The Challenge of Work/Life/Blog Balance + What I’ve Learned

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Let’s get a little personal on the blog today, shall we?! Occasionally I touch on the challenge that is work-life balance because I believe that this is not only a place where I can share my love for fashion, but also a place where we can talk and connect on problems and dilemmas we all face.

Dealing with Bloggers’ Guilt

The issue of work-life balance applies to everyone, not just bloggers. We all know the feeling that every time we’re working on one task, we’re taking away time from other things that we could be doing.

Simply put, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Some nights I choose to work on my blog rather than go to the gym, or vice versa. Some days I come home from work, and the idea of working on a blog post is dreadful, yet I feel guilty for not putting a post together. What if people forget about me and stop reading my blog? Other bloggers post five days a week. Why can’t I?

It’s difficult to balance it all. We want to devote time to our work, our hobbies, our friends and our family.

I’ve really felt this bloggers’ guilt as of late. There were some weeks recently where I didn’t post every day. While I wanted to post, the ideas just weren’t flowing. On top of this, I was feeling exhausted and mentally drained. Sundays would roll around, and all I wanted was a lazy day on the couch. I didn’t want to open up my laptop, write a post, schedule social posts, and so on. I love blogging, so the fact that I was feeling this way, really bothered me.

And then a good conversation and a little reflection opened my mind. I don’t need to be able to do it all, every day. Why should I feel guilty that some nights I need friend time, an hour spent at barre class, or a Real Housewives marathon, instead of a couple hours on the computer?

I’ve come to terms with the fact that the world won’t stop turning if I skip a day of blogging. In fact, it makes me a better person, and it makes this blog better. A little time away every now and then, even if it’s just for a day, makes coming back to blogging (or whatever it is) much more rewarding.

So, perhaps it’s nothing new, but here’s a reminder. We don’t have to do it all. We aren’t perfect, and that’s completely okay.

  • I completely understand what you mean – I have a night every once in a while where it’s been a long week, I’ve already had a long day at work and barre, that by the time I’m done cooking, cleaning, showering, etc. all I want to do is lay down and watch a show or read my book before bed. Then I have to feel guilty because I still hadn’t written the next day’s post – and I have nothing to write about!

    I’ve definitely been trying to take it easier on myself lately, and just allow myself those few nights off. We’ve earned it!

    xo
    Olivia
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    • Ellen

      So true, Olivia! I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that way. I’m thinking tonight might include an episode of Real Housewives and a little bit of relaxation. 🙂