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Tips for getting everything you want done, done. Boom!
If there's one thing the legacy of Michelle Chai will leave, it's that she worked hard, played hard, slept hard(?!) and all the rest of it. I'm relentless in doing more, seeing more, being more and having more and I've been this way for as long as I can remember.

My parents handled the 'Michelle is a brat who wants new Pokemon cards, Tammy Girl dresses/skorts/shoes and 99p eyeshadows every week' thing by instilling a darn tough work ethic in me from the tiniest age. If you want everything, then work for everything. At school, I worked hard to get my English up to scratch and to earn gold stars (Mum would let me buy one new book at the book fair for every 2 stars) and at home we each had mini-chores from as long as I remember. My chore was to tuck the chairs in after dinner and to recycle the newspapers and card packaging.

But one thing that I'm often messaged about nowadays is how on Earth I manage to fit everything in to my everyday life. A full time job, semi-social life, this here blog, relaxation time (a.k.a. quality time with Netflix and a Chai tea latte) as well as maintain a relationship - it's not easy.

1. Make time.
I'm a strong believer in the idea that if you wholeheartedly love what you're doing and the things that you want to fit in, you'll find time for it. Looking back at the beginnings of my blog, I remember passing up on nights outs that I wouldn't enjoy in favour of penning posts and reading posts from my favourite bloggers. Would I be closer to more people now if I went out instead? Perhaps. But I wouldn't have met thousands of readers and discovered my love for Internet life.

Devote specific periods of time to whatever it is you want to fit in. For example, at least an hour of my evenings go to blogging, 4 hours on a Sunday. I reserve a weekday and a weekend day/night for my boyfriend. Another evening goes to Skype calls. Emails are strictly for mornings and early evenings.

2. List-making.
C'mon, you knew this would make an appearance.

At the end of your day, make a list of the things you need to do and a list of the things you want to do for the next day ahead. Make a habit of getting things ticked off: you'll often find that ticking things off a to-do list is infectious and soon enough you'll be getting sh*t done in no time at all.

3. Regain focus.
Often you'll lose focus when attempting to haphazardly get everything done. Take a breather and regain focus. Don't be tempted to rush projects and ideas and squeeze a cheeky bit of blogging in at work or send half-hearted texts to your other half. Instead do focus on one thing at a time. Get to work and power through your emails, get that project signed off and completed, set meetings up, create critical paths and plans for future processes. Come home and switch off. Focus on making a healthy and delicious dinner. Sit down and compose a thoughtful message to your best friend, boyfriend or Dad. Have a chat with them if they're around. Regain a slower pace and a more mindful approach. Just don't sweat it.

4. Be kind to yourself.
Ladies ladies - just be kind to yourself.

You're only human. And hey - even Beyonce only has 24 hours in a day. So that girl on Pinterest might have an awesome apartment, somehow be able to fit 40 hours of yoga in to a standard day and be able to cook 3 perfect meals from scratch. But everybody is different. Do what you can do and everything else is just a bonus.

On an average day I like to stretch myself at work, go for a run, make dinner, settle down to blog, watch 2+ episodes of dramas and anime, read a little, see friends and call others. But if I can't, I just tell myself I can try again tomorrow. There aren't any hard and fast rules, and certainly no deadlines to achieving a good work/life balance.

5. Love what you do.
Perhaps the most important point is to love what you do. Truly adore it. If you're not in your "dream job" whatever that is, seek better in something else - your blog, your wardrobe, your friendship circle. Whenever I feel down about work, I throw everything into my blog. If my boyfriend is busy, I call up my friends for a sneaky ice-cream and gin evening. Don't fancy a night on the tiles? I much prefer to crack out a book, a tea and my Taylor Swift playlist. These are the things I love and the things that I do. (:

22 comments

  1. As much as I love to be able to do everything in 1 day, there's no point putting extra pressure on ourselves right?! I totally switch off when I get home, cook dinner, read or watch TV. I feel much more relaxed and feel ready to tackle the week ahead! Great post Michelle :)

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

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  2. I love this! I think allocating specific times to things you want to do works well, otherwise you risk having them fall by the wayside if you're too busy with seemingly more important things. RE: focusing, that's ideal but I can't concentrate on one thing for long so I procrastinate by doing other things on my to-do list, which works out well in the end.

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  3. This is so relevant for me right now. Literally JUST mentioned you in my blog post - don't know how you do it!! Going to head to Paperchase/YesStyle for some new cute stationary (or point me in the direction of anywhere else you think is good!) to get me back on track with my organisation.

    Jade | The Jade Aesthetic

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  4. I think it's a really good idea to have a plan of how long you want to spend on things each day and an order to what you are going to do them in. I think being as efficient as you can be during those times also helps as you could spend loads of time on Twitter etc and get very little done!

    Emma | frillsanddoodads.com

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  5. great tips and reminder! it's hard to juggle everything at once but we'll be surprised on how far we can go, really. there's no limitations. i'm a multitasker, at times it feels weird to just do one thing at a time!

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  6. Great advice Mish, you are a super woman. I have never met anyone so beautiful, driven and intelligent and I adore you. You deserve everything and more. Xxx

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  7. Absolutely! I section time towards certain things so I can fit in leisure time, work time and social time. Obviously it isn't set in stone but it makes me realise that there's time for everything if you move and squish it around a bit. Thanks for your lovely comment Hanh!

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  8. Thank you Jane! Definitely - allocating time means that I don't tell myself 'I'll see them next week' or something else of the sort. I always like to make time for people over things, so sectioning everything makes it more manageable.

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  9. Hahah thanks girl ;) It's taken a long time to get to this point though, probs worth mentioning. I'm about to post an awesome stationery review post so hold yo' horses! Can't wait to catch up with you on the ol' LINE later x

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  10. Thanks Emma! Oh yes, I completely agree. I tend to pop Twitter up in the background and flit back and forth between things I need/want to do (:

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  11. Thank you Sharon! Love this comment - there are definitely no limitations. I actually find it really hard to do one thing at a time and to even unwind on holiday. But sectioning things away really helps me to get the most out of every day, whatever it is I want to achieve.

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  12. Ahhhh Gem, this completely made me tear up. You are one in a million <3

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  13. love this list a lot! i completely agree - if it's something you genuinely want to do, you will make time for it - even if it means sacrificing other things. And being kind to yourself if you don't get absolutely everything done is crucial! much more productive not to beat yourself up about it. x

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  14. I am probably the most unorganized organized person out there - as in I write lists but I never look at them ever again and I never bother to check them off... but I still manage to get stuff done?! I don't know. I think I'll buy an organizer for 2015!
    But Michelle, I just want to mention that you inspire me to, as you say, get shit done! Great post. :)

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  15. Haha tut tut Kylie - I guess the intention is there ;) thanks for your lovely comment!

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  16. It's like me and the gym. This isn't something I love doing, but if I add it to my to-do list, I find that I go, as I like to make sure its all crossed off at the end of the day :-)

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  17. I love the line about being able to find the time for it if it's important to you - that;s so true. I too, am asked all the time how I manage to fit the things I do. I just do. I don't know how, I guess I mostly wing it but somehow it works!

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  18. Definitely! It tricks me into fitting the things I hate into a normal day!

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  19. Thanks for your lovely comment Char! It's hard to put it into words really, I just always find time for the things that actually mean something to me. Like, why waste ANY of your precious time, eh? x

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  20. Definitely needed this, thanks for the great advice!

    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

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  21. Ah you're more than welcome Neeltje! Thank YOU for a super nice comment (:

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