The first week of a new year always seems
to be the week where everybody sorts their lives out. As cliché as it is – new
year, new you and all that jazz – it really is the perfect time to make a fresh
start, and this year I’m determined to continue working hard on my blog, my
career and I want to seriously up my fitness regime.
Having time to fit this all in, alongside
having a social life and actually having time to yourself can be a bloody nightmare, but I do have some
tricks up my sleeve. Today I thought I’d share my top tips for juggling
everything. Here’s how I do it…
1. Plan everything
in your diary
Whether it’s a digital planner or a good
old-fashioned paper book (that’s my preference) write absolutely everything in
your diary so you know what you’re doing, where you’ll be and who you’ll be
with. I literally plan my life down to the minute, so there’s always a time and
place. Obviously this can’t always be followed, things often crop up out of the blue, but just having that plan there
means I get my workouts and blog writing in around my work and social life.
2. Work on your commute
I seem to spend half of my life on trains
or public transport, as I’m sure loads of you guys do too. So instead of
sitting there aimlessly scrolling through social media, why not use the time
wisely to get shizz done so you can actually have time to chill in the evening?
Use your commutes as a chance to catch up on e-mails, blog reading and tweet
scheduling, or if you’re stuck underground then use it as a chance to edit
photos for your blog or Insta-feed. I like to use longer train journeys (aka.
the four hour commute I’m currently doing twice weekly between London and
Wales) to get blog posts written up, even if only in draft form. It makes such
a difference and you feel so productive!
3. Book your workouts in advance
Actually taking time to workout can be a
mammoth task. When you’ve had a busy day, sometimes all you want to do is sit
at home with nothing but a box set and a box of chocolates to keep you company.
But just think of how good you always
feel after a workout! Plan your workout classes in advance – for me the best
time is usually just after work so I can finish work and go without having time to
change my mind. This stops you having an inner battle with yourself about
going, and once you’re booked in you feel more committed.
4. Get your body into a routine
When you’re living a super hectic lifestyle
it’s so important to get some much-needed beauty sleep and to eat well in order
to stop yourself from burning out. For me, having a set bedtime has really
helped to keep my body (and brain!) ticking over when my life is a little all
over the place. I try to get to sleep by about 10.30pm, and I know I need a
good 9 hours in order to be able to function the next day. This obviously
varies for everybody, but personally if I’m having 8 hours or under then I wake
up feeling tired, groggy and just downright bleuugh. My body now works like
clockwork; waking up is easy when my alarm sounds and on the weekends I’m
usually alive and kicking by 8am so I can cram a lot of blog admin in whilst sitting in bed and watching telly in the morning before I get on with my day.
5. Get your blog photography done in bulk
And when I say bulk, I mean get enough
flatlay and lifestyle photos to see you through for the next few weeks.
Honestly, I find taking beauty photos for my blog incredibly tedious. It takes
so much time to set up, my bedroom looks like a bombsite during the whole
process, I always seem to choose days to photograph when the lighting is
absolutely abysmal, and it takes about four days until everything is packed
away and my room is back in place again. But having those photos on hand means
I can blog my butt off, and I’ve also got lots of content ready for Instagram
6. Always make time for yourself
I’ve rattled on about making time for the
gym and being sure to schedule in a blog photography session, but you absolutely
must make time for yourself too, if
only for your sanity! Go out with your friends (be sure to snap an outfit shot
or lookbook beforehand, obv), take time to spend with your family or partner,
have a pamper night with a face mask and hot bubble bath, do the little things
in life that make you happy. I went through a phase when writing my thesis
where I did nothing but work and workout. I didn’t see my friends, I hardly saw
my boyfriend, and it eventually made me feel really low and depressed. Now I make
sure that I take time to myself, and I work so much better because of it.
What are your top tips for juggling life?
Lots of love. xoxo