My Daily Routine: How I Balance Work and Life
One question I am always asked (especially during baseball season) is “do you ever sleep?” The answer to that is a big, fat, happy YES! I am not one of those people who can run on three or four hours of sleep a night. Eight hours for me or bust! Balancing a hectic work life, a family and social life, plus maintaining a training schedule takes effort. I am happy to say that through my daily routine I successfully carve out time each day for each and every aspect of my life. My routine becomes well…routine with just the right amount of spontaneity to keep me on my toes!
A sample of my daily routine goes a little like this:
6:30 am – Wake, Shower, Breakfast (YAY! Coffee time!)
8:00 am – Travel time…AKA – my personal time with GOD. I listen to K-Love radio each morning on my ride into work. Working in the Chicago suburbs my commute is stop-and-go traffic. I use this time to have my daily time with the Lord. Sometimes that means singing along with Mercy Me and Laren Daigle at the top of my lungs. Other times, I spend the morning in conversation with him – expressing my fears, joys, and letting the holy spirit speak to me.
9:00 am – Work email response time
10:00 -12:00 PM – Sales calls and Client Meetings
1:00 – 5:00 PM – Marketing and Team Public Relations
* by splitting up my day into these two sections, I can compartmentalize my thoughts and better focus my energy.
5:30 – 7:00 PM – SWOLE Time! I have always been an athlete throughout high school and after college, my time at the gym has slowly become my personal time. I can be competitive with myself and others during this time. Elle Woods said it all when she explained “exercise give you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don’t kill their husbands”. While I do not have a husband quite yet, endorphins absolutely help me work off the stress of a hectic job.
7:30 – 10:30 PM – Family and Hobby time. I end each day by planning for the next. I have explained my obsession with my Erin Condren Planner and ending my day by preparing for the next not only serves as a creative outlet but also as a way for me to de-stress. I also have two dogs, a Border Collie and a Golden Retriever. When it is nice outside, I love to end the day playing with both of them out in the yard and on the cold winter nights, cuddled on the couch watching Fixer Upper or Shonda TGIT!
11:00 PM: BEDTIME! Call me a grandma or a bore – I don’t care! By going to bed at the same time each night, I establish a routine and allow myself to get enough sleep throughout the night to be chipper and engaged throughout the next day.
How do you balance your work and family life?