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5 Tips that keep me sane as a working woman


Full time job making you feel frazzled? 
Here are 5 things that have kept me sane as a working woman. 



1.  TURN OFF EMAIL/PHONE/CALENDAR NOTIFICATIONS AFTER 7 PM
I'm not sure if it's just my area of work, or if everyone experiences this - but it seems like every 10 seconds my phone is buzzing + giving me some sort of notification from the teacher world. Whether it be an email, a text, or an event in my calendar, it's enough to drive this girl crazzaaayy. Utilizing the "Do Not Disturb" settings on my phone + devices has been a lifesaver for sure. I customized the settings to fit my home lifestyle, which for me meant having any work notifications muted from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am. This has been a game changer for sure! No more 1 a.m. alerts from Scholastic or parents (not even sure why parents are up?! And wanting to email me?!) Now I can enjoy my evenings uninterrupted, and truly leave work at work.

2.  PLAN YOUR MEALS AHEAD OF TIME + MAKE A GROCERY LIST SO IT'S READY TO GO
If I don't have a game plan for what I'm making for dinner each night, 10/10 times I get home from work and tell Colten that cereal is on the menu. Again. Something that has really helped me is planning our dinners on Sunday evening before the week starts. We talk together each Sunday about our schedules, and what nights everyone will be home. Colt works a lot of events in the Fall + Winter, so making sure we know what our week looks like is crucial! We decide what meals we want and what days will work best for each one. I write them down + immediately start making our grocery list so that Monday I can quickly grab it off the fridge, knowing that everything I'll need to make dinner that week is included on the list. Let's just say, our cereal boxes are still full + Colten is very appreciative.

3.  DO A 5 MINUTE PICK UP EACH NIGHT BEFORE BED
Is it just me? Or does coming home to a cluttered + messy house make your stress levels shoot through the roof?! I am definitely a type A personality + thrive on my house being clean and organized. An easy way to keep up with the day to day clutter is to set a timer for 5 minutes before I go to bed. This is something I learned from my mom + have been doing for years, even when I only had a tiny college dorm room to clean. How does it work? Set the timer + GET MOVIN! Quickly pick up any clothes, dishes, blankets, etc that are laying around + put things back in place. (Bonus points if you can load the dishwasher too!) When the timer dings, you're done! Now, you might not have been able to get everything picked up, your kitchen cleaned, or laundry folded... but whatever you were able to accomplish goes a long way toward feeling organized + less chaotic. Now your house is already clean + tidy for the next morning, and you can go to and from work feeling more calm.

4. DON'T DO WORK ON THE WEEKEND
Honestly this is something I still have to remind myself to do. Some weeks, I simply have too much to do that I HAVE to bring some home and finish it on the weekend. #firstyearteacherproblems. However, the weeks where I leave work at work, I am able to fully enjoy my weekend with my family + friends. Yes, I could probably cross a few more things off of my beloved "to-do" list, but I find that in the long run, taking a break from my M-F life is just what the doctor ordered.

5. TREAT YO' SELF!
This tip is possibly the best one on the list. I spend my work days surrounded by 60 energetic 1st graders, and by the end of the day I just want to be alone, with no one asking me to tie their shoes, give them a bandaid, or telling me about something that happened to their mom's sisters boyfriend. (Unless it's coming from my husband.. then I would listen!) Self care is a daily item on my to-do list. Sometime it's something big, like filling the tub with bubble bath + listening to podcasts in the dark. Other times it's something small like running to the library for a new book, or walking to the mailbox. Even something like putting on a face scrub or writing in my journal is enough to re-fuel my body + remind myself that even though I am a busy working woman, ultimately, I am free to fill my life with the things I love + that make me happy.

So there you have it!
Five new things to give you sanity as you keep up with the 9-5 grind.
Anything you think I should add to the list? Send some suggestions my way!

XOXO 
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