I love writing this blog. I look to blogs for clean living tips, recipes, pregnancy and birth information (premature research, mind you), product reviews, and entertainment. There is just so much available through blogs, not to mention the friendships I've gained in real life. But by golly. Blogging has taken over my life!
Has anyone noticed that the theme of intentional living has gone viral this summer? Jess Lively runs a business based on intentional living. Sydney reflected on the connection of self-worth and being busy. Jenni feels like her blog gave her ADD. Jessica set blogging guidelines for herself. Kristin wrote a series of posts about simplifying and reprioritizing her life. Each of these posts share a different piece of the "my life is overwhelmed by so much 'stuff'" puzzle.
Here is the vortex that my daily life gets sucked into: I am in constant conversation through Twitter, blog comments, e-mail, and Instagram. I use all my break time at work to read blogs. I check my phone as soon as I hear an e-mail or Twitter notification. I will stay up later than planned to make sure my post is ready to go live at midnight. Every free moment is spent checking e-mail on my phone.
Raise your hand if you know this routine all too well.
(giving the side eye to every single blogger on the planet)
I consider myself a multi-tasker, but when I'm constantly "multi-tasking" on my laptop while I'm talking to my husband at home, the line needs to be drawn. With grad school starting next month, I need to conjure my inner boot camp instructor and get my life in line! I've already taken steps in keeping myself in check.
+ I suspended ad swapping with other bloggers.
+ I'm posting 4-5 times per week (and I stopped feeling guilty about going 2-3 days without posting).
+ I disabled blog e-mail and Twitter notifications on my phone.
+ I use time at home to read, make cards, and veg out on the couch with my husband sans laptop.
+ I go to bed when I want to, even if a post isn't ready for the next day. (Genius!)
I'm doing my best to recognize when I need to simplify. I am reminding myself that blogging is an outlet for me, not a business. I have a full-time job already. I love blogging and everything that comes with it (that means YOU), and I want to continue having fun doing it! I feel so much better making these little changes right now than actually getting swallowed whole by blogging and taking extreme measures like deleting my social media accounts or ending the blog altogether. Like Jenni said, I need to "cut the proverbial fat."
So there you have it. I'm on a mission to downsize in order to upgrade my life! I'm expecting to yield great results. I guess this is what they call adult decisions. Do I sound old and wise? I am turning 28 next month, after all.
Even if you're not a blogger, do you ever feel like your life is overtaken by "noise" and distraction? Let's downsize together! Cheers to giving life our undivided attention!