Working with brands is one of my favourite things about blogging and I’ll always be grateful that brands want to work with me, pay me or send me stuff. I don’t think I’ll ever, ever, ever take that for granted because in all honesty, I’m still gobsmacked that I’m even in the position for this to happen. I’ll always be enthusiastic about working with brands and this post is in no way a dig at any brand in particular. It’s just a little… word vomit… about something which I’ve noticed happen recently. Both to me and other bloggers.
I get a lot of comments about how organised I am with my blog, wondering how I’ve scheduled content 2 months in advance and how I juggle so much at the same time. I get these comments because I regularly mention these things on Twitter; I’m proud of what I do and I like to share those moments with my Twitter followers and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I love my blog (not every day – mind you!), I love writing and producing content, replying to comments, reading other people’s blogs, brainstorming blog post ideas and powering through my to do list each day. I have no problem doing these things over and over again because I’m motivated to do them. And to be frank, I’m more motivated now than I’ve probably ever been before.
You would have heard me talk about it time and time again, how I’m addicted to productivity. I have this incessant need to be doing something productive 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I work for myself and I work from home, so I know that has certainly impacted this shift in me because if I don’t work and work hard… I don’t get money. I can’t afford to slack. I can’t afford to have down days. But I also can’t afford to burn myself out by pushing and pushing and pushing myself. I’m well aware that we all need down-time and a period in our day to relax. I know that. So why can’t I implement that for myself?
I think there’s this weird misconception that in order to be a morning person you need to be up and dressed at 6am and not a moment later. But morning technically ranges from, well, 12am till 12pm right? To me, being a morning person simply means you’re more productive in the morning. And to me, “the morning” means before lunch. I certainly don’t wake up before 7
every day any day; you won’t find me sipping a smoothie and going for an early morning run. But certainly since being self employed, I’ve learnt the value of the morning and learnt to utilize it to grow my productivity.
If you were to compare me with any character on TV, it’d probably be a cross between Monica Gellar (from F.r.i.e.n.d.s) and Bree Van Der Kamp (from Desperate Housewives). If I was a mother (which I’m not and not planning to be anytime soon), I would be that mum who’s the head of the PTA, hosts bake sales, play dates among other events, has a job, a house, hobbies and thinks it’s also a good idea to buy an allotment. I’m not but in my vision for my future, that’s who I imagine myself to be. So what does that say about where I’m at now?
I’ve been self-employed and working from home for a good 3 years now. I started my own online book touring business up from scratch, gained a client base and continue to grow and grow and get evermore busy. I also make a small income from my blog, which also requires more working from home, on my laptop. I’m not complaining though. I absolutely love what I do and hope to grow even more over the coming years to make a solid monthly income which I’ve created all by myself. But it hasn’t always been easy and it still isn’t sometimes. Working from home takes a lot of discipline and there are an awful lot of distractions to interrupt with your work too. Today I wanted to chat about how to stay productive when you’re working from home something that I’ve certainly had to learn, work on and continue to work on over the past 3 years.
The last time I whacked out a last-minute post in less than 20 minutes, it actually did really well and that’s what I’ve found myself doing again now. In the shower I was reflecting on my September and how busy, hectic, draining, emotional and happy it’s been all rolled into one. I never, ever do monthly round ups anymore (just solely because I’m lazy and never really do enough in am month to warrant one) but I wanted to for this month because… I dunno, I feel like it was an important month in a lot of ways. So excuse the quickly and poorly written blog post but here’s a quick round up of everything that’s happened in September.
I work from home and I’m self-employed so it is very, very difficult for me to switch off from work mode sometimes. On occasion, I find myself thinking non-stop about stuff I need to do all day long even after I’ve been doing all the things for 8 hours straight and need to give myself a time out. “Regular” jobs finish at 5:30 or 6pm, why can’t I switch off then to? Not answer my emails? And not think about work related stuff? There’s no doubt that there’s plenty of people who aren’t self-employed who feel this way too. If you’re that way inclined; a Type A personality so to speak, it can be easy said than done when someone says, “just stop thinking about work for the rest of the evening”.
A lot of bloggers start off using a free blog host when they first start blogging. There are a few reasons you might do this. For one thing, it’s completely free, so you don’t have to waste money finding out if you like blogging or not. They’re also easy to use, making them a great introduction for new bloggers. But once your blog starts to pick up some steam you also may wish to move to a hosted site. With your own domain and a website builder, you can have more control over your blog. If you want to move, here’s how you can do it.
Reasons to Make the Switch
You might be unsure about whether creating a proper domain for your website is the best idea. After all, you’ve already got followers on the blog you created. What if you move it and your followers don’t come with you or new people struggle to find you? But there are some great reasons to move to your own domain. You can have a proper website address that looks more professional. You’ll also have more control over what you do with your site, and you can learn some clever technical skills. You’ll also be able to monetize your site by adding adverts, sponsored posts, and more.
London is such a vibrant and sprawling city. Think you know everything there is to know about our wonderful capital city? I doubt that very much! In fact, here are some remarkably cool facts that I bet you have never heard before!