How I Juggle All My Responsibilities

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For those of you who don't know I am a full-time college student, I work part-time, I blog, and make videos for YouTube. I know it sounds exhausting just thinking about it. But over time I have mastered the art of juggling. Now it hasn't always been this way, to be honest it's something I mastered recently.

Schedule Everything Out

When you have so many responsibilities it's best not to just wing it. I have had so many times where I thought I could just go about my day with a list of things to do and remember all of them and get them done but that never works. I have learned it's best to schedule everything out. I schedule studying, taking pictures, drawing, writing post; you name it, I schedule it. It's best to do this, that way you get everything on your list done.

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Don't over think

Sometimes I find myself thinking about the million and one things that I must do and all that does is make me feel overwhelmed and stressed. So, when I find myself doing that I say “Manique snap out of it.” Don't overthink, it will only do you harm. Instead think of one task at a time and focus on that until you move on to the next task.

One day at a time

This is kind of like overthinking. The best thing I ever started doing is taking it one day at a time. The way my mind works is that I will think months in advance which is a blessing and a curse. But I found out that it was stressing me out. So now I try to take things one day at a time. If I dwell on the busy week ahead it will only make it worse, so I focus on Monday then Tuesday and so on.

Breaks

Every now and then I take breaks. That might be for a day or sometimes even a week. And I take breaks in many ways. It can be a social media break or a Blog break, whatever break I choose it helps me refresh and get a better perspective on things. Taking a break can only make you better. Sometimes you get caught up in constantly moving and you forget to take care of yourself. I have had times where I push myself so much I end up making myself sick. I had to learn that it's okay to take a breather.

Stay motivated

Staying motivated is probably the hardest for me. Sometimes I don't feel like taking pictures for Instagram or studying for a quiz, but I try to motivate myself to do those things. One way I motivate myself is by looking at the bigger picture, now this is when looking ahead can be a blessing. I look at what I am trying to accomplish, the goal I am trying to reach. And normally that's all the motivation I need. So, when you don't feel like doing something think about the feeling you will have once you meet your goal.

Why Going To A Small Town Can Be The Best Vacation

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I recently went down south to visit some family and every time I go I have the best time, which made me wonder why? I only ask myself this because I was born and raised in a city/Urban environment in DC. So why some people find it boring going to a small town, it has the opposite affect on me.

Relax

When I went on my vacation I didn't have a care in the world. I didn't think about school, blogging, or anything. Most of the time when I go to the South I'm able to relax in a way I can't in the city. I swear I have never slept so much in my life. I was kind of scaring myself by how much I was sleeping. I don't know maybe it's the Clean Air, or the quietness but it's so damn peaceful there.

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Hospitality

Every time I go to the South or a small-town the hospitality is unmatched. Everyone says hello and has a smile on their face as they greet you, it's amazing and such a warm feeling. In the city you don't get that. Everyone is very cold and to themselves. So when you see someone waved at you for no reason but to just say hello or hold the door for you it's like the best thing ever. Southern Hospitality is real and I loved every minute of it.

Food

Don't get me wrong there are a million amazing eating spots in the city but it's something about southern comfort food that is just irresistible. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. In small towns they don't cut corners on ingredients and everything is so fresh because everything is locally grown. Also they are not stingy with their food they will actually overfeed you and tell you to take some home. Hey, but I'm not complaining.

Ways To Refresh Your Room Without Buying Anything

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I have recently been feeling the urge to change up my room but I don't want to spend a lot of money. As a senior in college have to start thinking about saving money and not spending it. So I thought of different ways to refresh my room without buying anything.

 Move your furniture around

 Rearranging your furniture can make a room look completely different. I've had my room setup the same way for a long time so changing things up made me feel like I was in a different space. Also arranging Furniture in a way that is more functional can make a space more enjoyable.

 Declutter

 Getting rid of a few things will make a big difference in your space and free up room for other things. Decluttering a room can make it more open and help you feel more free. I always go by the rule of if I haven't used it in the past year or more I will toss it. This helps me not hold on to things I don't need.

 Lighting

 If you have a lamp or a standing light I would recommend seeing how it looks in a different spot in your room. Try it on the opposite side of the room and see how it looks, you might end up liking in the new spot better.  Changing the location of lighting can really bring a freshness to a room and it doesn't you cost anything.

Becoming a Morning Person

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I am not going to sit here and tell you that I love getting up early and starting my day at 5 a.m. but with a busy schedule I have learned how to become a morning person even though I sometimes don't like it. Living in DC traffic is crazy here so you have to be out the house on time or else you'll be hella late.

Prepare the night before

This is hands-down my number one tip. I cannot stress it enough how important it is to prepare the night before. Don't try to get everything done in the morning. For me how I prepare at night is by knowing what I am going to wear. I also make my lunch the night before so I am not in a rush to make it in the morning. Sometimes I will even go as far as making breakfast at night before so if it's like breakfast meats sausage bacon or whatever I'll go ahead cook the night before. These things will help your morning go a lot smoother because in the morning every second counts.

Give yourself time

It is best to give yourself more than enough time and be early then give yourself just the right amount of time and barely make it on time. I commute to school so if I have a 9 a.m. class I like to leave out an hour and a half earlier which means I need to leave the house at 7:30. It only takes me 30 to 45 minutes to get to campus but if there's a bad accident or something  happens, then I like to have that extra time and not be in a rush. I give myself plenty of time for things that are Beyond My Control.

Don't use your phone

I know it's tempting to wake up and check your phone but don't. Getting sucked into social media and what's trending on Twitter can just make you stay in bed longer. When I wake up I do check my phone but only for two things the weather and school emails to see if a class has been cancelled or something. Other than that, I stay away from the social media apps.

Breakfast

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love breakfast foods. So I use breakfast as a motivator to get out of bed. If I know I have some amazing avocado toast waiting for me I will be ready to get my day started. So just have your favorite breakfast stocked in the fridge.

Don't snooze

I am so guilty of hitting that snooze button, it's ridiculous. Hitting the snooze button is the worst thing you can do for yourself. I have missed so many classes and have been late so many times by hitting my snooze button and sometimes accidentally hitting the cancel button. I have two tricks to help me out with this problem. Put your phone or alarm clock across the room. That way you must get out of bed to turn it off. Another tip is to set multiple alarms. I have alarm set on my phone as well as my iPad so when one goes off and I might hit snooze or stop, the other one will go off as well.

How I Plan A Work Day

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Planning a work day for me is a little complex. I always have a million and one things on my plate. Going to school full-time while trying to blog and on top of that work, is a lot to juggle. So when it comes to planning a work day every second counts. 

Prioritize

First thing is to prioritize tasks. I normally will deal with time-sensitive things first. On a typical work day I will start out with school work because school always comes first. Once I have done my school work I will work on blog post for the upcoming week. Most of the time I will have the blog post written out but I just need to take pictures for the post so in that case I will take photos. Next I might work on scheduling out social media posts. Then if I have time I move on to YouTube content maybe edit a little. But that's pretty much how I prioritize. School, blog, social media, and YouTube. YouTube is usually last on my list because it's newer and something I just started doing.

Make  A list

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Normally the night before a work day I will make a list of all the things I need to do and I make sure the list is detailed. So instead of just putting school work I might put landscape project AutoCAD drawings or landscape perspectives street view. That way I know what I exactly need to do.

Batching

One thing I have learned when it comes to juggling a lot of different things is to not multitask. If you multitask you are only setting yourself up for failure. So what I do is I will batch different task. The blog stuff in one part of the day and maybe the school work in another part of the day. For an example I will  take pictures for the next 2 hours but I will not focus on anything else other than taking pictures.  As far as school work unless I finish all of my landscape architecture work I will not move on to my other homework or anything else until that's done. Focus on one thing at a time.

Timeblock

When it comes to a work day I will go as far as time block to make sure I get everything done. I will block out specific times for different tasks. I get that specific because if I don't I will just spend all day on one task and then I will still have a list of things to do.

Reinventing Your Blog Without Starting Over

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I recently came to a point where I wanted to change up the direction of my blog and its structure a bit. I was debating hard on whether or not I should just start over from square one with a new blog or not. But then I thought about it some more and I realized that I didn't need to start a new blog but just reinvent and upgrade the blog I already have.

The Look

The first thing I did was changed up the look of my blog. Changing this can bring a new Breath of Life to your blog. I have changed the look of my website before but hadn't done it in a while. So changing up the look was like starting a new chapter in my blog journey. You can change the look in many different ways by changing your font,  some of the site colors, the pictures or even a whole new layout.

Niche / Mission

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My block is a lifestyle blog which I love, so changing my niche wasn't something that I  wanted to do but for some people that can be the change you need. Instead I change my mission. When I first started my blog I knew that I wanted to start a blog as a way to express myself and what I love. But over the years I have a new mission for my blog which is to help others through my life experiences. Specifically people on the same journey I am on which is adulthood and trying to figure things  out. I still will share a lot of  fun stuff and my love of fashion but I wanted to get deeper with my content. And let my growth as a person reflect in my blog.

Categories

Adding new categories and delete categories can make a big difference in your blog when I first start it my blog I thought I needed a category for anything and everything. I started out with 10 different categories like food, travel, decor, fashion, beauty, series, personal, blogging. As I grew up I thought that was a little too much so now I have four basic categories fashion beauty lifestyle and blogging and I've added a new category which is college / adulting because of the new chapter in my life and the new content I want to focus on.

Editing

I have recently changed up the way I added my pictures and this made a big difference in the look of my blog. My blog pictures were good but I don't feel like they were cohesive. The new-look that I was trying to go for was no longer being represented in my pictures so I chose to edit them differently. Doing something as simple as that has made a big difference and made my blog look like a new and refreshing.