All in favor of living more and working less say “I” …
Working five days a week is very ghetto. Who agreed to this, because it was not me! I don’t know about you, but God did not place me on this Earth just to work, and for someone else at that. I know that my purpose is much bigger and that there is so much more to life than just getting up every day to work a 9-5 that doesn’t serve me. I refuse to let time pass me by before I get to experience all that this world has to offer me. We do not get two lives, so make the best of the one you have.
I can’t believe my ancestors allowed this to happen. If I was born when President Roosevelt signed the Labor Standards Act of 1938 I would have had to fight back or something, because 5 days a week? No, ma’am. I don’t want to live like that.
If you are like me and cherish your “me” time, keep reading to learn about some of my favorite apps and activities that can help you find a healthy work-life balance. They have made a significant difference in my life. Now I am happier, healthier, and well rested (one thing about me, I am getting my sleep).
Apps You Need to Find Balance
The best calendar app out there! TimeTree is what keeps my life together. Within the app you can setup multiple calendars that are specific to your needs. There is a “Friends” calendar, “Work” calendar, “Hobbies” calendar, and so many others that you can choose from. There is also an option to create your own.
This app keeps your schedule nice and organized so you never forget another important task again. If you are a business owner with employees, TimeTree is also a beneficial means of communication to make sure every deadline is met. You get to choose who can see your calendar(s) and then they can decide if they want to turn on notifications.
The app also has a feature called “memos” which allows users to create lists and share them with others. The two I use most often are the “to-do list” and the “shopping list.” There is nothing I hate more than getting home from the store and realizing I forgot to pick up one of the key ingredients I needed for dinner that night…
Whether you choose to use TimeTree or not, I definitely recommend finding some kind of calendar app that works for you. It will force you to be more efficient with your work because you won’t have to double-back to a task you’ve overlooked. The more efficient and productive you can be during your working hours, the more time you can have for yourself later, so let’s do it right the first time!
A lifesaver! If you don’t download anything else, download this app and thank me later! Focus Keeper is a time management app that helps you track how much time out of your day is being spent on any one activity. It’s extremely useful if you struggle with prioritizing tasks or staying productive. The objective is simple. You personalize the settings within the app to create time intervals for each task on your agenda. When the timer runs out, move on to the next thing.
One of my favorite things about this app is that it acknowledges the importance of breaks. It’s hard to complete a job to your best ability when you are feeling tired and unmotivated. Focus Keeper gets it! Burn out is REAL. To avoid it, between each task set another timer for a mini break, even if it’s just 5 or 10 minutes, before getting back to work. It also acts as an incentive to get through tasks because you know once it’s complete you will have some time to chill. After every 2-3 big tasks are complete, take a longer break for 30-60 minutes.
Can we talk about convenience? I love this app so much. Every entrepreneur and content creator needs this app in their life. It will save you so much time and stress!
Planoly allows you to schedule your content so that it will auto-post to your social media accounts at whatever time you’d like. No more forgetting to upload! We all know the importance of being consistent on social media, but with busy lives and unexpected circumstances happening every day, it’s not always easy to stay on track with posting. Life is unpredictable and we never know what the next day holds, so knowing that your content is already scheduled is one less thing you’ll need to worry about. Talk about relief! Now you can focus on other important tasks that need your attention.
Want my advice? You can choose to take it or leave it (take it, sis), but what has worked best for me is dedicating one day to creating all content for the upcoming week. When all my content is ready, I upload and schedule it to Planoly with the captions already prepared. From there, I sit back and let Planoly do the rest. The efficiency of this app is like no other. It’s also an effective way to manage your social media strategy. When you schedule your posts at the same time each day, your audience can know when to expect a new upload and they’ll be looking out for it. That’s a very important social tip! You’re welcome.
We all have bad days, and on those days we may experience some self-doubt, imposter syndrome, or insecurities and that’s okay. We all feel like that at times, but it’s up to us to shake it off and keep it pushing. The I Am app helps me do this by giving me positive affirmations that I can speak into my life. Everyone knows I am big on manifestation and the power of the tongue so every day I look forward to receiving my notifications from I Am so I can remind myself that
“I am enough”
“I am worthy”
“I am loved”
“My dreams are possible” and
“I will get everything I am working towards.”
With or without the app you should already be speaking this way about yourself. I watched a “GRWM” YouTube video this morning that popped up on my home page and the woman was talking about the importance of being kind to ourselves. She made a very good point and asked, “would you date someone who is constantly criticizing you, pointing out where you could be better, more than they praise who you currently are? Compares you to other people?... doubts you ALL the time?” I would never! I hope you wouldn’t either. Be gentle with you and be mindful of the things you say.
If you want something, make it happen! Start believing that it’s already happened. Negativity is very counterproductive, and we don’t want any parts of that, okay? We’re turning our dreams to reality through our positive affirmations and, most importantly (you thought I forgot?) prayer!
Tips to Stay Productive
Get Up Early
I know you’ve probably heard this a million times on TikTok but there is actually scientific evidence that suggests a positive correlation between waking up early and good health. Some benefits include improved cognitive functioning, improved stress management, and better sleep. How you start your morning is important because it sets the foundation for the rest of your day. Get up between 5am-7am to give yourself plenty of time to get ready and do what you need to do without rushing, before jumping into your workload for the day. Find a relaxing morning routine that you enjoy. Play some music, watch a YouTube video, meditate, make an iced coffee, read a chapter out of your book, workout… do whatever makes you feel good. It’s the little things that really make the difference in our lives. You’ll find yourself accomplishing much more as your level of motivation increases.
This does not mean you should run off 4 hours of sleep every day. Sleep has a lot of health benefits itself and lack of it can cause seizures and other illnesses. Shoot for 8 hours a night, but if that’s difficult for you at this point in your life, try to get at least 6.5-7 hours to keep your body functioning. There’s no point in waking up early if you’re going to be too tired to get anything done. It defeats the purpose. Please make sure you rest!
Limit Social Media
The average person spends about 2.5 hours on social media everyday (statista.com). More than 50% of respondents in one survey revealed they spend more than 5 hours a day on their phone. When Apple started telling me that my average screentime per day was greater than 7 hours, I knew I needed to make some adjustments. How could I waste so much time when there is so much I need to get done in my 24 hours?
How much time are you spending on your phone every day?
Social media can be great for inspiration and entertainment purposes, but it can also be the fuel to self-doubt when we excessively expose ourselves to other people’s “highlight reels” and then become convinced that it’s reality. It’s important to remember that it’s not. Everything is good in moderation, including social media. If you find yourself feeling sad while scrolling through social media, take a break from it. A lot of people have done a social media “purge” where they don’t get on at all for weeks. Others who find social media to be more of a distraction can manage their social time through a feature offered by iPhone that allows a time limit to be set for different apps. It’s easy to set up. Here’s how you do it:
- Screen Time
- App Limits
- Add Limit
- Choose App
- Set Time Limit
After you’ve reached your limit for the day, you’ll receive a notification to alert you. I’ve used this before to ensure I’m getting the most use of my time. I like to be productive and get all my work done at a good pace so that I’m free in the evenings and on the weekends to spend time with friends and family.
Sometimes we just need to let it all out. Our emotions, dreams, and secrets. That’s the beauty in having a journal. I make sure I write in mine every morning. It helps keep me focused on where I’m at with achieving my goals and allows me to start my day with a clear mind. Everything I’ve ever manifested for myself has started with a pen and paper. Journaling is finding balance. It’s an escape, a place of comfort and safety where you can talk about whatever you want without reservation.
If you need a good journal that can help you organize your thoughts or manifest your future, try one of our “Safe Place” journals.
Add “me time” to your schedule. You work hard, you deserve time to relax. Make it a priority, as if it is a work project that needs to get completed by the end of the day. Dedicate at least an hour to something that calms you or brings you joy. I like to wind down after a long day of work with a nice dinner, a glass of wine, and a good movie. Sometimes (a lot of times) I’ll include a candle lit bath if I really want to treat myself. This is luxury. This is peace.
Becoming my own boss was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. I create my own schedule and work at a pace that is comfortable for me. Forget about what Roosevelt and the boys were saying in 1938. Our work lives do not stand on a pedestal over our personal lives. We need to do better.
I hope you can find good use in these apps as you work to create the perfect work-life balance. They’ve helped me a lot and you know I’d never steer you wrong. With the right tools and the right mindset, you’re able to work efficiently and free up more time for yourself. Say good-bye to the long work weeks! It’s time to enjoy life.