Recently, I've had several people say to me, "I don't know how you do it." What they mean is juggle my life. Currently, I work a full time job (besides Inspiri), have a husband, dogs, house, side business, spend as much time with friends and family as I can and I haven't completely lost my mind. Well, I lose my mind sometimes, but that's just because I have a tendency to do that. I've even had people ask me if I will quit my business once we have children. To that I simply let them know that I do not plan on quitting, but how it is treated will have to be re-evaluated.
To be honest, there are days that I'm overwhelmed and exhausted. There are days I want to throw in the towel, grab a giant bowl of potato chips, and never leave the couch again. But I don't. And I won't. I have developed a few key ingredients into making it all work. Here they are:
1) Time Management - I recently took a course that helped me develop some better time management skills. Personally, what I find what works best for me is something I call "Power Scheduling". I literally schedule out an insane number of things in my day, no matter how inane. Whether it's 20 minutes for "Cleaning out Inbox" or "Write blog post" for an hour once a week to 10 minutes of "Empty Dish Washer", I try to schedule these things and follow my schedule as closely as possible. This doesn't work for everyone, but for me, it's extremely useful, especially at my day job. It's made it possible for me to be able to get all of my regular work done during normal hours so at the end of the day, I can head home and work on what I really love.
2) Determine what's important - This may seem like a no-brainer, but this is something else that came from the course I took. I actually keep a time diary of the time I spend doing many of my daily and regular tasks. I can see if certain things are giving me benefit and if not, I don't have to worry about them. For example, at my day job there's a certain task where I would drop everything to handle a request coming in. I realized that these requests weren't as urgent as I made them be in my head. I have now set aside a two hour block once a week to deal with them and it saves me a ton of time, stress, and distraction.
3) Eat Right - I know, I know, everyone says this, but it's true! Do you eat breakfast every morning? I do. And I do my best to get some protein in there. Try eating a solid breakfast every day for a week (and no, Froot Loops do not count as a solid breakfast) and see how you feel. The extra energy and momentum you have will really keep you going. We eat salads at least once a week for dinner and we always feel so fresh and clean the next day. What you feed your body is important and will definitely have an affect on what you can be motivated to do.
4) Sleep - I am an 8 hour a night kind of sleeper. And most nights, I get that much or more. It's because I make it a priority. If I don't get enough sleep, you might as well just leave me in a hole all day because I'm not going to get anything done. If you need only 6 hours a night, like my husband, good for you. But don't forget how important recharging your body is. You can't expect to get everything done if your energy levels are low and all you want is to crawl in next to your teddy.
It's as simple as that. That's how I work 40+ hours a week at my full time job, make/label/sell all of my own products, as well as doing Farmer's Markets and craft shows, be a good wife, dog-mom, housekeeper, cook, and everything else involved in every day life.
Think about your own life and what you can do to keep it all together.
Live life inspired!