I’m busy. I work a full time job, I am taking two classes a week with 3 hours teaching time for each plus coursework, I workout, I blog and I still see my friends and family (although not as much as I like). But I make the most of my time- I like to plan a lot!! Tom goes mad that I try to schedule things in months in advance, whilst he’s happy to take things as they come.
When Sian asked me recently how I fit it all in, I took a step back and realised that I try to use every hour of the day effectively, and sometimes kill two birds with one stone, so to speak!
Make the most of your mornings– Pre work is a legitimate meet up time for me. I meet up for coffees, physio appts, go on breakfast dates with Tom, and of course, go to workouts each day all before I get to my desk at 9am. I love getting up early to make the most of my day, both during the week and on weekends!
Workout with friends– One of the reasons I love going to Project Awesome is because I get to catch up with my friend Char every week as we take on the steps on The Scoop. I’m trying to encourage two of my other friends to join me weekly at reformer Pilates too!
Workout efficiently– You don’t need to do 2hr workouts every day, often 30mins hard work is actually more effective!
Use your lunch break- I know not everyone gets a full lunch break, but if I do get a chance, I’ll use mine to go to the gym, catch up with friends and colleagues, have blog meetings or write blog posts.
Blog on the go- If I haven’t managed to blog during my lunch (or even when I do) I blog in the notes section of my laptop and email it to myself. I can write on my way to or from work if I get a seat on the tube! It’s also brilliant for catching up on other blogs.
Commute well– read a book or magazine on the tube or bus, blog on the go, send emails, cycle or run to work. My commute takes me just over an hour each way- too much time to waste.
Multi-task– a few night’s ago my friend’s hairdresser came round to do my hair whilst I worked at home! If you can do two things at once, why not!
Pick and choose– You can’t do everything, choose the things that are most important to you and put those first. When I first started getting invited to blogging events, I thought I had to go to them all or I’d stop being invited. Now I prioritise the events that I think best fit with my blog and will be most useful to readers (or just really cool events!) and only go to those ones, and opt to spend time with friends and Tom on the other nights!
Schedule some down time– having some ‘off’ time is really important for preventing burn out, and to ensure your friends/other half don’t disown you!
How do you make the most of your time?