Hi girls, tonight I wanted to talk to you about how I have been balancing worklife this past month. They say it takes 14 days to turn an action into habit and although I haven’t mastered it, there has been changes in my routine and attitude I’m really loving.
I have learned to love the fact that work life balance doesn’t exist; at least for me. When you are passionate about what you do, it takes up around 99% of your time and the best part is that you don’t resent it. So, since some type of “work” activity is always wavered into my day, I try to have at least 1 hour a day for “me“. Now, you should know that “Me” time isn’t always laying in bed, watching movies. In fact, most of the time, it means working out or cooking, or running some errands. I define “me” time by doing things, that liberate my mind a little bit.
Here’s what last week looked for me. You will see everyday is different but I try to keep some consistency.
|6:30||I try to do my workouts in the morning but this day, I woke up late.||Same||Rested from previous day workout||Did 2 workouts in the morning||No workout|
|7:00||Woke up. Took a shower. Made coffee and prepared breakfast to have at the office.||Woke up. Took a shower. Made coffee and had breakfast||Woke up. Took a shower. Made coffee and had breakfast||I was working out at this time. Today I had 2 doctor’s appointments and then had meetings in Miami so the day was a bit different||Woke up. Took a shower. Made coffee and had breakfast|
|8:00||Left home to drop off Nikki to the day care because my mom is not here and we don’t like leaving our puppy alone at home all day! Normally I leave at 8:20 am for work but since this week my mom wasn’t here, I had to adjust a bit.||Same||Same||Dropped off Nikki and went to my appointments (didn’t have time to shower- don’t judge me!)||Same|
|9:00||Got to the office. Made myself a second cup of coffee and had breakfast while checking email and industry news. I try to read about industry news and world news as well on sites like Glossy, Forbes, Business Insider.||Got to the office. Made myself a second cup of coffee while checking email and industry news.||Got to the office. Made myself a second cup of coffee while checking email and industry news.||Doctor’s||Got to the office. Made myself a second cup of coffee while checking email and industry news.|
|10:30||I get up for a little walk and have a snack.||Same||Same||Doctor’s||I get up for a little walk and have a snack.|
|noon – 1:00pm||Lunch with co-workers and take around 20 minutes to read current book. Within my lunch break, I take some time to do “personal” things I couldn’t get to during the weekend so that during my time at home after work, I can focus on other things like creating good content for all of you!||Same||Lunch & book||At around 12:15 I left the doctors and went home to take a shower and eat lunch. I was late so I didn’t get to have lunch! Went to Miami||Lunch & Book|
|3:30pm||I make myself another coffee and get some snack. Normally is fruit or oatmeal of a chocolate chip cookie! It depends on the mood.||Same||Same||I had meetings from 2 to 5pm.||I make myself another coffee and get some snack. Normally is fruit or oatmeal of a chocolate chip cookie! It depends on the mood.|
|6:00pm||Leave work and pick-up Nikki.||I was in Miami for a client meeting so I left after meeting at around 5:30pm and arrived at Nikki’s day care at around 7||Same||At around 5:15pm I got in the car to go home.||Left work to pick up my dad at the airport. Luis got off from work and went to get Nikki for me 🙂|
|7:15pm||Got home. Prepared dinner (I prepare food on Sundays so that when I get home it’s aaalll ready!). At around 8 pm, I gave Nikki dinner.||I did 2 workouts since I didn’t get a chance to workout on Monday nor Tuesday morning. My workouts are 30 min. So this was 1 hour||Got home. Prepared dinner and gave Nikki’s dinner||Got Nikki and went home||Went to have dinner with my dad|
|8:30pm – 10:30pm||Work on the blog, side projects, plan, review… etc.||Took a shower, prepared dinner, gave Nikki food and did some blog work||Took a shower, prepared dinner, gave Nikki food and did some blog work||Worked on Friday’s blog post!||Had dinner and got home to watch Homeland.|
|10:30pm||Wash my face, put my lotions on. Take Nikki for a mini walk.||Same||Same||Same||Fell asleep at around 9:30! #tiredgirl|
|11:30pm||Go to bed and watch something before falling asleep.||Same. Wacthed Netflix!||Go to bed and watch something before falling asleep.||Same!||ZZZZZ|
Saturday, I did a 30 minute workout with my dad and then went to the mall to get some things and then grocery shopping so that on Sunday I would be able to cook for the entire week. This pretty much took the entire day. Got home at around 6:30pm and then started working with my Dad on a project we have going on and later on at around 10pm Luis got home and we continued working. At around 12:30am, we watched a show on Netflix called Parenthood! and then… zzz
Sunday, woke up and continued to work on our project aaall day long. In between was a quick lunch and a walk with nikki. Later on a workout with Luis (I basically did Mondays workout on Sunday). Watched the superbowl while completing some work and at around 9pm started cooking for the week. Went to bed at 1am and now… DOING IT ALL OVER AGAIN!
I know it sounds pretty boring but to be honest, this routine makes me feel in-sync. When I don’t apply these kind of schedules I feel lost and like things are out of control and then deadlines are not met. I’m not a life coach and not an expert in business but so far, things have been working out and most importantly I feel good.
I urge you to find balance. Your own kind of balance. What works for me, will probably not work for you but it’s important you find a rhythm of life that makes you happy and fulfilled.
Do you have any daily life tricks? Let me know.
Thank you so much for reading!