This is a guest post by a good friend who manages to have a busy job involving lots of travel, climb all over the world, cook healthy food, keep up a climbing blog, a house, a cat, and a very large group of friends! I always ask her how she does it, so here she is telling us how!
By Doris Sanchez from www.climbingjourney.com
I often have folks ask me “How do you do it all?” and I just respond, “I am a trained Project Manager in trade, and I somehow am actually really good at transferring those skills to being a Project Manager at Life.” It may seem like an Infomercial pitch, but truly that is my approach and I am quite successful so far.
As a background, here is my story: I am working on an advanced masters, possibly PhD, rock climb around the world, work to cure cancer, hike, bike, exercise, cook fresh meals, blog, Instagram, Facebook personal, Facebook Climbingjourney, interview folks, see my family, help my mom, and so on. Oh my, now I am thinking “how do I do it all?”
There are many ways to balance one’s life and not one right way. There are many learned skills and not one perfect skill. And when I stated Project Manger of Life, that is how I view it. This is how I categorize my life to make it happen:
Make it a breathing priority – Without breathing, we die. Not taking it that drastic, but these are the things that we really need to focus on a daily basis. I categorize it as the must do, I don’t always want to do, the must do to live, the must do to have fun, and the must do to love myself. These are not scientifically proven to work, but it is how I categorize my day, how I balance my life.
- Must do, I don’t always want to do – go to work everyday
- Must do to live – eat everyday
- Must do to have fun – social media, talk with friends, text, etc.
- Must do to love myself – breast check in the shower for lumps, meditate and do yoga for 10 minutes right out of bed every single morning
Make it a frequent habit – This is not breathing, but maybe filling the gas tank type of level of prioritization. It does not happen every day, but you need to keep an eye on it several times per month. Here is where I try to schedule in things like paying bills. I only do this on the 16th and 1st of every month. If not those two days, I put it aside and revisit just those two days (unless an unexpected bills comes in that I must address). I also even schedule my laundry 2x per month (don’t have kids, have that luxury for now!) and if not those laundry washing dates, I just parking lot it until my next routine clothes washing day.
Make it a less frequent habit – This is not filling the gas tank, but this might be like dusting the house, once per month type stuff. I have routine tasks that I just don’t do as often but need to make sure I visit them every month or every couple months. This could be changing the oil, washing all the sheets, and so on.
Annual Clock Work Tasks – This is the routine physical exam. Like clock work, we need to do it, but it is something we just don’t do very often. I set up milestones and try to stick to them. I try to set one milestone per month. January like clockwork is my PE and teeth cleaning. May of every year is my neighborhood yard sale, so April is when I schedule spring cleaning. And so on and so on. By doing this, I tend to get the most important things done around the house and for myself.
Go into the 70’s and dream about it – There are things that seem so far out of our reach, that we must dream about them first. And out of 10 things we dream up, we can actually make 1-2 of these things a reality. Things here can be a house renovation project, a road trip, a ½ day at a spa, and so on. Anything that you want to dream up, do it freely. It does not hurt to dream at all because that is how typically I may have that 1 or 2 things unexpectedly amazing things I get accomplished. But because it is a dream, there are no commitments or disappointments; I shift any over to reality if the stars align. If not, I just keep dreaming and stay in the 70’s.
Overall, many ask how I do all that I do. Life is a balancing act and truly I have perfected being a project manager at my life. It may seem a bit overboard, but this allows me to travel everywhere and climb and explore different places while I still carry on a career and pursue other things in life. It may seem like too much and yes, I will slow down some day, but in the meantime, while I am trying to juggle many awesome things in life, I also do want to actually cherish and enjoy every moment of it too.