There are so many things in life.
So much to see,
So much do,
So much to learn,
So much to pursue.
Joy and sorrow,
The hope of tomorrow;
There is so much to life. So much to explore, so much to discover, and so much on our plates. School, blogging, writing, taking photos, spending time with friends and family, praying and devoting time to our walk with God.
How do we do it all? How do we keep things balanced? As much as we might like to sit and write or blog all day, we can’t, and it isn’t good for us. We lose all of the other wonderful things in life. But how, how do we keep things balanced?
It’s hard, and it’s sad sometimes. But the answer is sacrifice.
Some things aren’t as important as others, and some things get left behind. For example, every time someone posted or commented on my blog, I used to read it or respond right away. And that took time, time away from things I could be doing. But I still wanted to read blog posts and comment on others’ posts. So I decided to make one day a week my “Blogging Day,” where I would read others’ posts, respond to comments, and in the future, I want to schedule posts on that day too.
But reading blogs and responding to comments are a small part in all the things I do. I want to learn how to photo edit. I want to work on designing a family blog. I want to learn ballet stretches and do Yoga every day. I want to blog. I want to write. I want to dance. I want to take photos. I want to (and do) spend time with my family.
How do I balance it all? How do I plan things out? How do I budget my time?
I’ve decided on a couple of things blog-wise, which I want to share with you. I’ve already shared above about responding to comments/reading other posts, but there are some other things I’ve decided on.
For one, I’ve decided to make somewhat of a posting schedule. I’m going to be making 2 high-quality posts each week. They won’t have a specific theme, but I’ll still have a schedule to stick to. I’ve realized over the course of NaNoWriMo that cramming in 4 or 5 posts each week takes too much time, and reduces the post quality. Some of you might be gasping in horror, but this is something that I feel will help me budget time, and allow me to plan ahead and deliver quality posts. 🙂
Another thing that’s happening is updating and completing my blog design. As I have been blogging, I haven’t been completely happy with my design. I asked Megan to help design my blog, and I’m really excited for it! I’m so undecided on a theme, so if anyone has any themes they just looove, then please lmk! 😀
Things like bullet journal(l)ing or keeping planners are another way to help balance your time – sacrifice certainly isn’t the only answer! – and is definitely something I want to look in to. I’d like to start a bullet journal for 2017, but we’ll have to see.
For now, I’m taking baby steps, like making a simple posting schedule, making a homeschool-work chart, and having a small voice in my head that is always asking – “Should I be doing this? Is it eating away at my time?”
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! It’s a little different from usual, but I still hope you liked it. And if you guys have any feedback, post ideas, favorite themes, and tips for budgeting time, please drop me a comment! 😀
What are some things that are important to you?
How do you budget time?
Did anyone else enter Shannon Messenger’s Lodestar pre-order giveaway? I did, and my “swag” arrived a few days ago! 😀