Over the past four years, I have been asked several times how I do it all. How can I work during the day (I am a business teacher), take care of my kids, keep up with the housework, spend time with my husband, and still manage to create blog posts?
Side Note: In the beginning of my blogging journey, I also took graduate classes. I really have no idea how I did everything during that time, but I guess I made it work.
There are a few ways I make it all happen and I wanted to share those things with you today.
This is by far the number 1 way I make it all happen. I carry around my planner everywhere I go; to the grocery store, shopping, to work, to visit family, etc. I am not a person that deals well under stress, so my life needs to be planned out. So, you will definitely not see me taking a spontaneous vacation. It’s just not in my genes to do such a thing, even though it would be amazing if so.
I plan out every blog post several weeks in advance. At the moment, I have planned out my posts all the way through the first of April. Now, granted, this could change at a moment’s notice, but I still have an idea of what projects and posts are in the near future.
Usually, a week before I will go through my posting calendar and make a list of any materials I need to purchase for those posts. I try to avoid having to run out last minute to purchase scrapbook paper, hot glue gun sticks, etc.
Now, I have started making videos for my YouTube channel, so planning is even more crucial. It was not in my planning schedule a month ago, so now I am having to play a little catch-up. I want to try to post videos and the blog posts that go with them at the same time. I am hoping by mid-April that is running pretty smoothly.
#2: Time Management
This definitely works hand-in-hand with planning. Everything has to be timed out perfectly. From the photos to the videos to the introduction images to the content and the editing; it all has to run on a schedule.
A few times, I have had to set up and take photos at the last minute and it didn’t help my mood at all (insert frown).
I do a lot of my picture-taking on the weekends and videos (now). I can take my time setting up everything and waiting for the perfect lighting. Natural lighting is best and sometimes that is hard to get when I come home from work. In the winter, the sun has already gone down when I pull into my driveway.
A lot of the writing takes place at night after work. After we have eaten supper, I usually sit down at the computer and start typing. I will gradually work on the content until I get in bed. I still have time to get the kiddos ready for bed, get Kate’s homework done, and read some of my book or watch tv with my husband. Multi-tasking helps a lot!
#3: Not a Big TV Watcher
This might come as a shock, but I do not watch a lot of television. Anything I watch has been recorded. And, usually, my husband and I will sit down on the weekends and watch our recorded shows from the week before. Honestly, that list is pretty short too. We are big fans of The Big Bang Theory, House of Cards, and The Black List at the moment.
I find more enjoyment out of blogging than I do watching television, which leads to #4…
#4: Blogging is my Hobby
After spending years without a hobby, I finally found one. Blogging is what I enjoy doing during my spare time. It took me almost 30 years to find my hobby, but I am so glad I did.
There is a lot that goes into blogging and vlogging, but it doesn’t seem like a lot to me because I enjoy it. If I hated writing posts, photographing for them, editing my pictures, and checking and rechecking everything, I definitely would not spend time doing them.
#5: My Husband
Last, but definitely not least is my amazing husband. He is very understanding, helps give the kids a bath, keeps them occupied in other rooms while I am filming, and will actually hold lights and cameras when I need his assistance. And, he is the one that is teaching me how to do video editing. Video editing is something I have never done before. I am a business major and business teacher, but I have never taught a class that focused on video editing. So, I am learning a lot from him. He has done a lot of video editing by being a football coach. He breaks up game film and makes recruiting videos for his players. Did I mention he has a background in technology as well?
So, that is how I am able to do it all, you guys. It is definitely not by myself. There are several different ways that I accomplish so much and some days are better than others. Some days, I can cram a lot more than I had hoped into one day and others feel like I just can’t get started. But, at the end of the day, it all gets done.