This is my visual response to people who asks me this question including the end.
Quick rundown of the things I have going on right now:
- Full-time Turbine Test Engineering Career
- S.T.E.A.M. Education business owner and entrepreneur
- Women’s Church Ministry Leader Ages 18-35
- Middle school girls robotics coach
- Applying to M.B.A. programs (and GMAT Prep)
- Meetup Social group organizer
- Planning our first family reunion
- Liturgical dancer
- Styling my hair
- Traveling Often
- Dating for Marriage
- Artsy fun with painting and theater
- Re-gaining beach body fitness
- 20s Living with my girls
Starting this summer, I’m actively going to do better with free time. I will be on travel most of July, so that will help me transition quite nicely. One major time management and stress reduction technique that I use is to make a checklist everyday. I list 2 things that I want to complete for work, and 2 things that I want to complete outside of work. For major things that may roll over, I list them at the top of my planner page as 2 goals for the week. Also, I can only commit to one after-work event per day, reserving one weekday as a chill day at home.
For lifestyle items, I cook 1-2 meals per week with leftovers, I clean 1-2 load of laundry per weekend start to finish, and I clean one area of my place (bathroom, bedroom/linen, living area, dining area) every Sunday.
I seem to manage everything pretty good, but I know stress is on the horizon when I double-book events on the same day, don’t wash any laundry that week, stop exercising/ dancing, or stop writing. These are my warning signs before the physical ailments of sleep-deprivation, vocal cord dysfunction, or a sinus infection.
Pray for me yall! While I love being busy, it’s not good for my health, and I’ve learned that it distracts me from my purpose. We are all here “just enough time to do God’s Will”. I never want to be too over-worked and over-stressed to be winning at this thing called life.