… that’s a question I receive quite often. “How do you manage Uni, your internship, part-time job, and your blog at the same time? Do you ever rest?” Well, I can certainly say that I probably spend way too much time behind my laptop to get all the things done and sorted (and watch my series), but at the end of the day, maintaining my blog really gives me a sense of fulfilment and brings me joy. Though I will admit that I do have some tools that do make my life a lot easier, and perhaps could do the same to yours.
Jot everything down like it’s nobody’s business (Truth.)
Use a diary, agenda, notepad or calendar: whatever you find most comfortable. Jot things down when you’ve got to finish certain tasks, have project deadlines, people you have to email, events you have to visit, etc etc. I find that whenever I actually write something down I’ll remember it more easily and it really sorts out my thoughts, making it [my brain] less chaotic. I’ve got one diary for my personal life & Uni and a notepad for my blog, where I also ‘file’ new press releases or relevant documents (image).
Be your own cleaner
This might sound very silly, but when my desk is cluttered I don’t function as well as when its tidy. All the junk, paper, products and stacks of books are just cluttering my view and distract me. I always make sure I have a tidy desk with only the essentials I need for that certain task and then I’m good to go and ready to rumble.
Music is my life
I listen to music every day and have different playlists for different settings, moods or my go-to musician/band whenever I feel down. Lately I’ve been loving country music (please don’t think Taylor Swift) and I listen to it when I’m commuting, when I start my day and when I want to wind down in the evening. It’s calming, energising and some sort of inspiring in a way – the perfect music to listen to for a productive day.
Write like Hemingway would (or not)
I’ve only started pre-writing and scheduling my blog posts since a year ago and it’s made my life so much easier. By pre-writing it makes it possible to schedule my posts on a consistent basis and when I know I’ve got an important deadline coming up in a specific week, I make sure I got blog posts covered during that time. I pre-write and schedule all my posts on an app called Day One and I’ve got both the desktop and iOS version, which is brilliant. It gives me a clear overview of the posts I’ve written, post I still need to finish and posts I’ve got coming up. Hootsuite is great for pre-scheduling tweets, which I’ve been very lacking in the past months (whoops).
Your phone is smarter than you
I’ve got a handful apps I use to get by throughout the day. These are just my virtual assistants and notes I jot down throughout the day. I’ve got a ton of apps, but there are about 10 I use on a daily basis. Let me know if you’d be interested in some of the apps I got on my phone and I might do a post on that.
A few other tips are just to stay yourself and true to your voice. If you feel like you’re doing this ‘because you have to’, then I don’t think you’re doing it for the right reasons —at the end of the day we should all be doing this for fun and a sense of accomplishment. What can I say, I love what I do, no matter how time consuming it is. I mean… tapping away about beauty? Heck yeah, I could do that every day, all day.
So how do you do it?