Gaining Balance


A lot has changed recently, with me getting a new job, and a sorts of new circumstances have popped up in my life recently. It can be a bit overwhelming and stressful trying to adapt to everything, but it’s still really exciting too. Since I didn’t get the post that I had pre-planned to post today up, instead I thought I’d write about how to try and find balance when things get hectic instead.

I normally try and stick to my to-do lists, but sometimes side projects get pushed, almost literally, to the wayside. There are things that take high priority, like client meetings and designs, which make it so that I can’t dedicate as much time as before to things I enjoy like blogging. Not to mention, when I’m super stressed out, writing blog posts doesn’t always help me unwind, in fact, sometimes it can feel more like a chore! I was so overwhelmed yesterday that I didn’t even get a post up!

I know when I’m getting too stressed, because my eczema always breaks out on my arms and it gets SUPER itchy. It’s my main warning sign that I need to stop, take a breath, and re-plan how I’m going to tackle all the tasks that are on my plate. It’s not always easy to balance everything on your plate.

I’ve always been amazed at the girls who can run blogs, a full time job, and be a mother at the same time. Or the bloggers that are full time college students or graduate students. I know, from dating Alex, that there is SO MUCH to do in graduate school, especially the education field, that he rarely has any free time to relax. All of you guys that do all the things you do and manage to do it flawlessly, I applaud you…and I envy you a little too!

Right now, being a barista, working another job as a designer/consultant, juggling 3+ projects at a time, and blogging can feel really overwhelming. Perhaps I just need to find a grove and fit myself into it.

Listing has always helped me stay grounded, along with keeping a calendar. I actually have two calendars, one in the kitchen on the wall and another that I carry around with me in a binder. Using both has really helped. I also write to-do lists for the day. I try to divvy out time for each task, but sometimes working on projects can be out of hand, or I run into unexpected issues working on something and a project that should have been done fast, ends up taking a lot longer than expected.

Building break times into your schedule is super important. I probably would have crashed yesterday if I wouldn’t have given myself a two hour nap after work. A break doesn’t have to be a nap, but it should be something relaxing. Even if it’s making a cup of tea and reading a chapter of a book, if it helps you relax, then it’ll help you find some balance in your busy life!

Right now I have made time for everything else in my life, but blogging is what is giving me the run around. Although, I’m sure if I get my to-do listing and scheduling up to par, I’ll be able to find a happy medium during this hectic time!

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By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • Kay

    I wrote a post so similar to this on Tuesday (though it won't post until this coming Monday). I'm with you on how people juggling so many responsibilities (mom, school, work) get anything done! I mean yes, I have a kiddo, but that IS my job. So really, I don't consider it too much of a balancing act to stay on top of things, and I STILL struggle! Lists are my life saver, and I'm getting to the point now where I'd like to do some more specific planning for the week. I've got a new planner in the mail and I'm excited to try out a new system!

  • To-do lists are the best, except when you feel like you're not making any progress. That can be so frustrating! Sounds like you're doing all the right things though, like knowing when you need to rest and trying to plan your time. Keep at it – you'll figure out the right balance!!

  • Awww. I get the same stress-eczema. I hope you'll get some balance soon!

  • I love my planner! It helps me stay organized and on top of all my work! I love it! But to-do lists are also a saving grace!

  • I hope so! There is so much going on right now that I feel like I'm going to explode! (in a good way) it's kind of nice to be so busy, even if it is really stressful!

  • I'm glad I have some creams for it, but ugh! I'm so itchy!! Hopefully it goes away as soon as I settle into a nice routine!

  • Oooh girl, I feel you. I have no idea how people do it. I love that you know yourself enough (and respect yourself enough) to recognize when you're getting overloaded and take a step back. You got this!

  • There is nothing wrong with needing a break! I feel like people try too hard to juggle too much, not wanting to admit that they can't handle the work load…but we all need to step back sometimes and realize that we can't do it all!

  • Amen, sistah!

  • After a long day at work (even though I only work part-time, the days can feel like forever), the last thing I want to do most days is blog. I agree that sometimes it can feel like a chore. Some days I just need to step away from the computer and relax.

  • What a lovely blog you have!! I love reading too – have finally dabbled into the Game of Thrones Books and have rarely been outside for a few weeks now haha! 🙂

  • Agreed! I work on a contract basis, but it still can take up a lot of time if I get a huge project on my desk!

  • Thank you! Game of Thrones can really do that too you! I tried to space out reading them, knowing that I'll have to wait forever for the next book, but they were all so good that I couldn't put them down!!