Trying to juggle everything at once can be really hard. There’s so many of us in the UK who are trying to find the perfect work/life balance. Personally, I really struggle to find a decent balance between my blog work, my uni work and my social life. 2018 has been a stressful year for me so far. Sometimes I wish that I had more than 24 hours in a day and more than 7 days in a week. I have found some ways to help me balance these all out.
Having a diary
I find that having a diary and being able to write things down in it really helps. So many times I’ve missed events because I haven’t written them down and I’ve been too busy working on other things. I got my diary from Personal Planner and I’ve been getting them from there for the past four years. I don’t know how I managed before I had a diary!
Writing a list
I find it easier to work through everything I have to do if I have it written down. I like to write things down in order of priority – uni work comes first, then blog work. I also need to write down deadlines so that I know how long I have to work on things. It can get a bit overwhelming at times and I find that writing a list really helps to take some of the stress away.
Asking for help
If I’m really struggling with something and I know that somebody else can help, I’ve learnt that it’s best to ask. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Whether that’s at work or at home. You can always use a household staff agency to find someone to help. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help! It also really helps if you have supportive friends and family surrounding you.
Having a break
Nothing good will come of working yourself to the bone. Even when I have deadlines looming, it’s always best if I give myself a break. I like to make sure I stop halfway through the day and chill out. Have something to eat and stick something on Netflix. I always make sure that I leave the house once a day at least as well. Whether that’s just to walk to the shop and buy a can of coke or or to pop into town and have brunch with a friend. Exhausting yourself won’t help anything at all.
Don’t take on too much at once
I know that I’ve definitely done this before and it’s been bad for my mental health. I need to make sure that my top priority which is my uni work is done before I can start thinking about any of my freelance work. Sometimes I’ve taken on too much and it’s really stressed me out and I’ve ended up making myself ill from the worry. You need to know what your limits are and make sure that you stick within them.