How are you feeling about your blog and business this year?
I don’t really want to reference THAT song from 2013 but when I’m talking about working from home and trying to balance my freelance hours and blogging commitments with motherhood and family time, I can’t help but think of the phrase ‘blurred lines’.
It just never works. No matter what I do, my work life and home life are always overlapping, intermingling and getting tangled!
So, as I know a lot of us are trying to find some sort of balance and order amongst the chaos at the moment, I thought I’d kick off January with a focus on planning, freelancing/working from home and home offices (because they’re pretty and I’m mighty envious, OK?)
If you don’t know what the whole BuJo movement is, where have you been these past few years? Grab a moleskine notebook, a few fancy pens and dig deep to find your inner creativity and make your very own personalised planner that works for you. This bullet journal set up for 2018 by Pushing The Moon should be all the inspiration you need to get started!
I’m also loving this post from Seeing Spots where Steph has given us a sneak preview at her planner which is a hybrid between your traditional diary and a BuJo layout so it’s covered all bases.
Lastly, speaking of planning, if you’re looking for something pre-made to get your blogging tasks organised, why not try these free printable templates? Fall For DIY has designed a monthly content planner and Tea Party Beauty has created a spreadsheet for all of your blogging needs. Just download, print and you’re ready to go.
Freelancing/Working From Home
Like most of us, I have a love/hate relationship with my freelance career. It’s not always a walk in the park (and you have to do that pesky tax return every year) and so I enjoy reading posts from other bloggers in the same situation to give myself a little boost and get some well-needed reassurance that I’m not the only one feeling a tad lost every now and then!
Cate St Hill went freelance six months ago and has written a fabulous post describing 10 lessons she’s learnt since taking the big leap. It’s certainly worth a read if you’re finding your way after getting used to being traditionally employed.
Little Miss Katy has also quit her day job to become a full-time blogger so we’re wishing her lots of luck in her new venture and Becky from The Spirited Puddle Jumper is talking about the financial advantages to working from home — as if getting to send emails in your pyjamas wasn’t a good enough reason!
I have been drooling over your lovely office spaces this month as we plan to evict our daughter from the box room so I can have a space of my own to scroll mindlessly through Facebook for hours on end (ahem, I mean work!)
This post from Don’t Cramp My Style isn’t just a showcase of gorgeous photos as it’s also full of handy tips on how to style your workspace and make it ‘instagrammable’. It’s clear that Anna has been really thoughtful about how she’s designed her scandi-style home office and it’s paid off beautifully.
I also like this IKEA SKADIS hack from Grillo Designs which has allowed Medina to hide all of her electrical wires whilst creating an organised, chic nook for her desk and accessories.
Finally, Kimberley from Swoon Worthy has listed 8 things every home office needs to help you along the way if you’re planning an office renovation of your own.
That’s it for this week but pop back towards the end of the month where I’ll be focusing on room makeovers.
If you’ve recently redecorated or redesigned one of your rooms, don’t forget to share your posts with us on Twitter by tagging @hibs100 and using the #HIBSTenAtTen hashtag!