YAY! I made it through week number one as a consistent blogger!! 🙂 Happy day! Last week we talked about finding your passions. Did you dig deep? Have you figured out what it is you want to do with your life? What goal did you set? Did you follow through with it?
My goal was to get week number one as a blogger under my belt. And I did it! I want to take a second to congratulate you on accomplishing your goal too! GOOD JOB!
Maybe some of you came a little shy of that goal. No worries. Keep working on it! Tomorrow is a brand new day. Just keep your head up, stay focused and put your heart and soul into what you are doing.
Today, I want to talk about schedules. As I made it through my first week of blogging, I decided that I NEED a schedule! If I don’t stick to it, I will burn my self out! My husband has to be to work at 4am. So I wake up with him at 2:30-3ish every morning. I also get so into blogging and social media and product design that I have been staying up till 11 or 12 at night. You do the math. That is seriously 3 hours of sleep. What am I doing to my self? By day three, I was falling asleep on my desk at work. NOT OK! So after my 10 minute accidental power nap, I said “No more!” I put my self on a schedule and the last 3 or 4 days have went pretty smoothly. Here’s my schedule:
2:30 am – Shower and get ready
3:30 am – get bags packed so Chelae and I are ready to head out the door at 6:35 am.
4:00 am – Blog. Only Blog. No email checking, no social media, just compose a blog.
4:30 am – Product design for the next day.
5:00 am – Social Media – post, share, tweet, pin. Make my self visible.
5:15 am – Maintain the ins and outs of Motivated Decor. This hour can include accounting, marketing, maintaining the website, or preparing products so they are ready for orders. I assign the task before the day begins and I devote that hour to just that task. Today, I will be preparing my products to show to Quilted Bear. I’m going to try to get a booth within their store! 🙂 Wish me luck!
6:15 am – Start closing down the computer and saving any files that I am working on. It often helps to set an alarm for this so I don’t push the limit. I was late to work a couple times last week. NOT OK!
6:20 am – take bags down to the car, get Chelae changed, bottle made, and bundled up.
6:35 am – out the door. Drop Chelae off at day care.
7:00 am to 4:00 pm – Day job. I often work on Motivated Decor related projects on my lunch break. I use this time to check emails, social media and stats of my posts. Or lunch is when I let my self relax and I squeeze in some quality reading time. I get an hour lunch.
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Family time. Play, Dinner, Clean
7:00 pm check stats, emails and social media.
7:30 pm Bath time routine.
8:00 pm Bed time. For our entire house. We all wake up early. We all go to bed early.
I have several reasons why I like to operate on a schedule.
1. My family was suffering. Chelae was not getting the attention she deserved, our house was a mess and I didn’t feel like my husband and I were getting the time that we needed to catch up on things and keep that important marital bond. It’s good to be busy, but I started this with the intention to be able to one day quit my day job and give my family the attention the deserve. That was my driving force for it. Family comes first. Always.
2. My work (at my day job) was suffering. Coming in late, social media alerts on my phone distracted me (my phone is on silent between the hours of 7am-4pm now) and falling asleep at work. How is that a valuable employee?! It’s not. It only took me one day of this behavior to realize that I should not let MY dream come in between my work. I’m not being paid by my day job to work on my dream job. I felt like I was stealing from my employer. They are paying me to help get things done. Not piddle around and sleep. I’d be pissed if one of my employees pulled that crap. I’m not going to be doing that. PERIOD!
3. I was getting burnt out. I had to talk my self into doing the stuff that I loved. I was so tired that I just didn’t care. I really didn’t. I had to motivate my self to do something, including eat! I forgot to eat. One day I got really dizzy at work. My friend and co-worker (who I have kept up to date on Motivated Decor) was concerned. She asked if I needed to eat something. I realized it had been almost 48 hours since I had a real meal. That is dangerous. I didn’t even realize it. Being a wife, mom, a full time employee, a blogger, business owner, designer and house keeper is a lot of work. But you need to take care of yourself! You have to set a schedule and stick to it or you will burn your self out.
Please don’t burn your self out! Be smart with your time. Enjoy your family. Enjoy your life. You only get one to live.
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