May is the month when our social calendar picks back up again. Wedding season commences (which means bridal showers, bachelorettes), Memorial Day weekend (yay summer!). Conveniently my lease ends June 1, and we are going to Portugal the following week. Tracy and I have been super busy with boston à la mode, which is great but it’s good to slow down and press pause sometimes.
Just last weekend we had a blogger dinner on Friday night, and after (~10:30pm) I went to a gf’s grad party that I could not miss, woke up super early on Saturday to do returns, bring a large chunk of clothing to consignment, and finally go to a wedding in the evening. Bright and early on Sunday, my bf and I picked up a UHaul, packed up my apartment and drove it all the way down Cape to drop off some mattresses and then back to his apartment to unload. Are you playing the world’s tiniest violin yet?
We all have such busy schedules between working full time jobs, extra-curriculars, spending time with family, significant others, and friends. We have work events and the occasional obligatory weekend event that we aren’t psyched about, but we need to find a way to do it all and keep our sanity amongst the chaos. Here are some tips and tricks to get your started…
Schedules and Lists
Tracy and I meet at least once per week to create a full-scope BALM schedule that goes at least two weeks out. This is extremely helpful for us because it tasks us and makes us get specific goals down on paper (or on our Google Drive). Being organized can make all the difference in a busy week- Tracy and I divy a lot of the tasks up (i.e. answering e-mails, posting to social, writing, etc.) and it saves us a huge amount of time.
I also keep a schedule (less rigid) for my personal life, outside of BALM. I’ve kept a paper planner for as long as I can remember- I like it much better than a digital version and it helps keep me super organized for deadlines, events, appointments, birthdays etc.
I am a huge believer in having a bedtime routine. This gets a little thrown off when we have events or commitments after work but what can you do? For example, my routine typically goes like this- gym after work, home, cook dinner and clean up, shower, tea and TV and/or blog work and some quet time (no phone) at least 30 minutes before bed. If you’re not glued to your phone you might miss the latest with Rob and Blacchyna, or not be caught up with your gfs in your group text. It’s hard to disconnect when we feel like so much of our world is digital- especially in the blogging world but it is super important to unplug from time to time.
I picked up meditation a few years ago and really loved it…until I got too busy and forgot about it. If you haven’t tried meditation before, try it for 10-20 minutes each day and it will change your life (promise!). Make a little nook in your apt with seating, candles, music- whatever helps you relax and clear your mind.
Use the buddy system- tell someone that will hold you accountable. My sister and I used to go to 6:30am gym classes and I knew I had to get out of bed because she would wait for me to go. You’re more likely to succeed in your goals if someone knows what you’re up to- so tell a friend, coworker, or family member : )
Lasty, learn how to say no! You can’t make everyone happy so put yourself first and make sure you’re taking care of YOU.