balancing act

Instead of saying ‘I don’t have time’, say ‘It’s not a priority’ and see how that feels

⏲ Read time: 5-7 minutes

The older I’ve gotten, I’ve noticed that there’s a) basically zero excuses that are acceptable when it comes to not achieving your goals, and b) it’s so important to keep those goals in convenient locations so you’re more likely to accomplish them. After all, repetition is key. 🔑

Often, we hear people talk about how time isn’t of the essence and that our hopes and dreams get pushed to the wayside because of the following: There aren’t enough hours in a dayI just don’t have time for thatI’m just too busy. These are all common excuses we hear, or even say ourselves and quite honestly, it’s a crock of $h!t.

Let’s take a look at myself for example (not to toot my own horn, but for the sake of this post, toot toot 📯): I work a full-time job that can sometimes be demanding on my attention span. I etch out an hour a day, six days a week to commit myself to the gym and my fitness goals. I create content, run and manage a lifestyle blog for my own entertainment (and for those who enjoy it!). I’ve been in a long-distance relationship and commit myself to some weekends to visit/see my boyfriend. All while doing the things that I want to do in my personal life and spend time with my family and friends.

How in the world do I do it all without going insane?! Time management!

It’s a real-life balancing act and it hasn’t come easy to learn how to keep it even. What I do in my day-to-day life might not help you with your lifestyle, but feel free to take a tip or two!

Since childhood, I am someone who strives for perfection (a big ode to my OCD) and lives and dies by my agenda. If it’s not in my planner, there’s a pretty good chance it’s not going to get done. I’m someone who loves making lists and I have established a habit of creating a To-Do list every. single. morning. Even if my schedule is 100% clear, there are still things I want to accomplish every day and I take 15-20 minutes each morning to prioritize what needs to get done.

I utilize iCloud and throw my To-Do list in my Reminders, making it as detailed as possible by category. Each bullet will be a category for that day, (i.e., Budget will be broken down by smaller tasks like “Update money charts” or “Pay X-bill” and Work on Blog will be broken down by whatever posts I’m currently working on.) It’s important to budget approximately how much time each thing will take, even if it is a five-minute task.

Once the To-Do list is finalized, I will do the easiest tasks first or the ones that will take up the least of my time. Crossing off the smaller items will give you a sense of accomplishment and make you want to cross off more. Plus, if there’s a daunting task on your list, it will give you more time to troubleshoot if you’re not worrying about those pesky five-minute tasks.

Sometimes, we overload ourselves with high expectations of accomplishing all these goals daily. The day’s a complete waste if I didn’t do A, B and C. I couldn’t get to the thousands of projects because there’s not enough hours in the day. The biggest thing I’ve learned in recent months is that it’s absolutely okay to not cross off everything on your list. This is why it’s important to prioritize the list or create routines of those daily tasks to accomplish.

When you create habits and routines, your body gets burnt out doing the same thing each day. Taking time to get in tune with your body and listening to when it gets tired is crucial in your overall success. I’ve learned that the practice mindfulness (if even for 5 minutes a day), can truly overhaul your thoughts and put you in the best position of success.

You can’t pour from an empty glass and it’s important to take care of yourself first.

About sarah

25. writer. obsessed with makeup, french bulldogs, nyr and sparkle.
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