Maybe you’ve noticed, maybe you haven’t, but I haven’t been as active on social media much in the last few weeks. I’ve slowed down a little on the blog posts. The answer is quite simple: I had to get a civilian job. I didn’t want to, but I’m just not making enough from all of this right now.
Luckily, I managed to snag a part-time job where I’m alone basically babysitting an office and the office isn’t very busy. In my two weeks so far, many days I had no customers coming in. So, once I get myself all set up (now that I’m past the training, and am finally left on my own) I should be able to do bloggy stuff while at work. After all, that’s how I started 6 years ago! 6 years ago I was working full-time in a boring government job, and I had plenty of downtime at work to be on social media, writing posts, etc. But the blog was very very different back then–more personal, more sexy. It might prove difficult for me to work on reviews someplace other than my home office.
For the past two weeks, though, I’ve basically sucked at time management. For 3 wonderful years I was able to stay home and have the blog be my full-time job. I had no restraints and restrictions on my time, I had no schedule. Now, though, I’m somewhere else for a firm 4.5 hours a day in the afternoon. By the time I come home at close to 5:30, it’s time for little miss Corrupt Donna Reed to think about putting dinner on the table. If I need to go to any stores, it has to be done in the mornings. So fitting in blog time has not been managed just yet, but I’m workin on it. I specifically took this part-time job so that I could have more time for the blog, because this IS the job of my dreams in many ways. I just wish the pay was better!
I’m notoriously bad at time management, I always have been. I’ve pretty much been the ADD poster child all my life. I don’t have routines, I don’t do schedules…..for better or worse. Now I have to learn, though. I have to learn to use the scheduled Tweet stuff on Hootsuite. I think I need to find a new “tweet old post” plugin and bring that back. I’ll be able to do Reddit stuff from my tablet at work (especially now that I’ve solved the main issue with tablet usage – I’ve found a way to hook up a real mouse, and have an external keyboard), and social media from there. But I really need your best tips on how to manage my non-work time. I’m a pretty low-key person, and some might call me lazy. I don’t “work hard”, I don’t run like the Energizer bunny. But I have to fit everything in now, and try for something that looks like “being productive”…..every day.
So tell me, how do you balance your worlds? How do you make sure you get it all done?