Prioritize Your Life

What do new year’s resolutions and studying abroad have in common? They usually don’t last as long as you want them to… As soon as February comes around, reality generally steps in a throws your plans for a loop. Anyone agree with me? And if not, more power to you! (Teach me your ways.)

I confess: my problem was a combination of both reality after returning from London and the fact that I tend to put too many things on my plate. (Does anyone else do that?) I want to do everything and make everyone happy, but I’m starting to learn I have to make time for things that make me happy too!

Although I can honestly say that I am happy to devote my time to everything I currently do. Either because I’m dedicated to the cause (event planning for recruitment for Gamma Omicron chapter of Alpha Delta Pi or helping to coordinate a 5K race to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation) or because I love the work (Sterling Communications and PRSSA).

But, there are so many other things I want to do: apply to more internships so I can get a summer internship, write articles for Mashed Marketing and Her Campus, read the Hunger Games… and write on my own blog!!

I know how to prioritize when it comes to my responsibilities and classes, so why can’t I prioritize when it comes to my own life? Taking time off is something I generally reserve for sleeping in on weekends and breaks from school. However, I have found recently that when I schedule in time to get tea with a friend or dinner with my sorority sisters my day gets a little brighter and things seem more doable. Do any of you find that you have to schedule in down time? It’s really not as bad as it sounds – my planner and iCal are my best friends! Intern Queen, Lauren Berger, demonstrates how to prioritize and schedule your life in her book All Work, No Pay.

So you might be thinking, what does this post have to do about fashion, not much except if you’re going to be busy all the time, look stylish while you’re doing everything! Oh, and if you’re not on Pinterest yet, get on there – tons of style inspiration.

Liz and I making diamonds! (Alpha Delta Pi symbol) One of my favorite recently documented outfits

And moral of the post is… The Naked Mannequin is back!  xx

Getting down to business…

My save-for-the-last minute method has seemed to work for me thus far. I thrive off the pressure of a deadline.  I don’t consider it “procrastination,” more like “preventing perfectionism.”
 
What does that mean?  I think about each task before I even start it. I know what I want to do:  I make to-do lists, jot down notes, come up with ideas in my head. Yet, for some reason I leave the actual assignment/task/project until the last-minute.  By that point, I’m forced to disregard my perfectionist ways and get it done in the time crunch.  
 
If this sounds completely strange to you, it’s because it is. 
 
Why would a perfectionist leave something to the last-minute, when there is no longer time to make it perfect?  I don’t completely understand it myself.  Although, I think it’s because I’m afraid to start something that I know won’t be flawless. Obviously, I stress in the time crunch, but the outcome is always the best thing I could create in that time limit. (And, more often than not, it turns out better than my expectations.)
 
For some reason, this method works. For me. Don’t try this at home, kids.
 
True to nature, I came up with the idea to make my own business cards about 4 days before the Stylesight Live event in the city. Then, I worked all weekend and missed the hours at Paper Source, the store where I wanted to get my supplies. Needless to say, I got the supplies with less than 2 days to make my cards. Yet, as always, I love the finished product! Let me know what you think:
 

My working station and supplies: grid mat, scrapbooking tape, scrapbooking blade, felt tip marker, pencil, business card size cardstock, white cardstock, and printed paper

The finished products: the back side of the cards is the blue and white pattern

A closer shot: each card varies a little because of the flower pattern and my handwriting

All my supplies came from the Paper Source in Princeton

In other news, ONE WEEK UNTIL I”M IN LONDON! I’m a bit excited. Cheers!  Thanks for reading =)