure, I need to look at it as I DID something and that is better than nothing! So, that was my baby step that I did and didn’t even know it. Thank you! P.S. How is Austin treating you? The weather here has been beautiful the last few days and makes my mood so much happier!

    1. Jess Lively

      Hooray! I wish I could give you a high five (or 10)! That 25 pushups COUNTS! : )

      All we ever have to do is ask ourselves, How can I embody my Values in the present moment, given my current circumstances?

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