Ever since I took on being a Virtual Assistant, my blogging for my own site has definitely taken a back seat. It depresses me to think about that I have not been able to keep up with everything that I want to share on the blog and be able to bring in the income that I need for my family though my work. It’s definitely a challenge, but there are steps that you can take to make it better (or seem that way).
My blog is not my biggest source of income. It’s the truth. So, I had to branch out into helping other bloggers with their tasks to bring in some sort of steady income that I could rely on. I love all of my clients and I also can learn from them. From the content that they are creating to the blogging groups that they belong to and the chore threads that they decide to use, it’s a learning experience.
I have found that there are a few easy things that I can do to make sure that I have time for both.
Make A Schedule
I know that for me my schedule can vary since I have three children. They have varying schedules so on certain days I don’t start off working. I am going to be changing that because when I have that hot cup of coffee is when I am most able to work with a clear head. I tend to do client work in the morning. If I have a blogging post that I want to get done that gets done mid-morning. Then I will spend time putting my own content out there on social media. Afternoons and early evenings are also delegated to client work.
This may not work for everyone because you may work outside the home and do not have the “luxury” of breaking up your work. I suggest that if this is the case that you pick a day or two out of the week where you get all of your blogging thoughts together. Write those posts. Make those images. Most importantly, schedule out the content to be able to be seen! That is the point of writing the posts to begin with right?\
So no matter what your schedule, just make one.
Break Things Down (Make Lists!)
Lists have always been my best friend when it comes to getting things done. Do I have a blogging post that I need to get done? Goes on the list. What do I need to do for clients today? On the list! Same with projects that I would like to get done around the house. List! I don’t know why, but it makes me feel better to have it all written down. Then I can cross everything off as I do it. I kind of feel on top of the world when I do that.
Don’t Try To Do It All
There will be days when you have done all the work that you can and you are just plain exhausted. You can’t even think about that mess over there that needs to be straightened up. It’s okay to pick your battles. Do you really need to clean your kids’ room right now? Probably not. Do you really need to dust everything in the house or can that wait? Do not over stress yourself with things that can be moved to the next day.
You are amazing but sometimes you just need to slow it down and take a look. Can it wait? If the answer is yes and you are burnt out, let it wait.
We work so hard right? Take the time to treat yourself. Did you get everything posted and scheduled for the week on your blog? Is all of your client work done? Did you succeed at making it out of your outside the home job without leaving work to be done? OH. MY. GOSH. Celebrate!
Go to that coffee house you never get the chance to go to. Do something that does not involve kids for a minute. Take a bubble bath that lasts longer than five minutes. These little things to reward yourself will boost your confidence that you are indeed rocking this.
Enjoy Some Family Time (No Working, Got It?)
So all we have talked about this whole entire post is work, work, work. There is nothing wrong with being a go-getter and always working whether it be at your job or making sure that everything in the house is in order. I always seem to be focused on those two things. Family time is important!
Take a step back and take the kids to the park. If the weather doesn’t permit something outdoors, just go and get a meal together. You don’t have to cook and it doesn’t have to be expensive. A lot of us that work from home get that cooped up feeling. I know that I do. It is so nice when we go and have family breakfast every once in a while. Even going to the store as a family is a treat.
It doesn’t have to be something outrageously amazing. As long as you are doing it together and there is no thought of work there, you’re golden.
There is no right way or wrong way to go about any of this, but you need to find some sort of schedule that works for you and also break away from work for a while. Life is way too short to be pushing yourself to the brink of insanity. Your content that you have created will be there tomorrow. That mess that you think needs to be cleaned up now…can most likely wait until tomorrow.
As long as you push yourself enough to get the content flowing and promoted, you’re good. As long as you are not slacking off at your day job, you’re good. You’re awesome once you find that balance. Just roll with it and the successes will find their way to you.