I love blogging. It is the best thing that I have ever done. It has brought my love of writing to the forefront, I have met amazing people; grown in confidence and had fantastic opportunities and experiences.
Having a blog however takes a lot of juggling. We all know this. Whether you have a full time job, are a stay at home mum or do a combination of both; I think we all end in the same position. Squeezing what we want to do in when we have the time and writing blog posts, as I am now, at 11.00pm.
So when you have a busy work/home life, a blog and a need to do the ordinary day to day things as well as having a semblance of a social life, the question is: how do we balance it all?
I recently completed a work life balance quiz which asks you 10 questions in order to find out if to find out whether you are a separator (distinct boundaries between work and life), an integrator (blurred lines where you do a bit of everything everywhere) or a volleyer (good at prioritizing).
I am an integrator. My bus journeys to work are filled with research and scheduling blog posts, my lunch hours are note writing and my late evenings are usually reading, as well as thinking about what I need to get done in my job the next day. This system works well for me, although sometimes you feel like you never leave the merry go round.
However we choose to balance our work and life should be the way which works best for each of us. I think that the hard and fast rules have to be:
- Do not take on more than you can handle.
- Organise, organise and organise again.
- Free time is not a myth, you need it.
- If the system falls apart for one day, chicken licken, the sky will not fall in.
For those of you too young to under the chicken licken reference (now I feel old) you can read about the fable here
How do you juggle your work life balance?
*In collaboration with Joes Bloggers