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How can you possibly manage working full time, side hustles, relationships, eating healthy, exercising, personal development, and everything else in life? Read my top tips to manage them all at LivinglikeLeila.com!

I think many people struggle with time management. There’s just so much to do and not enough time…or so it seems.

You see, time is essentially an illusion. But then again it’s not because most of us work jobs or have schedules that make it seem otherwise. And of course our time here is limited and we can never get time that has passed back, which is why it’s so important to manage it.

I’m gonna toot my own horn for a second because I’m pretty proud of the things that I juggle. I’m not the most productive person I will admit, but for years I’ve been able to manage and stay on top of a number of things.

Here’s what I do now:

-Work full-time, 6:30-3 M-F
-Commute to and from work (about 2 hours total, sometimes less, usually more)
-Workout 6 times a week, about 1.5 hours each day
-Eat healthy meals by meal prepping EVERY single Sunday
-I am a blogger (1 post/week + multiple blogging tasks)
-I am a YouTuber (1 video/week)
-I have a boyfriend
-I meditate and read regularly (just about daily)
-My day to day tasks include: dishes, laundry, feeding/walking our dogs, cleaning my room, grocery shopping, staying on top of bills, e-mails, trying to post more on Instagram, planning content, etc.

I know my lifestyle isn’t for everyone. I work, work out, then work on my side hustles when I’m home. I know my life may seem boring, but this is what I want. I do this to work toward my goals.

Some people want to live a life working the 9-5 and coming home to relax and watch tv. That’s completely fine if that makes you happy!! That’s not what I want though. And if that’s not what you want then gaining control of your time is 100% necessary.

Here’s how to manage it all:

Fill two needs with one deed

Optimize your time by combining certain tasks. This doesn’t necessarily mean multi-tasking because that may be counter productive. If there are a couple of things that can be done simultaneously without problem, then do them together!

These are my real life examples:

-I attend a weekly meditation class (social, spirituality) with my mom (relationships)
-During my commute (necessity) I listen to podcasts or motivational audio (personal development) OR I’ll talk to my boyfriend on the phone (relationships)
-While I do cardio at the gym (staying fit) I’ll catch up on YouTube videos (recreation/fun)
-While I fold laundry (day to day tasks) I’ll watch YouTube videos (recreation/fun) or talk on the phone (relationships)
-While I meal prep (eating healthy) I listen to or watch educational/motivational videos (personal development)
-I also work on my ebooks/digital products or schedule pins on Tailwind during my lunch breaks!

Over the years and as my life changes, I’ve been able to optimize my time more. Combining these things usually makes life more enjoyable anyway.

Get self-disciplined 

Self-discipline takes effort and time to develop. It’s not always easy, however it’s necessary if you want to take your life to a different level. I think a lot of people get motivation, willpower, and discipline confused. They are all separate and when it comes down to it, motivation and willpower mean nothing.

Motivation and willpower don’t last or work. How many times do you get super motivated to work out or wake up early but when it comes to it you don’t show up at the gym or you hit the snooze button?

With self-discipline you correct and regulate your behavior to get shit done, even if you don’t feel like it. The moments when you really don’t feel like doing something but you make yourself do it anyway, that’s what will make you grow. You’ll become more driven, more dedicated, you’ll pick up better habits, and you’ll gain more confidence in yourself.

Make commitments

If you struggle with self-discipline, a good way to improve that is to make commitments and/or do something that will make you more likely do whatever it is you need to do.

If you book a trainer you have to go workout, otherwise you’re disrespecting their time and you’ll probably receive a fee.

If you join a book club, it’s not necessarily a full on commitment, but you’ll probably enjoy it and not want to miss out. You will be reading and engaging in social activities on a regular basis. This is one reason why I attend a weekly meditation class. I learn and practice my spirituality plus I get to interact with like-minded people.

If you’re a blogger/freelance worker you can set deadlines and even make them public to your readers or to whoever it may be. You’ll be way more motivated to complete something if other people are expecting it from you. You’ll gain discipline in no time.

Get into a routine/Schedule tasks

As someone with a “Type A” personality I thrive off of routine, planning, lists, schedules, and predictability. That is exactly why I generally live my life by routine. This doesn’t work for everyone because we’re all different, but it’s definitely what has allowed me to do more each day. Wake up at the same time, have clothes laid out and your lunch packed, leave by a certain time, plan your day, write a to-do list, etc. It’s those little details of each day that lead to big changes in your life.

Something I started doing recently that has been working really well is scheduling certain tasks for specific days. I have 2-3 hours every day to work on my side hustles so I’ve decided that Mondays and Tuesdays will be for editing and uploading YouTube videos (+creating a thumbnail and writing a description, brainstorming more video ideas). Wednesday is for working through courses/learning. Thursday – Sunday is for writing blog posts mostly, but once I complete a post I’ll move on to designing multiple Pinterest images, brainstorming ideas, outlining another blog post, etc. I get distracted very easily and I’m the type of person to be working on multiple things at one time. Before scheduling like this I would edit a video for a bit then start a new blog post then pin a little bit then it would be bed time and I really didn’t get anything accomplished.

Now, I don’t allow myself to work on anything EXCEPT those tasks for the day and I’ve been WAY more productive and consistent. This style of scheduling can be applied to anything in your life…cleaning, school work, clients, etc.

Outside of my work/side hustles, my Saturday afternoons and evenings are typically spent with my boyfriend and my Sundays are for meal prepping, cleaning, and getting everything ready for the week.

Similarly, routines set you up for success.

For example, waking up early and on time will allow you to squeeze in things that you enjoy during the first couple hours of your day (meditating, reading, getting ready without rushing, slowly sipping your coffee). Or going to the gym right after work removes the temptation to relax at home. These routines build habits and you’ll only get better at them!

Opportunity cost/Sacrifices

Life will never be 100% balanced. That’s just reality. If you want to focus on something specific in your life other areas will likely receive less attention.

As Gary Keller wrote in The One Thing, “Extraordinary results require focused attention and time. Time on one thing means time away from another. This makes balance impossible.”

For me I don’t spend much time doing “recreational/fun” activities. Why? I would rather be blogging or editing to work toward my future. That is something I willingly sacrifice, I’ve come to accept, and actually prefer.

If you want to lose weight you’re gonna have to spend more time at the gym and less time drinking/eating out with friends.

If you want to run your own business you’re gonna have to give up watching tv all the time and scrolling through social media.

If you want to travel the world, you’ll probably sacrifice a lot of time with family/friends.

What sacrifices are you willing to make to get what you want? That’s the important question here.

If it takes less than five minutes, do it

This simple rule has been a life changer for me. If I notice I am procrastinating on something I think to myself, “No that’ll take a couple minutes, just do it.” And then I do it.

Some examples:
-washing the dishes right after using them
-taking the trash out
-emptying out your gym bag
-packing your gym bag
-making the bed
-lay out your work/gym clothes for the next morning
-responding to an e-mail
-tidying your room

These tasks may seem so minuscule and unimportant, but living by this rule does a couple of things for you:

1) you’ll gain more confidence and trust in YOURSELF because you’re getting these things done and not allowing yourself to push them off
and 2) you’re making your life so much easier by just getting whatever it is out of the way.

Have you ever been running late one morning and you’re about to pour your coffee into your travel mug to only realize that it’s sitting in your growing pile of dirty dishes from yesterday? What if you would have just washed them?

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Time is one of our most valuable assets. You can never get it back and we are limited on how much is left. Manage your time how YOU want to live your life. If you’re working toward a certain goal that’s going to require everything I just mentioned. Juggling all areas of life is a challenge, but it will pay off in the long run!

What are your best time management tips?

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96 thoughts on “How to Manage It All: Work, Side Hustles, Eating Healthy, Staying Fit, Relationships, Etc.

  1. I imagine you are in your younger years of life, but your wisdom speaks beyond that!
    Thank you πŸ™‚

    Posted on October 25, 2018 at 11:13 pm
    1. Yes I am 25! And thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

      Posted on October 26, 2018 at 4:36 pm
      1. When I was 25 I was so self deciplined, motivated and just had grit! I changed since then… I lost it. I need it back! Thank you for your motivational post – makes me want to get it back!

        Posted on December 27, 2018 at 10:05 pm
        1. Glad this motivated you! Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

          Posted on December 28, 2018 at 10:45 pm
        2. Same!😜

          Posted on January 3, 2019 at 10:16 pm
  2. As brought out, self discipline is the pivotal aspect and along with self motivation and strong will power, one can manage time effectively and enjoy the daily life. Well written. You nailed it. πŸ‘πŸ‘

    Posted on October 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    1. Thank you so much I appreciate that!!

      Posted on November 1, 2018 at 1:16 am
  3. This is so great! I just did a post on how to use the law of sustainability to piggy-back multiple goals on top of one another. This is right up that line of thought! Rad.

    Posted on October 31, 2018 at 1:26 pm
    1. Yesssss your post is awesome! It’s kind of incredible how it works like that. It’s definitely not easy but with goals you really want to achieve it just becomes part of you! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 1, 2018 at 1:24 am
  4. Very interesting read! We seem very like-minded. I must point out, though, and I’m sorry that I’m this kind of person… it should be, “What if you would HAVE just washed them?”

    Love the content, though!

    Posted on November 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm
    1. Thank you for reading! And lol no worries I would rather have correct grammar, going to fix it now! πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 4, 2018 at 1:35 pm
      1. Great post, motivational……..I look forward to another post by you after adding kids to the mixπŸ˜‰πŸ˜€πŸ˜―. This takes life to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL of multitasking that may blow your mind.

        Posted on November 8, 2018 at 3:30 pm
        1. My thoughts exactly. The β€œfree time” above is such a luxury. Your time is no longer your own.

          Posted on November 25, 2018 at 11:27 am
  5. Making things part of a daily routine is so key to ensuring they happen! I can definitely relate to that. You are an inspiration!

    Posted on November 3, 2018 at 5:07 pm
    1. Yes it’s a must! Thank you so much for reading and your kind words!! πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 4, 2018 at 1:36 pm
  6. Thank you so much for writing this. It must be karma that this came up on my feed today because I have been stuggling with time management in my very busy life and your words add great perspective. I will definitely employ some of these tactics!

    Posted on November 4, 2018 at 12:23 pm
    1. Thank you for letting me know and for reading! Time management is definitely not easy but I’m glad you found my post to be helpful. Best of luck to you! πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 4, 2018 at 1:43 pm
  7. What a great post! So glad I stumbled across this. You’ve not written anything that I didn’t really know already but you have written in a way that has really made think about my time management, made me stop and look at why I am not getting things done. I particularly love the way you’ve separated Motivation, Willpower and self-discipline. I’ll be saving this post to refer back to.

    Posted on November 4, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you perceived it that way! This stuff is my passion so I really enjoyed writing this post. And yes, for years I thought everything required willpower, but I’ve definitely learned that it doesn’t always work! Thanks again πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 5, 2018 at 11:46 pm
  8. Love this! Totally down-to-earth and no-nonsense πŸ™‚ have been struggling a bit lately with many things happening at once but I think getting back into my routine will make a world of a difference! Especially going back to focusing on certain things on different days is huge… really make a world of a difference. Thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚

    Posted on November 5, 2018 at 10:47 am
    1. Thank you so much Juliana! Having my routine has helped so, so much. It’s less stressful and easier to focus on the task at hand. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 5, 2018 at 11:48 pm
      1. I’m curious though… when you established your routine, did you did it from one day to the next or more gradually? Depending on the area (healthy eating, working out…), both approaches have worked for me, but with work and blogging it’s been way more difficult. Not sure why…

        Posted on November 6, 2018 at 4:00 am
        1. I’m not sure if I’m answering your question correctly but my blogging/youtube routine kind of just stuck right away. A few months I got really passionate about my online platforms all over again so I planned out a schedule and just kept at it. Of course there are several days that I miss and/or do different tasks if necessary.
          I’ve been blogging for years though and I was never able to get into a good routine until my job became a set routine (working 6:30-3).
          Blogging and filming were also hard for me because they take a lot of brain power. Working a long shift or not sleeping well would make me put off writing or other work. Then, I realized I REALLY don’t want to work for people anymore and working toward my dreams is a must. That’s what did it for me.
          Hopefully that makes sense. Please let me know if I didn’t answer your question though! Lol πŸ™‚

          Posted on November 7, 2018 at 11:02 pm
          1. This totally makes sense. The work routine definitely has a huge impact on me too. Since I recently shifted to being a full-time freelancer it’s been easier to manage my time but of course there are still days where things are upside down… Still adjusting to this new level of flexibility and hope to soon make the most of it.
            I also understand what you mean about blogging etc taking a lot of brainpower. If your job required you to do similar work, it can be sooo hard to sit down after hours to do the same thing again for your own projects…
            Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to respond in depth and keep up your amazing work! I’m sure it’s helping so many get closer to their goals!

            Posted on November 8, 2018 at 3:41 am
  9. This is so great !!!! I wish I had your motivation before I had children! I imagine the discipline would make mothering so much easier !!

    Posted on November 5, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    1. Thank you Kayla! I too wish I was like this years ago. I’m not a mom (just a dog mom lol) so I can’t help much there :/ But hopefully you can still develop discipline in a way that works for you πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 5, 2018 at 11:40 pm
  10. I do many of these things. I struggle with the to do list, paper doesn’t fit in and I haven’t found my fit in an app. What do you use for your 2-do list?

    Posted on November 5, 2018 at 10:49 pm
    1. I’ve tried many forms of to-do lists. I’ve found that I hate online tools/apps and I always return back to my planner or just pen and a notebook! I’m currently using the “My Next 90 Days Planner” from Savor Success. It’s always satisfying for me to cross off each task once I complete it πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 5, 2018 at 11:51 pm
  11. Now we just need one for those of us with kids and pets in jobs and lives that are totally unpredictable from one day to the next where you are at rock bottom and have no support and then we can all benefit

    Posted on November 6, 2018 at 2:03 pm
    1. Well, I’m sorry my post doesn’t apply to you, but time management/productivity definitely starts with mindset. A negative outlook on life never got anyone anywhere. I do not have children, however that is my choice and I do what I need to, to prevent having children. I’ve had jobs with random schedules, but I still tried my best to work on my side hustles, workout, etc. during the hours that I could. I didn’t start my current job until this past April. Nothing is impossible. MANY people have overcome very difficult obstacles in their life. Plus, there are SO many moms out there who do just as much as I do! If you search around maybe you could find a post more relevant to your lifestyle πŸ™‚ Best of luck!

      Posted on November 7, 2018 at 9:58 pm
    2. I agree with you Charlotte, this is a great post and sounds awesome on paper but when you have a husband and children then life is unpredictable. Good info for a foundation. You Just need to find what works for you and your family.

      Posted on November 8, 2018 at 6:27 pm
      1. Life is unpredictable even without those things. This absolutely is a key foundation piece that can be tailored to any lifestyle. As Leila pointed out in a previous comment, she knows moms who do just as much as she does. As do I. Single moms in fact that run circles around other. My child goes to crossfit with me, I run my own business, I am in college, and still make time for my horses, dog and significant other. And no, neither of us come from money or have anything being handed to us. We just know how to manage our time, be flexible when things come up, and be open minded enough to see all the possibilities.

        Posted on November 13, 2018 at 9:34 pm
    3. Agreed! Kids change EVERYTHING as they should. I have a spouse but no additional support such as parents or childcare as well with 3 amazing kids. My time is spent dedicated to them, two jobs, and whatever emergencies happen lol! I think you may giggle at this article a little when you read it later in life. Very sweet!

      Posted on December 9, 2018 at 7:47 am
  12. This is great! Exactly along the lines that I have been thinking/needing to hear recently. I’m just ow jumping into a new schedule of 3 Youtube videos/2 blog posts a week! I have dabbled with scheduling certain days with certain tasks but I may revisit that again!

    Posted on November 7, 2018 at 12:04 am
    1. Wow 3 videos!! I find videos to definitely be the hardest to maintain weekly! Do you work outside of blogging and YouTube? Thank you for reading though and hopefully a schedule will help you! πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 7, 2018 at 10:00 pm
  13. I love your post! So inspirational, especially since we’re about the same age. Do you have any tips for someone like myself whose schedule changed every week? Some days I need to be at work at 9, other days I stay until 10, and some rare nights I have to stay until 2 in the morning. Keeping a sleep schedule is a bit difficult for me, but I wonder if you have any tips for an inconsistent work schedule? Thank you!!

    Posted on November 7, 2018 at 6:22 pm
    1. I used to work a random schedule as well and to be honest finally getting a set schedule has been life changing. I know sleep can be the hardest part too, but I would say always put sleep first. Personally, I can function pretty well with 6 – 6.5 hours of sleep. So if you can sleep a set amount each day even if the time varies, you can still get a good bit done. Of course prioritize what is most important to you and then once you know your work schedule for the coming week(s), see where you can fit in an hour or two of whatever it is you want to do. And be sure to write it down!! I’ve always seen my life in “seasons.” When I was in grad school I was a student full time, working 2 jobs, working out, and trying to be a youtuber/blogger. During that time, I prioritized the first 3 things, and just fit in blogging/youtube when I could. Of course my business didn’t grow much, but I was still building a small platform and working toward something I was passionate about. If possible, maybe search for a new job with a better schedule or see if you could start flipping items or something on the side to earn more money so you could get a part-time job or lower paying job (with a better schedule) OR you could even find a job that allows you flexibility. For example, a personal trainer could workout WITH the person they’re training. I used to work front desk at an urgent care (12 hour shifts) and when it was slow I would blog, learn something, pin on Pinterest etc. lol.
      Sorry so long! Just a couple ideas, but hopefully that helps! πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 7, 2018 at 10:12 pm
  14. Awesome post. Really liked it. Lot of aspects for holistic individual growth are covered in a single post. Thank you. Keep writing.

    Posted on November 9, 2018 at 12:28 pm
    1. Thank you for reading! πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 11, 2018 at 6:17 pm
  15. I totally agree with your approach I am a busy mum of 4 we and run 3 companies, I take 6 hours of classical ballet classes a week, my husband and kids train in Taekwondo ( junior European champions and hubby was British Champion until injury stopped him.) Our home has 23 rooms including martial arts gym and dance studio we don’t have a cleaner or gardener we all help. We are successful have Ferrari’s Bentley and a Porsche plus 7 other classic cars.
    In our view having superior organisational skills IS the key to life. Many people are shocked when they hear we don’t have household staff, but my husband built our home himself and no one else will look after it the way we do.
    You will go far in life with this attitude xxxxx (It is just after 7am Sunday morning here and my internet pleasure hour)

    Posted on November 10, 2018 at 7:52 am
    1. That’s amazing! Thanks for reading and the encouragement πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 11, 2018 at 6:18 pm
  16. I didn’t really read the whole article, but apparently you don’t have any kids yet? Let me know how you get all that done when you have a couple kids. But congrats!

    Posted on November 11, 2018 at 2:01 am
    1. I do not have kids, nor do I want them. No where in my post did I say, “How to manage it all: with kids,” but I do know of other people who manage many things with multiple kids. Gotta just find a routine that works for your lifestyle!

      Posted on November 11, 2018 at 6:21 pm
    2. If you have children, you can still accomplish these things. It just means time management and critical thinking are even more paramount. I know plenty of single moms that figured out how to workout, keep their home tidy, go back to college, work, and be a quality parent. If you think this is not doable, then perhaps an attitude adjustment and ditching excuses are a good starting point. Poor attitude and excuses stop us from seeing all of the possibilities available to us.

      Posted on November 13, 2018 at 9:24 pm
  17. Whoa, this article came into my path in just the right time! Thanks for writing this!

    Posted on November 11, 2018 at 3:51 pm
    1. Thank you for reading! πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 11, 2018 at 6:22 pm
  18. Do you go to the gym to workout or at home?
    Also, do you work out in the morning before work?

    Posted on November 12, 2018 at 4:02 pm
    1. I go to the gym straight after work! Sometimes on Sunday’s I’ll just run outside but I prefer the gym. I wish I could do at least cardio before work but my schedule starts too early for that to be possible right now!

      Posted on November 12, 2018 at 4:06 pm
  19. Wow I love this! This is the push I needed to get my mind on track. Where focus goes – energy flows

    Posted on November 13, 2018 at 3:08 am
    1. So glad you found it helpful! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 13, 2018 at 5:23 pm
  20. Leila, thank you for the smart insights! I especially like the realization you shared on how dividing projects by days to avoid skipping around on them was helpful for you. I am definitely guilty of doing that myself… then being frustrated because I don’t feel like I am correctly meeting my time line goals.
    Side note: not that you dont already know this… dont let the people using their kids as an excuse trash talk your content. I’m a new mom and I still find your articles highly applicable to my life. It goes straight back to the self-discipline and organizing priorities.

    Posted on November 13, 2018 at 9:42 pm
    1. Thank you so much!! I read your other comments as well and I’m glad you can be an example of having a child and still juggling a lot. Thank you for reading and the encouragement <3

      Posted on November 16, 2018 at 1:01 am
  21. I really enjoyed your post. It helps to know when you’re not the only one struggling & juggling life! I work, I Blog 1 – 2 times per week, starting a newsletter with tips & tricks, raising a puppy 🐢, etc Cheers!

    Posted on November 15, 2018 at 6:34 pm
    1. Thank you so much! Newsletters are honestly the hardest part about blogging for me. Just checked out your blog and it looks great πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 16, 2018 at 1:05 am
  22. This was an inspiring post! I’m more of a type B personality, but I admire the discipline that comes with someone that is type A. I liked many of your suggestions and will definitely try a few. (Also, I have a 13 year old daughter named Leila that sounds just like you!! Lol)

    Posted on November 18, 2018 at 3:23 am
    1. Thank you! And that’s so cool πŸ™‚ Most people don’t spell it like us!

      Posted on November 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm
  23. Very good article! You are so right about self discipline, scheduling, and prioritizing. They are key and all three are equally important.
    They’re like a three legged stool, without each one, progress isn’t made. Very motivational article. So practical! And you have such a good attitude, which isn’t surprising.

    Posted on November 19, 2018 at 4:16 am
    1. Thank you so much!! ❀

      Posted on November 21, 2018 at 1:38 pm
  24. Love this post, and your blog! I really resonate with you, as a single mom who also works full time, is in school part-time, blogs for fun, works out, eats healthy, has 3 side hustles and a dog lol. It’s busy and sometimes I get exhausted, but I try to just listen to my body and take a pause when I’m burnt out. I haven’t had a vacation in a long time, so that’s something I’m gonna start working into my life more so I stay energized! Thanks for all the awesome tips xoxo

    Posted on November 20, 2018 at 12:30 pm
    1. That’s amazing! Sounds like you’re doing great. And yes I tend to get overwhelmed/burnt out if I don’t step back sometimes. Thank you for reading and your kind words 😊❀

      Posted on November 21, 2018 at 1:40 pm
  25. Hi Leila! I am so happy to have landed on this post of yours through Pinterest. And this post was such a fruitful and sound read. I have read so many posts on this, with catchy lines, but have never gotten to read the content this much full of quality content. Thank you so much for sharing your routine with us. It was really helpful and exactly the guide I was looking for. Love and power to you.

    Posted on November 21, 2018 at 9:29 am
    1. Wow thank you so much!! I’m glad you found it helpful 😊❀

      Posted on November 21, 2018 at 1:37 pm
  26. Love your enthusiasm. Sounds like, though, you are exposing yourself to a tremendous amount of radiation each day (especially with 5g).

    Posted on November 21, 2018 at 11:04 am
    1. Hi Martine,
      I’m a bit confused as to how I am exposing myself to radiation, could you explain??
      Thank you 😊

      Posted on November 21, 2018 at 1:42 pm
  27. I really enjoyed your blog and personally relate to most of what you have stated. I totally agree that Time is an illusion and feel it is our biggest asset as well as liability (depending on how you look at it and also how you utilize it).

    Posted on November 24, 2018 at 3:53 pm
    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 25, 2018 at 2:11 pm
  28. This is so inspirational. Im just wondering though, do you sacrifice sleep?

    Posted on November 26, 2018 at 8:26 pm
    1. Thank you! And no not really! I go to bed around 9:30 and wake up at 4:30 during the week. So I usually get 6.5-7 hours of sleep. I would prefer more but it works. I sleep 7-8 hours on the weekends!

      Posted on November 27, 2018 at 12:31 am
  29. I’m grateful for coming across this…I needed to see this…Thank you

    Posted on November 29, 2018 at 6:22 pm
    1. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment to let me know that! πŸ™‚

      Posted on November 30, 2018 at 1:08 am
  30. I did red your article, but I didn’t find, or at least, I didn’t notice anywhere, mentioning your job’s profession… Is it something you enjoy? Is it something you hate? Are you an employee? Freelancer?
    You see, I have a (I assume) completely different pov about time and how you decide to spent it to the point you are satisfied.

    p.s Your post was sent to me and proposed for reading by my girlfriend (my life partner actually), cause she found it interesting. She believed that by reading this, maybe I could understand some of her “way of thinking” aspects.

    Posted on November 30, 2018 at 10:35 pm
    1. I am an employee! I am a microbiologist and spend most of my work day in a lab. It’s definitely a great job, but it’s not my passion. I went to school for it, but my ultimate goal is to become a full-time blogger. My job allows me to make an income while I work on growing my side hustles. I struggle with working the standard “9-5,” trading my time for money, working for someone else, etc. but I’m so very grateful for the position I do have.

      What is your point of view about time if you don’t mind sharing? πŸ™‚
      Tell her thanks for sending it to you πŸ™‚

      Posted on December 1, 2018 at 12:46 am
  31. Well I find really interesting your profession. Maybe you are not in research and development section that makes it far more interesting and creative. From the above sentence, I believe you can start figuring out what’s my pov. Making it clearer, I’m trying to say that for me personally, if you don’t find something in your life that you want to be passionated about, boredom will grow every single day. And boredom, could get you to depression. You said that your goal is to become a full-time blogger. Ok… Talking about what? And most important, how well would you know what you are talking about? You ‘ll post articles about many things but, what depth of your personal knowledge would be there? How reliable your opinion would be? You ll talk about something as a specialist? As a researcher, as an observer?
    “Scratching the surface on everything won’t let you live the depth of an interesting life”.

    One more thought… Since this is your own webpage… It would help alot if you would turn it to a dark theme cause white background fatigues our eyes.

    Let me share a print screen of a dark theme I applied through a browser plug in…
    https://i.postimg.cc/qRZvWbxn/opera-printscreen.png

    Posted on December 2, 2018 at 1:08 am
    1. I completely agree with your post….however when someone is dealing with depression and anxiety sometimes the easiest of tasks becomes difficult.

      Posted on December 3, 2018 at 2:24 pm
      1. Sure, but the main problem of depression is a mind that has lost its sight with the big picture of its goals.
        Meaning is the ultimate invention of the human brain. Meaning is like an endlessly hungry animal… Always needs more… If you struggle to survive – in physical and pathological terms, you really don’t differ from the rest animal kingdom. Once you calm and become a civilized human, you have to face until you die, Meaning. Staying on the surface of the things and beings around you, depression is waiting on the corner.
        I am a musician and I sell music for media. I have understood that most of the marketing area that needs music, needs a motivational, upbeat, inspiring kinda music. Outside of the market, you ll see that even todays discography is full of motivational, upbeat, energetic music. Even Leila said that while she is doin something, sometimes she watches motivational/educational videos.
        And do you really want my thinking?… Well, that’s sad. Young people from 18 to even 28, struggling to get away from depression. Needing meaningless videos and music to forget that they have to face “meaning”.
        Meaning is your oxygen for you brain. You shouldn’t run away from it with trashy music and soulless – so called arts.
        And the good quality of it, is when you are passionated with something. And you can be passionated with something when you are falling in love with it. The kind of erotic love. Not the love you give to your mom or the carrying one. I mean the Erotic love that makes your heart beat to the rhythm of Chaos, not Order. And the erotic love, do not misunderstand me, is not about 2 people… Is about an idea. I’m greek and in Greek we have 2 different words and meanings about LOVE. Love like the one you give to the people you care about which is called “Aghapi” and “Erotas” which comes from “Eros” and that falling in love with someone or something.

        Posted on December 4, 2018 at 3:57 pm
  32. I only just stopped laughing at this post after ten minutes or so. I’ve never read such self-indulgent tripe in all my life. Get back to me when you have kids. If you don’t have a family you don’t know what tiredness is. Time management my backside.

    Posted on December 6, 2018 at 5:07 pm
    1. Well… you took the time to read my post, laugh at it for 10 minutes, and leave a negative comment. Maybe use that time more effectively next time? πŸ˜‰

      Posted on December 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm
  33. One of my friends shared this blog link today..
    And m glad to read this… I do most of the things already..but realized only after reading this… Other things I will definitely give a try and post my experiences here…thanks for a nice blog.. I will read your other posts too…have a great day… thanks..

    Posted on December 10, 2018 at 8:08 am
    1. That’s awesome!! Thank you so much for reading πŸ™‚

      Posted on December 13, 2018 at 12:10 am
  34. This is great for you! Totally unrealistic with 3 babies though. I’m just looking forward to the day they are all sleeping through the night and can wipe their own butts! 🀣

    Posted on December 12, 2018 at 2:50 am
  35. This has been one of the most helpful articles. Thank you!

    Posted on December 12, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    1. Yay! I’m glad it was helpful, thank you for reading!! πŸ™‚

      Posted on December 13, 2018 at 12:09 am
  36. Your post is amazing but i cant follow it as i have an 8 month old child and all plans multi tasking this that fails in front on him πŸ™
    The only thing i want right now for myself is to manage sometime for workout and healthy eating but im not able to do that. If you have any link of a super mother woman or know someone like that please share. That will help me. Thanks

    Posted on December 14, 2018 at 9:55 am
  37. Wow amazing. I do think different MBTI personality types need to manage their energy differently to be productive. It sounds like you found your specific jam though to be productive. Good for you!

    Posted on December 16, 2018 at 7:14 pm
    1. I definitely agree! Thank you πŸ™‚

      Posted on December 22, 2018 at 12:34 am
  38. You , yea you , are awesome πŸ˜‰

    Posted on December 21, 2018 at 10:22 am
    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

      Posted on December 22, 2018 at 12:33 am
  39. I read a lot of articles and posts about things you spoke about. Most of them I feel are very basic and simple. Your post was very well written/explained and I benefited greatly from it. Thank you girl for your wisdom! I will be referencing your post many more times.

    Posted on December 30, 2018 at 3:39 am
    1. Thank you so much Veronica! πŸ™‚

      Posted on December 30, 2018 at 5:57 pm
  40. Thank you Leila for this amazing post. I’m definitely sharing it. Only God knows how I needed this. I hope to come back here by the end of 2019 to tell you I made it because of you. Happy holidays

    Posted on December 30, 2018 at 11:31 am
    1. Thank you so much! You’re gonna make me cry 😭 that’s awesome!! Best of luck to you! 😊

      Posted on December 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm
  41. Hi, Leila!
    I found this post on Pinterest. Your concrete tips are motivating, so thank you. I am not sure why I scrolled through the comments, but found myself becoming defensive for you over the negative feedback from parents. I am a Mom of two older kids, so I’ve been where those folks are, but the fact that they downgraded your way of living to make themselves feel better does not imply a lack of perspective your part. No one person can write universally about concrete topics like this since we are all in different seasons of life, but that should not silence people from sharing what works for them. Even parents with young children can implement at least one change, if it’s important enough to them. Also, regarding Manos’s comment suggesting that you need to speak deeply and expertly in order to have anything valid to share is his preference, not Truth. You are an expert of your own life and experiences, and sharing those helps fellow sojourners improve theirs. As for the ridiculous comment by Mike Hunt, I applauded your response, girlfriend! People who take full responsibility for their own choices and development, and who focus sharply on playing well the hand they’re dealt will inevitably receive criticism from those who won’t.
    Just wanted to encourage you; Happy 2019!

    Posted on December 31, 2018 at 4:09 pm
    1. Elizabeth,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a kind comment. I still get mean/negative comments on this post but I have realized that I can’t please everyone, and I can’t change a fixed opinion. I just delete them now or don’t respond 😊

      I’m grateful for people like you who understand my post/my life. Thank you so much again and Happy 2019 to you as well! ❀❀

      Posted on January 3, 2019 at 1:50 pm
  42. I have taken notes of all of them. I must say that we are almost the same but I must admit that launching a blog six months ago made me put everyday workout on the side. My cheeks have become rounder. lol I will try harder to commit to fitness and find balance. This is what I need to read this morning. =)

    Posted on January 3, 2019 at 5:55 am
    1. So exciting that you started a blog! It definitely takes a lot of time/work so I can understand that other parts of your life become less of a priority. I hope you find your way back into fitness! Best of luck 😊

      Posted on January 3, 2019 at 1:46 pm