Wouldn’t it be amazing is there was a textbook all about how to juggle all the different aspects of life? Sadly, there isn’t. We’ve all just gotta keep doing our best and accept that we may not have time for absolutely everything. I’m no queen or professional when it comes to staying organised, but I thought I would share ways in which I try to keep on top of everything.
The most effective way for me is to have everything written down or in a list. This way I can see everything visually and don’t run the risk of forgetting things. It’s sickening how many lists I keep – I even have a list of the lists I have to complete. It’s simply the most practical way to see how much needs to be done, or has been done. My lists are kept both written and electronically so that I’ll always have access to them one way or another. The two apps I’ve found most helpful is ‘Do!’ and ‘Wanderlist’.
Something I’ve leant recently is that it’s okay to have ‘you time’ and take some time to focus on yourself. How can I possibly take care of anything if I’m all over the place to begin with? My favourite way to take ‘time out’ is by either doing my makeup or having a hot bath and face mask. Even going for a run helps to clear and refresh my mind. It’s surprising how even 10 minutes time out can make such a difference – you just got to find what works best for you.
As I mentioned, I keep a lot of lists. Sometimes these can become overwhelming and need tackling full force. Something I find super helpful is allocating jobs to time slots and mapping out my days. More often than not, I won’t sit down and fully unwind until Lana goes to bed. So that it’s not so daunting I prioritise smaller jobs a lot of the time. When it looks like a lot is getting done, it motivates me to finish the list and tackle the big tasks. However, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I may not get when I want done – life with a toddler can be unpredictable at times!
Unpredictability means that it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of life. So another way I stay on top of everything is by being in control of my life as much as possible. It’s okay to do what YOU want to do, even if it means saying no to things. It’s your life, so if you want to sit indoors eating pizza instead of going out then that’s perfectly okay! Live life how you want to, not how others want you to.
Often with a toddler it’s so easy to feel selfish if ever you do something or have fun without them. When I’m organising things or doing chores I feel bad that I’m not spending that time with Lana. So to try and utilise the time I try to make it all fun so that she’ll enjoy being involved. We’ll dance while hoovering, and cheer when she throws things into the tumble dryer. These little games make her really happy and proud so I never mind that it slows me down a little.
It’s not always easy juggling everything; job, child, relationship, blog, social life, flat etc. However, these steps make it a lot easier to manage it all. Life isn’t always smooth sailing, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get everything done when you want to.