I’ve talked a bit about this summer about how much I have going on. Most of you know that I’m currently enrolled in graduate school, studying to be a librarian. I also work full-time as a teacher. In addition I have two young children. It’s a lot.
This summer a lot of people have said to me, “Wow, you are amazing, I don’t know how you do it all!” or “How do you still time find to blog?”
Well, first of all, guys, I’m not a super hero. I don’t stay up all night working, I can’t do three things at once, and I don’t work light-speed fast. (In fact, I work rather slowly, which certainly makes finding time for everything harder!) I am just a regular person making it work.
Second, I will admit that handling all of this has been exponentially easier since I’ve been on summer vacation. Turns out eliminating one of my responsibilities entirely gives me a lot more free time! But during the school year I am definitely not as involved in the blogging community. I don’t read and comment on y’all’s posts as much because I just don’t have time! So, not a super hero.
But since so many people asked, I thought I would share some of the insights I’ve learned in the past year for balancing a busy life with blogging.
Set Your Priorities
This is important. As soon as I started school I sat down with my husband and we discussed my priorities. Kids first, school/work second, blogging last.
Now, this is the important part, once you set your priorities STICK TO THEM. When I decided to prioritize my kids, that meant I had to leave work by 4:00 every single day, unless there was an emergency or after school event at school. I couldn’t say, “Well, I have work to do, it’ll be okay if I don’t leave on time this once.” Because this once turns into every day. If I have to choose between writing a blog post and finishing my homework, I choose the priority every time. Don’t try to do both!Continue reading “Balancing Blog + Work + School + Life”