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How I Balance Everything

One of the things I’ve always prided myself on is my ability to multi-task and juggle everything. It requires a borderline crazy level of organization – constant lists, reminders, tasks, and the occasional late night…but there’s just no other way (that I know of, at least!) to stay on top of it all!

Between work, exercising, meal planning and prepping, social events, a relationship, blogging, sleeping…and of course, finding time to binge watch Netflix, it’s safe to say I’ve got a lot on my plate. Then I look at other people who juggle things like families, taking care of a home, multiple jobs, and it blows my mind!

Everyone has their own version of a crazy routine, and life can get particularly hectic in these next few months we’re approaching (whenever I really need to take 3-5 minutes to relax, I try this) but since I’ve managed to be pretty successful at finding a time and place for everything I need to do, I wanted to share some of my best tips in case any of you struggle to find a way to work everything in!

Stay Mindful of Shifting Schedules | I think one of the biggest things to note is that you have to be constantly adjusting your schedule depending on the day, week, and month. Routines shift more often than the seasons, and it’s best to look at your entire month as a whole, and then break things down week by week to make sure you’re budgeting time for everything.

Sync Everything Together | I have three calendars. Yes, three! I have a content calendar for the blog, my work calendar that gets broken down into hourly blocks, and my personal calendar for appointments, meals, workout classes, plans with friends and date nights.

Thankfully, I use google calendar for all of them, and the app lets me sync all three of my calendars into one place (plus it connects to all of my email accounts, so things like doctor appointments and flights that come into my inbox automatically get added with all of the info right there!)

Find the Right Spacing | A lot of my tasks are things that can be condensed into a once-a-week type of activity. Meal prepping all of my lunches takes about an hour on Sunday, and that frees up about 35 minutes every single night of the week. Sometimes I do the same with dinners and a few smoothie packs for breakfasts, and that time saved is a total game changer.

Take Advantage of Down Time | I have the “luxury” of a decently long commute every morning. I use this time to go through emails and file away or delete everything – all four of my inboxes always read zero at the end of every day. No exception. My inbox is like my to-do list. If something is in there, it means I am doing it today. Otherwise, it goes into a folder to help me keep track of things and make sure that nothing slips through the cracks. I also use this time to make lists such as for groceries, look up recipes for our date nights, or schedule appointments for doctors or anything else I may need.

There’s definitely no such thing as a one size fits all plan for organization, but these tips and tricks have totally saved my life these last few years, and I’m always fine tuning them and tweaking them to make life just a tiny bit easier. Even 15 extra minutes in my day is everything to me!


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