I lead a very busy life, as do many people. I have to juggle so many different things every day, and it can be hard to remember everything that needs doing and all the deadlines I have to meet. Dan works full time, I work part time for several clients and we also run a part time business together, which means we spend a lot of time working. I also run this blog by myself, which of course takes up more of my time every week. Not to mention running our house and looking after our 2 cats and dog, who need feeding, walking (the dog, not the cats!), taking to the vets, and who are generally a bunch of fusspots who want my attention all the time.
I don’t actually know how I manage to fit everything in. I have to be organised, that’s for sure. I feel like I have finally found some ways that help me to successfully juggle so many different things whilst also managing to have some time for myself, so I wanted to share a few tips that I have found help me.
Tip 1: Plan your week
I don’t tend to write huge to-do lists or goals for the week. I probably should, but to be honest, I just can’t be bothered. However, I do make sure I plan out my week, preferably on the Friday beforehand, so that when Monday morning arrives, I know what I’m doing on each day.
I like to plan to get lots done at the start of the week, so I feel like I won’t be in a mad panic by the end of the week, wondering how on earth I’m going to hit all my deadlines. No-one likes a last minute panic, especially me. I get stressed if I feel I haven’t got enough time to get everything done, so making sure I leave myself enough time to finish things is really important to me.
Tip 2: Get everything done at the weekend
If, like me, you tend to work mainly during the week, I find it’s a good idea to get lots done at the weekend. I try to get all the cleaning in the house done, scheduling (more on that in a minute), write my blog posts and do house admin. I find it so satisfying to sit and relax on a Sunday evening, maybe watch TV, read some blogs and watch Youtube videos, knowing that I’ve achieved a lot over the weekend and that I can start the week with no stress of things I haven’t got done.
Tip 3: Schedule
I guess this applies mainly to other bloggers. I find it a great help to schedule tweets in advance. I use Buffer’s free service, which I really recommend. Social media can take up so much time, so I use Buffer to schedule tweets promoting my blog posts, which means I have more free time to engage with everyone on there and to write non-blog related posts, without having to worry about promoting my blog. You can now also use Buffer to schedule Instagram posts too, although you have to manually post in real time yourself, but it’s really helpful being able to have your photos with captions ready to publish.
There are also various paid scheduling services and packages available for Twitter, Instagram and other social media outlets, if you think it would be worth it for you.
Tip 4: Clear out life clutter
When I did a big declutter using the KonMari method, I found it inspired me to clear out other clutter than just the physical items in my home. Fed up of receiving so many emails every day, I went on an unsubscribing spree. I also finally persuaded myself, mainly due to the amount of spam I received every single day, to create a new email address and to be more careful who I provide the new address to. I now have so many less emails to sort through, which saves me time every day and has the added bonus of meaning I’m less tempted to spot things I want to buy!
I’ve heard stories of people completing the KonMari method and decluttering friends and even husbands from their lives! I have to say though that this doesn’t surprise me. Waving goodbye to anything that doesn’t bring you joy in your life, including toxic friendships and unhappy relationships, and simplifying your life can certainly result in a happier and less stressful life.
Tip 5: Take good care of yourself
I’m a big advocate of self-love and looking after yourself and I believe that if we are happy and healthy, we are going to be more productive and achieve so much more. Getting a good night’s sleep is really important to me. I find that if I have a good night’s sleep every night, I get so much more done than if I’m tired. Drinking lots of water and eating well also makes me feel much more energetic than if I eat junk food all the time. When I’ve got lots of different work deadlines to hit and I need to be rushing around all day, having lots of energy is so important!
I also try to make sure I find some ‘me’ time. I find that putting on some fake tan and painting my nails in the evening makes me feel I’m spending some well-earned time for myself. Having a bubble bath is a great way to relax at the end of a busy week, especially when combined with a glass of wine and Youtube videos! I like to get as much done throughout the day as I can, so that I can take some time for myself in the evening guilt-free – I find it makes it so much easier for me to relax, knowing that I’ve achieved a lot earlier in the day. As someone who struggles to switch off and calm my mind, I find that this certainly helps.
I’ve found that these 5 tips really help me to stay productive, meet my deadlines and still manage to relax at the end of the day, which is something we all need to make time for.