It is a new year and many people, including myself, are putting plans in place to accomplish our 202o goals. As some of you may know, I blog but I also have a fulltime job. It is not easy balancing both but it is so worth it. I have no desire to quit my job and blog fulltime so I have to use my time wisely. Getting organized is key when it comes to balancing anything. I put together a few things that have worked for me with my journey so far. These are just options and what works for some may not always work for others. I am still learning as I grow and will always share what I know as long as I am asked.
Get A Planner
My planner is my bible as it relates to day to day task. It keeps me organized with everything that comes my way. A good planner is actually really hard to find. When searching for the perfect planner, I try to keep in mind the things I want to put in it. I like planners that have enough calendar space that allows me to write out every detail of the event or task I have going on. I actually have two planners, one for work and one for blogging. I sometimes have the same information in both if I have the same deadline or event one the same day or month.
With my work planner I write out important deadlines and task. I also jot down work related goals and ideas. I keep employee birthdays in my planner and well as certain holidays like “Bosses Day” and “Administrative Assistance Day”. You’d be surprise how sending a quick birthday or anniversary email brightens up someone day.
If you are not into carrying around a planner, a desk calendar or your smart phone will work as well. I actually use all three so I can ensure I never miss a deadline.
As it related to blogging, in addition to sponsored deadlines and events. I also jot down my shot days and times. I add in the notes section the goals I want to accomplish for the year, and month. I also write down corky holidays that are not nationally recognized like “National Lipstick Day’ or “National Pizza Day”. It always me to schedule post around those days if I am up for it. I don’t do it as often as I like but its something I plan to incorporate more on my Instagram feed.
Scheduled photo shoots
For blogging, I plan out the days I want to shoot. I usually shoot content biweekly and on the weekends when I am off . There are times I shoot during the week and times I shot weekly, if I have an unexpected campaign or I need to reshoot something. I shoot about 5-6 looks each time. I also plan my locations and what I want to wear on each shoot. With blogging it is important to plan ahead. I try to be at least one month ahead. For example, it is January so I am shooting content for February now and getting blog topics together for next month. I know Valentines Day is the next major holiday so I have been shopping for those looks since December. I am not going to lie, I have not been the most consistent with updating my blog but one of my goals this year is to post to the blog at least 5-6 times per month.
If you are lucky enough to shoot yourself or have a friend or a photographer bae, that is even better. You don’t have to plan your shoots as much because you could always jump in the car or stay in the house and shoot as much content as you want. Even with having an on hand photographer, I still believe planning is important. It allows you to save time which is always a great thing.
Lets face it, you cant do it alone. Until recently I was doing everything by myself and it caused me to burn out frequently. There were also times I just didn’t have the time to do things like engage on social media, pitch to a brand or write a blog post. I am finally starting to realize if I want to be great at work and blogging I have to learn to delegate things or ask for help when needed. Help does not have to be someone you pay. You can ask a family member, a blogger buddy or coworker with helping out a little.
With work I have an Administrative Assistant that helps with different things needed to make my job a little easier. If or when I am feeling overwhelmed or afraid I won’t meet a deadline, I ask a peer and they are usually willing to help because I am willing to return the favor. Work relationships are very important because their might be a time you can’t make an important meeting or you forget to jump on a conference call. Having a work buddy comes in handy when those situation occur.
I have been blogging for 3 years but the first 2 years I was trying to find my way. To be honest, I am still trying to find my way but I know a lot more than I did a few years ago and the #1 thing is you need a team. When I say a team, I don’t mean a bunch of people at all. A team can be 1 or 2 additional people to help out. I knew I wasn’t going to have much time to reach out to brands so I recently hired someone to do it for me. You, on the other hand, might enjoy or have time to do this, in that case save the money and do it yourself. I also recently hired in assistant. Because I know that I am not at the stage in my blog where I can have someone fulltime on the payroll yet (manifesting this one) , so another blogger friend and I share the assistant who happens to be a family friend of mine so it works out perfect.
My advice is to decided what task in your day to day life that will save you time and help evaluate your work and/or blog an outsource it. Yes, I am spending a little money because I am paying 2 people but in return, I am get more things done and reaching more brands which hopefully turn into more partnerships that will result into more income. Win Win!
Take Time Off
All work and no play is never a good idea. Before I even decide to accept a job I always research the company to see if they believe in work life balance. I will never understand a person that has been working for a company for years and never use any of their vacation time. What are they thinking? I know some people are not fortunate enough to go 0n a vacation outside of the country or even outside of the state they reside. There are still ways to take time off without leaving home. You can stay at home and get some much needed rest, plan a staycation at your favorite hotel, have a spa day or treat yourself to a fun girls night. No matter what you decide, talking time off is important.
I delegate certain days of the week to blogging . The weekends are usually when I have my “me time” and do something fun. Also, when blogging start to become overwhelming, I take a few days to a week off to get inspired again.
I really hope this information was helpful. Feel free to comment below with any other questions you might have.