A stitch in time saves nine

December 12, 2016 50 Comments

As a student of science, inertia and momentum are two fundamentals of physics that I’ve always found easy to relate to everyday life. It’s a unique yin-yan combination that makes one understand why certain things in your life are the way they are.

The last month turned into quite a break from blogging for me, and I was happy to initially blame it on inertia, before I realized that it was actually the momentum from my day job that was preventing me from putting in more towards the blog. Ever since I started blogging, I’ve had these odd patches where it has been tough to balance my full time job as a Hardware Electrical Engineer with blogging, but the last month or so has been especially stacked at that end.  The break wasn’t planned but I just couldn’t catch up with what I wanted to do with the blog after a long hard day at work. When I started blogging, I didn’t realize the extent of work it entailed, it was just a fun jolly well thing to do once in a while. But when you do something, you do want to do it well, and that does take some time out of your day. I now have a deeper sense of appreciation to all the bloggers out there who manage to create beautiful and unique content on a daily basis. I have also come across such amazing and powerful women through blogging who have full time day jobs, a successful blogging career and, in some cases, tend to family & kids.  Surely, if they could do it, why was I struggling with time? I took some time to reflect upon about my daily routine, and this post is about the few simple things I detected and have been practicing to set right lately.  And hopefully it is an interesting read for some of you in a similar love-hate relationship with time… haha.

  1. Focus on one task at a time. Surprise, Linear logic does work at times. This does sounds like a very simple and much repeated line, but really can’t say it often enough. I’ve struggled a lot implementing this. A simple example: A typical busy day at work, working on a task. I take a few minutes to break out of my routine and I start thinking about the content for next blog. One thing leads to the other, and I’m on Instagram, feed hiving, paying bills and looking up the latest trivia on Quora. Loading so much in meant when I do get back to my task, I have other things occupying my mind and the task ends up taking longer. Once I zeroed in on this bug, I stopped stressing about the number of things I have to do and instead started to just focus on the one thing I am doing. In my experience, it does take a conscious effort [Put away my phone, close those unnecessary browsers, resist the urge to check social media notifications and even personal email] and some time to put that into practice. But it’s such a huge time saver; once you start checking off tasks linearly, it’s amazing the amount of ground you’ll cover and it also me solving tasks smartly rather than being robotic about it.
  2. To-Do listsI am one of those who believe in the power of to do lists :). My boyfriend keeps making fun of my sticky notes in every nook and corner of the apartment. I have always been making To-Do lists for days. But now I’ve started planning my week ahead. Every Sunday, I plan out the content for Instagram and the blog. A shadow account for my Instagram page usually helps in planning some of the pics and the content on Sunday and have them ready for the week. And for blogs, my plan is to write one blog a week. So I make use of the weekend to create content for the blog and I post new content every Monday/Wednesday mornings on the blog. That gives me all the time to dedicate to my job as an Engineer, Monday to Friday. I extensively use To-Do lists at my day job as well 🙂 Another thing I love about it is, the intense gratification I get striking off each of these tasks at the end of the day. I have noticed these small things gives me a lot of satisfaction and the feeling of accomplishment goes a long way in being a happy soul. And when you are happy and content, everything about the day takes a positive turn including your interaction with others.
  3. 24 hours is a long time. It sounds inane, but there is enough time to do it all. For me, it was binge-watching TV that used to suck away all the time in the world. I still do watch TV, but I’m more selective, and strictly stay away from bingeing, unless it’s the holidays. It’s not a matter of shutting yourself off of something, it’s just about being aware of where the clock’s at!
  4. Get an early start to the day and task. I find myself more productive in the early hours of the day. So I start my day early these days and kick-start a few tasks, instead of procrastinating. Even if I can’t finish it then and there, that small push drives me through the rest of the day. I tend to any work mails / tasks pending from the previous evening, and also take the time to post on Instagram and catch upon other posts. As a lot of you bloggers know, networking is the one of the keys to success in blogging world, and you need to make sure you are mindful of that.
  5. Working out. This is where inertia really plays a role. A few blogs ago, I talked about my love-hate relationship with working out, but part of the hate was due to the inertia getting to me. So right now, I have gotten into a routine of running or working out every day, no matter how busy I am, even if it is just 10 minutes a day. Those endorphins keep you happy and in my experience your day’s productivity is directly proportional to how happy and content you are. And of course, it helps to tone yourself to look good while styling all the clothes:D
  6. Get tiny tasks done while waiting. Although I wrote earlier about working linearly while doing major tasks, you should totally use some multi-tasking while doing some of the mundane tasks of the day. So catch up on the news, other blogs, social media, or pay bills while waiting for food during lunch or the breaks. That way, I am clued in to happenings around me and the world, and also keeps the day fresh and me from being me jaded about work.

I hope some of these come in handy. I’m figuring out and learning about most of these things as I go too, so would help to learn from your experiences too.

So having sorted out the time, let’s look at some cosy comfies! Here are a few of my favorite sweaters that this season really needs (at least where I am). Hope you like the pictures. Link to all pieces in the outfit are below each picture. Do leave your thoughts, I would like to hear about how you manage time or outfits or pics.

 

 

All images by the brilliant and fun to work with, @urbancell_vault. Do check his feed for great shots and sights.
Thank you for stopping by, please do comment, I would love to know what you think of this post, what is happening in your life .

50 Comments

  1. Reply

    Mekha

    December 12, 2016

    Love all the looks especially the green one. Good write up

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      Anju

      December 14, 2016

      Thanks babe

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    siyaadaax3

    December 12, 2016

    such a cute look, love all the different sweaters and how you style them ………..

    • Reply

      Anju

      December 14, 2016

      Thanks Siyada

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    Joti

    December 12, 2016

    I completely understand where you are coming from. Life gets overwhelming and we need to take a step back!

    http://www.stylebymemory.com/beauty/alaska-glacial-mud

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      Anju

      December 14, 2016

      I know, I don’t sign into the social networks during weekends. Helps me a lot

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    Kamana

    December 14, 2016

    Such a great post – awesome tips.

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      Anju

      December 14, 2016

      Thanks Kamana. I love reading your posts too

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    Veena

    December 15, 2016

    You have some great tips listed here. I believe in to do lists too… I am trying to catch up with blogging with my newborn… aint easy. Love all the sweaters❤

    Xoxo,
    Veena
    http://www.knowingmystyle.com/collaboration/pinkblush-maternity-wear

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      Anju

      December 15, 2016

      I can not even imagine how you are finding time with a new born. Hats off to you for the amazing work you do. Looking forward to reading your posts
      xo
      Anju

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    honeywhatscooking

    December 15, 2016

    Love that red jacket. So fashionable! It’s hard to blog and work at the same time, I took a 2 year long break that I really regret. It’s better to do a little even once a week, but it’s definitely hard. 🙂

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      Anju

      December 15, 2016

      Thanks Nish. Yeah, it got so difficult a while ago. But I think, all we need to do is put in conscious effort to manage time better
      xo
      Anju

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    Divya

    December 16, 2016

    Love the outfits and Thanks Anju for the amazing post. I know I am on the same type of boat but little behind. I am still struggling to balance both work and blog. I am going to take some of your tips to work on it.

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      Anju

      December 16, 2016

      Thanks D. I am glad you like it. Let me know how it goes. Do share your tips too 🙂

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    Helen Chik

    December 17, 2016

    I hear ya sister! Six months ago I was struggling with the same thing – juggling work and struggling to find time to blog. I really had to prioritise my days and weekends so well! Great post with great tips for those trying to start out in blogging and manage all their commitments honey xx

    Helen xx
    https://ch1k.com/discover-bangkok-in-2-days

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      Anju

      December 18, 2016

      Thanks Helen. I am so glad you found the post useful and you can relate to it. Difficult part for me is sticking to the routine. I have to put in a conscious effort.

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    Aldora

    December 17, 2016

    Awesome tips hun! I find myself struggling with my instagram and blog most of the times due to my full-time job too.. And sometimes I get so stressed out that my mind goes blank.. So your tips do come in handy for people like me. Thanks for sharing 😉

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      Anju

      December 18, 2016

      Thanks Aldora for stopping by. I am so glad you found the post useful. Love your blog btw 🙂

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    Katharine

    December 17, 2016

    It is always appreciated when someone can confess the all effort that needed to do a blog. You found out it as well and that´s so nice you write it openly here. To make a good blog really takes a time and to look it perfectly and to function it perfectly it is full time issue. As you wrote above a bit and exactly that you couldn´t catch up with that you wanted to do after a long working day is absolutely true and I believe it cos sometimes it is still by me the same. But I still repeat that this give me an energy and it is not energy consuming issue. It has to be a relax issue and especially this is absolutely amazing and great tool how to grow and how to become an experienced successful manager. I take my blog as my own brand, my own magazine where I build my success brick by brick, step by step, day by day. It is y great place where I can evaluate trends, audience, interest, collaborations and the whole influence.
    Btw. regarding your looks you are very chic and I like especially your smile and positive vibes because this is the foundation of beautiful outfit as all my dear.
    Kisses :-*
    Katharine-fashionisbeautiful

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      Anju

      December 18, 2016

      Thanks so much sweetheart for taking the time to read the post and comment. You do such a good job with the blog. Love your pictures and outfits
      xo
      Anju

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    Christine Kong

    December 17, 2016

    These tips are so helpful! I don’t have a full time job other than being a mommy to three kids but between all the school volunteering, activities, drop offs and pick ups it’s hard to dedicate time to blogging. I definitely have to keep these tips in mind and practice them so get all the things in my to do list accomplished. There are many that inspire me and always leave me wondering how they do it all but knowing I can use these tips in my life will help me get it all in! I love all these looks too. Thanks for the tips and linking all these amazing outfits for us. Xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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      Anju

      December 18, 2016

      Thanks Christine for the sweet words. I cant even imagine how you manage to create such beautiful content with 3 kids around. 1 kid is more difficult than a full time job
      I am glad you found this post useful. Love your blog and pictures
      xo
      Anju

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    Anonymous

    December 19, 2016

    Wow !!! I can’t believe how much we have in common !!! I recently took a break from blogging and distanced myself quite a bit from the social media world and discovered , like you did , the power of to-do lists and the whole 24 hours philosophy! I’m glad you decided to come back because your style is truly unique and inspiring!

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      Anju

      December 19, 2016

      Thanks babe. I am so glad you can relate to this

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    Jennifer Lee Quattrucci

    December 19, 2016

    I just commented above – “anonymous ” lol and forgot to sign in

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      Anju

      December 19, 2016

      Haha. Happens to me all the time

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    Jessie

    December 20, 2016

    Love those tips babe! Yes, i totally agree with you with the above points. I always fill my gaps with small task. I mostly reply my comments during my commute time and I normally have a routined life so every thing is pretty much always in order 😉

    Xx, Jessie
    http://4evajessie.com/calzedonia-ss2017-fashion-show-verona/

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      Anju

      December 20, 2016

      Difficult part for me is continuing the routine :P. It needs discipline.

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    vanessa troset

    December 20, 2016

    wow you look so pretty in every single look! is true sometimes we get crazy with all the social media and stuff. Thank you for this tips and recommendations. Sometime we just need to take a step back. Kisses

    http://www.vanedresscode.com

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      Anju

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks for stopping by Vanessa.
      xo

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    Anonymous

    December 20, 2016

    Hello dear!!
    Love the looks and how you organized your time. Great job!!
    xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

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      Anju

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Eva

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    Open Kloset By Karina

    December 20, 2016

    Hey Darling:)
    Your Looks are Amazing, Beautiful Colors and Everything Looks so Perfect on you:) My Fav Look is The Skirt and the Blue Sweater:)
    Merry Christmas for you:)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina
    New:http://openklosetfashion.blogspot.pt/2016/12/prestige-hotel-budapest-elegantclassic.html?m=1

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      Anju

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks so much for stopping by Karina. Merry Xmas and have a festive holiday season doll

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    Monika

    December 20, 2016

    Firstly, you look so pretty in all the pics! Love all the outfits so much 🙂 Secondly, kudos to you for doing how much ever you can for the blog while also working fulltime. It’s definitely not an easy task. I loved all your tips. I so need to start using them. Especially focusing on one task at a time.. I have the worst habit of context switching and you know how crazy that can get,. Also want to get started early on with the major tasks. Loved reading this post Anju. Thank you so much for sharing the tips 🙂

    Monika | http://www.palateforstyle.com

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      Anju

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Monika. I agree, I always have to make a conscious effort to focus on one task
      xo

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    Katya

    December 20, 2016

    These tips are so helpful! Thank you for sharing!!!

    Love all of your outfits and especially this pink sweater!!! obsessed!

    http://stylesprinter.com/

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      Anju

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Katya. I am so happy you found it useful

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    Vukosavljevic Ana

    December 21, 2016

    Loved all of your looks!
    And I agree to everything, my favourite one is making to do lists 😀

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      Anju

      December 21, 2016

      Thanks Ana

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    Maryam

    December 21, 2016

    I’m on the sane boat girlie! It’s tough sometimes trying to balance between the blog and work. You look great in that red jacket BTW!

    Xo, Maryam

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      Anju

      December 21, 2016

      Thanks doll. I am so glad there are people out there who can relate to me

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    Sofia

    December 21, 2016

    Ive managed a 5am-4pm full time job while trying to blog and I can definitely find myself sitting there and I haven’t updated for days. I started working out a couple months ago gain and found myself a lot more energetic. This is a great post and I can definitely relate to what you are writing!

    http://aloveaffairblog.com

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      Anju

      December 21, 2016

      Thanks Sofia. You should share your experience too

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    Tanya

    December 21, 2016

    I love these tips! Blogging can be so much sometimes and I think these are good ways to relax and help organize. It is always good to clear your head. I also love your outfit!

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      Anju

      December 21, 2016

      Yeah, I struggle following then though 🙂

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    Mandy Arisa

    December 23, 2016

    Totally understand you girl! I’m struggling with the same thing – juggling work and struggling to find time to blog and instagram. Definitely felt the need to prioritise my days and weekends! Thanks so much for the great tips.

    http://ministryforstyle.com/

    x Mandy

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    Richa Kamal

    January 9, 2017

    Such a helpful post. I also have the same struggle, work or blog or personal life?
    Trying to get better at it.
    Love all the sweaters, but my favorite is the high neck one.
    Richa | Fancier’s World

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