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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