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Running a blog can be stressful if you’re not taking the necessary steps before you start publishing posts!
I took a step back from my blog, for about 2 weeks. When I looked back at all the work I had done, it wasn’t cohesive. It looked like different people were putting posts on my site. There were no specific fonts, no color scheme, and my logo wasn’t even exactly what I wanted!
I had to take and step back, read more posts, and watch more videos to make sure I was branding myself the right way. This has been extremely hectic for me. I would work in the morning until it was time to get my daughter at school, I would take her home, do my usual nighttime routine, and after she was in bed, I would finally have time to work on my site! Sheesh! At this time, I was already exhausted, and then I would search for hours and hours on Pinterest trying to get even more information. Let’s not forget the fact that I have MAJOR squirrel syndrome! (Yes, that’s a real thing). So, while I was researching branding pins, I was checking my email, watching YouTube videos, and doing everything but what I was supposed to be doing.
I had a lot going on before, and now it’s even more hectic adding this blog onto my plate! Sometimes I wonder what in blue blazes am I doing? But I guess I like the challenge? -shrugs-
My Life Saver
With all this going on, I had no clear view of what I wanted to do, on what day, or for how long. I was EXTREMELY unorganized. So, I decided to look on Pinterest, for tips on how to get organized, and I found this book/planner! It was highly rated by a lot of bloggers and received good reviews on amazon.com!
The thing I love about this planner is that it has a questionnaire at the beginning. It helps to guide you through your planning process for whatever your goal is (I chose blogging and physical products that I would like to sell in the near future). After you’ve filled that out, you can start setting your short and long term goals. Yippee!
Another cute thing about this planner is at the end of the week you can check off whether you’ve fulfilled your goal(s). It’s kinda like having a little accountability partner.
You have a yearly goal, then you have quarterly goals to get you to the yearly goals and then you have weekly goals to get you to your quarterly goals. For example: my first quarterly goal, was to get my blog launched by March (obviously, I’m super early). Then I set one of my weekly goals to be, write one post. And my daily goals were to write sections of my post, so I wouldn’t be overwhelmed. So, you can basically plan your year in this book, it will keep you organized, and not overwhelmed.
I bought this book, in conjunction with my Erin Condren Life Planner.
My Life Planner is what I use for everyday planning: like bills, hair appointments, errands, and my daily goals. I love this thingy because it has inserts, it comes with planner stickers, folders, places to write your goals and more! Think of it as a scrapbook and an agenda wrapped up in one!
May I suggest something?
I understand some of you have careers, children, husbands, school, or whatever your situation may be, you DO have time for your passions! Sometimes we waste precious time doing things like watching TV, relaxing for extended amounts of time, talking on the phone, texting, using social media to stalk someone secretly. Whatever your hangup is, you must train yourself to maximize your time as best as possible.
If you read your planner every day and complete your goals little by little, there’s no way you won’t accomplish them.
Sunday is my day of rest. I go to church, then afterwards, my daughter and I go to the park. While she is playing, I sit down and plan my goals for the week. EVERYONE can spare 20-30 minutes of quiet time for planning and organizing.
A friend of mine suggested I get up earlier so I can maximize the day to the best of my abilities. And at first i was like “yeah ok, sounds great” but in my head i was like umm… that’s a negative! But one day I was stressing out because I felt like I didn’t have enough hours in the day, and I was always tired! So, I started getting up earlier. In the mornings, I would work on my blog, read a chapter out of my books for the month (I try to read 1 to 2 books a month based on my niches), and then get ready for work.
It may seem like common sense, but I feel like so many people are stagnant in life because they lack proper planning, among other things! I noticed a change in myself once I started planning. I am making small achievable goals and I am going to complete them all for this year. Bwahahahaha!
So, without further adieu, here is my inspirational question of the day. I hope you enjoyed!