Check out my principles for Managing my Work + Life Balance in 2019
In our year of discipline and consistency, I think it’s safe to say, we’re all on our grind… out here trying to make it.
We’re trying to create multiple streams of income…starting side hustles and businesses.
We’re working to enjoy life while we can.
Trying to travel more, workout more, eat better.
We’re trying to maintain genuine friendships and meaningful relationships.
& We truly want to live our best lives all the way around. There’s nothing wrong with that, right?
& many times, we look to social media to determine what that “best life” looks like. We have our inspos and our #goals. Most times though, we really only get to see their highlight reels. Rarely do people share what it actually takes to make their best life happen on a day to day basis.
We see the blessings, but we don’t always see the sacrifices it takes to get the blessings.
Many times I get asked how I juggle my full time job, my side hustles, serving in my church and community, all while still enjoying life and trying to keep God first.
So I’m here to share my 2019 routine on how I’m managing my work, life, and business.
I’m going to talk about how I prioritize my time and share the principles I’m living by this year when it comes to living a life of purpose everyday.
In a nutshell, LESS IS MORE.
I used to be so big on getting everything done in a day. I took pride in the fact that I was always running around and equated being busy to being productive. But I can honestly say that learning to slow down has made me more focused and productive than ever. Because I’m taking the time to stop and actually think about what I’m doing, I’m more focused and I find that the outcomes are always better.
So here are my daily principles 🙂
(1) Time with God and myself is not optional.
I’ve said this a thousand times, and it is hands down the #1 thing keeping me sane 🙂
I make sure that I start the day with God no matter what… even its 10 minutes or an hour. I just find that starting my day off with Him and getting filled spiritually in the morning allows me have more to give throughout the day.
I make sure that I schedule a Sabbath in my week. I try my best to schedule a full day or at least half a day where I do nothing. Sometimes during this time, I may catch up on my shows & Youtube, I may do some vision/dream planning, I may do my nails or scroll through Pinterest, or I literally may just lay in the bed and do NOTHING. It’s important to take time to RESET.
(2) Workout at least 3x a week for at least 30 minutes, and I make sure I take my vitamins everyday and drink my water (& mind my business lol).
Last week at church, our young adult pastor said something that really gripped me. He said, “Our cars are a vehicle to get from point A to point B.” Similarly, our bodies are a vessel that is used for our purpose. Meaning that if we don’t take care of the vessel, then we can’t expect to go very far. How can I ask God for this “bigger and lifelong” purpose when I don’t have the physical stamina to withstand whatever may come with that? My physical health has to be a priority if I really want to do all of the things I dream about. So that’s what I’m working on…yall pray for me lol.
(3) Set boundaries in my day job and stick to them.
Working in my field of healthcare, there is always something to do. But, I’m learning to set boundaries. Thankfully, my boss is flexible. But, I know everyone may not have that luxury. I will say this though… Understand, that your job is a RESOURCE, it is not THE SOURCE.
God is THE SOURCE.
So if your job is causing you to sacrifice time with God or be detrimental to you physically or mentally, then it’s time to really pray to God about your season. I’m notsaying go & quit your job when it gets a little hard. But, we need to know our worthand learn how to communicate in the right way to our leaders about our needs. Some seasons will be busier than others, but we have to find a rhythm. Your work should not be your life.So I set boundaries and use time management to get the job done without staying in the office all night to do it. It is possible….
(4) Integrate my side hustle, blog, or other passion projects into my daily routine.
Even if it’s only 30 minutes, I set aside time everyday to do something I love. Right now, I do this in the AM after my devotional time, I write/journal/read/work on TRD. This really sets my day up because I don’t wake up rushing to get to work. I spend some time working on things I love to do for myself before I give the rest of my day to other people.It’s just something about taking that time in the morning for my passions that really just puts me in a better mood for the rest of my day.
(5) Go to BED early and get up early.
Waking up between 5 and 6am have been working really well for me. & in the mornings, I really try not to rush. The key to this is prepping for your day the night before. I no longer stay up until midnight trying to work on my blog or anything else for that matter. I do the bare minimum when I get home. That whole #teamnosleep is not realistic or HEALTHY. Your body needs sleep.
(6) Time BLOCK. Break up my schedule by task.
I talked about this in my post on how to plan out your day. But, time blocking is EVERYTHING. I use it both for work and life. Block out time for your tasks and focus only on that task for that scheduled time. I find that I’m more productive when I’m focused and not trying to do a bunch of things at once.
(7) Make spending time with people a priority, but also learn how to say NO.
This goes back to last week’s post on Setting Boundaries. People are important, and they are placed in your life for a reason. God places people in our lives to connect, encourage, correct, and just do life with us. We were never meant to live in isolation. So, for those who are on their grind and don’t have any time for anyone anymore, you’re going to find that you get burnt out really quick. Working hard doesn’t erase away loneliness. So, I always try to make time once a week to spend time with others.
HOWEVER…..understand that you have to set clear expectations about the access people have to you.I learning to come to terms that I cannot be everything to everybody.The people pleaser in me wants to make everyone happy, wants to be the best friend, the best family member, the best coworker, the best volunteer… but the truth is that living your life according to people’s expectations will leave you bitter and resentful. I understand now that I may disappoint some and that’s okay. I may not be at every function and that’s okay. I may not be able to take every phone call, and it doesn’t make me any less of a friend. Support when you can and communicate when you can’t.
BONUS TIP : SEEK HELP!
You can’t do everything by yourself. So, make the most out of your resources and your community. Ask questions, ask for assistance, and stop trying to be self-made. It doesn’t end well okay?? Ask me how I know lol
& that’s it! These are the principles I’m living by in the current moment. They seem simple, but they literally keep me at peace when life seems chaotic.
Understand that balance may not always be possible and that’s okay. Some weeks I’m focused solely on my day job. Other weeks, I can focus more on TRD. Some weeks I can’t do anything social and other weeks I’m a social butterfly. Your weeks aren’t going to always look the same, and that’s okay. The key is to PLAN AHEAD.
Till next time!