Hey, hey friends! I hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday and a wonderful week thus far. I am working on balance this week and how I can maintain it within my personal, professional and blogging life. I am attempting to track all my time over the next few weeks with each job/responsibility so I can get a better perspective on how I spend my time! I’m sure this task sounds like the furthest thing from fun, but I have learned recently that there are aspects of my life that I don’t spend enough time on and others that I spend too much on, so I’m working to get better with b a l a n c e.
Lately, I have received so many questions about my “normal” job(s), blogging, working from home, balance, planning and my professional journey. So, today I am going to answer the top 10 questions!
What is your job?
I work as the Marketing and Development Manager for a non-profit and as the Marketing Manager for a local small business. I work both of these jobs part-time AKA a full-time schedule. Some weeks I work more or less but what I love about the jobs that I have is that my schedule is very flexible. My work schedule allows me to volunteer, pick up freelance projects, travel occasionally and of course, have time for the blog.
With my other job as a blogger and influencer, I do a lot of everything. From editing content and writing, to hosting and attending events, selecting pictures and scheduling shoots, answering emails, sending pitches, balancing books/finances, sending/updating invoices, having conference calls/Skype meetings with brands, managing/developing my website and more. One piece of advice I would give to new bloggers/influencers is to give yourself more time than you think you need to work on any campaign or blogging task. I also suggest to set certain days to plan and write content, then other days to engage and plan social media. Starting my blog has been one of the best decisions I have ever made and has taught me some of the biggest professional lessons I will ever learn.
How much time do you spend on blogging in a week?
This is one of the hardest questions to answer and is part of the reason why I am deciding to record my time over the next few weeks. I spend anywhere from 15 to 40 hours a week on the blog. Every week varies depends on how many posts I publish, if I need to shoot, if I need to edit pictures, how many emails I have, if I have RSVP’d for any events and so on. I’ve had weeks where I work 12 hours and am able to publish two posts and go to 1 event. On the flip side, I have had weeks where I’ll shoot twice, edit 250+ pictures, attend 2 events, publish 3 blog posts and get closer to 35 hours a week.
How do you plan for the week?
I try to write-down all my tasks and responsibilities for the week in my planner or with my phone calendar and notes section. I also want to get better at planning my meals for the entire week so I can cut back on eating out and mindlessly snacking.
What time do you wake up?
Since my schedule varies by week usually, so does my sleep pattern. I like to be awake by 8am and working by 8:30/9am. However, some days I wake up at 7am and start working at 7:15am and other days I wake up at 10 and don’t start working until 2pm. Creating a cohesive and consistent sleep schedule is the only down-side to working two-part time jobs since they can both change around during the week.
Do you have an assistant/intern?
No, I don’t have either. At my old job, I had a few interns that could help me with my workload and planning for events which freed up time for blogging and volunteering, but in my new job I don’t have interns. I also do not have interns or assistants for the blog. I have considered getting an intern over the past several months but have been too scared to jump in. I look forward to getting an intern in the future because that will symbolize that my business has grown in ways that I have dreamed about for so long.
Do you sleep?
I love this question! Honestly, I don’t sleep as much as I want to/should. I’m totally a night owl and complete my best work once the sun goes down. Naturally, I stay up far too late sometimes because I am deep in my work. With monitoring my time better, I plan on trying to get a consistent 9 hours of sleep per night.
What did you go to college for?
I have a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Family and Community Services with a Pre-law concentration. I originally wanted to be a family attorney, and sometimes still dream about it. But for now, I am loving my career in marketing and development.
How do you get work done when working from home?
I can’t lie y’all, working from home has many challenges. There are so many times I want to nap or take Max to the park or go shopping with my friends in the middle of the day when I work from home.I have found that working from a creative, clean and quiet space in my home helps with concentration. If you want to successfully work from home, I suggest investing in home office supplies and furniture that you genuinely love so that you are comfortable when working from home. I have an office set up where my dinning room would traditionally be in my condo. I have an oversized desk, 5 shelf bookcase, business printer, tons of pens, highlights, sticky notes and just about everything else you would have in a normal office. When I don’t want to work from my desk, I work from my bed with my lap-desk from college that has room for my laptop, cup of coffee, sticky notes and pens. When I’m having a really hard time concentrating, I will head to a local coffee shop or Panera to get work done. I did an office reveal about a year ago that you can see: HERE.
What is the best laptop bag to carry everything in?
I have used my LV neverfull to carry my laptop, planner, beauty products and more for the past two years. Recently, I got this bag and have loved using it! The straps are a little thicker (AKA don’t hurt my shoulder) and this bag is much more reasonable to use as a workbag.
What is your dream job?
I have several dream jobs: Secretary of Education, Marketing and Development Manager for She’s The First (AKA the best girls’ education non-profit ever that is so dear to my heart), Teaching faculty at a university, attorney and Research Analyst for the Department of Education. I have had so many great opportunities to explore different careers in my 23 years of life and that’s why I feel confident sharing all these ideas! To be honest, I currently have a 40 year plan when it comes to my career. I know that is E X T R E M E and that things will change, but I feel confident in knowing that everything I want and have ever wanted, I am able to have/do/achieve through faith and hardwork. If you read my life update a few months ago, I left a job that I thought I would have stayed at for a while. But, I realized quickly after starting that I wasn’t happy. In these past few months, I have been able to achieve goals that I had been dreaming about for years just by trusting in God, his grace and my gut when I quit my full-time job with little of a safety net to catch me.
Thank you so much for reading! If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to email me or leave it in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer it! This post was a little longer than I intended but I love receiving feedback from y’all and being able to answer your questions.