For the past year and a half I have been working two jobs, which doesn’t leave much time for seeing friends and maintaining a regular schedule for my relationship. Everyone is sparsely arranged with depending on my schedule for that week and that also means that blogging adds to the spinning plate routine. Sometimes I post at night, sometimes in the evenings, it all depends on my free time amidst doing my laundry and prepping my lunch for the next day.
Because my life currently means very rarely having multiple days to myself I have decided to jot down a few ways I’ve learned to manage my time (and that includes binge watching multiple episodes on Netflix).
WAKE UP EARLIER // Yes, that’s hard part, but when you’re crunched for time, giving yourself that extra half hour makes a big difference even if it’s just to get yourself ready for the day.
GO TO SLEEP LATER // Sometimes sacrifices has to be made, and sleep is definitely mine. In university I used to go to bed at around 10 o’clock almost every night, which was great for waking up the next morning to a series of back to back classes. Lately, there are other things that need to get done and sleep seems like the least important.
USE EVERY MOMENT // I find that taking every available moment you have to get something done will benefit you in the future. When the day is slow at my main job, I take that time to do something else; write a post or brainstorm ideas. In the long run, by using up those free moments throughout the day, you will have less to do when your designated time for various activities arrives.
SHORTER WORKOUTS, HIGHER IMPACT // In an ideal world, we would all be able to work a job, maintain our friendships, have a great relationship and workout enough to stay trim. But in reality, you can’t do all of that and stay sane. The best way to get in a few workouts throughout the week is keep them short but go harder. If it is running, instead of 3o minutes at a light jog, try 15 minutes at an accelerated run. This way you are saving time and still getting in some well-needed physical activity, especially if you work in an office like I do.
TAKE TIME TO RELAX // Sometimes I feel like I am always on the go, so taking an evening to just watch a TV show and sip on tea aids your mental health and stability when you have a long week ahead. It’s okay to sacrifice the important things for just a bit of fun, because in the end having fun and enjoying your life is just as important, if not more.
COMMUNICATION // One of the most important factories in managing your time effectively is communicating with those around you about it. To avoid making a friend feel like you are avoiding her, take a second to send a quick apology and suggest a time you can make plans to show that you are genuinely interested in getting together. This is almost double as important when it comes to a romantic relationship because there is so much more room for resentment to slide in the place of your cancelled dates. Let your partner know there is nothing you would rather do then spend it with him/her, but this certain situation really needs your attention and hope that they can understand. If the relationship is strong, they will.