Let me let you into a little secret…
We never switch off!
I’m a Financial Crime Consultant by day, a Lifestyle Blogger by night and it isn’t always as glamorous as you may think.
I won’t lie it isn’t always easy but one thing it does do is keep me on my toes. It really is like having two jobs and hats off to everyone out there with more than one job as it requires some serious grit, organisation, and stamina. For me, being a Lifestyle Blogger allows me to channel my thoughts, opinions, and goals into something meaningful. I have a purpose. But to be successful you need to be structured, efficient and be prepared to dedicate time to your work which includes planning content, taking pictures and perfecting my flat lays or actually sitting down and writing posts. Working full-time means that evenings and weekends are when I can devote real time to this. I am lucky I have such a supportive group of loved ones who readily accept and respect that this is part of my life and my personal brand. They also help make my job easier by suggesting some awesome foodie places to review, thank guys!
Don’t get me wrong things don’t always run smoothly, things crop up which means adjustments need to be made. It could simply be that I need to work late, want to spend time with my gang, go to the gym or actually, sometimes, I might just not want to do anything at all.
So how does it work? How do you fit in being a Lifestyle Blogger in day to day life? It’s a constant job and whilst I have dedicated time to write material my creative brain never switches off. Experiences, conversations, thoughts, and images are all memories which form part of our daily lives and may either be points of discussion or quite simply, peachy things to share so the notebook and iPhone note app are never far from reach.
I have three keywords which are important for success when blogging with a full-time job:
ORGANISATION – It’s knowing, acknowledging and accepting how your life runs, how you want it to run, getting an organiser and planning things out. Once you have the main things mapped out it’s easier to figure out how to fit everything else in and let’s face it we all live such crazy busy lives that cramming in a session at the gym, prepping healthy meals, finding time to read, meditate, see friends and family or just have a bath can be a challenge so it’s important to find a…
ROUTINE – One which works for you, both personally and professionally. Developing themes to publish on set days is a great way of not only building a catalogue of work but also provides structure and keeps that blinking cursor at bay.
COMMITMENT – It’s important you stick to the times you plan you’re going to post. Of course, things crop up and I am a slight hypocrite right now as I have been MIA due to suffering with pleurisy (which I had never even heard of before!) but if you can commit to the schedule you set yourself you are on to a winner. Don’t forget, your followers are waiting to hear from you!
I am frequently asked how I find the time to blog and thought it would be fun to share with you how I manage my time on a working day.
It’s a 6am wake up in my house. Tea o’clock! I make my cuppa and take it back to bed to start the morning catching up on emails and soaking in the news (my favourite newsfeed is Flipboard), saving articles for sharing later, making notes of future blog post ideas and then it’s up to get ready for the day ahead.
The commute to work is when I start being active on my social media channels posting images, thoughts, and articles. Building and nurturing your online presence whether you are a blogger or not is essential to cultivating your personal brand. If I have had a super productive weekend I will have already scheduled my posts using Hootsuite, an awesome tool which helps me keep track of the hustle and bustle of social media. You can’t be everywhere at once.
For the rest of the commute, it’s time to stick in the headphones and spend time with my audiobook, I’m currently listening to His Kidnappers Shoes by Maggie James. I recommend.
Smile for the camera. It’s snap time! I am a real advocate for living in the moment, appreciating things around me and capturing memories. One of the hardest parts of blogging is having satisfying and attractive images and whilst there are many sources for free images I like to use my own where possible. No matter how long or short my lunch break is I am always looking for an opportunity to acknowledge my surroundings.
A quick catch up with my loved ones, the morning news from around the globe, I won’t lie Insta, LinkedIn, Flipboard, Twitter and Pinterest catch my attention and after scribbling notes of a few catchy article titles springing to mind and sharing some more articles of interest it’s back to work.
At the end of a long day sometimes the last thing I want to do is reopen the laptop and continue my evening job but good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up! In all honesty, this is where my weekend planning is essential, scheduling time to plan posts, taking pictures and then setting the creative brain to work as I type my posts, it creates an organised and planned couple of weeks which allows a more leisurely and creative approach to blogging.
Most of the time it’s a case of tweaking a few blog posts and adding pictures I have snapped in the week so the evenings aren’t too arduous and I can relax after dinner. Then it really is switch off time with loved ones or immersing myself in a Netflix binge (and a cheeky Insta scroll) before my divine duvet engulfs me.
So there you have it, a Lifestyle Blogger snippit! I thought it would be fun to share a day in the life and some of my blogging strategies that help me stay on track. I would love to hear about any new tips you have to help keep me more organised!
So hey you, yes you…I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.