where does the time go?

“Life is just a bowl of cherries”

Can I just vent for a moment?  I promise I’ll try to make this short.

I had some great ideas for posts this week.  And I was almost all set to publish, until I went into perfectionist mode and said to myself, “Nope.  Can’t publish this.  It’s not good enough yet”.  And that’s frustrating.  Especially when you’ve dedicated so much time to thinking and writing about it.

But in the end, something about it was off.  The photos.  They weren’t to the standard that I know I can reach.  I’m not a professional photographer by any means, but I just knew I could do better than this.  So I made the decision to hold off until I had a chance to re-shoot. 

I blame this on time.  There is just not enough hours in a day to do all I want to do.  Between working, commuting, blogging, friends, errands, me time and whatever else, I’m having trouble distributing my time evenly.  Parts of my life are overlapping–I’m worrying about work at home and I’m thinking about blog ideas at work!  Everything is rushed and has tight time constraints (that I never seem to make).  In fact, I’m breaking one of my rules about not blogging past 9pm on a weekday, which is exactly what I’m doing right now.

So I ask you, how do you do it?  For those of you who have a lot on your plate, whether it be school, work, kids, pets…how do you fit everything into your schedule without losing your mind?  Or are you just like me in that you haven’t figured out your groove yet? 

-jillian m.

13 responses to “where does the time go?”

  1. colleen says:

    well…i blog past 9 pm :( so i'm not sure if that's helpful. but i work 11 – 12 hour days, come home and usually exercise, eat dinner, if i have e-mails and things to take care of i do, and then i blog. so i would say from 10 – 11 i'm blogging, working on a post, etc. and it doesn't always take the full hour. but perhaps move something up in your evening so even if you blog past 9 you'll be getting into bed at the same time? i don't really have an answer, just letting you know what works for me.

  2. jillian m. says:

    11 to 12 hour days?! Wow. Lady, I admire you for finding something that works for you with those kinds of hours!

  3. Erin Lian says:

    I am impressed people with full time jobs have energy to blog after work! :)I hope you find answer though because it will be me soon!

  4. Monica {bohemian twilight} says:

    well, i recently posted about 'lack of time'. ironically, blogging is one thing i have a lot of time for, because it can be doen in fits and starts.
    what i wuld like is time for art and reading, and just being.

    but a tendency towards perfection will zap you of whatever time you have for sure.
    as a photographer, i love creating wonderful photos, ones that feel 'right' to me, whatever that might mean. but i often just share a fairly ordinary photo, if it means getting the post out.

    i'm a recovering perfectionist 😉

  5. Caroline says:

    I have yet to find my groove!! When I do, I will share my secrets with you!! xo.

  6. Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} says:

    still trying to figure it out. i'm able to blog at work when it's slow, so that's nice :)

  7. M@coffeeandkitsch says:

    i think you just have to come to terms with the fact that not EVERYTHING is going to meet your perfectionist standards….so you have to decide, do i cut something out or do i settle for slightly less than i hoped for

  8. Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* says:

    My best advice: I give myself space and the ok to not get everything done in each 24-hour time span! To-do lists are supposed to be perpetual, right?!

    Embrace the busy! Because being busy is better than being pointless. 😉

  9. la petite coquine says:

    I do all my blogging on weekends, because I just can't devote any more time or energy at the end of the day to blogging. I find that it gives my posts a cohesive look and feel, which I actually love, and then I don't have to worry about getting something done every night!

  10. Erika Lee Sears says:

    I think time management is a big deal and carving out chunks of time for stuff. :)

  11. The Many Colours of Happiness says:

    I'm going to sound so boring, but I actually wrote down a plan for myself! Just all of the things I need to do (like work and school), and then some realistic writing/music goals to achieve. And of course including social stuff as well! It actually helped a lot, to see things in writing and to see that I do actually have free time, even though sometimes it doesn't feel like it. I hope this helped!

  12. Aquí says:

    I have the same question! I'm always wondering how other bloggers balance their time. My life would have a lot more open space if I didn't blog but I love it so much that I'm willing to sacrifice that little slot of time. I blog in the morning before work usually. I don't go in till around 9:30 so before I browse and comment and then on my days off I take the photos. Its a little crazy, but like I guess I haven't figured out my groove yet.

  13. made-to-travel.com says:

    I am totally guilty of time management fails. And funny you were talking about that draft that you decided was not ready to publish that post on twitter for you and sara is that for me. I've started writing it and then rewrote it and now hate it again, so i'm going to scrap and start over…le sigh, but I do want to LOVE every post i do so i'm willing to sacrifice.

    What I try to do is get ahead of my blog at least 3 posts…so I'll take a look at my calendar and see a night I have free and know that i'll spend that time blogging. and I'll try to write at least 3 posts, sometimes they get chucked but at least I have the prospects sitting in my drafts. This week has been a nightmare…12 hour days at work and visitors, so I'm been behind on blog writing and blog reading, but I try not to be too hard on myself on that front. Truth is the blog and all blogsphere will still be there and while I might miss some things it certainly doesn't mean my blog will disappear.

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