Hello Freeing Imperfections Readers!
My name is Katie and I blog over at Live Half Full. I started my blog in 2011 to track my progress as I trained for my first full marathon. Now, I blog to hold myself accountable as I attempt to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle as a new wife, Advertising Sales Executive, blogger, fairly consistent runner and newly obsessed yogi.
When Melissa was looking for guest posts, I chimed in to write about how I handle work/life balance since I know this is something Melissa is focusing on. I’ve spent the last few years really focusing on it and have learned a lot along the way.
1. Plan to Succeed
First and foremost, it takes a lot of organization to keep it all together. I always carry my planner with me to keep me sane. In it you’ll find my calendar with all my obligations written, an ongoing to do-list, bills to be paid and anything else that needs to be addressed in the near future. My husband and I also have a shared calendar whiteboard on our fridge so we can keep track of both of our obligations in one place. Of course, this can all be done electronically but I’m old school and like the visual aspect of paper planner and wipe-board. And please note, I always write in pencil in my planner because things change constantly and erasing make it easy to keep up with things!
2. Make Your Commute Enjoyable
Two years ago, I moved from the city to the suburbs and now have an hour and twenty-minute commute each way. This was a huge adjustment and I used to dread it, but in the past few years I’ve learned to make this time enjoyable. I use my commute in to catch up on personal life and my commute home to zone out and relax. I like to blog, read, listen to music or watch my favorite shows on my Ipad. No matter how long or what form of transportation you use your commute will set the tone for your day.
3. Set Aside “Me” Time
I used to be a girl who was constantly on the go but eventually I realized I’m not the Energizer Bunny and need some time to decompress. My “me” time is my workouts, making nice dinners with my husband, watching episodes of my girly shows when my husband has plans, taking bubble baths at the end of a long day or reading before bed. These things calm me down and energize me. You already know what these things are for you, now you just have to make time for them. (perhaps, right them in your planner?)
4. Learn to Say No
I always used to be one of those girls who thought she could do it all and rarely said no to anything. Over time I learned to be picky with the commitments I chose for myself and now fill my plate with only those things I truly want to do. Of course, there are things you have to do- like laundry and cleaning and paying bills, but other commitments like a party you really don’t want to go to can be turned down. Be polite and say thank you and take some “me” time when you really need it.
5. Don’t Try to be Perfect
The most important thing about finding balance is that it is a constant learning process and every day will be different. Some days you’ll feel like Superwoman and some days you’ll just make it though the day. On those days, it’s important to keep perspective and realize that you’re not perfect and that’s ok! Life is about balance and beating yourself up will only take you steps backwards. So keep moving forward and life will balance itself out.
Hopefully these tips have given you something to think about and will help you find a better balance in your life! This is an ongoing process for me and I’m always looking to learn more, so share below what works for you and keep the conversation going. And of course, thanks Melissa for letting me take of your space today!