A question I’m often asked is how I manage my time effectively when I have so much on my plate. One of my friends, Melrose, also gets this question often (if you read her bio below you’ll totally understand why!) so I had her write a guest post for me on her top tips to effectively manage your time! Check it out!
1. Clock In
Whether you are an entrepreneur or not, the concept of clocking in and out should still apply in some way. It’s important to view clocking in as refueling our passion and clocking out by taking time to rest. Make it a goal to write your ideas down, schedule photo shoots, and pencil in calendar time to sit and write on your blog. I always feel at ease when I know I have separated a time to work on my content. Give your dreams the attention they deserve.
2. Secure Your Passwords
I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember passwords for the life of me! I’ve been using “Dashlane” for a couple of years now and I love it! I pay a yearly premium, and it securely saves all of my passwords/personal information. All I need to remember is the master password. I have the desktop version, which signs me in automatically when I enter a website, and I also have the mobile app, where I can also access everything. Any changes I make on my mobile app or desktop automatically sync with each other.
3. Don’t Overplan
I love planning and staying organized! Although over time I have realized deciding how much to plan is a decision of priority. There is such a thing as “too much planning” because it can kill creativity. I have always believed balance is key. The worst feeling is taking a bomb photo and not being able to post right away because you’ve planned the next ten Instagram photos for your feed. Don’t focus on being perfect, instead aim to have half of your posts planned, and leave room for your creativity or spontaneity.
4. Know When to Say No
One of the best feelings as a new influencer is for brands to reach out and want to work with you. It’s almost impossible to say no, right? While at first this is great to get the ball rolling and create a killer portfolio, learn when to say NO to brands. If it doesn’t fit your “aesthetic,” don’t be afraid to turn them down. This will create brand consistency and also make room for all of the brands you DO want to work with!
5. Take Time to Recharge
It’s important for me to habitually refresh my mind and spirit. If I don’t make time for myself, my brand will suffer no matter how much I plan. We don’t rely on motivation, but inspiration. Inspiration is internal, while motivation is external. Being uninspired is often a sign that we need time to rest and reflect. I also believe in the power of two. If your blog is suffering or you are going through a difficult time, yield to the support system God has placed in your life!
About the Author
Meet Melrose, the blogger behind Melrose Moda where she inspires minimalism in all things Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle. She is also CEO of Melrose Moda Creative Agency, providing a range of media and digital marketing services. Before her entrepreneurship journey, she worked for a marketing/TV Production company. With over three years of experience in advertising, has worked with brands such as COACH, Kiehls, Simon Malls, NYC & Company, Essence Cosmetics, Pacifica, Miami Fashion Week & more. Melrose is also President of Chic Conviction Ministries, a devotional platform for Millennial’s on the go. Her passion for people and inner beauty has led her to speak in classrooms, panels, and corporate events about the influence of social media. Her motto in life is “success isn’t measured by numbers, but the amount of lives your impact.”