Time Management is something that I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. Apparently, once you become an adult, you don’t magically become good at managing your time. I know, I’m shook too. Evidently, you actually have to implement tips and things to have a manageable schedule. Or to have a “schedule,” period.
One thing I’ve learned in the past year is that, if you want to have a lot of free time, don’t become a content creator. I freaking love my job, but it’s a LOT of work. The words “Content Creator” and “Free Time” don’t belong in the same sentence. Because even when I’m not “working” I’m learning or brainstorming ideas. Seriously, my brain never stops planning cool shots for videos. And, when I’m watching YouTube or TV shows for fun, I’m always paying attention to the cinematography and thinking about how the achieved different shots and what it would take for me to get similar shots. Because of this, I’ve had to learn a lot of tips and tricks to become satisfactory at time management.
I’ve Become so Busy in 2018 That I’ve Had to Become Good at Time Management
2018 began with me running my blog, Two Instagrams, 1 Twitter, a FaceBook page (or two? I honestly forget when I started all the pages that I have) and I wrote monthly for Hannah Ashton Content. As 2018 progressed, I slowly added on more and more things to my never-ending To-Do list. A third Instagram and a second Twitter were where I started. Then, I re-designed my entire blog and relaunched it with an entirely new theme and mission. I also started a YouTube Channel, made several more Facebook pages, and I started a “real” job.
As a result of all that, I’ve had to learn a lot of tips and tricks over the past few months to help me manage all these things. Because I’m only one person and if it was up to me, I would forget everything and watch YouTube all day instead of trying to get stuff done.
Alrighty, let’s talk about some Time Management Tips!
1. Have Specific Days for Specific Tasks
I learned this tip from Evan Carmichael. One time, I was watching a bunch of his videos, and he mentioned this trick. I tried it and it’s become one of the best things I’ve implemented to help me manage my time in an efficient manner. This tip also keeps me from getting bored because I’m doing the same thing every day.
My week typically looks something like this:
Monday: Writing Day
I do my best to completely write out my weekly blog posts on Mondays. This means doing all the SEO, pictures, tags, making Pinterest images and scheduling it. That way, I don’t have to think about it for the rest of the week. If I have enough time, I also get started on the next week’s blog post and pre-write most of it to make the next Monday easier.
Pre-writing has saved my blog on several occasions. I’m a master procrastinator and I tend to save things to the last-minute. This typically results in mediocre content that I put up because I needed something to go up. But, leaning to prep posts ahead of time ensures that I always have well-written content ready to go. But yeah, I’m still working on this, there was no blog post last week because I prioritized other things over my writing. Someday I’ll get really good at this. It’s a huge goal of mine to someday have content going up 5 days a week.
Tuesday: YouTube editing day
I spend anywhere from 6-12+ hours editing my video for the week, I try to get the entire thing edited, exported, uploaded to YouTube, and do all the end screen annotations, cards, description, tags, etc.. on Tuesday. Ensuring that, on Thursday, all I have to do is push publish and promote it on social media. I have to set aside an entire day for this because it takes literally ALL day if not 2 or 3 days to completely edit a video and get it ready to publish.
I seriously love YouTube and wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s a lot of work but it’s definitely worth it. In fact, today I spent 3 hours filming a recipe that will go up in a week or so.I could film and edit videos all day long if I had the choice.
I’m barely starting my channel but it’s quickly morphing into a huge passion project. I’m a big nerd who adores everything to do with technology. From cameras to computers to building websites. I love teaching myself new ways to use technology to help others. Someday, I”ll hire a bunch of people to help me produce content that has even higher quality.
Wednesdays: Email Writing Day/Finish Editing YouTube Video
Now, the email writing doesn’t always happen. I’m still working on getting back to sending out weekly emails. But, setting aside a specific day for it helps me get my life together enough enable me to send these out. I haven’t sent one out in a while because life has happened, but I will send one out soon!
Most of the time, I use Wednesday’s to finish editing my video for the week. I’ve gained a lot of respect for YouTuber’s since I’ve started my channel. I’ve loved YouTube for years but I never realized just how much work goes into conisistinly producing content. From the planning to the filming, to the editing of the videos. Until I started doing it myself. I’m at the point with my YouTube that if I could only make videos all day long, I would.
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Thursday: Get My Life Together Day
This was a day that I added recently and it’s amazing. On Thursdays, I finish any tasks that I didn’t do during the rest of the week, clean my bedroom, do my laundry, plan out the next week, etc… Doing those little things that I often don’t have time to do during the rest of the week. I also, try to take the time to plan out the menu for the next week. That way, I’ll be able to plan my work schedule around making meals.
Adding in this day near the end of the week gives my brain a little break from the constant creativity. On top of that, it helps me plan out the rest of my life to keep me from stressing. Because, if you know anything about me, I stress way too much about way too many things.
Friday: Social Media Prep Day
I try to post on Instagram 5 times a week, although this doesn’t always happen. I am a type-a person and if a picture isn’t perfect, I won’t post it. I’m trying to be more vulnerable in my posts and not stress about them so much, but it’s hard.
You should totally check me out on Instagram if you don’t follow me already. I love sharing ‘professional’ photos of me, nature, food, art, and more! On my stories, you get a glimpse into my everyday life and see some behind the scenes of what I’m working on. Get sneak peaks of upcoming blog posts and videos, and be the first to know when new content goes live!
On Fridays, I edit pictures, brainstorm social media posts, update hashtag lists. And, if I have time, I’ll jump-start videos or blog posts for the next week and overall wrap up my week.
Saturday: Cleaning and Organizing
I typically spend Saturday’s cleaning and organizing and getting my life completely together. Just Kidding, my life isn’t together in any way, shape, or form. I just pretend I have everything together.
I try to take Saturdays off from my “real” job because I already stress too much about what I’m doing. Maybe someday I’ll have a better work-life balance. It’s pretty hard to have one when your office is 2 steps from your bed, but I make it work.
I will typically check emails, maybe work on blog posts, brainstorm content ideas, etc… It really depends on what I’m in the mood to do.
Sunday: Self Care
I take Sundays completely off from all work because it’s the Lord’s day. Also, I need one day a week to just live life. I read books, experiment in the kitchen, go to church, and hang out with friends and family and don’t worry about creating content.
On top of that, I try to spend the day practicing self-care. Doing little things that I don’t take the time to do during the week. Things like reading, calligraphy, sewing, or some other creative project.
2. Use a Planner and/or a Digital Calendar
3. Write EVERYTHING Down
4. Take Breaks When Needed
5. Keep Your Planners and Notebooks Organized
6. Basically, Just Keep Everything Organized and You’ll be Good