I have always been awful at being organised. When life gets a bit too much, I inevitably have a massive wobble, panic, and get absolutely nothing done. This I’m afraid, is what has happened to me recently. It seems working full-time, attending an evening course once a week, assisting in a makeup class every other Sunday, having homework to complete, working makeup jobs most weekends and trying to have some kind of social life has meant my beloved blog has had to take a major back seat. Something I now feel like I am ready to turn around. My problem has always been that I know what I need to do to get on top, but it’s actually getting around to doing it. This post for me is a stepping stone of getting back on track, taking control and allowing myself the time to sit and write a post without feeling guilty that I should be doing something else (the washing up will do for later).
My problem is I want to get everything done at once. If I have a list of 10 things to do, I want them done within the hour. Which usually means flitting between one thing and then another and nothing actually getting completed. Now I’m approaching another birthday I want to think about what I need to work on for the year ahead, and time management is definitely something I need to improve!
Something else I need to work on is allowing myself time to do the things I really want to, i.e. my little blog. I am rubbish at allowing myself down time. There’s always something else that needs to be done, washing to be put on, homework to do, dinner to cook… very rarely now do I get to just sit down and take some ‘me time’ to do the things I want to. Write a blog post, flick through Pinterest, have a scroll on Instagram or just paint by ruddy nails. I can do these things when the ‘more important’ things are done, but when that list is endless, ‘me time’ gets put further and further down my list of priorities. The busier and busier I become, the more I realise the importance of relaxation time, and how vital it is to get the balance right between work and play. Burning the candle at both ends doesn’t do me any good, yet I seem to be very good at it.
Something else I know I can work on is finding time around the edges of my day to fit in some blogging. Whether it’s trying to get up half an hour earlier, or squeezing in some writing time before bed. Not forgetting lunch breaks at work, there’s so much I can do on my phone and yet I forget blogging is one of them.
I think most importantly I need to learn to not beat myself over my daily struggles. If I don’t find the time to post on Instagram for one day, not only do I feel like I have let my followers down, but I have also let myself down. The same goes for if I miss a week blogging. And I know deep down that’s just silly. As much as I want to do the best I can for my blog, it got to the point where I had to take a step back and recognise that I physically cannot do everything at once, as much as I wish I could. Hence why I have had a little break from it, and to honest I think it has been healthy for me to do this.
This post is for any other struggling bloggers out there. Don’t beat yourself up if you fall behind, there’s always time to come back fighting! If you need a break, take one. If you need a chill day, have one. Because take it from a girl who has been running on empty for the past few weeks, it doesn’t do you any good to try to tackle 10 things at once, you get no where.
What are your tips for the busy bloggers out there? I would love to hear them!
Until next time
Photos taken by Sophie ❤