Working full time, looking after a home, blogging, leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining my relationship and social life means I have to manage my time very carefully and also work out ways in which I can be more productive to ensure everything I need to do it done. It's definitely not easy to juggle it all but there is things you can do that make it a little easier so I thought I'd share my top tips with you guys incase you find them helpful in any way.
Get up earlier
This is something I'm really trying to do at the moment as I feel getting up earlier in the mornings makes a huge difference to the rest of my day. If I sleep in and am rushing around before leaving the house, I feel completely unorganised and stressed for the rest of the day. I think it's so much better to get up half and hour earlier and give yourself time to do the things you need to do without rushing. Whether that's a quick work out, making a cup of tea or even watching the morning news, having that extra bit of time in the morning to get organised for the day ahead does the world of good.
Following on from my last point, I think it's so important to get up early enough to have some breakfast in the morning. Not only is this a lovely way to start the day but it will also leave you feeling energised and ready to take on the day. I feel way more productive after eating a healthy breakfast (boiled eggs are my fave) and this is something I want to try and do every morning rather than eating on the go or taking my breakfast to work. On the mornings I do get up early enough to eat breakfast, I feel so much better.
Notes are my best friend. Wether they're on my phone or jotted down in a notebook, notes are my top tip for keeping organised. Whenever I'm feeling inspired, I write ideas down so I don't forget them. I have a 'blog post ideas' page in my Iphone notes and I refer back to this whenever I'm feeling uninspired. I also like to jot down key points I want to add in to my posts or dates for when certain things need to be posted.
This is a difficult one as there's distractions everywhere but I find I work best when I'm sat at my computer with no TV on in the background and just a little bit of music playing on my phone. I try my best not to keep checking my phone when writing posts too as social media is a huge distraction and if I pick my phone up, I end up spending a good hour scrolling through various social media. Not productive at all.
Plan your day
If you're planning to do some blogging on a certain day, make yourself a little list with times you want to have certain things done by. I try to do this as it gives me mini goals throughout the day and I like checking things off a list - it gives me a sense of satisfaction. I tend to give myself a couple of hours for photography, an hour or so for editing and then a couple more hours for writing. I also factor breaks in too which I'll talk about in another point. As I said, having a list and a set plan for the day really helps with productivity and it gives you something to aim towards.
Do things in bulk
When I have some free time, I always do things in bulk. I tend to take all of my blog photos at the weekend so I have them ready and waiting for the week ahead and I also like to draft post titles and upload photos all in one go so when I want to publish a post, all I need to do is log on to blogger and type it up - I can even do this on the go using the Blogger app. In an ideal world I'd also like to get a few blog posts scheduled each weekend but I never have the time so I tend to use my lunch breaks at work or a couple of evenings a week for writing the actual posts.
Allow yourself breaks
Although it's important to avoid distractions when you're trying to be productive, I also think it's important to take breaks. If you've set aside a day for blogging, make sure you factor in a break every couple of hours to chill out. I find doing this means that when I come back to my computer I feel more motivated and full of ideas. Even if you just have a ten minute break for a cup of tea, it does the world of good.
Tidy home, tidy mind
Whenever my flat is a mess, I find myself getting so stressed. I'm not sure why that is but when things aren't in their place and there's clutter lying around, I just can't think straight or focus on anything other than the mess. That's why I always make sure my flat is tidy on the weekends before I start blogging - I tend to do a big tidy up on a Saturday morning and then I feel way more productive for the day ahead. I also like to sort my blog samples into piles so I know what I need to photograph and generally keep everything very organised. I find this really helps with my motivation.
Don't pressure yourself
Finally, it's so important not to pressure yourself. There's been so many times recently when I've thought 'oh my god, I've not blogged for two days' or 'I've got so much to do and not enough time to do it' and whilst I'm sure these thoughts go through every bloggers mind, they're not healthy. I try my best to remember that my blog and my readers will always be there and they won't mind if I don't get posts up as quickly as I might like or if I have a little break to get things organised now and again. I feel the more pressure I put on myself the less productive I become so I try my best to keep calm and do things as and when I have the time instead of trying to take on too much.
So there's a few of my tips for being more productive. I hope they helped and if you have any other tips to share, please let me know in the comments below!