Juggling the Work/Life Balance

francescas_coffee_mugsWith my recent graduation and getting my first job, I have a lot on my plate. I get to work from home most days and I’m really enjoying it! However, with an active social life and a blog to keep up with, it can be a bit much to manage. After a few days on the job, I’m starting to get the hang of how to manage the work/life balance appropriately. I’m sharing with you some of things I’ve learned so far.

  1. Schedule. I have an addiction to planners and agendas. I love the Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer kind! The fact of the matter is, though they’re cute, you need to actually use them! I’m learning to utilize the space in my agenda properly (including the ‘notes’ section). Go me!
  2. Caffeine Intake. For pete’s sake, do not guzzle down a gallon of coffee before 9 am. I like to set my coffee pot’s program to keep it warm for 3 hours after I brewed it. Drinking a big pot of coffee helps throughout the day. I get burned out if I drink it all at once. I’m getting into tea because I hear it can be great for you (but nothing beats coffee!)
  3. Have a Routine. We all get into a routine after a few days of starting something new. Having this routine makes a world of difference to me and my body. We’re both prepared for what lies ahead and can look forward to each day knowing what is likely to happen. Trust me, if you stick to a routine you’ll feel amazing!
  4. Get up Early. I hate mornings with a passion but I find that the earlier I’m awake, the more things I can get done. I’m not someone who will wake up at 6:30 just because she can, I prefer to sleep in. If you have a job situation similar to mine, you’ll value being able to get up around 8am and eating a slow breakfast while drinking some OJ.

Tell me your tips on how you juggle work/life in a comment below!

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10 thoughts on “Juggling the Work/Life Balance

  1. Great list! I’m also hands-down a coffee person but ever since I started working full-time, I’ve been reserving my evenings for a green tea. I’m also not a morning person but I prefer getting up earlier so I’m not rushing out the door and can get a few things done. If I need a day to rest, I’ll tell my friends “no” and take a total me day (it ain’t easy, as I love having my social life! But I believe it’s a requirement once and awhile to help balance things out).

  2. Good to know that you all set to juggle the various balls i.e work, health, family, friends and all that management tips :). I agree with your all points. Though regarding to 3rd one you need to spice up as routine will only work till official hours and after so many years that also going to nag. You start afresh so its good. I have put too many years now as professional and have to force myself out of routine to make each day different from other one :).
    (but nothing beats coffee!) – completely agree with this. Keep blogging. 🙂

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