Since getting back from honeymoon I’ve struggled a bit with settling back into working routines. I mean who wouldn’t? One second you’re lying under a palm trees with a lovely waiter bringing you drinks telling you the world is MAGNIFICO, the next you’re sitting at a desk contemplating all the work you put ‘on hold’ pre honeymoon.
It’s not so much a case of motivation as I’ve got some really exciting projects in the pipeline for autumn that I just can’t wait to get started on. It’s more a case of where on earth do I start? I know I’m not alone in this. So many bloggers and makers also manage a full time job alongside their work and finding balance and head space in a world like that can be really challenging. I’m lucky because my day to day job is creative (Although sadly that still means a ton of admin and often long hours), however I still struggle to find time to work on my goals (growing my events, bringing Crafternoon Cabaret Club to new and exciting settings, growing my blog) without letting it take over my life.
I decided to put some time in with Twitter chats. I’ve talked about being a social blogger before and I always come out of a twitter chat feeling inspired and ready to put ideas into practice. I love being able to talk to others who are dealing with, or have dealt with, similar challenges to get their take on events and of course to see what everyone else is up to!
After a particularly exhilarating Blogtacular chat I’ve bitten the bullet and realised I need to write an actual plan with actual specific goals and timelines for my work across the next year (gulp). I’ve found the Blogtacular chats to be one of the most useful because the focus is strictly on discussing set questions rather than link sharing so the comments are always relevant and you end up in conversations with a wider range of bloggers. This week’s topic was all about how you can use your blog to live the life you want – aspirations, goals, and the steps you can start making today to achieve them.
I immediately bought Blogtacular’s awesome life planner as my first action (BOOM making things happen!) which I’m hoping to use to start properly planning posts, guest posts, making, events and life. I’m then planning to write up a list of goals (long term and short term ie in the next year) and actions (with dates to achieve them by).
I keep hearing about bullet journaling and my lovely blogger buddy Katy has been loving this new way of documenting and organising. She’s about to write a post about it so I’ll update the link once I have it. I can’t wait to try this technique and see if it works for me.
I’d love to know how you get yourself back into ‘work mode’ following a break?
And if you have any tips on organising life and blogging please do share below.
Wish me luck!