It seems like a fantastic time to post this. Not everyone knows but I have a full-time job, and I run this blog. While it would be so awesome to focus solely on building this blog and my brand, it unfortunately does not pay the bills quite yet. That being said, I’m kind of loving my job right now, and keep getting thrown new and exciting things to add to my repertoire. So, time management really is key. I can’t allow work to take up all of my time, as I have relationships and partnerships to uphold as well. And it’s because of all of the above that I have come up with a few time management tips that I wanted to share with you. If you find yourself losing track of time, take a peek below, perhaps I have something that may help with that.
I’ve learned pretty quickly that there is no “perfect” work-life balance. There are times of the month, and even times of the day, where it’s simply impossible to find the right balance, but you can find what works for you.
First things first – find out what your ultimate goals are, and let that guide you to finding your perfect balance.
Plan Ahead & Schedule
Most of my close friends and family are sitting there reading this, saying, “Ally plans too much”… well guys, perhaps this post will explain why I need to do that. To me, this seems like a no-brainer, but it is important to have a plan and schedule ahead of time.
I have a blogging/writing calendar. I research topics to discuss, I plan menus, I write recipes, etc. but I also have my day-job to plan as well. I reconcile the books, I pay owners, I collect rent, I pay vendors, etc. etc. I typically find during the week that I have little time to actually take a step back and relax, so my weekend is dedicated to that. Unless I have an article to write, and then that gets slotted in there. See. Very easy to forget about that balance when there is way too much to do in the hours of the week.
But, I make it work. Planning is KEY. I cannot say it enough.
What Hours Work For You?
I don’t really have the luxury of determining if I’m a morning person or not, but you might. If you simply cannot function before 2 cups of coffee, perhaps you need to schedule lunch time meetings.
It is important to find the time you’re most productive and utilize it.
Set a Time to Stop, Sleep, and Relax
It’s hard to press the off-button. I know that more than anyone. And I’ve definitely burned out a few times because I don’t listen to my body, but that’s really the kicker here. Listen to your body…. and perhaps you’re significant other, also. Sounds silly, but true. Mark can always tell when I’m burning it from both ends too much. He has been known to take my phone and hide it. And I have to say, I’m more than grateful for that.
Plan downtime – even if it’s a quick evening stroll. Breathe in a little fresh air. It’s never hurt anyone.
Put Your Phone Down
I said…. PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN!!
Sure, Instagram is half my job, but I can’t miss life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness because of it.
There are some fun apps out there that will tell you exactly how much time you’re wasting on your phone. You can set downtime, and it will tell you when you’ve hit your wall. Genius. Don’t miss life because you’re stuck with your head in your phone.
If something doesn’t work out the way you planned, don’t get too hung up about it. Plan for a different day. Find yourself simply exhausted one day? Cancel that meeting, and rest. Simply reschedule for the next day.
Some days I have zero inspiration to post content for the blog, and that’s okay. I take the day off – explore the city, eat some fun and incredible food, have conversations with people, and shockingly enough find myself right back at it the next day. It’s okay to be flexible.
How do you manage your time? Post your tips below in the comment section!