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I’m wholly convinced the secret to being a well-functioning adult is balance. That’s it. Balance means I can do the things I want to do, along with the things I need to do. But man, is that fucking hard. Sometimes balance is socialising with my pals and sometimes it’s locking myself in a dark room and playing Stardew Valley for hours (side note: I’m back into that game hard, send help).
I despise the idea that “you have the same number of hours in the day as Beyoncé!!!” Well no Brenda on Facebook I bet I don’t. You see, I don’t think Beyoncé works a 9-5, then has to come in and make food for herself, do the washing up etc. I don’t think Beyoncé meal preps or writes a blog. Yes, Beyoncé has worked damn hard but lo and behold, so do I. So that comparison is a load of bull.
So dear readers, now we have that out of the way, let’s delve into the topic of managing time. I’m famously the worst for this, seeing as I can’t even tell the time off a clock face. It’s taken me an age, but slowly, I have developed a weekly structure that seems to work for me. My perfect week includes: approx. 4 trips to the gym, a night of blogging (and not so perfect, but essential scheduling of social media), plenty of downtime, blog photos and meal prep time. As a side note, I’m not in a job where I can work on blog posts/content whilst in office. So, here’s currently how my week looks:
MONDAY: After work, Monday is a gym night. I normally go to a class or two, depending on my schedule and what is on. Come back, make food and either play a game or watch whatever TV show Dan and I are into (you’ll see a theme here).
TUESDAY: My sacred blog night. I’ll get in from work, type out whatever is going on in my head at the moment, then add photos and get that published. Along with spending time scheduling social media. I try and respond to any actual blogging related emails on a Tuesday night too.
WEDNESDAY: Gym with Dan this time, part of the twice weekly I drag him along with me. We normally come back and chill out.
THURSDAY: Gym after work (again). Currently, I’m doing double classes and go to boot camp and pump which is about an hour and thirty minutes. Food on return, then chill out. I like to wind down.
FRIDAY: Friday is where I will do something more entertaining. I’ll maybe meet up with friends, go to people’s houses and potentially go out for food. Friday is always my night of fun, even if fun involves stretchy pants.
SATURDAY: Gym in the morning with Dan again. We try to get it out the way with by lunchtime. The rest of the day is to do with as we please. See people, socialise, be anti-social, whatever.
SUNDAY: Sunday is the day I get shit done. If you want to get me out on a Sunday, you’re going to have to drag me out. Every few weeks is blog photo day. I’ll head out with Helen and take around three weeks’ worth of content and get them edited, hopefully on the same day. Dan and I will also do the weekly food shop as I avoid heading back into the likes of Tesco during the week like the plague. We’ll then do a whole load of meal prepping for the week's breakfast and lunches (god bless the slow cooker). I’ll do normally a big house clean too. I really use Sunday so that during the week I need to do as little as possible.
Repeat jobs: Try to post on insta at least once a day and just generally be active on social media.
I obviously allow myself flexibility in this. If someone asks to do something then yeah, absolutely I’ll try and go. But I’m big on having my protected time to chill out and do as little as possible. When you work any job, that time is essential and really important for mental wellbeing. Balance is key, and knowing when to say no is important.
How do you manage your time?