I have written about my uncertainties in the blogosphere in the past, and they’ve only heightened with increasing uncertainties regarding the IG algorithm in the past few months. In any case, I have decided to give “full-time” in blogging for at least a couple of months – give it a go before giving up so to say. However, I’ve noticed a few things about my day to day life that I’m quite unhappy with – not because they actually make me unhappy, but more so because I know I have much more potential than what I’m putting out. I could be SO much more efficient. So, here are the three things that I’m focusing on this year.
The Three Things I’m Aiming For In 2018
Managing My Time More Efficiently
I wrote about doing things in bulk previously on my blog and I want to really start to implement this strategy further – it’s such a time saver! In terms of social media management and blogging, I want to schedule as many posts in advance as I can, so that I can use the remaining time to tackle other problems that I’m facing, replying to comments and promoting my content for example.
I’ve also noticed how in general, good organisation skills save you SO much time, even if it comes to keeping your room clean or waking up earlier than normal. I love buying stationary and other items that make me feel like I’m organised, but often times that’s where the organisational skills actually end. It’s time to start writing to do lists more, as well as planning the week and even the month properly ahead.
Another thing that is quite time consuming in London is commuting. I live an hour away from my boyfriend, so whenever I go to his place it’s a two hour trip (not necessarily on the same day). I try to keep myself busy on the tube by reading, but it’s not rare for me to end up listening to music instead.
In 2018, I’m planning to spend this time writing blog posts when I can, as well as editing pictures if I have anything to edit. But, as I want to primarily focus on my blog this year, I want to produce as many ‘think pieces’ as I can.
I know a lot of you readers aren’t bloggers yourselves, so the last paragraph might have been a little irrelevant. However, even before I had a blog, I would aim to spend my time on the tube by listening to podcasts, the news or reading a book.
Although it’s nice to listen to music when commuting, it’s honestly such a waste of time. You could be using the same time to do so many other things! That way you’ll save time when you are actually out of the tube.
Another thing I notice myself wasting time on constantly is checking my likes, comments, views and all that. I love analytics, but when you become obsessive it’s never a good thing. I’m working on only checking my platforms once a day (especially the instagram likes!) as there really isn’t much that you can do when you do check in – it will just either cause distress because you aren’t doing well, or a slightly euphoric feeling because things are going great.
Working Together With More People & Being More Social
If there’s one thing that I’ve noticed about myself, it’s that I like my own company, but only to a certain extent.
I grow very bored if need to spend a few days entirely by myself, even if I’m working and being productive during those days. I previously wrote about feeling lonely in blogging, and that’s something I want to change this year.
I want to work with people more, have more meetings and generally just build a team for what I do. I can’t believe that when I first started out, I only used a tripod to take my photos – I didn’t want other people to do it for me because I thought I was bothering them!
Now I’m looking for the exact opposite. People can be very self-sufficient if they want to, I for one certainly can. BUT, it’s not fun doing everything by yourself. This year, I’m looking to bring more balance into my social/work life, even if it means hiring people and paying them when I wouldn’t necessarily have the budget for that.
The ultimate goal for this is to, of course, make the whole journey more enjoyable, but hopefully also more fruitful. I would love it if I could bring out more content on all my platforms, especially YouTube!
Having More Energy
Another thing that I’m annoyed by is having little enthusiasm and energy. I know that this might be more of a mental issue than a psychological one, but I find myself struggling to be productive for more than five hours. Even when I sit down with my to do list and have a bunch of things that need crossing out, sometimes I slack so much that it takes me the whole evening to get one single job done. What’s the point in that?!
I’m not taking extreme measures in my approach to having more energy, but I came across an interesting idea recently when I was reading “The Untethered Soul” by Michael Singer. In the book, he essentially explained that you will have more energy when everything in your life is in balance. Wow, not really revolutionary, I know.
However, in the book he describes how having balance in ALL areas of your life are beneficial to your energy levels – it’s not only about diet and exercise, but also your social life and everything else that is connected to you.
Michael Singer also mentions that having more energy has to do with BALANCE, therefore over-doing something is equally bad as not doing it. Dieting is great, but don’t over do it. Exercising is great, but don’t over do it. You get the point. Figuring out what is “too much” for you is personal and you need to analyse how your body reacts to certain situations when you push it.
Personally, I know that to have more energy, I need to surround myself with more people as I said previously, watch my eating habits a little closer, and go to the gym at least once a week (twice would probably be better).
So, there you have it, there are the general things that I’m aiming for in 2018.
Of course, I have other goals for myself too, but I believe focusing on these three key issues will make it easier for me to achieve my other goals in 2018. What are your main goals and aims for 2018?
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