How do you juggle your time?

Recently I have been feeling really stressed out with all the things I need to be doing in my life.

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I always thought I was good at managing my time well, I moved out of home very young so while I was at school and six form I was working different jobs in a supermarket and an Indian restaurant, revising for exams and generally just running the flat my boyfriend and I lived in. Whilst at University I also worked and prioritized my tasks well.

At the moment I feel a bit snowed under.

I have my Level 2 Fitness Instructor exams in less than three weeks, I have been studying this course via distance learning around work.

I actually I only work about 30 – 35 hours a week but it takes me about an 45 mins to get to and from work each day.

Around work I obviously have a social life too where I need to fit in boyfriend time and best friend time

I try to gym 4 to 5 times a week and along with the gym comes food prep. I try to prep my food for a few days in advance just to save time.

Obviously alongside this comes everyday chores such as washing and cleaning.

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I openly admit I have OCD when it comes to organizing my life! Every Friday I make a plan for the following week, writing down my work hours, boyfriends and best friends hours, scheduling when I can see them, which days I can train around work and what I should be training, what I will be eating! It’s literally organisation to the max! The pro’s to this are I always know what I will be doing and that I will get to see my boyfriend, fit in all my workouts etc. The negatives are because it’s so organised there is little spontaneity and if anything changes in my plans it knocks me off track a little bit!

So my question to you all is how do you manage your time? When I speak to my friends about feeling stressed, their first reaction is to say, well why don’t you stop going to the gym or preparing your food. To me the gym is my relaxation time, time for myself and it makes me feel good and happy. A few days without the gym or workouts missed may not be the end of the world but it does make me feel grouchy and irritable. Same if I eat junk for a few days! The best way I save time is to try and be more productive with the time I have. I barely watch TV and I try to limit social media. What are your best tips?

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I sometimes think it is really hard to fit everything in and I really wish I had more hours in the day to chill and relax! I know once my exams are over I will have more time but right now I feel like I am burning the candles at both ends. I just wanted to say how inspirational a lot of you are, not many people have the luxury of being able to train all day, most people I speak to on Twitter have full time jobs outside of the fitness industry and have it harder than me having to juggle children and families too. You all inspire me to keep going and fit in the gym around my other workloads, after all it is a lifestyle choice!

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