I was sitting on the sofa one evening last week, mulling over blog content and how I need to update my Wardrobe Wishlist page to include some new S/S pieces, bikinis and the likes (really MUST do this soon!), but all that was buzzing around my mind was how am I going to fit it all in? And by ‘all’ I mean going for tea round my parents, writing two posts for next week and shooting for said blogs, working out, being a good girlfriend, socialising with friends, and all whilst holding down my day job and giving 100% to all.
So that brings me to now; a very wordy post on how I try (try being the pivotal word) to juggle work, life and the blog.
Over the past few months to-do lists have been my friend. I have a never-ending to-do list on my phones’ notes app which is quite literally a constant cycle of things to remember – no faster do I delete things than I add something new. It’s the writing things down which works so well for me, as soon as whatever I need to remember is down on paper my mind is instantly clear to focus on one thing at a time without fear that I’ll forget that I need to reply to an email or schedule a tweet (who said woman can’t multi-task?!). Which reminds me; Buffer is godsend when it comes to bulk scheduling tweets because I suck at Twitter at the best of times!
I am guilty of over doing it when it comes to lists. It’s not unusual for my list to read ‘prep lunch for tomorrow’ or ‘clean cat litter’, both are things which I do regularly and form part of my daily routine so truth be told I am not going to forget if I didn’t document it, but it’s the whole positive psychology of deleting them off when they’re complete which just feels good – like you’ve achieved something! On reflection, maybe lists are my ‘frenemy’? I definitely need to find a happy medium.
I’m always busy. Not always the type of busy where it looks like I’m busy. But I’m always on the go (striving to tick off the next thing on the list no doubt).
Working full-time means time for content planning, writing, shooting, scheduling, social media, emails and everything else blog related is limited. On the face of it this seems like a negative, but it means I get stuff done when I do have the time – whether this be a spare 30 mins before meeting friends or half a day dedicated to Wears Rosie. And at times my day job inspires my blog; I work with a lot of busy senior managers who struggle to find the time to put 100% in to anything so managing/juggling time is something I think about and trouble shoot a lot!
One thing I’m not so good at is being realistic with myself and how much I can physically fit in to my day. I started off posting two blogs a week and two photos a day on Instagram mainly just as a means of building up content quickly – after all who’s going to follow an account with only a handful of pictures? – but the idea was that after time I would drop down to one blog a week and one Insta a day, or even just post as and when a good idea came in to my head which may be once a fortnight or three times a week depending on how creative I’m feeling! The irony is, I started posting more to gain a following but now I have one I don’t want to decrease the frequency with which I do because I’m worried people will lose interest – catch 22 hey?
The uncertainty motivates me to create content but I know I need to chill out a bit with the whole posting schedule because the reality is this is just a bit of fun, and who really cares? The blog writing I can do no problem, I tend to dedicate two nights a week to sit in front of my laptop with some mindless easy-watch TV on in the background and my keyboard takes a real beating. It’s the shooting and visuals which are more taxing.
Luckily for me – and probably the main reason I manage to juggle work/life/blog – my boyfriend is also my photographer and doesn’t mind being so since he’s worked in the media industry previously. That way I can incorporate outfit shoots in to a leisurely lunch or a trip out to the coast, which is pretty much what our weekends have become. Weekends are very VERY precious because of this! If we’re really strapped for time we’ll pop out somewhere close by to shoot which means the photography takes a bit of a hit because… well, because no matter how nice Norwich is it’s not filled with insanely Instagrammable streets lined with white houses, hanging baskets and symmetrical black railings.
For the past few months I’ve been living under the promise that shooting outfits is going to get a whole lot easier come spring/summer for I’ll have five more evenings a week to make use of whilst it’s light and sunny (I said this to Sash and you should have seen the panic on his face , ‘No Sash, I’m not proposing we shoot every day after work’). No more reposting the same outfit with a slightly different expression on my face, bring it on!
A quick note on the outfit; this is the sort of thing I grab out of my wardrobe day in and day out, a very minimal thought kind of combo with my trusty (and very old so can’t link!) New Look culottes.
What do you guys do to juggle your day job, blog, friends, relationships, fun and general life admin? Thoughts on the to-do list and being realistic with your time?
Culottes – New Look / Ribbed High-Neck Top – Topshop / Coat – Primark / Sock Boots – New Look