One question I get asked constantly through emails, messages and comments is “How do you balance your blog, work and life?” The answer is not a simple one. The answer is very meticulously organized. But since I know organizing time and balance is something we ALL struggle with I thought I would share with you how I plan, organize and balance my time.
Blog Life Balance:
1. Know your limits. Do you need 8 hours of sleep a night? Do you need to take breaks during the day to make sure you are at your best? Do you need lunch, dinner etc not near your computer? You have to know what your limits are and where to draw lines. I know for me personally my limits are that I need to spend time with my husband when he gets home from work. So for the most part I try to have as much work done during the day as possible. There are things that need to be finished at night but I still make sure Andrew and I have spent time together and had dinner together before I get back to it. I also NEED to get a good nights sleep. I won’t beat myself up if something isn’t done and it’s 11 at night. I know that we get up early around here so going to sleep early is important to me. My limits are for sure time with my husband and sleep.
2. Organize Organize Organize: I have a planner (Emily Ley Simplified Planner) that I swear by. I am in my third year of using the same type of planner and it’s perfect for me. It has enough room to house all of my work, blog and life commitments as well as meal plan and write goals. As a couple we use a google calendar that we share for anything major coming up. We also have our weekly meals planned there as well. But my main organization tip is having to-do lists. I have a weekly to do list that I keep running as the week goes and then a monthly to do list of bigger goals I want to accomplish that month. For instance on my weekly list it would say “get 5 blog posts written by____” on my month it would be more specific ” 3 blog posts containing blog advice” “4 blog posts about organization.” Make sense?
3. Make time for you: I am a big believer in ME TIME. I know for me if I don’t have enough time to myself I am not good for anyone else. I am not helpful to my intern who wants to learn from me, I am not helpful as a wife to my husband, I am not a good friend, daughter etc. For me my daily me time is going to work out. I try to go to Pure Barre about 5 times a week. I love going there because the entire studio relaxes me. The instructors, girls who work at the desk and other clients are all so nice! Seriously if you are in or around Dallas ever go to Pure Barre Preston Hollow it’s the best! I also like to grab a Starbucks and go for walks, window shop, get manicures etc. These are things that I know refresh me and make me more attentive to the places I need to be.
Those are just a few of the ways I make sure my life is balanced. There is not ONE key thing to do. It’s a lot of little things everyday. Make good choices. Make sure you are giving attention to those who deserve it. When we moved I was so stressed about having everything unpacked, things hung on walls etc. I realized that if art is sitting against the walls for a few weeks before it’s hung no one is going to yell at me. I have to let things like that go and focus on what matters.
What are your blog life balance tips?