Oh my goodness! How many distractions do you have in your life? A million and a half? I completely understand.
Turning off everything and being present in the moment has become SO important, to both your mental health and daily self care. There is an overload of content everywhere! Read this article, be inspired by this post, look at this funny video, how do we turn it all off?
Unfortunately, as a Social Media Manager, I can’t simply turn off my phone and I’m ok with that. I make decisions and priorities EVERY day in order to have a successful career and end each day with a smile on my face (and hopefully smiles on my clients faces!)
I love managing my clients social media feeds and I love creating content for them, but my favourite part is engaging with their audience.
The flipside, their audience does not follow a typical 9-5 schedule. Heck sometimes I chat with them until 10 p.m.
What does this mean for my life, you ask? I make it work!
Switching my phone to silent when I need too – a.k.a. when my partner Brad comes home and we spend some quality time together, enjoy dinner, have a date night or at a family event (especially with the holidays approaching).
I will often leave my phone at home when taking our dog for a short walk. Although it often finds its way into my pocket (mainly for cute Corgi pictures, but also for emergencies). If it’s in my pocket it stays there – unless needed for a photo!
The point is I make the choice to leave my phone on silent when needed.
With social media, instant replies and engagement is SO important and it’s a huge part of my job, but like any other job or task it’s important to prioritize. Knowing when to turn the phone on silent or turn it over on my desk
How do I get work done?
- The number one tactic I live by is time blocking, I LIVE in google calendar! If my calendar is not open, my day has not started. I even schedule in my breaks, my dog Hudson’s walks and when I go to the gym (although sometimes I don’t make it).
- I time EVERYTHING! I know how long it takes me to schedule two weeks worth of content, how long to schedule engagement with each client based on ROI, or the length of time it will take to write this blog post. If there is ONE thing you get out of this blog post: TIME HOW LONG IT TAKES YOU TO COMPLETE A TASK!!
(I’m currently timing how long each process of this post takes me, in order to give you an overview of my blog process – take a look below).
- I PRIORITIZE tasks and leave time in between for social media engagement. At the end of the day, my clients and their customers are #1!
- I always allow time for WIGGLE ROOM! If I need to move things around I canI Using tasks in Google Calendar is a lifesaver. I can move the dates of tasks around with a swipe of a mouse! It makes prioritizing my work and personal life that much easier.
To all you bloggers, social media managers, writers and solo-entrepreneurs… being perfect is boring. I am the first to admit I’ve made mistakes and LOVED IT! Make mistakes, get distracted and enjoy a couple glasses of wine while doing it!
What are you most distracted by while working?
From your partially distracted, time tracking, Social Media Manager,
My Blogging Process Timed (using Toggl)
This is to give you an idea of how I track my time!
The Ugly First Draft: 14:19 minutes
The Ugly First Draft Edits: 21:24 minutes
Transition to WordPress: 35:28
(Includes adding photos that I have already taken, SEO, and any aesthetic details)
Promoting on Social Media: 24:02
(Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)
Total Time: 1 hour and 38 minutes
Do you want to chat more about blogging or social media? Feel free to reach out to me, my email is always open!