So, lets be real for a second. Social media can sometimes make your feel like your handling your life all wrong. As we scroll away at life I know I often find myself thinking, "Dang, I really wish I could have it together like her." We all think this, right? I can't be alone with these feelings.
My desire to get it together really came about in nursing school. I I became very vocal with my friends and family that I wanted to pivot into being a more organized, balanced, and stable woman as I advanced in my career. Saying it is one thing and doing it is a whole different pair of shoes honey. Nursing was HARD (I'll talk about that in another post) but to be successful it required me to really organized and optimize my days.
Since I've graduated and adulted for a few years, I'll tell you this: I still don't have all the answers. I have learned a few things to help you find that balance you seek. Here's some tips to help you get your life honey.
Get a planner. Now your planner can be paper or it can be electric. Just make sure its something that you can have with you at all times (ex. fitting in your purse or bag that you carry daily). There are so many planner out there and if your a person that needs structure, like myself, I would suggest using an hourly layout. If your more of a, "I just need to write it down so I don't forget," person you can use a more open daily spread. I use an Erin Condren Planner but there are so many different planners and they all can do the same thing: put your daily tasks in front of you.
When setting up your planner start with adding key regular events for the week (ex. work, school, gym, hobbies). From there add "to do lists" or events that need to be completed. If there is a monthly view you can use that for important deadlines or bills.
Decorate it. Now this part is totally optional but if your a creative planning just might be your new thing. There are TONS of sticker books, Etsy sticker shops, and even ways for you to make your own stickers and décor to make your week cute and give your that added motivation to open your planner and review your to do list to stay on task. You can also use different color pens to indicate different tasks. Whatever you do make it fun! That's what helps you stay consistent.
4. Have some planner friends. Pre-COVID, my friends and I would get together every so often and have planner nights. I was really awesome and a great way to connect with friends that are also trying to get their life in order (I told you I wasn't the only one) . Talking with the other ladies gave me ideas to keep my planning on track and gave me ideas for my spiritual and daily routine.
Overall, balancing the elements of life are a constant battle. One day you need a little bit more time here and the next day a little more time at there and that's ok! Even though you can make the most perfect schedule on paper life is unexpected and can change in the blink of an eye. When that happens, just roll with it. Try to accomplish the main points of your day if possible. If not, you've got it written down to be completed sometime during that week. See how that works? It's not a lost cause it can still be done! With these tips you can take charge of your time and have a productive week.
If you need planner ideas follow me on Instagram @myamorenzoni or my awesome planner friend Chloe @chloetryplans for more planner advice and ideas.