Sometimes in life, we bite off more than we can chew, and it leaves us with two options: regurgitate or digest it.
If you’re anything like me, you more than likely chose the latter, so you find yourself juggling a variety of things.
Without the following tips, I wouldn’t be able to manage my life as a full-time student, full-time employee, wife, and mother. These 4 tips have made my life possible to balance:
Find a Routine
I’m a routine junkie. I’ll find a routine for anything— potty training, writing a paper, getting ready for bed, you name it… I probably have a routine for that too.
Here’s my logic: routines become habits and habits lead to stress-free living.
Every morning I know exactly what I have to do, I wake up, brush my teeth, get dressed, make breakfast, get my son ready, and I head out the door by 7:10am—see how specific?
I have a morning routine, a routine for when I first arrive at work and one the moment I get home from work.
Not everyone needs to be as rigid as I am; I find freedom in planning out my days because when something comes up, I still know what needs to be done.
It’s important not to become a slave to your routine, instead let it free you from your stress.
Write things down
Writing things down gives me a sense of purpose, I give myself a reward when I cross out a completed task.
I’ve had a planner since the 5th grade; you know those planners they give you in grade school.
I’ve come a long way since grammar school and upgraded to fancier planners, some even have stickers in them—don’t judge me. I have three:
My personal planner: has my list of homework assignments and any personal projects I want to get done that day.
My work planner: has work tasks I need to complete like, returning calls, emails, meetings, and goals for the day.
Myfitness Pal: I have an obsession with counting my steps, knowing what I eat in a day, and watching my fitness goals come to pass.
These tools keep my mind clutter-free, if it’s not written down I probably don’t need to worry about it and if I’m worried about it then I’m writing it down.
Ask for help
Thankfully I have people in my life I can lean on. I’m typically not one to involve too many people in my life but sometimes I simply can’t do it by myself.
Whether it’s asking my mom to watch my son so I can have a date with my husband or asking my husband to take my son to the park so I can get homework done, I ask for help because it’s necessary.
Asking for help doesn’t make you weak, it makes you smart.
Seriously, screw it. Wake up and watch some TV, eat some junk food, or stay in bed all day.
We all deserve a break and even if you don’t think you deserve one, take a break anyway.
The great thing about creating routines is being able to deviate from your plans without entirely getting off track.
I wouldn’t be able to keep up my lifestyle without occasionally taking a break.
It doesn’t have to be a fancy and expensive getaway, you just have to recognize you need a break when your body is asking you for it.
Be one with your body and listen to what it tells you.
These life-hacks, as I like to call them, have opened doors for opportunities I once thought were impossible to accept.
If, like me, you have struggled to manage your busy life, try these tips out and let me know if they work for you. We are women and we can do it all.