New posting Schedule for Motivated Decor

For the last 3 months, I have been waking up at 3 am every day to update my blog and run my business. Then go to my day job from 7 am to 4 pm. I even work on more of my business stuff on my lunch break too.  After 3 months of it, I am starting to burn my self out. I’ve been so tired when I get home from work that I don’t want to do anything. At all. I would so much rather just sit and watch TV with some fast food. That’s lame and honestly pathetic.

I started this business and blog because I want to inspire people to GET OFF THE COUCH and DO SOMETHING with their lives. How can I provide motivation in the “physical” area of life if I’m sitting on my butt eating Pizza every night? Gross Amanda, you can’t. Same goes with all the other areas of life. I feel like the only area that I’m strong in right now is career. I need to focus more on my family and my health. I need to read more and spend more time with friends.

Overall, I need to feel more balance. My blog posts are only half way done. My house is a MESS. I keep forgetting to pay bills (even though we budgeted for them. DOH!). My cute family needs more attention and my social life sucks because we are in bed by 8pm (sometimes 7:30!) every night. So I’m gonna fix this mess!

I told you that I’m reevaluating the way I run things. Here is my new schedule for 2014.

–    Blog posts will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This will ensure that my posts are higher quality. This will also allow me time to prepare my subject  matter appropriately (instead of just winging it when I start a post). I will still try to cover the 7 areas of life in each post, but it won’t be a strict schedule like it was in the past.

–   Instead of taking all my energy trying to come up with a blog post every day, I will be making a new design everyday. So every post, you will see two new products. If you follow me on Facebook and on my Etsy page, you can see my new products before they are posted on my blog.

–   Every month, I am going to offer 2 free product downloads. You can expect these on the last Friday of every month. I will make a tab on my menu bar so you can access them any time you like.

–   Every three months, I am going to participate in a give-a-way with another blog or business. I might even try to host one. 🙂

–   I will add tutorials once a month so you can see how I do different crafts and designs.

 

I have a feeling that I will love what I’m doing so much more with this new approach. I hope to regain my energy, determination and spit fire personality.

Thanks for reading! See you Friday!

-Amanda

Contentment

I have really started to hate my day job.

Those words kind of suck.

It’s not that it’s hard, it’s just not what I want to be doing. It’s sometimes more stressful than what it is worth. But I’m very  grateful for my job. It helps us get so much further with our financial goals. I want to be home so bad. This little life is my motivation. She is my “Why”.

I do this so one day I can be home with her.

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My husband made me feel much better when he told me that I will be home with her within the year of 2014. To know that it is that close made me realize that I should be grateful for my time in the workplace and get as much out of it as possible. So until I can be home, I will choose to enjoy my job. Because I’m sure that once I get home, I will say “Man, there are sometimes I really miss being at work”.

 

So even though I’d rather be doing something else, I choose to be content with where my life is right now.

 

I’ve got some new plans to increase production so I can be a “work at home mom” THIS year :). Here’s a sneak peak.

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I want to thank you all for your love and support. I appreciate the fact that you took time out of your day to read this.

 

Thank you.

-Amanda.

Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Thanks for visiting! Join me tomorrow for Thrifty Thursdays!

 

-Amanda