For those of you who don’t know, I work a fulltime 9-to-5 job in addition to running Modern Mix Vancouver. This means, after a typical workday, my evenings and weekends are packed with attending events, photographing products, writing blog posts, and managing my social media feeds.
I often get asked how I hold it all together and fit in so many functions and activities in a week – and leave time for friends, family, and exercising too! As a Canadian millennial, keeping my day busy, productive, and full, seems like the best way to make the most of my time.
Thanks to Subway – who just launched a new Grilled Wrap menu lineup that’s perfect for on-the-go eating – I have a few interesting stats to share about how millennials like us approach our busy lifestyles.
Did you know? 60% of Canadian millennials are looking for more quality meal options to take with them on the go, to help them get back to what we value the most, including having more time to exercise (59%), more time to travel and explore (51%), more time with family (45%) and more time with friends (40%). 68% of millennials like us, which is a higher percentage than any other Canadian age group, report needing more creative ways to incorporate health-conscious choices – like exercise and veggies – into a busy schedule.
Over the years, I have – out of necessity – learned to multitask like crazy. It’s how I hold it all together and manage to incorporate WAY more into a day, week, or month, than I ever thought possible. Here are my top, ultra-practical tips, on how you can make the most of your time.
Keep Organized by Using an Agenda
Before you even begin to multitask, you need to keep track of what you need to do in a day. Whether you’re organizing the hours in your week or by the tasks you need to complete, an agenda is a great way to get a snapshot of your availability and progress. As a bonus, stylish agendas make pretty props for Instagram photos!
Be Productive on Your Phone While Commuting in Public Transit
Although I spend about an hour each day commuting on the Skytrain to work, I’m almost always on my phone. I use my commute time to check and respond to emails, plan out my Instagram feed, or note down ideas for blog posts. Use this commute time to catch up on the news, schedule your weekend plans, listen to a podcast, or plan your next vacation. I even have a friend who often calls her mom while in transit, so they can spend the time catching up. You’d be amazed at all the things you can check off your to-do list while on your daily commute!
Eat Lunch on the Go
Subway has just launched grilled wraps, which you can conveniently eat with one hand; you’re literally holding it all together while you’re on the go! They are currently available in three flavours: the savoury Chicken Caesar, Chicken & Bacon Ranch and B.L.T. grilled wrap. The wraps are grilled to perfection, using the same grill press as their Paninis, which were introduced earlier this year. Subway wraps are packed with veggies (like lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes), and the new rotisserie-style chicken they use in their wraps is 100% Canadian chicken free from artificial flavours, colours and preservative.
Schedule Back-to-Back Appointments in the Same Neighbourhood
Sometimes I have weekday blog events scheduled at 6pm or later, which leaves me about an hour to kill between the end of work and the beginning of the event. I try to use this time to squeeze in a meet-up with someone else – maybe it’s a friend who wants to catch up, a local entrepreneur who wants to pitch me their latest idea, or a PR rep who wants to tell me about their latest client. Not only do I fit in these appointments in the “in between” time I have, but I also make sure they are scheduled in the same neighbourhood. By scheduling back-to-back appointments in the same neighbourhood, you don’t waste time commuting between meetings.
Exercise With a Friend
For the first time ever, I have a workout buddy! My coworker and I commute after work to our bar studio at least twice a week, and we motivate each other to make the most of our monthly membership. Working out is more fun when you have someone to do it with, and you’re hanging out with a friend at the same time.
Bring Your Dog While Running Errands
Every dog owner knows that walking the dog can throw a wrench into a busy schedule. Whenever possible, I will walk my dog Teddy Bear while running an errand. I’m always pleasantly surprised at how many establishments in Vancouver are dog friendly! Teddy and I have together visited everywhere from liquor stores to clothing boutiques to the bank. Many retail boutiques will give you and your dog an extra warm welcome and have treats behind the counter to feed your furry friend. It means Teddy gets a longer than usual walk, and I have a sidekick to accompany me on my errands.
Do Your Home Beauty Routines While Watching TV
Beauty takes time, which is something we all seem to not have enough of. For any sort of home beauty routine which requires sitting and waiting, I multitask and do while catching up on my favourite Netflix series. Some of my favourite beauty routines to do while watching TV include wearing a face or a deep-conditioning hair mask, doing a foot soak, giving myself a manicure or pedicure, or moisturizing my arms and legs.
Shoot Multiple Products or Outfits in One Photography Session
Lastly, this tip is most applicable to other bloggers and content creators. Whenever you are working with a photographer for, say, an Outfit Of The Day shoot, make sure you bring multiple outfits and accessories, to switch up your look. You’ve already spent the time getting ready with your hair and makeup, you might as well capture a few different looks. There’s a saying in the blogging world which goes: “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content”.
Now that you’ve read my tips for making the most of my time, share with me your best tips for ‘holding it all together’ and enter to win 2 x $25 Subway gift cards from Modern Mix Vancouver to try their new Grilled Wraps.
This post was written in collaboration with Subway Canada.