Health

Confessions of a Work-a-Holic & how to Manage a Hectic Schedule

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Hello and happy Tuesday! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend, and if you’re like me, you still worked a little even though you were off. This day and age, and especially in California, I fee like we’re working our lives away just to make rent – let alone all the other bills we have to pay – and it never ends.

Being an adult is no walk in the park, so I wanted to dedicate a post to all those hard workers out there and let you know that I am right there with you! Social media has such a way of making everyone’s lives look so picture perfect, but what is truly underneath it all? For me, it’s working 40+ hours a week, trying to eat healthy and work out as much as I can (and being hard on myself if I don’t), maintaining my relationship, social life, and blog, along with catching up with family.

So, if you’re like me – which can be described as an over-thinker, anxiety prone, control freak – it’s time to take a chill pill and focus on what is most important. While these tips might not make your life as picture perfect as your Instagram feed, I hope that they can comfort you in the fact that there ARE ways of making your life a tiny bit less hectic. And let’s face it – we’ll take all the help we can get! Keep reading!

Organize Your Life

They always say “a cluttered house is a cluttered mind,” and that statement couldn’t be more true. Maybe it’s time for you to go through all the papers on your desk at work or re-organize that ornery closet in your house that you’ve been putting off. Either way, organizing your space not only checks that little box on the to-do list in the back of your mind, but you’ll feel so much better about your work/home situation. I recently helped a friend clean up his room, and while it may have been a daunting task at first, we knocked it out in two hours and now that his room was spotless and organized, he feels so much better! Doing it with a friend always helps!

Let Go of Old Standards

Trust me, I get it – life is overwhelming. Especially for us in our mid-20’s. Society creates so many standards that seem unobtainable, and a lot of the times, unreasonable. Times have changed from when our parents were our age. People are no longer getting married right after high school/college, or having kids before 30, and many women have full-time jobs and careers that they want to focus on. Sometimes it’s challenging, but taking a step back to realize that those standards are not necessarily valid any longer, can help you realize that you’re doing okay, and that everyone accomplishes mile stones at a different rate.

Hit the Gym

With all this stress, we all need a little something to help us de-stress. I personally, was one of those people that would hit up the local happy hour with some coworkers and catch up on all the latest office gossip, but as I get older, I find that hitting the gym is also really helpful (not to mention healthier and less expensive). Instead of consuming pointless calories, I decided to burn both the cals and my stress away! It’s a win/win! And while I don’t cut myself off from happy hour, I try to only pencil it every now and then, preferably on a Friday.

Make Lists

Making lists is the only way I get things done. If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now, you know about my packing lists, reading lists, grocery lists and to-do lists. Writing things down and having them in front of my face always helps me stay on top of the things I need to get done. I have a planner that has my entire schedule in it along with a million different lists on the ‘notes’ section in my phone. Once a task is complete, I cross it off (or delete it) and then focus on the next task at hand. This helps me feel like I’m accomplishing things throughout the day even if I feel like I’m not.

Set Reminders

Reminders!!! I honestly don’t know what I would do without my calendar reminders. I set reminders for everything! And for a good reason. When life gets hectic, having those calendar reminders is almost like having your own personal assistant in the palm of your hands. And while you’re setting reminders, why don’t you set one to remind you how awesome you are.

Surround Yourself with the Right People

I’ve said it before (here), and I’ll say it again, you are who you hang out with! Surrounding yourself with people that motivate you, hold you accountable, and work out with you, make your life so much happier and less hectic. These are the friends that don’t get mad at you when you need to reschedule, that encourage you to show up to that morning work out class, and that are there for you when you may have not had the best day.

To conclude this longer-than-expected post (thanks for sticking it out!), life is hectic, being an adult is hard, but hopefully these tips can help you like they’ve helped me. And remember, you are NOT alone! We’re all here just trying to get by, so if you have a slip-up, it’s okay, just get back up and start again!

What are some of the things you do to help keep your hectic life together? Share them with me in the comments below!

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