Work/life balance is a funny thing. Some people are so good at it, some, not so much. Many also think that there’s no such thing… your work and your life will constantly meld together and cannot be balanced separately. I do think it’s possible to have a balance, but hardly ever easy. I want to start sharing a little more “behind the scenes” content here on Cake & Lilies, so we’re going to start by touching on this topic thanks to a prompt by The B Bar (you may remember these posts). Sooo, let’s discuss!
Broadly speaking, I’d say my “working life” includes my full-time job (doing marketing for a non-profit), running this blog, and some freelance design + consulting work (I’ll share more on that eventually, but if you’re in need for a new site design, shoot me an email!). I’m very lucky that my full-time job is almost always just 40-hour/week– quite a rarity in this day and age, particularly in DC. This gives me the ability to devote a few hours a day to the blog, freelance, etc.
Monday-Friday, I generally wake up between 6:15 and 6:30, do blog/freelance for an hour or so, get ready, and get to work between 8 and 8:30. If I don’t have any happy hour/dinner plans or commitments after work, I’m usually out by 5:30 and home soon after (yay, short commutes!) and I’ll either go to the gym and shower or just hop in the shower before dinner. I like to dedicate a solid 2-3 hours to my work after dinner, so it helps not having interruptions like working out then. I’ll ideally wind down and read for a few minutes around 9:45-10 and aim to be asleep by 10:30 so I can try to get as close to 8 hours of sleep as possible, because otherwise I’m miserable. Anyone else like this? Getting less than 7.5 hours is the equivalent of being hangry, in my opinion!
Sunday are mostly devoted to focusing on the coming week’s blog content, planning, and freelance projects. I generally keep Friday nights and Saturdays as open as possible to spend time with friends + loved ones, but try to get a couple hours of blogging in if I can!
Tackling social media and email is a whole other ballgame. I’ll go into greater detail in another post, but I’ll just say that making it a point to leave my phone in the other room for a few hours at a time has been a blessing. Responding to comments, emails, social media, etc. in a timely manner (I aim for within 48 hours, usually sooner) is important, but so is being okay not having your phone glued to your hand all.the.time. However, I’ll fully admit to scrolling through email and Instagram before even getting out of bed in the morning.
As I said before, work/life balance varies from person to person and I’m always curious to see how others navigate this territory! I by no means feel like I have this “down” (does anyone?) but having roughly set times and a routine help me try to achieve this balance. Things like my favorite scheduling tool, to-do lists, iPhone reminders, and a planner also play a huge part. Stay tuned for further insight behind blogging and on similar topics– we’ll go into some more details :) How do you achieve a work/life balance, be it with merely your full-time job + friends + life, or with time-intensive hobbies, etc.? Here’s how these ladies tackle it… perhaps we’ll all learn a little something from each other!
The B Bar – 26 and Not Counting – Rae Loves – Sarah Hartley – Carrie Loves – Soak and Simmer – The Not Quite Adult – White Cabana – PreppyPanache – LiskaMonet – Alyssa J Freitas – Rossetto – With Love From Ellie – Cake & Lilies – Feathers and Stripes – Leigh Clair – White Oak Creative – Life Modifier – Perfect Enough for Us – Random Little Faves – Jacque Of All Trades – Business Betties – Girl for Granted – Alicia Tenise – The Yuppie Flies – It’s Droolworthy – Something Good Blog – Elana Lyn – Forth Chicago – Emilie Lima Burke – Manifest Yourself – Fit for a Bride Blog – A Little Leopard – Coral and Cognacs – Little Wild Heard – It’s Julien – Boys and Bombshell – Meg Biram – Victoria McGinley
Image via Death to Stock with edits and text added by Monica Dutia for Cake & Lilies