I have to admit that I’m really blessed. When I quit my job in HR in 2008, I just knew I wanted to write. I had no idea how all of this was going to come together but here I am, almost four years later and I’m writing, I’ve edited a book, I’m working on some really big projects and life has gratefully gotten really, well, big. With that expansion in size has come an interesting challenge: how to take care of myself.
Because the more I do, the less time I have, which can translate into me looking like a hot buttered mess if I’m not careful. So, here are some things I’ve learned that will help you look your best when your calendar gets insane:
Workouts are non-negotiable – You’ve heard this a million times, but it’s really true. The way your body and mind connect is crucial to your success. It might mean that you have to get up at 5 am and go to bed at 10 pm, but those are the breaks. Stop thinking about when you can squeeze the workouts in and think about how you’re going to squeeze everything else around your workouts. Your health is crucial; put it at the top of your list.
Schedule all of your beauty appointments in advance of when you’ll need them – Every time you leave your hairdresser, waxer, eyebrow guru, nail tech, or esthetician, book the follow-up appointments right then and there. It saves you time trying to get them later and you keep your look on a regular maintenance schedule. Short on cash? Book appointments with yourself to do these things on a regular basis. I have a Sunday night beauty ritual that doesn’t cost me a thing.
Buy evening looks when you see them – I just gave this piece of advice to a dear friend of mine. When you see something that will be perfect for some amazing event in the future, buy it right then and there. Because the occasion WILL come and then you won’t be able to find it. Heed this warning: you can rarely ever find the perfect look when you desperately need it. Build an arsenal of those looks in your closet and you’ll be ready for anything.
Say no to more things than you say yes – There are three non-negotiable things on my calendar: sleep, exercise and eating one item of chocolate a day. Everything else is negotiable. When you say yes to everything, you wind up crabby, resentful and tired. Just say no so you can really enjoy and focus on the things to which you say yes.
Stop complaining about how busy you are – My newest discovery. Complaining about how overwhelmed you are makes you look out of control. It also wears on the people who have to deal with you on a daily basis who are – quel surprise – also really busy. Complaining takes more energy than just relaxing and doing whatever it is. Bitching causes wrinkles. Stop.
Keep your beauty routine as simple as possible – There is no substitute for good skin, an easy hairstyle and a makeup look you can pull off in under five minutes. Do what you can to make these things easy on yourself and getting ready will be a breeze.
Hope these help. Also, a former boss once told me, “Nobody dies with an empty inbox.” At the end of the day, if you took care of yourself and had some fun, the day was a success.