Prioritizing

As I get closer and closer to the end of 2016 I feel like I have less and less time. My work schedule is opposite of my boyfriend’s, all of my friends live on the other side of town, and I’m constantly trying to keep my energy up. It’s been a lot to take on and for the first time in my life I’ve really had to start prioritizing the different elements in my life.

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The first battle for me is finding a happy medium between sleep and how I use my energy throughout the day. I get exhausted really easily so I have to be mindful of getting plenty of sleep, working out but not too much, clocking in enough hours at work, and making sure I keep up with maintaining my apartment. I honestly couldn’t do it without the option of coffee in the morning and melatonin at night to make sure I’m awake during the appropriate hours and sleeping when I need to. I try not to be too dependent on either but they have been useful in the past month.

The most difficult part of prioritizing for me is deciding how much of my free time I should dedicate to my boyfriend and how much I should dedicate to my friends. There are many elements that roll into my conclusion but essentially it boils down to this: I take my relationship with my boyfriend very seriously. It’s not exactly a secret that I intend on keeping him around for a long time and I believe that I need to treat our relationship as such. Austin has always been very supportive of my needs and he deserves the same amount of consideration so if I have one day off in the week then he’s going to get that time and attention. I hope the people around me understand…but even if they don’t what really matters is that I feel like I’m spending my time in the right places.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about prioritizing and I’m sure it’s only just the beginning. School has just started for me and I have even less free time between classes and work. I’m sure everything will fall into place and I’ll survive the insanity that will be 2017, but I’ll have to pay extra attention to my household to make sure nothing is neglected. I still need to figure out how to make room for everyone else in my life, but I’m sure I’ll figure that out soon enough.

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