5 Ways To Find Balance in Your Work Life

5 Ways To Find Balance in Your Work Life

5 Ways To Find Balance In Your Work Life

Work is Important, But So Are You

Happy October, everyone!

It feels like it was March five seconds ago, where in the world did the time go? A month into fall, I know many of us have transitioned from summer mode to work mode (maybe you’re still dreading it or maybe you’re loving it!). As a recent college graduate, I know I’m not alone when I say that the transition from college to “adult” life has been quite interesting. As a theatre major, I always had this “plan” as to what my early post-grad days would look like. Obviously, I was probably going to have a side hustle (or two, or three) to supplement some income, but I would largely be focused on auditioning and hopefully have consistent work in the world of theatre.

Welp. As we all know, we make plans and the universe laughs.

Early post-grad life in the world of the pandemic completely flipped my script. Instead of executing the plan I had laid out for four years, I’m now at home, working three jobs just to try and save, save, save so that when theatre comes back, I can hit the pavement.

In addition to my retail job, I recently started a remote marketing position and I’m nannying/tutoring. To say that working these jobs was a bit of a balancing act at the start would be an understatement, also because I am trying to do theatre/teach yoga here and there where I can. Since I know I’m not alone on this front, and the struggle to find balance between work and life is REAL, here are a few tips for learning how to find what works while still working your tush off!

Tip #1: Look Ahead, Lay It Out

I feel like I am always saying this, but it pays to be a planner! When I lay everything out clearly in front of me in terms of my work schedule/personal schedule, I always feel a bit more secure. You could do this weekly, monthly, or for both (I like to do both). Having a planner or a desk calendar of some sort will make this much easier for you. Usually on Saturday’s or Sunday’s I like to sit down with my planner, go through every day of the upcoming week, and write down all my obligations/activities. I’ll go over my work schedule, any work projects I have to complete and their due dates, my scheduled blog content, and any other personal things I’ve got planned for the week. For me, being able to see every day clearly laid out helps give me a clear sense of what’s in store!

Tip #2: Take Breaks

Whether you’re working a remote job, nannying, or working in the office 9-5, breaks are SO important. I’m mostly telling you this as a reminder for myself as well because I am sometimes just the worst with making time for breaks. I’ll work until I’m done, but then feel so drained from not allowing myself the proper time to breathe in a workday. In my yoga teacher training, I watched a lecture about yoga in the corporate world, and I believe our instructor said that about every 30 minutes, you should move your body if you’re tied to a desk all day! Taking a break should really be fueled by what your mind and body are craving. Even if you only get a five-minute pause, use it to stretch, grab some water, grab a snack, call your mom, or just sit still and breathe!

Tip #3: Have a Stopping Time/ Take the Weekend

Having an end to your workday is essential if you are working from home these days. Again, I am really saying this as a reminder to myself as well. It is so easy to get caught up in your work and work waaaay beyond 5 or 6 at night- trust me, I get it. But having a time to end your workday allows you to take some time to decompress before you start the process all over again the next day! AND, if you’re able to, take the weekend! I understand that overwhelming urge to work to completion, even if that means working on the weekends, but try to leave work alone after your end time on Friday!

Tip #4: Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

This one has less to do with work and more to do with aspects of your life in addition to work. Our society has groomed us to be “yes” people, and sometimes this mentality is super detrimental to our sanity. I know personally, I have a hard time saying no. It’s hard to say no to that extra shift (or maybe not? lol), to planning that party, to that trip that you thought you’d be able to make it on. If the thought of saying no and not taking on any more in your life makes your insides feel glowy: SAY NO! Your work is extremely important, but your down time should be treated with the same amount of love and respect! Don’t run yourself dry; if you do, you will be doing yourself and everyone around you a major disservice.

Tip #5: Ask For Help/ Ask For A Day

BUT if you do happen to bite off more than you can chew, and you’ve planned your way into a hole: ASK FOR HELP! Call a friend, your mom, your aunt, literally anyone you know and trust, and just ask for help! Trust me, we ALL have been there, so any normal human being who cares about you should want to help you out in any little way they can if you come to them and are overwhelmed. Another great way to try and avoid taking on too much or burning yourself out is to ask for the day when you need it. For example, in my retail job, I asked my boss to try and give me one day a week off in between the start of my work week there and the days I tutor. I knew that if I spread myself too thin and tried to overlap in my jobs, I would be mentally drained. I was nervous to ask, but I am sure glad I did because my boss was SO understanding. I know that everyone’s work situation/boss is different, and this may not be possible for you, but if you have the days to take, TAKE THEM WHEN YOU NEED TO FOR YOUR OWN SANITY!

If any of you work-from-home babes or busy beauties have other tips you’d like to share with the BTF community for maintaining your sanity in a busy work life, comment below and let us know! And remember, first and foremost, your occupations do not define you! If you aren’t where you want to be right now, just remember your dreams and your passions will find you when you least expect it. There is a plan, you are living through part of that plan. Take comfort in knowing this is one steppingstone on the way to your destiny!

Talk soon!

~ Ang xoxo

How To Start Your Bujo Journey

How To Start Your Bujo Journey

How To Start Your Bullet Journal Journey

Bullet Journaling for Beginners

Hi, friends!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m a planner. I find joy and take pride in my ability to plan. And I LOVE a good planner. Give me the stickers, each different section, and the color coating! I loved it all so much that my sophomore year, I decided to try my hand at bullet journaling, and I loved it! What is a bullet journal (or “bujo”) you ask? A bullet journal is a journal based on a system that utilizes key points or bullet points. That is the simple, perhaps self-explanatory answer. For me, a bullet journal is how I keep my physical and mental health on track, and the perfect place to record my personal “trends” on a month to month basis.

The possibilities of what you can track and create with your bullet journal are ENDLESS. Because the possibilities are endless, starting your bujo journey can feel a little overwhelming. Here are my tips on how to start your journal and make it your own!

  • Grab Your Materials!– The first thing you will need is…a journal, duh! You can really use any journal you would like, but for the purpose of creating symmetrical boxes for all your trackers and such, I would recommend getting a dotted journal. I used a dotted journal, and I love how easy it makes my page set-up! Mine is Artist’s Loft from Michael’s, and it was SUPER affordable (and a pretty pink)! You could also use a journal with blank pages, or a lined journal if that’s your jam. Pens and markers are also bullet journal staples! How else are you going to create to your heart’s content? I use simple black pens to do my basic writing/ outlining, and TomBow Dual Brush Pens for my hand lettering and pops of color (one end is a fine tip and the other is a brush tip)!
  • Pin! Pin! Pin!Before diving right in, it will be important for you to know to establish your journal’s set up and how often you want to update your journal. I like to create a new layout for my journal every month, I find that to be the easiest for me! (Once, I made a bullet journal planner for a while year in advance. I wouldn’t recommend, it didn’t allow enough room for additions/edits). Pinterest is FULL of different ideas for layouts, trackers, and themes. It is so easy to fall down the rabbit hole looking for ideas on Pinterest, but it is more than likely that you will end your search with a boat load of inspiration! Check out my journaling Pinterest board for some added inspo!
  • Take Stock– This is what I like to call “Page Planning.” Now it’s time to think about what kind of things you would like to measure/keep track of in your journal! I think this is one of the most fun parts of creating a bullet journal because it is tailored to YOU! Think about the things you would like to do more consistently in your life, or the things you would have a better grasp on if you measured them day to day. I like to have some “reflection pages” where I keep track of things I am doing/watching/reading in a month. Here are some page/tracker examples:
    • Sleep Tracker
    • Mood Tracker
    • Spending Tracker
    • Period Tracker
    • Reading/TV/Movie List
    • Weekly Planner Pages
    • Full Calendar Pages
    • Password Log
    • Food/Water Log
    • Monthly Memories Page
    • Dream Log
    • Brain Dump Page
    • To-Do Lists
  • Get Creative!Make this journal your own! Something that I love about having a bullet journal is that is also acts as a creative outlet for me rather than just this book full of personal stats and information. When I create my monthly layouts, I find it so relaxing. It is my own little private space to decorate as my own and take pride in- so dress yours up however you’d like. You do NOT need to be great drawer! You do NOT need to be a master at hand lettering! All you need is a little creative energy, and a desire to keep better track of your life and habits! P.S.- I have recently started giving each month a theme/color scheme!
  • Keep Track and Plan Ahead– Once you’ve got your layout set up and your trackers created, you’ve reached the hardest part of having a bullet journal- keeping up with it. It is one thing to make the journal pages, but it is TOTALLY another thing keeping up with what you have set out to measure every day/week/month. But if you put the time and work into creating this journal for yourself, you would want to do your best to be consistent right? Right! Personally, knowing that I have this little book often makes me stay on track because I know I have something keeping me accountable! It is also essential to plan ahead. Make a Pinterest board of your own so you can that inspiration at your fingertips when it’s time to create something new! Since I make new layouts monthly, I usually start page planning the last week of the month.

The best thing about creating this journal is that your creations can constantly be changing! You can switch up your page and tracker layouts as often as you’d like AND you can always add/subtract things! If there are new things you want to keep track of, add them! If there are things you find aren’t useful to measure anymore, or you aren’t liking them in your journal, you don’t have to include them in your next layout! What is important is that you are taking control of your life and habits!

What’s In My Journal!

Here is a look into what I currently include in my pages and what I like to keep track of on a monthly basis!

  • A cover page for the month
  • Sleep tracker (Hint: if you have a Fitbit or Apple Watch, I use my insights to get my hours!)
  • Mood tracker
  • Log of the books I read, movies I watch, and TV shows I watch every month
  • Monthly memories page
  • One line a day page (write down the highlight of my day)
  • Dream log (I was just curious to see how often I could recall my dreams!)
  • Yoga and exercise videos/classes log
  • Extra doodle pages (i.e. boxes of the things I can control, doodle of the chakras and what they represent, etc.)
  • Habit trackers:
    • skin care routine
    • yoga
    • exercise
    • gratitude journal
    • journal
    • blog writing
    • singing
    • up by 9
    • drink at least 3 bottles of water a day
    • read

I’m excited to include some new things as I start a new month and keep myself accountable with each new goal I set! Are you ready to start your bujo journey? Grab your materials, gather your inspiration, and take the leap!

Feel free to share your journal creations with me on Instagram by tagging @ang_larose1 ❤

~ Ang