Managing Your Time

The struggle is real, as many of us know. Blogging for a lot of people is a hobby - some of us want it to progress and eventually be our full time job and some of us just enjoy having an online space to share thoughts and experiences. Like many bloggers out there, I have a full time job, a YouTube channel AND an Etsy shop which I pour my heart and soul into. Sometimes it can all get too much and the logical thing to do is let something give, but what do you do when you love it all so much that you're slightly addicted to the fun, the communities and have a creative passion? I threw together some of my best tips which I hope help some of you.



1. Breathe
This sounds silly, but it's a very good place to start. Take five, have a cuppa tea or whatever floats your boat and just clear some space in your head. Sometimes I find all my thoughts thrown together make them hard to understand so I imagine myself untangling them and tackling one at a time.

2. Make lists
Lists are something I feel aren't used enough today but I find writing things down to be one of the most useful things I can possibly do to help feel organised. Plan your day and once you've got really good at this and feel comfortable, you could try planning your entire week. Diaries are also brilliant and I like many forget mine exists or can't be doing with it taking up space in my bag, but I sure as hell feel better when I have it on me.

3. Make the most of weekends & days off
This time is so incredibly valuable to content creators of all kinds and if you don't manage your time wisely, you end up loosing a good opportunity to get some quality photographs or decent video footage. I always write down what I want to take photos of and prepare my props and backgrounds the night before. That way, even if you fancy a lie in on your day off, you're not going to be wasting time fannying around looking for your camera or whatever it is you're taking pictures of when you decide to get out of bed. And for gods sake, put your batteries on charge before you go to sleep! This is the sort of thing that used to catch me out all the time. Also, invest in a large memory card or two. Bulk shooting also works a treat - get all of your photos taken when you can and that way they're all ready for when you're writing your blog posts.

4. Little and often
Sometimes I find I have a few blog posts in the making all at once and every evening I'll add a bit more to the one I feel the most in the mood for. Not that I don't want to write the posts, but sometimes things flow much nicer when you're in different moods. Some weeks I also have loads of ideas and then others none at all so I try not to get too ahead of myself and post all my content really close together. Instead I like to keep a week to view pad on my desk so I can organise my week and keep a day or two in between each post.

5. Plan ahead and capture
This is a great one for posts like monthly favourites and I always find myself recognising when something is an immediate favourite...my first instinct is to add it to my notepad for that month's favourites list. I don't think I've ever got right to the end of a month and panic written a favourites post. Mine are something that I keep adding to from literally the first week of every month. It takes the pressure away and you also feel like you're collecting things to rave about!

6. Don't be hard on yourself
It's very easy to start beating yourself up if you feel you haven't created enough content in one week or even a month for your audience and you know what? That's okay. Be your own boss of your own platform, whether that is YouTube or blogging; you're in control. Plus a viewer who gets nasty if you don't post on certain days or whatever is a viewer not worth having. Genuine lovers of your content will be happy to wait and will respect you if you need to take time away from your platforms to focus on other things. Remember the reason you started blogging or making videos? It's because you enjoyed it! Hold onto that.



These are just a few of the things I practice to keep myself on track and make the most of the time I have in between my job and spending time with family and friends. I think without them I'd start to feel overwhelmed and incredibly drained so they definitely help me along the way.

Thanks for reading!

4 comments

  1. I really don't know how you do it all, Ellis! I have uni, my tutoring job, and a blog to run, I can't imagine how you also throw YouTube and an Etsy shop into the mix! I'm in awe of you! What I often do is bulk write and take photos when I have some spare time, and then schedule posts because that helps me keep on top of things when I'm really busy at other points! I definitely agree about not beating yourself up, it does you no good and sometimes you do just need to take a break! Thanks for sharing your advice!

    Abbey 💗 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Sometimes I seriously question my sanity but it keeps me busy :) x

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  2. Such good advice! I sometime find it hard to do it all and end up feeling guilty. Ive had to let go of my organised, strict self and go with the flow more!

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    1. I couldn't agree more, going with the flow is the best way! :)

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