This post is sponsored by smartwater.
Fashion Week is literally now. On top of that, I have a freelance writing gig for a huge client and I’m speaking at the Blogalicious conference this weekend. So you can imagine the level of excitement slash frustration slash anxiety I’m going through right now. Being a grown up means learning how to balance your hectic schedule with a smile on your face. Knowing that in order to make your dreams go #upupup you’ve got to #DoDoDo!
I won’t claim to be a pro, but I will say there are a few things I’ve managed to incorporate into my routine that help me get ready for big events like New York Fashion Week and keep me on track with meeting my goals.
I’ve learned that I can’t be prepared for my work week if I’m not eating well and drinking water. I make sure that I start my day with breakfast. Eating breakfast doesn’t have to be some elaborate meal that requires you to slave over the stovetop or take 30 minutes or more to prepare. I generally eat oatmeal, apple juice and maybe some coffee (I haven’t kicked that habit yet). I also make sure I stay hydrated by drinking smartwater all day. I keep a bottle in my bag at all times. And if you’ve ever been to NYFW then you know there is an endless supply of smartwater at the shows. But drinking water all day can be annoying because I’m pretty sure that my bladder has a low capacity for liquid. But when I am hydrated, I feel energized and ready to take on the world—or at least my to-do list. Plus, it makes my skin “on fleek”.
Get An Early Start
This may be easier for some than others, but getting an early start is the easiest way to have more time in the day. Those extra two to four hours can be open for things that you don’t necessarily want to do like standing in a long line at the DMV when no one’s there or grocery shopping when everyone’s asleep. Also try going to sleep a little earlier to make the morning a little more of a breeze to get through. They weren’t lying when they said that the early bird gets the worm.
Keep Your Schedule
Sometimes we can get distracted and off track with various disturbances, but that can easily be fixed with a schedule. Making a schedule helps you control the time you spend on doing one thing. Keep in mind not to focus too much on time that it overpowers your work, but keeping an eye on the clock shouldn’t hurt anybody.
Having a game plan before you start your day will set you up for major success because you aren’t spending extra time figuring out what you need to do. Take some time the night before to list out what you need to do the next day. This will help cut out any loafing around on what needs to be done. Also consider the amount of time it may take to do these things and carve out a window for time, so you save even more of it. Next thing you know, you will have time to get something extra done and things will move along faster.
Save time for you
Sometimes taking a few hours or even a whole day to do things that you want that don’t involve work or obligations is the best aid for your productivity. Your mind is always going and working too hard is the fastest way down a path to regression. Realize when you’re doing too much. The last thing you want is to get burnt out and become unproductive, so take some time for yourself and refuel so you can make the most of your days ahead.
We live in a time where there are so many options and so much one person can do, so being busy is inevitable. Our ambitions and aspirations are at an all-time high, so why not reach for the start and accomplish our goals with a routine? With these small tips, you no longer have to be a slave to your “to do” list. Now you can go out there, be the boss that you are, and get things done.
This story is brought to you by water, who believes in making progress every day little by little and sip by sip. That’s how you move up up up.