Guest post by Pamela Douglas Webster
How will you ever find the time to be fabulous? Y’know, an amazing blogger, a caring family member, good friend, social media wizard, and responsible pet parent? Here’s good news. You’re already fabulous. And the fact that you worry you’re not getting enough done is proof of your fabulousness! I know. You don’t feel fabulous. You feel guilty, stressed, and overwhelmed by having too much to do and not enough time to do it. But before you buy another organizer or sign up for a class on time management, take a deep breath. Look back at what you’ve done this past week, month, or year. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
- Stop doing stuff. No one can do everything. Do you think Hillary Clinton still answers every email? No way. So make a “not to do” list of all the things you do out of a sense of obligation or guilt. Then, stop doing them.
- Tame drift. Ok, you need to promote your blog posts on Facebook and Tweet your latest giveaway. But do you need to watch yet one more Gangam Style parody? Probably not. Set a timer when you do social media tasks. When the alarm goes off, turn on your social media blocker until you have another social media task to do.
- Do difficult tasks when you’re at your best. If you’re a morning glory, do challenging tasks when you first get up. When you’re drowsy in the mid-afternoon or evening, do things that don’t test your brain so much. You’ll work more effectively and can do “busy work” when you have lower reserves.
- Take regular breaks. When you’re facing a tight deadline, it’s hard to make yourself stop. But what happens? You find yourself making mistakes and working slower anyway. Get up from the computer. Play with your cat, walk the dog, or go pick some dandelions for the rabbit. Your animal buddy will love you for it and you’ll return to work more productive than you were before.
You’ll find other tips and lots of support at the BlogPaws Community Group: Making Time to Blog.
There you’ll learn that those other fabulous bloggers you admire and envy for doing so much are feeling as busy as you are. Which will make you feel just a little more fabulous. And isn’t that much better (and more productive) than wallowing in guilt?
Pamela Douglas Webster presented Making Time to Blog at BlogPaws 2012. She blogs at Something Wagging This Way Comes, is preparing to relaunch her first time home buyer blog, Hands on Homebuyer, and works as a Home Buyer Educator. She never feels she has enough time.