I don’t care how many of you roll your eyes at this…I SAW BRITNEY, BITCH! And girl looked fiiiieeeeerce!
I loved the show, although I know at least one person was disappointed:
I’d love to show you pictures from the Nicki Minaj and Britney concert, but all of mine came out like this:
So head on over to Meals and Miles where you’ll get a full recap and some slammin’ pictures.
How to Get it All Done
Last week, as I was frantically trying to get some projects done so that I could pack for our weekend, I turned to Lucas and said:
I HAVE to learn how to say no.
The problem is, I absolutely love being busy.
In a normal week, I’m working 40ish hours a week, working out 4-5 times, writing daily or twice-daily posts here, running the #Fitblog chats and now, the #Fitblog Presentations, juggling a couple of freelance gigs and sitting on several planning boards for conferences and events. Oh, and did I mention that I’m speaking at several events this summer and fall, including the Healthy Living Summit in a month?
That doesn’t leave a lot of time for just BEING. You know, sitting on the couch reading a book or watching mindless TV.
And yes, it can be overwhelming. But I have a pretty good system for balancing it all, and here’s how I make it work for me.
(Quick note: it’s not lost on me that many of you do all of the things I listed above PLUS raise children, travel and more. Believe me, although I have a busy life, it’s nothing compared to some of you … and I am in awe of YOU.)
1. Lucas might not agree, but I do know how to say no.
And recently, I’ve been saying it a lot, especially to projects that either don’t interest me or don’t compensate me. Usually in a nice, polite way (with the below tweet as an exception.)
I’m not super greedy, and I do all (most!) of my social media projects for no compensation (or in the case of #Fitblog, at my own cost). But if it’s something that will take a lot of my time and energy, and will prevent me from doing other work, I do think it’s fair for me to ask to be compensated. And I think it’s fair for YOU to be compensated. And not (God help me) just in free products.
2. I find and embrace every shortcut that is available to me.
Tweetdeck for organizing my followers and followees (I’m almost at 10,000!); Mail Chimp for creating and scheduling newsletters. Google Docs for sharing and collaborating on projects and lots and lots of WordPress plugins to make posting a breeze.
3. Sweat is a stress-buster.
The best thing about working out is that for me, it accomplishes two things: keeps me in shape and lets me leave my stress on the floor. Even after a bad run, I feel better. And even when my muscles are too sore to pick up a dumbbell, I feel like I’ve crossed something off the list.
I work out before work, after work, on weekends — whenever I can. And I schedule those sessions just like I would for meetings, and when possible, I turn down events that prevent me from getting my sweat on.
4. I’m surrounded by support.
Lucas has never given me grief for working out, even when we have to schedule personal plans around it. My boss encourages me to blog, tweet and embrace all of the latest social media tools because he knows that when I have space to experiment, I am better at my job. I have circles of friends who are bloggers, runners, triathletes, etc., and I can turn to them at any time.
BTW, Lucas truly is a rockstar. He takes care of the animals (I have never once changed the litter), cleans the house, mows the lawn AND works two jobs. He should be the one writing this post.
5. I truly, truly love what I do.
Sorry, guys…I know it’s not as helpful as telling you about the latest technology or marketing plans, but I never really feel like any of the stuff I do is a burden, because I love it all. It goes back to #1. Yes, #Fitblog takes me several hours a week to organize, but I know that for hundreds of people, it’s the highlight of their week. Yes, working 8 hours a day and then going to the gym for 2 hours means that I’m away from home a lot, but it also helps my spirit soar.
I sometimes joke to people who ask me how I juggle it all that I don’t sleep, but that’s not true. I sleep about 6-7 hours a night and often sleep in on Sundays. I only have one cup of coffee a day, and I don’t take any crazy drugs to stay wired.
So, that’s how I make it work. What do YOU do to balance all of the stuff you’re on the hook for?