Outside of our 9-5s, we’re all real people with unique passions, hobbies and goals. However, when you’re living a life that’s made of several moving parts, it can be hard to stay motivated and inspired. This slump can be difficult to navigate. It may sound easy to just give up on #AllTheThings but is that really the best option for you long-term? Probably not.

I’ve fallen victim to this mindset a time or two and am currently working through an overwhelming sense of, well, being overwhelmed. Outside of my full-time job I foster dogs through local animal rescues, am one of the masterminds behind this blog and will soon be working part-time at a local fitness studio. My to-do’s are piling up faster than my dirty laundry, but hopefully some of my tips can help you in your times of stress as well. Remember, you have the same number of hours in a day as Beyoncé. If she can be a mother of three, maintain her image as an international superstar and make beats sicker by simply sneezing on them, then you can make time to do what you gotta do, too.

To help in times when your to-do list is past the point of overwhelming, I put together a few simple tips to help bring your drive back.

Make your calendar your happy place

Whether staying organized is your strong suit or just something you kinda try to do sometimes, there is nothing like having a bomb ass calendar. The Beyoncé of calendars, if you will. Putting everything on paper in a way that makes sense to you can help paint a picture of how busy you actually are. It will also make you more aware of how much time you’re spending and where so you can become more efficient.

Not sure where to start? Pinterest has hundreds of ideas for calendar inspo. Find a vibe that speaks to you and make your calendar an essential accessory.

Don’t let the little things add up

You’ve been going a mile a minute all day and are one foot out the door at 5:33 p.m. but your last meeting ran late. “I could work a little more, but it’s time to go home” you say to yourself. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. But a little extra effort can go a long way. Spending five minutes organizing tomorrow’s to-do list can help jump start your morning without compromising your evening.

Letting the little things pile up on your to-do list can add more stress than they’re worth. A quick change of mindset can help overcome this and allow both your present and future self to live a little more at ease. Before you call it a day, take a look at what’s left on your week’s to-do list. If there is anything that will take less than 15 minutes, go ahead and get it over with. Knocking out small, inconvenient tasks in small batches will be much easier than getting through 18 different things at the end of the week.

Re-evaluate your priorities

Look, we’re only human. It’s OK to let go of things so that you don’t overcommit yourself. . Lay all of your responsibilities out in front you and take an honest look at how much of your time you have committed to things outside of basic survival. When your schedule is so jam-packed that you have to pick between getting six hours of sleep or going to the grocery store, it’s time to take a step back from some of your commitments.

If all else fails, set time aside for yourself

If you find that saying “no” to any of your commitments is out of the question and your calendar is still stacked, just remind yourself to take a break everyone in a while. You may be feeling overwhelmed because you have forgotten to listen to you and what you want. Spend a weekend taking care of yourself and see how big of a change it makes for the rest of the week. Working 12 hour days during the week accomplishing your dreams is a lot easier when you promise the weekend to taking care of you.

If your weekends are even busier than Monday-Friday, make time in your crazy schedule to do small things that make you feel good! Wake up a little earlier to get your favorite smoothie before work, make a mani/pedi appointment or take a bubble bath before bed – whatever puts a smile on your face. Putting time on your calendar for yourself can help self-love dreams become your boss-babe reality.

What’s your cure for thinning inspiration? How much on your plate is considered too much? Comment below to share your tips and advice with the FTF community!

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I’m Alexis and I'm fluent in English and memes. When I'm not on the 9-5 grind as an account coordinator I usually think about working out, but end up at the nearest happy hour instead. I graduated with a degree in strategic communications and am always looking for ways to improve as a newly professional #millennial. Once I settle down, my goal is to establish a career that is flexible so I can double as foster mom for my local animal shelter. Until then, I'll be taking weekend trips and going the extra mile for a good Insta.