Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter J! Or more specifically in The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers – J is for Juggling!
When I joined the book blogging community, I found lots of experienced bloggers were only too willing to share their blogging secrets and pass along tips that had worked for them. And I soaked up that knowledge and applied it to my blog. So now I wanted to do the same for others but rather than spewing it all out in one lengthy blog post, I’ve decided to post in an A to Z format. As inspired by the A to Z April Challenge.The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers
J is for Juggling
Juggling my blog with family life, work and other hobbies is something I constantly struggle with. I’d love a perfectly balanced life. The reality is me throwing all the balls up in the air, and then running around trying to keep them all up there. Eventually some fall and have to stay on the ground until I’ve the energy to pick them up again.
However I have learnt some tricks over the years to help me to achieve better balance. Still if you are looking for the magic solution on how to do it all, you won’t find that here. I don’t even believe it’s possible!
5 tips on How to Juggle Blogging with Real Life:
1. Make a Plan:
Are you thinking, urggh boring! Well not the way I do it! I use a paper planner, lots of colour, all the stickers and it’s a fabulous creative way to have a time out but still be productive scheduling your week. A plan is the first step to seeing what needs to be done and then making things happen. I swear planning improves every area of my life and I love it so much that I wrote a blog series about Planning for a Successful Blog.
What ball can you safely drop? No one said you have to be a perfectionist. I believe in spending time on the things I love, and the things I have to do. But the things that don’t matter so much, I fly through. Don’t waste time on things that you hate and that don’t matter. Be clear about your goals, and don’t force your mind to multi-task with unnecessary clutter.
3. Be Flexible:
You can make all the plans in the world but you can’t plan for the unexpected. Be prepared to move plans. Don’t be so rigid that you miss out on other fun things that come along. And be flexible with your blogging too. You don’t need to churn out the same memes if they are boring you. Try different posts, mix up your review posts with different formats. Growing and evolving with your blog is fun, so don’t get stuck in an unnecessary rut.
4. Be Time Efficient
Find hacks to make tasks easier. Is there a plugin in you can use to cut time? I use the Ultimate Book Blogger and I swear by it). Is there an app that you can use for scheduling social media? I use buffer sometimes. Do you waste hours online and never get to your blog? If so blog first, then go play online. Little tweaks in your routine can make a lot of difference.
5. Schedule downtime:
Blog burnout is real. Just google it and you will see a zillion blog articles advising on how to avoid it and how to crawl back out of it. My tip is don’t forget to make time for other hobbies. And if you have to write it down to make it happen, then write it down. Everyone needs me-time. Take time to shut down, walk away and do nothing. You can’t beat switching off your phone, and just sitting in a café or park or garden. Just you and your book and nothing else screaming for your attention. Don’t think of it as lazy, it’s a smart way to energise yourself for the rest of your day.
Talk to Trish:
Do you find it hard juggling blogging with all the other things in your life? What is your biggest tip to balance everything?