Hi guys, Happy Wednesday!
Today I am taking the time to answer one of the main questions you guys have concerning my schedule.
How I do my blog, go to my day job, have a social life and how I make it all work. The truth is, I don’t make it work haha but I do try, and having a schedule definitely helps!
Actually, if I didn’t have my schedule and did not plan ahead, none of this would be possible. Of course life happens, and the schedule gets totally messed up, but I do what I can do to make it work and I always have a back up plan!
Planning Out My Posts
I plan out my posts at least one month prior to posting. Towards the end of every month, I look at my calendar and write down everything. From sales, to post ideas, trips and more. I get my inspiration for my posts literally all day long. Throughout the day, any blog post idea that pops in my head, I put in the notes section of my phone. That way, at the end of the month, when I sit down to plan out the next months schedule, I have material to post for you guys. Writing everything down at least a month in advanced lets me know what I need to shoot, who I need to talk to, what collaborations I need to finalize and etc.
When we shoot, we aim to do it early Sunday morning before the rest of the world is wakes up. I like to shoot around the Galleria and Highland Village, and early Sunday morning is the prime time to not have a lot of people in those locations. Plus it is so much cooler at that time! Of course, there are times we can’t do this due to rain, or being out of town, or Colton golfing. So when that is the case, we will shoot after work! Which is a huge pain, but hey, you do what you have to do.
I usually edit pictures Sunday night after we shoot, or in the evening right when I get home from work. Since I workout at lunch, Colton works out in the afternoons without me, which gives me time to work on the blog. For editing pictures, I use Photoshop. But let me tell you, I am such an amateur! The most I can do is play with the lighting and take the “yellow” out of a photo.
Literally the hardest part. Well, actually, I take that back, I love writing posts. It’s my favorite part. It just depends on what I am writing. Sometimes, I have so much to say and the words are flowing out of me! Other times, I have major writers block and it will take me forever. Because I do have my posts planned out a month before, if something comes in my head that I know I want to say in a post, I’ll go ahead and write it down immediately. Other than that, I usually write at night, right before going to bed. Each post takes me about an hour to write. Then I wake up at 6:00 a.m. every morning to finalize posts. I link my outfits, try my best to look for errors, change sentences I do not like and etc. Then 7:00 a.m. hits and I freak out about having to get ready for work – lol, so I usually post everyday around that time.
As soon as I hit “post”, my post is automatically uploaded onto Facebook and Twitter. I try to plan out my Instagram’s Monday night while watching The Bachelor. I use the app Planogram for this. Then I post my pictures when it’s the best time of the day for me. My best times are usually early in the morning when people are just getting to work, during lunch, and after dinner time. These are the times most people are on their phones and my phone notifies me when it’s time! When it comes to interacting with readers on Instagram, I try to do this while walking up hill on the Treadmill after my workouts. #multitasking
So there you go, just a little sneak peak into my crazy, hectic life. It may sound like a lot, but that’s because it is a lot. I believe that if you really love something, you’ll make time for it. It’s up to you to make it a priority!
Have a great day!