Good morning friends! We’re going to kick off Monday with a healthy dose of heart-to-heart “real talk!” It’s a topic I have lots of feelings about- and I’m sure I’m not the only woman who has all sorts of mixed feelings about the word “balance.”
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been told, “I don’t know how you balance it all” or “I don’t know how you do everything”- let’s just say I could hire someone to actually help me “do it all!” Balance is a tricky word for me, because there are so many days when I feel like I’m so far from living a balanced life, or am struggling with feelings of failure because I dropped the ball on something. I constantly battle with there not being enough hours in the day! But feeling like a constant failure, or that I never have a moment to rest, isn’t a healthy state to live in either!
So lately I’m trying to implement a new kind of balance in my life, one that allows me to feel like I’m giving activities/needs me all while also balancing in periods of rest and rejuvenation (no one can run on empty!) I used to build my schedule so that each night after work (and let’s be honest most mornings before work) I had a to-do list with a little bit of everything on it. Update this thing on the blog, edit pictures for IG, answer these emails for Junior League, follow up on this for PAtrick Brett Foundation, call this friend back… you know the list goes on and on! But I found myself burned out way to quickly because there just wasn’t enough time to do it all!
So recently I’ve been trying to “block” my time so that each night I tackle a different type of “to-do” and can focus on one set of tasks. So, rather than doing a little bit for the blog each day, ill batch edit photos one day, and pre-plan and schedule posts another so that I’m not having to touch blog work every day. (Of course I’m not perfect at it yet!) Then another night I can focus my attention on non-profit emails and follow-ups. And of course I have to schedule in time with my girls and time with my darling Rob! But shifting my focus to this method has allowed me to feel like I have a slightly better grasp on all my shifting priorities!
So friends, I’d love to know if this is something you struggle with is as well and if you have any tips! Clearly I am all ears and would love for us to help and support each other as busy women!