Sometimes life can feel like a balancing act. Having to figure out the perfect way to balance your work like, home life, social life, spiritual life and (most importantly) your sleep life can feel overwhelming at times. And I am not immune to that either! When I started seriously blogging in January last year, I quickly realized that I needed to work on managing my time better. With my full time job as a 3rd grade teacher, as well as the responsibilities that come with being married and owning a dog, life is already busy. But I decided to make it even harder on myself by picking up as many hobbies as possible (at least that’s the running joke around my family and friends). I run this blog, have my Etsy shop, and have recently picked up photography. The good thing is that I love all of it, so I don’t mind the stress and business my job, hobbies and home life bring me!
Over the past year, though, I have learned through trial and error what helps and what doesn’t help concerning time management and balancing everything going on in my life, especially my blog. And lucky for you, today I’m sharing it all!
- Use a Calendar
I can’t stress the importance of writing everything down! I keep a calendar on the wall above my desk at home where I write down my blog post ideas for the month, as well as important things going on, such as birthdays, social events and date nights. I use my Google Calendar for work, which I can access on my computer or my phone. I love having a bird’s eye view of the upcoming month, so I can prepare for it and keep track of everything going on.
My priorities in life in order are my walk with God, my husband, my family, my full time job and then my hobbies. I am so bad about putting my blog, Etsy shop or photography in front of the things that are more important. Isaac is a huge help when it comes to making sure I’m not stressing over something trivial to the point of a breakdown. It takes some discipline, but I’m slowly learning how to decide what I need to focus on that day. Sometimes that means setting aside a weekend to work on my blog or paint. Other times that means setting aside my hobbies to visit family and friends. It’s all a matter of remembering what your priorities are and not putting one thing over another when it shouldn’t be.
- Quiet Time
I have found that when I carve out time in the morning to sit in silence and read the Bible, journal and pray, life just makes more sense. I’m grounded, and my focus is on what it should be: glorifying the Lord. When life gets stressful, and I start feeling overwhelmed or like I’ve lost my balance, this reminds me that I am here for so much more.
I am the walking definition of a Type-A personality. I am organized, a planner, hate change, and always thinking ahead. So when I say I need to plan, it’s no joke! I try to be about a week ahead with my scheduled posts, and typically blog on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays and Thursdays are set aside for replying to comments and relaxing a little bit more. The weekends are always busy for me, which is why I try to not plan on blogging then. It also frees me up to spend time with family and friends without the weight of my blog on my shoulders.
- To-do Lists
This goes hand in hand with planning, and it’s something I’ve been doing since middle school. I LOVE to-do lists. You have the instant gratification of crossing things off your list (especially when you write it down after you’ve done the task 😉 ), and can keep track of everything going on. I tend to divide my lists up into these sections: blog, Etsy and home. I have a separate one at work for things I need to do throughout the day.
I hope these tips help you balance life a little better! If you have a tip you’d like to share, please leave it in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you do to stay organized and manage time.