Lately I've been working a lot on balance - balance between work, working out, and life.
I will either do a ton of work but miss my own workouts
I will have the whole house clean, get my workouts in, meals prepped, but not touch my computer for a couple days.
Let’s not even mention the fact I hardly do my hair or make-up on my long days.
I always thought working for myself was so much better than a 9-5.
Well let’s just say that most days, I work from 6:30am to 7pm.
Funny how that works out.
I wish I had two of me - I would get so much done!
Below I have listed the 6 tips on how I’ve been working on balance lately. I hope you can use it during this very busy time of year!
1. Write a To-Do List:
Start with the most important to the least important, and make your way down the list getting the most urgent things done first.
Once you have finished one, cross it off with a highlighter. It feels so good when you know you’re getting things done.
Don’t stress over getting the list done - just do your best. It’s no time to panic!
2. 15-Minute Pick Up:
Look at your list
Do the most you can do in 15 mins
Take a break for 15 mins (watch TV, study, read, get ready, relax etc.)
My mom made us do this growing up, and I thought this was the most annoying thing! But, man, it sure gets things done.
3. Work Out First Thing in the Morning:
If that means you have to get up 30 or 60 mins early to fit it in, DO IT!
That way you never miss a workout due to a long day, or being too tired, busy, or just unmotivated.
Working out first thing in the morning gets your metabolism going; this is the best time to stimulate that fat burning and get that heart rate up!
4. Make Time for you + your Loved Ones:
Book a date with yourself once a week (bubble bath, a glass of wine, and a good book will do it!) Focus on keeping the stress level down.
Make time for family, friends and bfs/gfs - don’t get sucked into the everyday life. Simple things like going for a walk together, coffee dates, cook together, etc. all work. If it means spending time with others, leave the messy room and go out. TIP: only leave the messy room for no longer than 3 days or it will start to drive you crazy!
5. Don’t Overcommit:
You don’t need to go to everything.
Pick the most important, and sincerely decline the others.
By not overcommitting you are taking care of #1- YOU!
This will help with keeping everything afloat.
Don't overcommit with work. Do the best you can and leave work at work.
6. Prep Work
Meal prepping will save you tons of time during the week. GET IT DONE!
On Sundays, plan out your outfits for the week (gym clothes + work clothes)
Take 20 mins on Sunday no matter where you are to plan out your week and look over your schedule figuring out the best way to get things done - it’s worth it!
If you have read this far, then you are serious about making a change and finding balance with your life to make everything fit in. If at any point you think “omg I don’t have time to do this” think about how much time you have spent on the phone today, how much TV you watched, etc.
You CAN do this! I promise! Take on one step at a time if that feels more comfortable, you don’t have to have it all figured out today.
I would love to hear your tips and tricks for how you work on balance - comment below!