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.
- 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.
- To-Do lists. I 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
- 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.