One of the questions I get the most often is “You are so busy, how do you balance working, blogging, and still have a life”.
I am going to be honest, I am not even close to a pro at this. It has taken me every bit of the last 1.5 years of blogging to find a good balance between having a job, having a side hustle, blogging (a second/third job in so many ways), and still trying to live life. It can be so overwhelming at times and changes day by day.
Here are a few of my top tips when people ask me about this topic:
Leave work at work
This took me so long to figure out and a change in jobs but there where so many days that I would take the crappy things that happened at work and talk to Russ about it the whole drive home and then kept talking about it once I got home. It took everything out of me, put a burden on Russell and I, and left me so mentally exhausted I didn’t want to do anything. I still have days where I want to vent but typically I only let myself talk about it outside of work for few minutes after I clock out.
Being a blogger, my job is my phone. I always want to be available to answer your questions, engage with you and my other favorite bloggers, and keep you updated on my life. Being a social media consultant also comes with its fair share of phone time.
It took me a while to realize what it means to put down my phone and be present. It helps my work productivity and helps me get more done, plus it leaves me less stressed after work.
Russell and I have also started doing phone-free days/hours / and date nights where we just focus on being together. It is amazing how easy it gets to forget your phone after a couple of times.
If there comes a time blogging isn’t fun hit pause
This is a BIG one for me. When I start getting stressed about deadlines, finding and creating content, or putting down my phone for fear I will lose followers or any one of the things that hit you hard sometimes as a blogger I hit pause. If it is for a couple of days or a couple of hours it seems to help me get my head back on straight and regain some of my creativity and inspiration.
Make a priority list and stick to it
I realized that when I learned to plan content, create posts in advance, a write down what is most important to get accomplished it helps me to destress and find time to just enjoy the journey.
I do this at work and with blogging. There will always be something that comes up that you feel is so important you push everything else or don’t take that time for yourself. I try to stop doing that and make myself have at least a couple work free/ blog free hours a night.
Don’t try to take on too much
When I first started blogging, I tried to write 3-5 posts a week. I quickly realized that A) you guys didn’t care to see that many a week B) I couldn’t find the content for that many a week so my posts were all half-assed (sorry mom 😉 ) C) Blogging was no longer fun. Instead, I decided I would write one to two a week that was meaningful to me or to you.
The same goes for collaborations or work or events or friends. Don’t take on to much. Don’t try to please everyone and be everywhere and do everything. Be ok with having a relaxing night with nothing going on. When you try to do too much you wear yourself out and you aren’t performing at your best.
Don’t make excuses
Last but not least, don’t make excuses. This is something I still struggle with. Don’t make excuses why you don’t have time for yourself or for those you love. If some part of your life or work start slacking be real with yourself about what you are prioritizing. Then do something to change the situation.
If you guys have stuck with me until here I am impressed! I know this is a lot of info but I really wanted to cover all of the basis.
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