“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – C.S. Lewis
I get asked how I manage my life all of the time. I often feel like I am on the go 24/7 and have very little wiggle room in my schedule, but somehow, I still find time to balance it all out. I do not have all the answers and there are definitely days that I walk around like a sleep deprived, caffeine fueled crazy lady/ticking time bomb… However, most days, I feel like I have it together and I would love to help others feel like they have a little control over their chaotic lives too. So, let’s begin…
I have been trying to write this blog for a number of weeks now, but haven’t. This is because my blog is not currently my biggest priority, and that’s okay! The number one advice I can give someone about managing a crazy schedule (with multiple passions and goals) is to prioritize them. Your dreams that are on the top of the list should always take precedence, no matter what, without guilt! For example, the top of my list is family. If I have to sacrifice getting something done for yoga in order to do something for my family, I let it go. Yoga is important to me, but not top of the list. Always be practical, but always know that your passions are what give you fuel to accomplish the rest, so make sure they are at least close to the top of your list.
#2: Lists, planners, and habits
If anyone knows me well at all, you know that I am a total listaholic. The biggest reason for this is that I am totally guilty of forgetting absolutely everything! I admit it – I forget birthdays, deadlines, coffee dates, shopping lists, etc. I can literally tell someone that I will do something for them and immediately forget what that thing is as soon as I walk away. To save myself from the embarrassment of asking again or retracing my steps to see what I have forgotten, I just write EVERYTHING down. I make it an important habit and a part of my routine. I keep mini notebooks everywhere. One in my purse, one on my nightstand, one on my desk, etc. This way, when a thought or to-do list items is keeping me from sleeping or concentrating on work, I can write it down and forget about it until later.
I keep multiple calendars (which does NOT work for all people, but it works for me). I keep all my work-related events on my outlook calendar that hooks up to my iphone and then I keep all my personal events on my personal planner. I am still quite old fashioned, as I love carrying around a planner rather than using my phone. Whatever works for you, just use a calendar! I always appreciate the few friends who will book wine dates in advance with ne. It is so great to know I can rely on them to jot it down in their calendar too and give me fair notice if we need to reschedule. I also keep a calendar on the fridge so I can write down my schedule for my hubs in case I forget to tell him.
My favorite part of my workday is the first 10-15 minutes in the office for so many reasons! I catch up with my co-workers as we wait for coffee to brew and we often draw up inspirational quote cards to inspire our day. Then, I take my cup of coffee back to my office to reflect on what I want my day to look like. I write it all down! I have created this awesome template for beginning my day. It is a list that gives me a focus or goal for the day, a list of tasks (in prioritized order, of course), an inspirational corner, and a gratitude corner. It is my saving grace. Not only can I check what I need to get done for today, but I can remind myself of the good things if my day turns shitty, which happens often in my line of work. I am making these templates available to all of you (for free)! The PDF attachments can be found at the bottom of my post.
#3: Balance & Yoga
I posted about this on my Instagram page the other day and absolutely every work of it is true: “I get asked all the time, “how do you do everything you do?” 100% honesty, YOGA. I took this picture in the midst of cooking dinner, doing laundry, answering work emails, and throwing the occasional ball for the dogs. It’s why I took the picture in my messy studio; my life ain’t glamorous. I wake up at 4:45am and I work nonstop until 8 at night. Between my full time job, teaching yoga, owning a business, keeping healthy, maintaining some kind of social life, and loving on my family, I hardly have time to slow down. However, that’s why yoga is so important to me. It forces me to slow down, to breathe, and to find balance both on and off the mat. It’s taught me how to focus, to direct my life towards the things that I am passionate about, the things that fill me with light and laughter, and how to say no to all the rest. I don’t see how my life could get any more hectic, but I thank God for leading me to yoga. I could not handle any of this without it. ##findbalance #thankfulforyoga”
I force myself to slow down. I know damn well that I cannot do it all and that even with all my lists and my planning, sometimes none of it is enough. I still get scatter brained and frustrated and fearful. That is when I have to come to a stop. Seriously, sit on the couch all night, eating pizza, and watching friends. Who cares? Sometimes, there won’t be time for the gym or making green juice or getting work down or doing anything productive AT ALL. That is totally fine. Some days, you win, some days, you learn. Brush it off. Every day is new!
Last but not least, be kind to yourself and kind to your body. Know your limits and do not be upset with yourself when those limits are met. Your dreams will come true, even if you get behind. Everything will work out, I promise. Keep you head up! Oh, and go to yoga 🙂
Here are those PDFs for you, in different sizes:
Much love, Taryn xoxo