First things first, balance has never really been my forte. When I’m into something, I am 150% into it and can’t help but go at it. When I’m not into something, it takes crazy amounts of effort to even hit 50%. This goes for everything from school to clothes to my social life, which means finding balance now that I have so much going on, is really key for me.
Obviously everyone juggles a lot of things in their daily lives. I currently go to school with quite a wide age range of people, which has been really relieving for me in that most people are juggling jobs, school, and families all at the same time. Earlier on in my college career, I knew very few people who even had a part-time job while going to school. I have worked literally throughout college, ranging from part-time to full-time. I am lucky to have a super flexible job, so that I can fit it in around going to classes and blogging and even traveling.
Blogging itself has been a whole new world. If you don’t blog, believe me, it’s a lot more work than you might expect if you’re just a casual reader. Everything from coming up with posts to writing them to taking pictures for them and scheduling them takes a lot of time. A lot of time. Luckily, it’s something I really love, so hitting that 150% into it point is effortless even when the work is not.
Recently, I’ve added being a beauty editor for Pur Opulence and an editorial fellow for College Fashionista to my workload. For me, that’s meant really buckling down and figuring out how to maximize my time beyond simply rushing to get things done all of the time. To get things done and still enjoy and learn from everything, I’ve turned to a pretty darn common method, but in a less common way.
I’ve attempted bullet journaling maybe 5 times in the last several years. Every time, I would get really excited about setting it up and decorating and getting started. And every time, a week or two in, I’d be procrastinating setting up my next weekly schedule because I wanted everything to be perfect and didn’t have time to make it so.
This time, I’m not striving for perfection, I’m only striving to write everything down. I think half the battle, when you have a lot to do, is remembering all of the things you have to do. So my bullet journaling method is ridiculously simple. I open up a spread, write what week it is and all of the events that week on the left half and on the right half I write a to do list. Yes, it is pretty darn boring compared to a lot of people’s bullet journals, but it’s working for me. I get more done in a more reasonable amount of time, I don’t forget to do things, and I feel accomplished every time I cross something off my to do list.
Rather than trying to force myself into a particular routine or way of living, I am trying to keep things simple. Balance feels necessary just to stay sane and this, so far, feels like a good first step.