When I talk about going to grad school, working full-time and running (more like cross training right now, but…), a lot of people say to me “Gah, I don’t know how you do it…”
I usually just shrug and say something like “I don’t know, I just do.”
When you’re passionate about things, you kind of just make it happen, no matter how busy you are. But I do think my type A planner nature helps me juggle school, work, running, blogging, socializing, etc. without going completely insane more than a few times per month (I’m only human!).
So here are some of my tips for, in the words of Tim Gunn, “making it work:”
- Run/work out first thing in the morning. I know we’re not all morning people, but trust me, you can adjust! Working out in the a.m. not only frees up the evenings, but gives you lots of extra energy throughout the day (hello, endorphins!)
- Read on the subway. Or check e-mails. Take advantage of annoyingly longer-than-it-should-be commuting times! I’ve written entire blog posts on my Blackberry and knocked off reading assignments for school on the ol’ 6 train
- Prioritize – Jersey Shore, or biochem reading? This is a tough one, but Snooki is not going to get me an A this semester (actually, watching her may decrease my GPA significantly…)
- Make lists and schedules – I’ve been known to schedule entire weekends on my Google Calendar, including when I eat lunch and grocery shop.
It gives me a weird sense of comfort knowing I’ve mapped out my day and have time to do everything I need
- Understand that sacrifices must be made – this usually involves my weekends. I know I don’t have time to study during the week, and while it doesn’t make for the most fun weekends, I know studying must happen…
- But allow for some fun! This is something I’m trying to get better at (last week is a good example of this). Because no matter how busy we are, life should be fun, yes?
- Sleep. I’m fairly psycho about getting 7-8 hours per night and do think this helps me keep my head on straight. However, sleep is something that can be sacrificed every once in a while for good reasons (fun-having, studying, etc.)
- Become a master meal planner. Maybe because I’m so anal about what I eat, but planning my meals out each week is so helpful and time-saving in the long run.
Here’s what I made this Sunday for the upcoming week:
Stir fried veggies – cauliflower, broccoli, snap peas, crimini mushrooms, red pepper
Sauteed kale (now that I can eat kale again, I’m mildly obsessed…)
Added to quinoa (cooked with chicken broth) with some grilled chicken, salt, pepper and dried rosemary
And threw some roasted sweet potatoes and goat cheese on top
Not super complex, but this combination always works for me. It provides tons of nutrients:
- Vitamin K (kale, broccoli)
- Calcium (broccoli, kale, goat cheese)
- Folate (mushrooms, green veggies, cauliflower)
- Vitamin C (red peppers, cauliflower)
- Whole grains (quinoa)
- Antioxidants (all of the colorful veg!)
- Lean protein and B12 (chicken breast)
- Vitamin A/beta carotene (sweet potato)
Tupperware is my friend…
I also chopped up carrots and celery for snacks (I add peanut butter to the celery when I pack it up for the day, obviously…) and either make pb&j or bring yogurt and fruit for lunch.
Even though I feel somewhat like a bag lady bringing so much food with me in the mornings, it makes long days at least a little less stressful.
I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful running weather this week – I’ll be the one giving happy, carefree runners the death stare of jealousy as I trudge to the gym to cross train.
- Monday & Tuesday – 60 minutes elliptical with intervals, corework, stretching and PT
Good news – I ran across the street on the way home from the gym to avoid being hit by a cab, and no pain! Yay?
Question: Any tips on making it work and fitting the things you love into life?