We have actually had a summer in the UK. Can you believe it?!
We have had, what feels like a tropical holiday at home! I love the extra long days and the super bright evenings but once Autumn arrives I will definitely welcome it with open arms.
Although I love Autumn and everything it brings, I also want to embrace summer, I’m really trying to live in the present more.
Time is one of the most valuable things we have and being a blogger it means that a lot of our time is spent looking through a camera lens or a phone which isn’t really using our time wisely and although we have photos to show sometimes we have to make some valuable time to make memories too.
The main way I use my spare time is with family, making memories for both of us. I think it is so important especially when there are so many kids in the family like mine to give them memories and spent time with them too. My house is always full, I do love being an auntie and the children are always around and it’s so nice to for them, as cousins, to make memories with each other too that will last a life time.
Failing to plan, is planning to fail.
Obviously, I don’t want to be living on my laptop or phone all day so I can spend quality time with my family and balance blogging with family time can be difficult if you don’t plan!
Planning is everything if you want to be present ‘in real life’. Working from home definitely has its advantages but you also have a ton of distractions when you’re at home.
I will do little 2 minute updates on social media but I schedule everything else. Scheduling saves so much time during the day. I usually do this the night before on an app called Hootsuite I know people use various different apps but this is the one I find the easiest to use. I schedule all my promotional stuff for my blog so it’s easily accessible and I’m still current online without having to touch my phone.
Another app which is great to plan content with is Planoly you can either use this to arrange your Instagram posts if you have a specific theme you can sign into your Instagram on Planoly and uploads pictures to see how you want them to look on your feed and then schedule them to upload and publish at specific times although for Planoly to publish them for you, you will need a business account on Instagram.
Photo Credit: My 10 yr old Niece Chloe getting those candid shots!
Getting in a Routine
Routines are really important setting your days out and having a schedule is so important. I use certain days to write a coupe of posts and I have then use the opposite days to take all the photos and then another day I will edit them and put them together in a post and schedule them to post automatically like the social media.
I personally find it easier doing it that way some people might do it differently. Obviously, you don’t have to do it like this but finding a schedule that suits you makes it so much easier.
You can also have a set blog schedule blog from 8am – 4pm or 9am-5pm like an office job or whatever times your more productive, I’m most productive in the mornings but if you’re more productive in the afternoon then have mornings off etc. You base this around you and when your most productive so tailor it to you but once it hits 5pm or the time you have chosen to end your workday leave the laptop and blog posts and sign off. you don’t need to work overtime otherwise you full into a 24/7 work mode.
and remember to take lunch breaks to refuel and not overwork yourself, go for a walk, grab some lunch whatever you fancy.
Make a to-do list
Sounds too easy right? Prioritize the things you need to get done. Make a list so you can tick off the job you have completed. Also, a good idea is to make a note of how long it takes to do each job and what time frame you have to do it in or deadlines you have etc. This way you can use your time wisely by completing the tasks in a more manageable time frame.
There are so many more tips I could give you but these 3 are the ultimate tips that I use and have helped me get my butt into gear and away from screens that little bit more!
I hope this helps your productivity or time management even the tiniest bit!
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