As members of the SLA community, we normally feel like we have so much to do but so little time.
From juggling days and side hustles to attending networking events to building our online presence, traveling the world… we want to SLA-Y.
Phew! It can be daunting since we can not afford to drop the ball in our private everyday life which is supposed to bolster our public presence.
Part of owning your life is adulting. Simply put, adulting is taking up responsibilities so that you can free your time and money to succeed in all facets of life.
Here are some of the basic things that every SLA sister should master in order to get her private act together:
Managing your money
Right off the bat, we have to address this issue because it is the root of everyone’s sanity. You may have heard that having a budget is the most important thing that you can do ad nauseam but it seriously is.
A budget can be as simple as tracking your incomes and expenses on a specific notebook or an Excel for the math gurus. If you are into apps, you browse app stores and downloads like Mint.
The most important thing is that you can regularly review where your money is going and where you are investing.
How to feed yourself
Regardless of your gender, cooking is that skill that you should have in your back pocket.
Yes, delivery services are popping up, left, right and center but there is a sense of fulfillment that comes with making something from scratch.
It saves you money and you can trust the food that you make at home more than someone else’s kitchen.
It does not have to be rocket science since you can take time during your free time to do even the most basic-est of meal preps like boiling legumes and meats (for non-veggies) and then stew or sautee them during the week. Then have lunch or dinner ready in under 15 minutes during the week
Launder your clothes
This is one of my least favorite chores but it must be done. Decluttering does go a long way in reducing the amount of dirty laundry because you have fewer things to wash.
Truth be told, you will prioritize the items that you REALLY need to wear to shine at that important presentation. 2017 was the year that I rediscovered the magic of reading care labels, especially when buying secondhand clothes.
Try to avoid ‘dry clean only’ items like the plague to reduce your laundry bills. Plus you will be doing the environment a favor.
DIY and embrace minimal living
If there is ever a time to be more environmentally conscious, it is now. You can play your part by re-using things around your home.
Simple ways that you can try out is like reusing glass jars in your kitchen to store your spices or cotton balls, which makes you look more organized without even trying.
Those old towels and t-shirts can be great rags around the home. I have to mention that cleaning magic does happen when you use equal amounts of water and white vinegar.
Scheduling your cleaning
If you spend hours in traffic jam daily, you are probably thinking how is this even possible?
I was like that too till I discovered how much you can achieve in between TV commercials or when you distract yourself with your favorite jams. By breaking down, that long list of chores into chunks in the week, you can make deep cleaning less daunting.
Hopefully, by tackling the above basics you will be able to reclaim your time and peace of mind so that you can other things outside your home.