HOW TO MANAGE A BLOG, UNIVERSITY & A SOCIAL LIFE

HOW TO MANAGE A BLOG, UNIVERSITY AND A SOCIAL LIFE // UK FASHION BLOGGER STEPHI LAREINE #LBLOGGERS

I’ve been asked this so frequently during my time online, and that is “How do you find the time of day  to blog/ study at university and still go out?” To which I answer most the time ‘I don’t’ or ‘I do not sleep’ I find there is not enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do, I simply don’t. I am not consistent in my ways, and should schedule posts due to this. I ride the tide when the creative flow hits me! But I hope I can guide a few lost souls back to shore when it comes to starting out!

Recently I have been organising everything else in life, my blog this month in particular has been put to the back seat til I feel every thing is under control, Student Finance and stresses of being more independent has meant I haven’t been able to create the content I perhaps have wished!

I have already wrote out to do lists, schedules and categorised my life a lot more which I suppose is a sign of improvement! We all need a slap on the wrist to break bad time keeping habits time to time don’t we?!

Do any of you get the most inspiring momentum to kick start a wonderful idea and lose the motivation to finish it? ~raises hand~ Hi I am Stephi and I am an Incompleter. I have more drafts than I do published posts, granted a lot of them are old ideas and I am a big believer that you should get everything down and never throw it away, no one is perfect at the end of the day, so don’t feel guilty if sometimes life expects you to juggle your priorities occasionally!

Anywhom the unanswered question is, How do you find the time to do everything in the day? Here are a few things that have helped me make time for important things:

DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS!

I see a successful person and I do not see them riding on the back of others, holding their head in their hands crying in the shadow of another, whether they have copied or merely based something on someone else’s work you should constructively critique your work on the basis that you have made something and celebrate your creativity, ask yourself are YOU happy with it? And not for the satisfaction of others around you!

 Leading a negative mindset I’ve found is very destructive and becomes transparent throughout the persons work. They doubt what they even believe in, and lose hope in their writing, eventually the passion to read is gone. Boom. Lost readership. Other people should enlighten you to carry on, not put you down! Do everything you want to do and achieve, you are unique, you are not a sheep.

GET UP EARLIER!

I know this is a very hard one to do, particularly when you’re in education and you have deadlines, the nights fly by sleep deprived, fuelled with caffeine and the second you hit the pillow seems like the second your alarm goes off. Sleep is very important to our bodies but staying in bed is equally as bad for you and your body clock. Since being in a relationship with someone who’s work alarm goes off the same time every day, I’ve learnt the importance of a wake up regime and having an efficient productive morning.

Somehow I have found myself fresh as a daisy at 5/6am ready to write a post before breakfast. Your natural body clock jiggles itself into thinking it’s the perfect time to wake up, and despite it being an ungodly hour of the morning these mornings have been some of the most enjoyable mornings of my life! No one likes waking up rushed, flustered and tired. Take that extra bit of time to enjoy the day!

LEARN TO SAY NO SOMETIMES!

During university it seemed an absolute pain to turn down drinks with friends when I had a deadline or previous plans. I felt boring the first, almost rude to not always say yes, I forgot to think about me at the end of the day that I am far more important than what someone thinks of me. Now I think for myself and when I feel like a quiet one, or I know I need to post or prioritise something, I will not feel any guilt in saying no to someone. They will still respect you, like I’m sure they’ve said no to you in the past. It’s not the last time you’ll ever see them again!

Distractions are the one thing that hinders my creativity, and if you can’t remove the distractions, remove yourself from that situation. Turn your phone off, not silent, completely off1 Turn the tv off and put on some more melodic music, I’ve found classical to be a fave when I need a productive writing session, nothing too bold to cloud your thoughts! This is all not to say to not be social, be as social as you want but do not let it leave the important things to last minute!

Other suggestions I have are to make to-do lists every week, keep an active lifestyle and clock watch how long you spend on Pinterest (Guilty as hell). I hope this advice has helped particularly students, freelancers and those who find the work/home balance stressful

Do you have any tips or tricks for time management?

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74 Comments

  1. August 31, 2014 / 12:14 pm

    Awh I'm so glad you can identify with this, hope this can help anyone!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. August 31, 2014 / 12:32 pm

    Great post Stephi! I'm about to go back to Uni next week and thinking how the heck will I manage to keep the blog going too ๐Ÿ™‚ Helen xx (www.littlehelsb.com)

  3. August 31, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    Thank you dear, keep a schedule and it will work a treat I promise!! xx

  4. August 31, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    Great post. Really needed this, as I'm heading back to school, and it's gunna be hard to juggle school and my blog! Thanks for this post.

    Nik x

    NIKJAMESS | Fashion & Lifestyle

  5. August 31, 2014 / 12:37 pm

    You are very welcome, glad it helped you, times are gonna be tough but will pace everything will work itself out ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  6. August 31, 2014 / 12:38 pm

    This is very useful for when I start uni next month, thank you! x

  7. August 31, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    Love the post ๐Ÿ™‚ I can relate too … not going back to uni though – but working full time, having a blog, doing the odd youtube video and having a social life and spending time with the significant other … its manic sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. August 31, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    I'm so glad this has helped, good luck for uni! x

  9. August 31, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    I'm so happy this has helped you, this can be applied to any aspect of life it's simply scheduling and co-ordinating everything to fit in sync!
    I know how you feel it can sometimes seem so chaotic!

  10. August 31, 2014 / 12:48 pm

    Useful tips! I'm starting uni next month and have been a bit worried about how I'm going to manage my time, so this was really helpful!
    Helena / helenaterry.blogspot.co.uk

  11. August 31, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    I'm glad you found this helpful dear ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  12. August 31, 2014 / 12:58 pm

    Such useful tips! I'm going back to uni in a month and I'm really worried if I'll be able to post on a regular basis. Thanks for posting this ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx

    http://blonde-stuff.blogspot.de

  13. August 31, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    Thank you dear, you'll do just find sticking by this!!!
    You're welcome x

  14. August 31, 2014 / 1:51 pm

    Thank you for writing this! I was getting really frustrated earlier this year because I was trying to post lots of content as well as juggle a social life. I think i've found a good balance that allows me to do both now, but it's good to her other people share my pain haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. August 31, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    I'm so glad this post has helped you out, the one thing I wanted people to take from this is some lessons on time management, we all get a bit stressed sometimes but that's okay

  16. August 31, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    Waking up early has been one of the hardest things to get into… that snooze button can be awfully tempting, but will keep at it! Thanks for sharing doll.

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  17. August 31, 2014 / 2:18 pm

    It definitely is, I've become very familiar with about 10 alarms with few minute delays to wake me!!!

  18. August 31, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    I can completely relate to this! I live with great fun people but at certain times I just can't afford to be going out 3 times a week financially and with deadlines, I tend to try and do both by going out but coming back earlier haha. I've always felt bad about it, like i'll be missing out! so it's great to see it's not just me, balancing it all can be hard. Thanks for writing this! I think i'm going to take your advice on getting up early for blog posts too ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    http://www.highonchic.blogspot.co.uk/

  19. August 31, 2014 / 3:58 pm

    This is such a good post and very relatable! Really great tips! i always have several to do lists on the go and I too have so many drafts from all my random ideas that I don't always follow through! Abi ๐Ÿ™‚ myw0rldmyview.blogspot.co.uk

  20. August 31, 2014 / 4:27 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! I'm glad you've acknowledged that it's equally as important to remember why you are at uni! Half the time for me it's financially difficult to say yes every time too!
    I'm so glad I could be of assistance! xx

  21. August 31, 2014 / 4:33 pm

    Glad you liked the post!
    never delete the drafts they always come handy later!

  22. August 31, 2014 / 4:50 pm

    I really wish I was more organised with blogging. I also ride the creative tide, really should schedule posts, but I tend to manage quite well I think. I totally agree with never deleting drafts, but I'd add, definitely don't feel awful about deleting unnecessary words – you can always write them down somewhere else ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. August 31, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    most definitely, so glad you like the post ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. August 31, 2014 / 5:45 pm

    I just started blogging, so it's a bit hard not to compare yourself with others. But I enjoy it, and am working on more in-depth posts now.They take a lot of time. Especially if you work full-time, so I can relate. Thanks for the tips ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. August 31, 2014 / 5:46 pm

    Fortunately, I'm finished with Uni, I just need to write Master thesis and graduate.
    I used to write a "stand by" post during an exam periods for my followers. They always replyed to me "Fingers crossed" or "Good luck"!
    Good schedule with ideas of content of the posts were time savers.
    If week is too busy, Sunday afternoon is always a great time for blog & related things (social media)!

    Love your blog! Keep on being cool!!!
    Wink ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Anika

  26. August 31, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    Heading into another year at university in September- this is definitely a helpful post for me since I've only started blogging this summer. Thanks for the tips for balancing a much more hectic schedule!

    blueskiesfashion.blogspot.com

  27. August 31, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    thank you for sharing and you are very welcome glad you liked it!!!

  28. August 31, 2014 / 6:51 pm

    Well done for getting almost to graduation!!!
    definitely need to schedule more!!!
    that's exactly what I am doing now!!!

    Awhh thank you! x

  29. August 31, 2014 / 6:51 pm

    This makes two of us, and I'm glad I could help so much!

  30. August 31, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    Thanks for the tips. My planning is awefull these weeks.

  31. August 31, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. August 31, 2014 / 10:40 pm

    This is a brilliant post! I am a full time student children's nurse, alongside part time work, being a girlfriend, seeing my friends, placements, blogging and sleeping I often get myself very worked up and upset if I can't manage to accomplish everything!
    This post is exactly what I needed, love it!

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  33. August 31, 2014 / 10:47 pm

    Awh this made me smile, i am so glad I've helped you out, life is stressful and so much is expected of us!!

  34. September 1, 2014 / 2:37 am

    Amazinggg tipss ๐Ÿ™‚ i find them very very helpful as a beginner! I sometimes worried so much about not having time to blog because of my school assignments that has been piling up on my desk. I love to write and share it with others, your tips are very useful as in time management advice ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo
    http://www.colorsinmybubble.blogspot.com

  35. September 1, 2014 / 5:33 am

    It's okay to be selfish sometimes and realize that, honestly, finishing a project (creative or for university) might be more important than going out — because, honestly, you can always make it up to your friends.

    I have a pocket calendar that allows me to keep tabs on everything I have coming up, and a great to-do list app on my phone called TAASKY that helps me to tick off a long list of things I need to do for school, my blog, or at any of my three (yes, three) jobs.

  36. September 1, 2014 / 5:40 am

    Great tips. This is something I've had to learn to do as well, as I work full-time, study full-time, blog and still attempt to maintain a social life.

    http://www.stephstrays.com

  37. September 1, 2014 / 6:33 am

    Scheduling posts and time in advance helps me a lot to stay on top of things

  38. September 1, 2014 / 7:41 am

    Awh I'm happy I have been on help!!!
    Make sure you remember what is important to you, your blog isn't always the important one but it's good to keep in the flow when you have a spare bit of time!
    Once again thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  39. September 1, 2014 / 7:46 am

    I'm glad you've got the right head on!
    you're so organised that's wonderful, keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. September 1, 2014 / 7:47 am

    It's just creating balance at the end of the day, but always prioritise the morally important thing!!

  41. September 1, 2014 / 10:21 am

    Glad to know lots of other people are going through the same thing! Juggling Uni, relationships and blogging seems like a very daunting task! Thanks for all the advice, have started my to-do lists already! x

    http://www.betweentwo.co.uk

  42. September 1, 2014 / 10:28 am

    You are very welcome lovely, hope all goes well ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  43. September 1, 2014 / 12:09 pm

    Power napping is also a fantastic way of saving time. I find a good time to nap is before 30 mins before dinner after your last activity in the afternoon, as I find nothing really happens at that time. This way, it is possible to stay up later and go out with your friends for a drink at night without feeling completely dead if you've had a busy day!

  44. September 1, 2014 / 2:12 pm

    Definitely know what you mean about the saying no thing ! I've just finished my first year and I found it so hard saying no to going out, even when I knew I should be staying in to do work. I did get better by the end but I'm so easily persuaded.

  45. September 1, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    Oh wow I never thought of it that way, I wish I could schedule my sleep like others, I'm an all or nothing kinda sleeper!

  46. September 1, 2014 / 2:16 pm

    Sometimes you have to pluck up the courage to say no once, and once you've done it the others no's come easier!
    Glad you've improved, keep up the good work!

  47. September 1, 2014 / 2:19 pm

    Wonderful tips, thanks for sharing them. I'm trying to tackle the "get up early" but after doing some all night marathons working it's difficult to get up early in the morning.

  48. September 1, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    thank you and you are very welcome!!!
    initially it is very hard but eventually after setting yourself up with a routine it should come naturally!

  49. September 1, 2014 / 3:07 pm

    I am doing exactly the same life admin at present..in fact your "to do" list is looking very similar to mine! I think the secret is to keep doing the list that you plan and if you fail ( eat all of the pie, don't go for a run etc), just get back on the horse and keep going again don't see it as "I failed and I have to start again" just "opps, I had a slip up, keep with it, it'll be fine!" Otherwise you just end up in a circle of trying, failing, giving up and restarting, where really it should be just keep trying! Xx

  50. September 1, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    That is exactly it, I love your outlook on things Em! One slip up never means you never have to go for a run again!
    No one is perfect at the end of the day and I wish people didn't see themselves as failures for not managing to do everything they wish to do!!

    xx

  51. September 1, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    Excellent post, love your blog.

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  53. September 1, 2014 / 5:21 pm

    Thanks, hope you like it.

  54. September 2, 2014 / 6:17 pm

    great tips! thank you for sharing this post! i love these tips for the fall semester!!

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  55. September 2, 2014 / 7:09 pm

    Thank you so much, you're very welcome felt the need to display this, thanks for the comment!

  56. September 3, 2014 / 6:31 pm

    Love it. Clear and simple and yet, useful! I'm probably going to share it very soon on my blog.

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  57. September 3, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    Thank you very much, let me know if you do!

  58. September 5, 2014 / 6:17 pm

    Great tips! I've just graduated from uni so I know how hard it is to try fit everything in, that's probably why I only just started my blog. Particularly liked the point about saying no to university people when you have deadlines, I felt like such a grandma saying no but then realised it was going to work out better in the long run to sacrifice some things now.

  59. September 5, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    Glad you've come out successful and fully knew the responsibilities you were taking on, that's wonderful and thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. September 6, 2014 / 11:34 pm

    I can imagine so, hope all is going well!!! and you are very welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. September 9, 2014 / 12:12 pm

    haha this post speaks so much to me! I've just started out my blog the week before i go back to uni and this was probably not the best time when i have so much stuff to get organised!

    Your blog is so wicked though and your hair is to DIE for! xoxox

  62. September 9, 2014 / 12:17 pm

    I'm so glad you like the blog and thank you awhhh, with time management I'm sure you'll get everything sorted ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. September 24, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    Great post I juggle a blog and studying for my PhD not easy sometimes!

  64. September 26, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    Great post, I'm starting uni this year and it seems like it will really be a struggle to find time to fit blogging in too!

    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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