I use the term ‘career’ loosely. But this is essentially my career.
A few months ago, I quit my part-time job, with the intention of focusing on my ‘career’ (blogging and modelling), and my studies. But who knew studying as well blogging, creating content for social media, writing for Verve Up, attending the odd casting, shooting, and trying to go to every single social event, for work and fun, could be so hard?
Erm, is there any time to fit in a middle-day nap?
Sorry bitch, no. You’ve got university, four days a week, a casting at 9:30 am, a full day of lectures and tutorials starting at 11 am, finishing at 5 pm, a meeting at 5:30 pm and dinner at 7 pm. There’s no time to shit, let alone nap!
Now before I continue, bear in mind, I’m only three weeks into this academic year. So the tips I give in this post haven’t been tested for that long, but are based on the busiest few weeks of my life – and I’ve totally kicked ass!
Last month, I was handed the creative bible, “Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women” by Otengha Uwagba. Every page laced with wisdom and career insights, it’s been described as ‘a compact gem.’ Making it the perfect guide to help me juggle a seemingly endless number of projects and deadlines.
- The early bird catches the worm – or something like that! For someone who likes her beauty sleep, this one is painful, but necessary. Waking up two or three hours earlier, just to get a head start and outline all the things you need to do in the day, really makes a difference.
- Uwagba says to make a to-do list at the start of each week, but I prefer to do one every morning. “By spending a few minutes planning your workflow upfront, you free your brain up to do the real work of creative thinking the rest of the time.”
- Working non-stop never produces excellent work, as your brain simply can’t perform for long stretches of time. I’ve found splitting my work into a few two-hour blocks, with 30 to 45-minute breaks in between, perfect.
- Identify your peak times. My creative juices tend to flow at night, which isn’t great when I’ve got to wake up early in the morning, but I make sure to schedule tasks such as writing posts or sourcing inspiration, for then.
- Done is better than perfect. I can’t tell you how many projects I’ve delayed because they weren’t perfect. Perfectionism is often the enemy of progress. “Recognise where to draw the line and put your work out into the world. After all, if no one ever sees your work, then it doesn’t really exist, does it?”
So, how do I juggle everything? By just getting it done! And getting it done on time.