Do you ever feel like you are walking on a tightrope? That your life is this tricky balancing act and with one wrong step you will fall into mayhem?
I’ve been living the post-grad, working girl life for a little over a month now and I still haven’t found my balance. I used to be able to juggle an insane amount of classes, jobs, side-hustles, hobbies, and extracurriculars with ease. I was the master of productivity. That tightrope was easy to walk on.
Now, I have let most of my hobbies and extras fall by the wayside and I hate it. I can’t seem to figure out how adults, you know, adult.
How do they work from 8-5 and still manage to get things done?
For example: I have been blowing through my budget by eating out all the time because I can’t seem to find time to go to the grocery store during the week. I don’t feel safe going to my local store after the sun goes down and by the time I’ve finished my evening commute and paid for my groceries, it’s dark outside. So, I wait to go on the weekends. Which works out fine except when I have to take my car to the shop (because the engine man leaves at 5:00 every day) or have things like gigs or apartment hunting to do.
I’m sure things will be much easier to balance once everything settles down. You know how life is: everything seems to go wrong at once. It’s pretty inconvenient that way.
This post makes it seem like my life is in shambles but I’m actually doing a decent job at finding balance in my new lifestyle. I’m just used to being able to balance much more – so I feel like a slacker.
So in this edition of Motivational Monday, I’m going to share my new plan for achieving balance – and hopefully motivate you to do the same.
First and foremost, I am going to learn how to accept that some weeks I might not achieve as much as I intend to. I am human and sometimes I need to take a break or deal with the unexpected complications life brings.
Each week, Saturdays are going to be devoted to scheduling – daily tasks, blog posts, social media, apartment hunting – you name it; I’m scheduling it. Once I have a system in place, I won’t need to follow such a strict regiment. But until I find that initial balance, I need to force myself to stick to a plan.
*Side note to my fellow bloggers out there: What is your favorite social media scheduler? I use the free versions of Buffer and Hootsuite now but I’m looking for something better. I use Coschedule at work and love it but can’t afford to add that into my budget just yet.*
Find New Places to Write
I’ve only been an “adult” for a short time and I’m already tired of the “go to work, go home, and repeat” lifestyle. If I go straight home and sit on my couch, I find that I don’t want to write. I just want to watch Netflix. I need to start going to a coffee shop or park instead. This will be much easier to do when it is consistently warm outside and the sun is out for longer. (Oklahoma weather has been insane recently. It was 30 degrees two days ago and now I’m writing this outside in 88 degree weather. What is happening?!)
Most importantly, I need to get more sleep. If I’m not being productive, it’s usually because I’m exhausted. When I only have two days of the week to hit the ground running and get a ton done, I need to stop feeling the need to sleep through them instead. I’ve never been a good procrastinator – unless I’m sleeping. If I’m awake, I’m productive. I just need to get 8 hours of sleep every night and then maybe I won’t feel the need to get 11 hours of sleep every Saturday and nap on Sundays.
I also need to start exercising and eating healthily again – especially now that I just finished a rapid taper of Prednisone. If I treat my body right, it will help me get more done. And I’ll feel good while doing it!
I’m learning that in the adult world it’s a lot harder to keep up with friends. We all are busy and typically don’t want to look at our phones after a long day at work. It’s hard to keep in touch. I see a lot of my friends at work or rehearsals for gigs but I need to put more effort into spending quality time with them – not just while working. We all need productivity breaks and to let loose once in a while.
Hopefully, this plan works and helps me find balance in my life again. If you have been struggling with traversing the tightrope of life, I hope these tips help you as well.
What do you do to stay balanced in life? Comment below and share!