A topic that I get a lot of emails about is how I manage to “do it all.” “How are you able to be a full-time attorney and travel the world?” “How do you keep up with work and this blog?” “I want to be an attorney and a travel blogger too, what advice can you give me to do it all?”
I usually chuckle since I don’t actually see myself being an authority on any of these topics, and I certainly don’t see myself as someone that should be giving advice on how to “do it all.” Most days, I don’t feel like I can do anything right.
“Dear Sally, I appreciate your kind words, but I’m afraid I’m not the one you should be asking for advice. I haven’t washed my hair in three days or done laundry in two weeks because I have a response to a Motion to Compel due tomorrow. I haven’t seen my friends or eaten a meal that didn’t originate from a drive-thru in nearly a month because I’ve accepted back-to-back press trips. Some days I show up at work and realize my shirt is on backwards and that the blog post I wrote late last night is riddled with grammatical errors. But, maybe you can “do it all” better than I can? Chase your dreams, Sally. See the world and excel at your career. I mean, who really needs clean socks anyways?”
Of course, I actually do try to answer the reader’s questions the best I can and the above isn’t my actual response… even if many days it could be.
Working full-time in a stressful career and running a small business (a.k.a. this blog) is no joke. I can’t tell you how many nights after a long day at the office I just want to come home and watch The Bachelor while sipping on some Pinot, but I have to trade my glass of wine for my laptop to edit photos. Most weeknights mean I’m thinking about deadlines and outlining new posts, not having the time to wonder which girl Nick will choose or whether he’ll propose. It can be a busy and stressful schedule, but hey, that’s life. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a college student or a full-time attorney and blogger, you’re going to have busy stressful days where you feel like it’s impossible to “do it all.”
There’s no simple or foolproof formula, but I’ve figured out some tips and tricks to work towards “doing it all,” as I stumble my way through this crazy train I call my daily life:
Duh. This is a no-brainer. That degree or promotion isn’t going to handed to you, and your business and career isn’t going to build itself overnight. Don’t expect opportunities to fall into your lap – work for them!
Don’t Give Up
At the risk of sounding like a motivational speaker, know that you’re going to make mistakes, do things wrong and then be forced to have to work even harder (please refer to #1). Success doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient and persistent.
Map Out Deadlines and Goals
Don’t Make Life Harder Than It Needs to Be
If your life is super busy, do what you can to make it easier. Hire a housekeeper. Enroll in a meal delivery service. Do your shopping online so you don’t have to worry about “scheduling” time to go to the store.
When it comes to packing for a trip, I’m always a procrastinator. Undoubtedly, I will always realize that there is something I need just a couple days before my next big adventure when I don’t have time to run errands or shop. The busiest time for me at work is usually right before I’m about to leave on a trip. I’ve been a fan of Amazon Prime for a couple years now, but I’ve just recently discovered Amazon Dash Buttons.
When packing for a long trip, without fail I will realize that I’m out of my favorite razor blades or don’t have enough of my go-to Vitamin C supplement left. Or, I shake Ella’s bag of Iams and realize that my pup will run out of dog food before I get back if I don’t order some immediately. With my Amazon Dash Buttons I don’t even have to stop packing to logon to my laptop – I have my button near where I store each product. When I realize I’m running low, I press the button and (Voilà!) the product is delivered to my doorstep within a day or two.
Amazon Dash Buttons are wifi enabled devices that reorder your favorite products with just the touch of a button. Each Amazon Dash Button is paired with a product of your choice. When you’re running low on that product, simply press the button to automatically reorder it. There are Amazon Dash Buttons for hundreds of your everyday and travel essentials from brands like Bounty, Charmin, Glad, Maxwell House, Olay and Colgate, and the one-step ordering process definitely helps make packing (and life) easier! Interested in trying it out? To celebrate the two year anniversary of the Amazon Dash Button you can buy one for $0.99 through April 7, 2017 and receive a $4.99 credit back after your first press of the button!
What are your tricks to help you do it all and make life easier?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.