How to juggle without going crazy
It's easy to burn yourself out by juggling if you're not careful. And burning out means you'll dread your job and dread your blog / business / passion. Here's 4 tips to keep in mind to prevent burn out:
1. It's normal to have ON and OFF days.
I used to think that I had to be productive every single day. Or HUSTLE, as they say.
But mentally, I'm not equipped to be ON every day, and I shouldn't! Getting that mental rest on OFF days allows me to make my ON days more productive. And I don't sacrifice my job performance too.
Despite sticking to this lax and unpredictable schedule (sometimes I think I'm getting too much sleep) , I've managed to cross off a few things on my list:
My results are just peanuts compared to other bloggers. But I'm proud of them because I didn't sacrifice family time, my job and my hobbies.
Don't feel too bad if you find yourself relaxing after a long day instead of tending to your business or blog. That's your OFF day. Enjoy it guilt-free, and then be productive the next day!
You might want to experiment to see what combo of ON and OFF days works best for you.
- Maybe like me, you can alternate 1 day ON and 1 day OFF. E.g. Monday is ON, but Tuesday is OFF.
- 1 day ON and 2 days OFF
- 2 days ON and 1 day OFF
- Or even 1 day ON and 6 days OFF (meaning you only do stuff 1x a week)
It's the quality, not the quantity (yeah yeah, cliche).
2. Focus on doing, not learning.
OK, this is the kind of tip that goes AGAINST what a lot of people are saying.
The usual advice is:
Learn as much as you can.
What I'm advising is:
Do as much as you can. (And learn)
Too much learning can be a bad thing. I can read cookbooks, watch MasterChef and Youtube videos on cooking (Buzzfeed's Tasty mostly)... But is that enough to make me an expert on cooking?
I may 'know' about cooking, but I won't be an 'expert' on cooking. Experts are doers. They don't just observe.
So if you're passionate about something, be it cooking, fitness, make up, nothing beats getting your hands dirty.
You have limited time. Use that time to pick up that brush / pen / spatula / chosen tool and you'll find yourself satisfied with your progress.
3. Make a short to-do list instead of a long one.
How many tasks do you usually put on your to-do list? (Not chores, but stuff related to your blog / business / passion)
I sometimes go way overboard and list up to 10 things daily that I just supposedly HAVE to do.
- Write new blog post on blog post promotion.
- Outline Friday's newsletter.
- Fix typos in email course.
- Make new sign up form.
- Design header for newsletter.
You get the picture.
And at the end of each night, when I'm so ready to pass out, I'll HATE myself for not completing all the tasks. Not to mention the-morning-after regret too.
It's such a toxic, icky cycle where I constantly feel bad and guilty.
My CURRENT daily to-do lists have a maximum of ONE task on them.
One task that has the most impact to my blog and business. It's something that'll allow me to say, "At least I've done X today so I'm satisfied."
This cuts down so much UNNECESSARY tasks that you give to yourself. When you have limited time and energy, ask yourself-
What is the most important and meaningful task for my blog / passion / business?
And then do that task. I swear you'll feel more relaxed.
4. Practice doing stuff in less than ideal conditions. (AKA, the perfect setup is NOT a necessity)
Writing on my phone is really... annoying. It's not as nice as writing on a laptop, or an iMac. (Oh, one can only dream...)
But if I wait until I reach home to write on my laptop, I'm never gonna get much practice.
If you wait for your surroundings to be perfect before you start practicing, you won't get much practice. And the less practice you get, the slower you'll become an expert.
Investing in quality tools or making your surroundings picture-perfect is good. But in the end, your skill is IN YOU. Not in the tools or surroundings.
So if you only have a hand-mixer instead of the Kitchen-Aid mixer, it's OK. Do what you can with what you have. Your skills will still be sharpened! 😉