Juggling the Work/Life Balance

francescas_coffee_mugsWith my recent graduation and getting my first job, I have a lot on my plate. I get to work from home most days and I’m really enjoying it! However, with an active social life and a blog to keep up with, it can be a bit much to manage. After a few days on the job, I’m starting to get the hang of how to manage the work/life balance appropriately. I’m sharing with you some of things I’ve learned so far.

  1. Schedule. I have an addiction to planners and agendas. I love the Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer kind! The fact of the matter is, though they’re cute, you need to actually use them! I’m learning to utilize the space in my agenda properly (including the ‘notes’ section). Go me!
  2. Caffeine Intake. For pete’s sake, do not guzzle down a gallon of coffee before 9 am. I like to set my coffee pot’s program to keep it warm for 3 hours after I brewed it. Drinking a big pot of coffee helps throughout the day. I get burned out if I drink it all at once. I’m getting into tea because I hear it can be great for you (but nothing beats coffee!)
  3. Have a Routine. We all get into a routine after a few days of starting something new. Having this routine makes a world of difference to me and my body. We’re both prepared for what lies ahead and can look forward to each day knowing what is likely to happen. Trust me, if you stick to a routine you’ll feel amazing!
  4. Get up Early. I hate mornings with a passion but I find that the earlier I’m awake, the more things I can get done. I’m not someone who will wake up at 6:30 just because she can, I prefer to sleep in. If you have a job situation similar to mine, you’ll value being able to get up around 8am and eating a slow breakfast while drinking some OJ.

Tell me your tips on how you juggle work/life in a comment below!

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Daily Routine for the Most Uncertain Times

Have you ever started to write something and had no idea what to say? That’s the feeling I have right now. Writer’s block maybe? I couldn’t tell you if it were. I’ve felt a little off-kilter so to speak the last few days. Like many soon-to-be graduates, I have a lot riding on the next few weeks. I can’t tell you where I’m going to move after December when I finish my last class. Lord only knows who I’ll be working for. It all becomes so real when the future is suddenly at your door knocking.

To create a sense of tranquility and routine in my life, I’m compiling a list of little things that I (and you) can do. I find that I feel my best with a schedule and know what to expect on a daily basis even if the future is a little unstable. Just like our bodies have a schedule of when to eat and sleep, our minds NEED a schedule of wait to expect throughout the day. Enjoy my little list!

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