Finding A Balance - What Katy Said

Finding A Balance

Blogging has taken over my life, I never intended on it being that way but it has become an addiction. The harder I work the more I achieve and that is so satisfying. However, I am finding that life has taken a back seat in my own life!

finding a balance

Being away last week has put so much into perspective for me. The world will not end if I don’t post 3 times a day, I won’t miss out if I don’t check Twitter every 5 minutes but I will miss out on my children if I don’t get my priorities straight. I need to find a balance.

How do I create a work life balance?

  • What I need to do is take my blog more seriously. This may sound odd for someone who is saying they need to step away but hear me out. At the moment my job as a blogger blends seamlessly with my life, it is my life. I need to redraw those lines, create some boundaries so I know where work starts and ends each day.
  • I need to create a work-space, somewhere that is just for working – no more sitting on the sofa with my laptop meaning I open it up when I should be playing with the girls!
  • I need to put my phone down, when the girls are awake I need to ignore emails and social media as much as possible. I can build in time to my evenings to make sure I can reply to messages and Tweets.
  • Something that I have been meaning to do for ages is sign up to Hiive, I have seen a few people mention it as a great platform for connecting with other like-minded people and I want to be a part of it. I want to build my brand and be seen by companies, with regular work I would be able to focus on my family more in my down-time.
  • Find my voice, again. Somewhere along the way I have lost my voice. I need to reconnect with other bloggers, get some inspiration and write a blog to be proud of.
  • I need to learn to say no. There is only so much I can do and at the end of the day my girls must come first. Running myself into the ground is no good for anyone so I need to say no if I genuinely don’t have the time to complete a job.
  • I need to have fun- blogging started off as fun but if I carry on the way I have been going I will burn out. I am going to make it fun again and that means some changes, so watch this space!

So there we are, a few realisations I have had while sunning myself in Paris. I love my blog and I want to take it as far as I can by building up connections with brands but I need to address my work-life balance and spend more time being me too.

Do you manage you work- life balance well? What are your tips?

This is a collaborative post

12 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa@intotheglade
    July 12, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I don’t know how you do it! Good luck with it honey xx

    • Reply
      Katy
      July 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you Lisa, I dont know how I havent had a break down really! Not been a good balance at all! x

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    Laura's Lovely Blog
    July 12, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I don’t know how you manage 3 posts a day. But my holiday and no wifi and 3G did make me realise that even when I’m meant to be relaxing or playing with the children I often have my iPhone or iPad on the go. So I have just set aside some blog/internet free time each day and it’s definitely helped. It is so easy to become addicted though. Good luck lovely x

    • Reply
      Katy
      July 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      I had the whole holiday off and then BT messed up my wifi the last 4 days so i have been completely away from it all and now i dont even know how i managed 3 a day as I cant manage 1 right now!! x

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    Mrs G
    July 12, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    This blog strikes such a chord Katy. I’m nEw to blogging but I’m already wondering if the impact on my family could be detrimental, as opposed to the amazing family friendly career path I keep hearing about. I came off Facebook so I could be more present with my children, yet here I am again glued to the screen constantly. I think boundaries need to be drawn up to make this work! X MMT

    • Reply
      Katy
      July 14, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      That is the thing, it is so easy to be sucked in isn’t it? It is worse than just FB as you are then on Twitter, pinterest, your blog…. it is never ending!! x

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    Nikki Frank Hamilton
    July 13, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Good for you! I find myself wondering the same things. Working with an editorial calendar helps and refocusing on topics I want to write about, and culling topics down, not having too many. Good luck!

    • Reply
      Katy
      July 14, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks Nikki, I think that is where I have been going wrong. I am all over the place – need to find some direction! x

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    Helen C
    July 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Finding a balance is so hard! The thing I find hardest is that I’m always connected. I find it so difficult to put down the phone, tablet, laptop…I make sure I plan in non-work activities whether that’s a family day out, run, shopping trip or time for a peaceful bath. It gives me some time out to recharge my batteries.Good luck with finding your balance! x

    • Reply
      Katy
      July 21, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      My mobile wifi is down at the moment so I am ok as long as I leave the house! haha! x

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    Michelle (@AFamilyChatter)
    July 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I know exactly what you mean. I also work from home as well as blogging so I can 100% relate to all your points. A really detailed schedule helps me a lot, but scheduling in itself takes up so much time, but it is worth it. I am currently being strict with myself and saying no to the phone/laptop etc. between 4.30pm and 8.00pm. Small steps and all that 🙂 x

    • Reply
      Katy
      July 21, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      I am doing really well at the moment, I do nothing all day and I have a new desk which is making me better at it all too weirdly! x

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