Managing, Well, Life

Posted September 19, 2015 by Carlisa in Let's Talk, Random Thoughts and Confessions / 10 Comments

The title of this post really says it all. Life is getting to me. I’m currently taking 14 credits of school. I work 17-20 hours a week. For my English class, I have to read at least 30 books this semester, not to mention the other homework I have. I’m taking an online astronomy class and dying because I realized I need a professor to lecture at me. I just got hired to freelance blog posts through October for the company I interned at over the summer. I feel like I have no time for anything anymore. I want a social life and I want to blog and I want to have time to work out and I want to have time just for myself. I don’t know why this semester everything seems to be piling on me so much more than normally. Last night I just got to the point where I felt buried by everything. Like this was basically me last night:

I think it’s hard for people who don’t blog to understand that blogging is hard. It takes a lot of time and dedication to run a successful blog. And I’m sure, as my followers and readers, you may have noticed a significant drop in blog posts. In the last two weeks I’ve only posted five times. FIVE. When over the summer, I was posted around five a week. And it’s not because I don’t want to. It’s just that by the time I’m finished with homework, it’s late and I’d rather just read than sit and write a blog post.BUT I want to keep blogging. I want to keep on a schedule. My goal is going to be 3-4 times per week, which I think is manageable. This upcoming week I have about a billion ARCs I have to read and post reviews for (and by a billion, I mean three)…so hopefully I’ll be able to do that. So this 3-4 thing might not be starting this week but probably next month actually.

But I want to ask you lovely people, how you do it. How do you keep up to date on your blog while managing, well, life? Please please tell me how you are managing life and blogging at the same time. I want your tips and tricks, por favor.  

  • I feel that this is a trend in the blogging community right now. Everyone has just been hit with some crisis or another, like school, new job, moving, or a combination of all of them. I think everyone is in a collective scramble to try and find time to blog, including me. And I totally agree that non-bloggers do not really understand the impact of blogging on your life. Most people think that all you have to do is pump out a couple of posts every now and then and you are immediately a successful blogger. But it is so much more than that! You comment on other blogs, constantly fiddle with your blog design, keep up a presence on ten million social media sites, think of new ideas ALL OF THE TIME, and actually write the blogs, all while trying to hold on to the little sanity that you have left. It is practically impossible, and adding in other things, like life, make it even more difficult. So, I understand where you are coming from, and I do not really have a ton of advice on time management or anything, but I honestly suck at it. My advice is to always remember why you blog. While you stress over reviewing ARCs, just think about the loyal readers who are dying to read your thoughts on the book. We care about what you have to say and we cannot wait to discuss with you. Also, post however often you can. I promise that you will still get essay comments even if you only post five times in two weeks (this is proof of that). I hope that will be able to help you through all of this stuff.

    • I’ve noticed that it’s been going around the community, too.

      I’ve really been wanting to do a blog redesign but I need more time. Maybe I’ll do that during the next school break!

      I know I’ve told you this before, but I really appreciate you and your comments on my blog. I feel your support!

  • I find that I post when I want, rather than stick to some strict calendar that I know I’ll never be able to dedicate to. I work 40+ hours a week, plus I’m doing an online course, volunteering for extracurricular’s, if I have time to put something together – awesome. But I don’t make a big deal out of it, I try to do a little bit of book reading here and there to be able to get at least one review a week on my blog. Once you get into your routine, you’ll figure out what works for you.
    Good luck,
    – Krys

    • I have a calendar, but it’s very fluid because I move things around a lot. And I’m trying to find the routine that works for me! Hopefully I’ll figure it out soon.

  • I just want to say that you are now my spirit animal. YES to everything! I was actually just about to write a post about this….

    It is very, VERY difficult to blog while doing school, especially college. Though I’m taking far fewer credits than last year where I took full loads, I have taken on more hours at work and I’m also on a research team this year. So yeah, I totally get it.

    For me, since I do SO much reading for classes, sometimes the last thing I want to do is look at a book. I know that I’ll enjoy it once I do, but it’s just so difficult to actually pick the darn thing up. A lot of times Netflix takes priority. Ok, Netflix basically ALWAYS take priority. And like you, I want a social life. I love hanging out with people and enjoying college while I’m here so that also takes priority. A lot of times I only feel like I can relax and read at night, but even if I have a goal of reading for half an hour to an hour, it makes me so tired I just want to go to bed XD And the one things I ABSOLUTELY refuse to sacrifice is sleep.

    So yeah, I get it. And I honestly wish I could help you out. But, unfortunately, I’m trying to figure it out myself! This has been my first week since I started that I’ve actually found some time to write posts and I’m hoping to get around to it soon. But just know that you are totally NOT alone.


    • I totally get what you’re saying about Netflix. I’ve been binge-watching Criminal Minds and sometimes I just want to sit and watch instead of pulling out my book. But then I feel like I need to read the books so I can post regular reviews on my blog. Which isn’t good that I feel pressured like that…but it’s how it’s working for me right now.

      But thank you for your support and advice! I REALLY appreciate it.

  • Sarah

    You still blog a lot more than I do, so don’t feel bad! I tend to post once or twice a week at maximum, so five times in two weeks is still impressive to me!
    My strategy recently, when I started my first full time job, has become to have designated blogging days when I write as many posts as I can, and then schedule them into the future so I know I’m covered for a while, and making sure I’ll have another blogging day before they run out. Given how much more than me you post, I don’t know if this translates, but I hope it’s helpful anyway!
    Good luck balancing everything, I know how much of a pain it can be to get used to and well done for not just giving in!

    • Yeah, I know that it’s still a lot. Over the summer when I wasn’t taking classes, I think I put a lot of pressure on myself and I was posting almost every day. So 2-3 times a week seems small for me…but I think it’ll help me write more quality posts rather than just having a large quantity of posts.

      Thanks for your advice, though! I think I’ll try it out!

  • Gaby @ Great Exhortations

    Blogging takes a lot of time, especially with something like a book blog. You’re not just running a blog, you’re also reading a ton to make sure you have content to blog about.

    The easiest thing for me is usually to schedule my free time. Whether I designate 3-4pm every day for blogging or set aside Tuesdays as my blogging day, having a set time for blogging really helps my productivity.

    (I realize this is the worst possible post to link this on, but I nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World tag over on my blog. Please feel free to ignore it or leave it for when you’ve got more time.)

    • I really need to do this, just set up a time and just blog then. Just make it part of my regular schedule.

      And thank you SO much for tagging me! I’ll try to do this post as soon as I can 🙂