How I Make Time for Life, Work, Play - and Business!
This post is sponsored by JORD Wood Watches
I think we can all agree on one thing - life is busy. In the last month my work has entered its craziest season, social commitments are at an all-time high and I just got married and went on a whirlwind honeymoon. Whew!
Making time for myself, my family, my work and a side hustle seems nearly impossible when I look at it on paper, but with a little time keeping and management I’ve been able to get my schedule back in control just recently.
Are you feeling stressed out, stretched thin and generally worn out? Know that you’re not alone! I’m sharing a few ways that I’ve learned to maximize my time throughout the week - keep reading, and I hope that these tactics will work wonders for you too:
I’m fully present in the task at hand by working in blocks of time.
I’ve learned that I work much faster, smarter and more efficiently when I give myself time limits to complete a task. Knowing that, I’ve turned my entire workday into multiple time blocks! In the mornings, I know that I’ll give myself 30 minutes to cook breakfast, eat, pop my vitamins and be out the door. Knowing I have a time constraint in place, I’m hardly ever out the door past 7:50 a.m., which puts me at my desk by 8:20 a.m.
The same process works for me while I’m at work. As a social media professional, I’m constantly connected and it’s easy to get distracted by incoming messages to reply to, Instagrams to publish and emails to answer. I combat this by devoting certain hours to certain tasks. For instance, I devote 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to replying to overnight social responses each and every day, that way there are no surprises when I come into the office I know exactly what to focus on at that moment. 10 to 11 a.m. is devoted to checking emails, and so forth.
Of course there are no “perfect” days and distractions happen, but this process has allowed me to be completely invested in my work while I’m at work, leaving the majority of my work days complete by 5 p.m. each day. Knowing that I have the entire evening ahead of me to focus on other areas of my life is very freeing!
I keep it simple - all the way down to my wardrobe.
I’ve found that decision making can take up a ton of our time - deciding what to make for lunch, where to meet a friend for coffee, and even deciding what to wear. Because of that, I like to keep my decisions to a minimum by keeping a simple closet full of wonderful staples from brands that offer classic silhouettes that go with everything (like Madewell!) and typically choosing my outfit the night before.
When it comes to accessories, I like to keep them even more simple. That’s why I love JORD’s line of gorgeous wood watches. Their women’s watch is one of my fall staples, and the Frankie 35 in dark sandalwood and mint is right up my alley. The unique watch combines the perfect amount of style and charm and I love pairing it with a simple pair of jeans, slouchy tee and blazer for an office-friendly look. Looking for a cool watch for you, or even your significant other? They also have a great men’s watch selection!
I blog and design sans distractions - and relax after.
I love my side hustle work dearly and take it very seriously. Because of that, I like to set up shop in my home office, where I can be away from noisy distractions and truly focus on the task at hand. There’s nothing like plugging in headphones and getting started on a new and exciting design project!
I once again devote blocks of time to my side hustle, and typically limit “office hours” to two hours each day after I get home from the office. That’s 10 hours a week of highly concentrated time devoted to my website, freelance clients and planning future projects, which is pretty great considering that I work full-time 40+ hours a week.
To wind down the day and release any tension or worry that I’m feeling, I like to end my busy workday with a 30-minute session of yoga, either focusing on stretching, correcting my posture or focusing on deep breathing. I can get easily stressed, and I’ve found that yoga is an amazing remedy for natural worriers like myself. It’s absolutely worth the 30-minute block of time to go to bed feeling confident, strong and serene. Another great to unwind? Spending time with my pup, Brooke!