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My Secret to Doing it All

23 May 2013


I live an incredibly involved lifestyle but that's just how I roll. In fact, its how I've always rolled. Between working on my doctoral degree in lab from 8:30-6 p.m. six days a week to blogging part time here, I also find the time to workout, meal plan and sell vintage treasures on ebay. Whew! And add my marriage, being involved at church and keeping up with friends!

I always sometimes run to the point of exhaustion. I experience moments of burnout and contempt but most of the time it is a ton of fun! I enjoy the constant change. The ebb and flow, if you will. I am invigorated by the diversity of activities but sometimes I do get to the end of my rope. The real answer to my secret of how I do it all is: that I don't.

One of the hardest lessons that I've had to learn in my twenty-seven years on this planet is saying "no." Somehow it goes against the grain of my being. It just feels wrong. It is completely natural for me to jump on a new project because I get bored quickly. Truthfully, I am not awesome at finishing projects. I get significant momentum and excitement at the beginning of projects but about half way through I fizzle. And it is an uphill battle to complete things. My parents and husband can attest to this! I somehow got incredibly blessed with my husband because he has awesome work ethic, "Colliers Don't Quit."

Here are a few tips that I use to manage all of the balls that I tend to juggle:

Make Google Calendar your best friend. Whether it is blogging or just managing my work schedule, from meal planning to paying bills, I schedule everything and don't make plans without my calendar handy. I even block off weekends as "do not schedule anything" just to maintain some sanity. I have a constant feeling of guilt that Mr. Collier and I pay rent for our town home but are never there to enjoy our space!

Get organized. There are only 24 hours in the day and you can't really invent any more. However, you can plan your day around your most productive energy spikes. I know that I function much better in the morning. It is 7 a.m. as I am writing this post! Turns out that you can actually change your productive time of day if you need to because of work or kids' schedules. As far as blogging goes, I try to plan and write posts ahead of time and pre-plan my social media shout outs. Did you know that you can do that?


Eat low-sugar mid-morning and afternoon snacks as well as stay hydrated. Our energy declines a few hours after we eat so it is important to eat a few small meals a day. I find that eating every three hours keeps my blood sugar level steady and curbs my crashing. Staying hydrated is also incredibly important! Water makes up a significant part of your body. It is important for your brain as well as every cell in your body. Hence, keep yourself alert with water! It is estimated that you should consume as many ounces of water as half of your weight. If you are 140 pounds then you should try to hit the 70 ounce mark. For an 8 ounce glass, that is 8.75 glasses.

Kill as many birds as you can with one stone. Obviously, I am being metaphorical. But maximize your tasks by planning ahead. For example, I'll plan to make dinner with a new recipe (exciting!) and while cooking, I take photos either on Instagram or just store them on my phone for future recipe posts. I'm meal planning, feedin' my family and connecting with my blog friends at the same time. Tap into your inner OCD by prioritizing a To-Do list. Group events or shopping trips together so that you can save time. And always be doing something while waiting. Baking cookies? How about folding some laundry in the 8-10 minutes you get to be hands-free.

Say no sometimes. Again, the hardest thing for me. But there is a time and place for everything!

What are some ways that you are able to do it all?


  1. LOVE this post! Just recently I have learned that I can't do it all all the time and that I need to ask for help sometimes (which there is nothing wrong with) or just say no.

  2. Wow this is all great advice! I learned to say NO a couple of years ago and it's life changing!

  3. Girl I have the exact same problem when it comes to saying no. I just can't. But I sure do give it a whirl and try to take on everything at once :)

  4. These are all SOOOOO true!

  5. Ok, we totally need to be friends because this sounds EXACTLY like me! I have a hard time saying no and I have a hard time asking for help, even if it's just to ask my hubby to fold the clothes for me! I TRY to do it all but am trying to teach myself that I just can't always. Google calendar + pre-planning from blog posts to meals is totally me too! It makes the day-to-day life so much easier. Great post :)

  6. Loved reading this!

    I also struggle to say 'no' and it got to a point where I became so over whelmed with my photography business, i started ignoring clients! It was easier to ignore them than say no and that's sooooo not good for my reputation. I suffer with chronic illness and have had to have so much help from my mum and husband. I do MOST things by myself, but when I go through a bad stage (usually lasts around a week), I feel so useless & guilty.

  7. Firstly, love that you're getting your PhD and you're a blogger. Secondly, way to start learning how to say no! I was involved with a residential life group in college and one of the things we talked about in the beginning of the year was how the other RAs could help us, and I made a request that they only come to me for help if they really, truly needed it because I needed to work on saying "no." I think it worked because I'm much better at it now!

    :) Big fan of your blog, Sarah!