To describe myself as a mess lately is a bit of an understatement. Disorganized? Nah. Disaster? Getting warmer. No, I would say I could best be described as “Hurricane Justine”, and it isn’t pretty.
Exhibit A: Knocking on a random neighbors door and introducing myself. Normal enough right? I then decided that it was totally acceptable to forgo all social conventions and asked her to help me out of my Lilly dress.
Yup, I’d say this is a category five. Go me.
Between an eight hour work day, one heck of a commute, eating, working out (insert canned laughter),sleeping (more canned laughter), laundry, socializing, and exploring New York, I feel as if there just isn’t enough time. The unfinished dressers I’ve been planning on painting for three months are still sitting there, unpainted and without knobs. My pictures are still leaning on the wall where I left them, and my mind is lost somewhere beneath the piles of clothing that cover my floor.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been filling my MacBook and iPhone with apps in an effort to get it together. Surprisingly, a few have made a huge difference. For my 1.25 (and counting) post-grad readers out there, here’s the breakdown:
Thanks to a suggestion from my best friend, this app has pretty much been a lifesaver when it comes to my budget. When I first moved to New York, I actually avoided looking at my bank statement in fear of how much I was spending. Brunch with friends, ordering in lunch, and perusing Fifth Ave every Sunday were part of my weekly routine. Mint takes into account all of my bank statements, credit card statements, and bills all while setting a strict monthly budget for me. Lets just say that I’ll be skipping a few weekends of brunch and Sundays on Fifth.
Theres something about writing things down that makes me feel so accomplished. Knowing that I have everything laid out right in front of me instantly calms me down and allows me to prioritize. Wunderlist allows me to share my list with friends, add comments, deadlines, and reminders all from both my Mac and iPhone. My newest list: Things I want to accomplish before the big 3-0.
3. Sleep Cycle
No matter how calming my alarm sound is, my mornings always begin with a heart attack. Sleep cycle is an alarm that actually analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you up at the point in which you feel most rested. Craziest part? It actually works.
Well, time for this post-grad to hit the hay. Step one on the road to “getting it together”?
A full nights sleep!