You know that triangle graphic where you have to pick two of the three points? Good grades, social life, or enough sleep. We all know that’s total bullshit…It’s more like a triple octagon spider web than a triangle!
I recently graduated from University and have slowly begun a life for myself balancing technically 5 different jobs (no joke) (yes I’m being serious). Life is tough and going through school wasn’t any easier. During my school days, I often travelled for castings, worked a part time job, participated in extra curricular events and clubs, and I started this damn blog/YouTube–never mind trying to maintain my grades and make time for my friends, boyfriend, working out, plus getting enough sleep!
Somehow I managed to do it all and live a fairly balanced lifestyle without spiralling out of control (yet) and I’m pretty damn proud of myself.
So today for back-to-school season where everyone gets that fresh start again, I thought I’d share my tips for how to get shit done and avoid burnout. This is not to suggest that you should keep shovelling more things on to your plate, but if you have ever felt overwhelmed by your to-do list, keep reading on and I hope this will help you!
Keep and maintain a morning routine that works for you.
For your sanity mostly. My days always play out much better if I go through the motions of my morning routine than if I wake up in a rush, frazzled, unorganized, and running late. I love waking up 1-2 hours earlier than I have to be out the door by with enough time to:
- enjoy a tea
- go for a quick run
- listen to a podcast while I’m getting ready
It’s so important to make time to allow yourself to mentally prepare for the day ahead of you so find an energizing or relaxing routine that works for you.
Scrap the to-do list and opt for a legitimate planner
Organize everything you have to do onto a calendar. If you have a mountain load of things to do, prioritize what’s most important first and spread your work over a few days. Overestimate how much time each task will take you and write down your daily priority list for each day with what you realistically can accomplish in one day. I feel significantly less overwhelmed if my tasks are organized over the week in a way that I know I will actually be able to achieve. Another quick tip is to not only carry your planner with you everywhere you go but also input your schedule into your phone for easy access.
I’ve designed an ideal weekly planner printout sheet for you that’s great for sticking on your fridge or pinned over your desk to keep you on track. Click here or below!
Meal prep, meal prep, meal prep
If you haven’t noticed, cooking, preparing, and eating food takes up a ton of time. So to speed up the essential process of nourishing your body and maximize time available for everything else, I spend 2 hours every weekend chopping and stirring big batches to separate into containers to grab for the week. Trust me you’ll thank me later when you come home after a long day exhausted and starving. Check out some of my favourite recipes here and here.
Prep for the week ahead
Similar to meal prepping, what are all the daily things you have to do to prepare for the upcoming week’s events? I like to pre-plan my outfits for the entire week so that in the mornings I don’t spend 10 minutes staring blankly at my closet wasting time. If you’ve got an event that week, think about what you’ll need to bring with you for that. List all items and prepare them so that when the time comes you can just grab what you need without having to think about it. It’s all about making your life easier for yourself!
Automate online work
As a blogger/YouTuber, being regularly active on social media is almost mandatory, but I don’t have time to spend hours everyday Tweeting/Facebooking/etc. So I use automatic schedulers like Latergram, Tweetdeck, Board Booster (Pinterest), and Facebook’s scheduler as tools to post for me each week. These programs are business lifesavers, trust me!
Lastly, and I know how much this sucks but you need to get better at saying no. At least, I know I do! Too often in the past I found myself in a position where I had booked two different things at the same time, and boy is that stressful. Rule #1: Always take some time to consider all the factors and implications of what could happen if you say yes to something before giving an answer.
What’s your biggest daily challenge? Too much to do? Low energy? Lack of motivation? Let me know in the comments below!