Finally a post that isn’t about home decor and yard work. -__- It’s coming — #jusswaitonnit /drake voice
If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how I do it and maintain it all, I’d have enough money to hire my own personal assistant so I won’t have to figure out how to maintain it all. Seriously. To some, I may make my life look easy — but it’s far from that. So to answer the questions that I am asked on the regular, I decided to do a few blog posts on my Work + Life Balance techniques. So, I’ll tell you about Balancing Work, School, & Life in three different posts.
Working in the IT industry where there is constant change is not for everyone. And as I move upward and am given more responsibility, sometimes I can have 4 meetings a day or one meeting that can last two hours. No day is really the same so sometimes it gets a little challenging to try to plan for the day. I still get frustrated. There are times where I am late. There are times when I forget. And there are times where I have so much shit to do that I decide to take a nap instead. Judge me.
But there is a method to MY madness. And it all starts with my mornings. How my mornings go typically set the mood for how the day is going to go. I usually wake up around 6:17 AM, odd timing.. I know but it works for me. It gives me to time to reflect, find my center, and just enjoy the peace and quiet before the world awakens. I usually prepare my outfit, bags, kids’ belongings, etc. at night so we can just grab and go in the morning. The kids usually sit and eat breakfast at home and at school, but I take mine and eat at the office before I start my work.
After breakfast, I make my to-do list for the tasks that I have to complete for the workday. Last Friday, I got a taste of my new role as a project management assistant while also having to fulfill my duties as an application test analyst. Before double duty, I used have a load of sticky notes that I stick everywhere so I’m constantly reminded of the things that I have to do. Now, I make a two To-Do Lists every single day and I categorize the tasks based on importance & the amount of time I have to complete said tasks. This method hasn’t failed me yet. I tried going a week without my daily to-do lists and my planner. Major disaster. It took me weeks to get back on track. So now, I make it a point to make my lists so that I cover all that I need to do.
I also have a schedule. I typically don’t try to plan my entire day because anxiety.. but when it comes to meetings, it helps to shape and keep me on point with all the of the things that I’ve written on my to-do list. And everything is handwritten — I’m the type that needs to cross an item off a list. That cross out just makes it more real for me and keeps my momentum up. Now, I won’t say that I have the type of schedule that I absolutely follow at all times no matter the situation or the cost. Because life happens and I just can’t. I don’t plan and schedule every little detail of my life. In the past, that caused more confusion and made me even more frustrated.
This may be excessive to you, but all that I do works for me. What I want you to take away from this is that you have to find your niche.. your methods.. and what works for you and your family. You may not need a planner or you may not be as busy as I am. You may not need 1000 lists. Find out what works for you and do it.
I’d also like to hear about your methods. I may need to adopt some. How do you get your mornings started? Tell me in the comments below. What are some of your methods to getting through your busy day? How to you remain productive?