I've always been the kind of person who fills their schedule to the brim. I work full time, I'm taking 18 credit hours at my college, I blog, run an Etsy shop, a YouTube channel and my freelancing business. I'm also in the process of planning my wedding, packing for our move in may, and training our new puppy.
Even though it seems like I'd never have time to relax - I do, because I schedule for it. A good balance between life and work is finding work that you love to do. If you plan ahead and you find work you love, you won't feel overwhelmed or overworked.
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1. Routine & Schedule
Everyone seems to want to break away from the classic 9-5 and get out a their schedules, but I disagree. Having structure and dedicated time to different tasks is how I keep my life in order. I plan my week ahead of time. I'm using Emily Ley's Daily Simplified Planner and it has been incredibly helpful. If you need a good planner, she's the best.
You don't have to plan down to every minute of every day but having a basic routine will help you stay sane. However it's still important to have some kind of routine to stay productive. I wrote a whole post about being more productive HERE. That post also has a breakdown of what my Monday looks like, if you need some ideas.
2. Take a break
If you look at my schedule you can see I actually schedule in lazy time. This way when I'm watching Netflix, napping or on Facebook I don't feel stressed. Scheduling time to relax can be more relaxing when you know you made time for it.
Even when you're really busy it's super important to make time for a break. If you go non-stop you will burn-out. The same thing can be said for getting enough sleep. I make sure I am in bed everyday at a reasonable time. I try to get a solid 6-8 hours of sleep everyday.
I do leave my weekends fairly open as well. This lets me visit family, hangout with friends and spend the day being lazy. I also break up my schedule into two hour periods. If I finish a task early that is when I do other stuff like cleaning something up, emailing people, checking social media or whatever other little things I have to do.
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3. Say no
I'll keep this one simple. Don't be afraid to say no. Boss asking you to work on the weekend? Friends asking you to go to their extended family's Christmas party? It's okay to say no sometimes.
Realize that your life is full of stuff to do and you can't always do everything. Say no to the stuff you don't have to do or want to do.
4. Simplify your life
This can be as simple as doing all your chores in one day rather than breaking them up. Or having a garage sale and getting rid of all your crap to reduce clutter. Cut back on the things you don't enjoy. If you hate your yoga class, stop doing it. If you don't enjoy blogging, quit. If you despise your job, find a new one.
Life is meant to be enjoyed. So enjoy it. Don't let stress overwhelm you. God put you on this earth to love life and serve others - don't waste your days wishing you were somewhere else.