Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Shooting Thoughts: The Struggle to Juggle
Welcome back to Shooting Thoughts, my randomly posted discussion post! Today I want to talk about trying to fit it all in - blogging and life.
The Struggle to Juggle
I've been meaning to talk about this topic for awhile now, but I was really inspired when I started a new job a couple weeks ago. At the moment, I work 20 hours a week at that job, between 8 and 9 1/2 hours at my other job (I scaled down some hours when I got this new job), and I'm a full-time graduate student with all my classes online (3 classes is full-time). Add in regular life with family and friends and blogging, I'm pretty busy. So far, I'm doing okay with reading for fun which is nice for the blog and keeping somewhat up to date on book reviews. But it's still difficult..hence the fact that I didn't have anything posted between last Wednesday and Monday. Sorry about that, by the way. I'm trying to at least fill up MWF, especially with scheduling ahead of time, but again, it's still hard.
I'd love to know what things in your life that you have to juggle along with being a blogger. Some of you post something almost every weekday and I just don't know how you do it! I'm sure people definitely utilize the schedule function, like I have been trying to do, but even then, you have to find time to write up reviews and all sorts of other posts. I'm lucky in that I focus on a variety of things for my blog, so I don't have to worry about just book reviews or other book-related items. Like I said above, I'm currently doing okay with my reading but I'm not some super fast reader. If I can get one book read a week, that would be great. Sometimes it's two if I read a graphic novel or something smaller. I'm trying to keep up with book reviews as much as I can, so I can space them out, but for all the other empty days, I need to come up with something to post.
Besides scheduling posts ahead of time, how else do you juggle all your responsibilities with being a blogger and all other aspects of your life? My long-time job was nice enough to let me take a day off each week to make time for my new job and class. They know the new job is important because it's a temporary position within an academic library, and my long-time job is a public library. Since I'm mixing my classes between public and academic, it's good to get as much experience as I can. Working a lot and still trying to read, do homework, and work on projects for class is overwhelming sometimes though. I need to get a lot of sleep and try and do things ahead of time. I try not to plan too much on certain days if I know I need to do a lot of reading or something is due soon.
Anyway, I don't want to ramble on and on about my own life. I'd love to hear what you juggle and how you deal with it!