How I’m changing the way I work…

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This year it's all about balance, working on my creative flow and honing in on what I do best...

2018 was for sure one of the best and worst years of my life simultaneously for me - both personally and professionally. It's both bittersweet and a head f*ck all at the same time. Especially when your personal life and your work are so heavily intertwined. There were some of the highest highs, some shifts that at the time were scary but ultimately laid the ground work for lots of the amazing things happening now, and some days where I could have just walked away. I know I'm probably not supposed to admit that, but I think we all have moments/days/weeks like that. But that's the thing. They're just that: fleeting moments. And soon the tide turns and better things are ahead.

After such a rollercoaster year I promised myself four things going in to 2019, these are ways in which I'm changing the way I work for the year and I already feel such a difference. You know what they say, sharing is caring and all that...

1.  Personal life/work life separation

This is honestly one of the first subjects I bring up when others ask me my advice on the YouTube/social media space. It's really inportant that everyone has this, what ever the job, but especially so in this case. There isn't a right or wrong on how and where this separation is but at some stage a line has got to be drawn. I find this particularly hard because I am so myself online - there's very little differentiation between my offline life and my online world. But it's something I'm working on, whether it means holding back on news until I'm ready to fully talk about it, having a work phone and a personal phone or actually taking proper time off (lol still working on that last one). Don't get me wrong, there are serious perks to our new 24/7 online lives - working is no longer a 9 to 5 thing and I for one will still be taking advantage of being able to work late in to the evening in favour of having an extra long lunchtime gym session. It's all about that balance babe. But a work/life separation is vital for separating yourself from the more negative aspects of having a public profile and not letting the bad moments affect you personally. Try it, I dare you.

2. Creativity over consumption

We as a society are such a bunch of over consumers as a whole, and I would say that I myself am even worse than average. Trying to keep up with what your friends are doing, your work mates, other creators, your favourite artists, tv series, magazines, music, the latest events or new restaurant. It's never ending. We consume things because they're the new IT thing and then also need to make time for the things we already love consuming regularly and before you know it your whole day has just been spent on consumption. To be consuming more than I create as a content creator is so disproportionate. This year I want to create more on average each day than I consume. Even if the product of that creativity isn't for public consumption. Balancing the more logical, analytical and systematic sides of our job roles and actually thinking creatively is very hard, your brain isn't automatically able to just flick between being logical and being creative at the click of a finger. Like anything, creativity takes time, practice and spending time creating something completely unrelated to your creative profession can really help develop your creative thinking in general, which brings me to number 3...

3. Broadening my influences

This year I want to broaden my horizons when it comes to the media that I do consume. To have things outside of my usual scope to take inspiration from. Grazia magazine is my weekly magazine binge of choice, but it's important to read something different for once in a while, you never know what it might spark. It's important throughout our career to keep learning and developing our knowledge, but it's also good for our mental health in general both short term and in the long run. Having something I love to do which is also outside the scope of my work online also ties in to this nicely - I remember the joy of having my YouTube back when it was a hobby and it was so beneficial for me mentally as it was a great creative outlet which was so different from anything I knew in the events world, and my knowledge of the online world benefitted me hugely in that role as a result.

4. Refining my skills

 

As important as it is for me to work on my creativity this year and try new things, I also really want to hone in on the skills I already have. To be at the top of my game and to do everything to the best standard I can. I feel like it's easy to get to a stage where things stagnate, but this year I want to push forward and ensure Hello October is at it's peak. It's a big commitment to say that publicly, but this is also my way of holding myself accountable. I've always loved looking back at old posts which show my goals or aspirations and either reminding myself to keep pushing forward or ticking off that target. It's really easy in an age of us having multiple jobs and roles to take on so much, and do a watered down job. I'm the self crowned queen of taking on a million projects and trying to do too much in the name of growth and development, so this year it's time to focus on what I'm doing, and do it really bloody well.

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I started working these new changes in to my life at the beginning of the month, and I have to say that on average my general happiness levels have been so much higher than the past four or five months previous. I'm excited to continue and I'd love to know if this resonates with you in some way - do you agree? Or are you a pro at balancing it all? What are your work/life resolutions for 2019? Please plant your wisdom on me, I need it!

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11 Comments

  1. 25 Feb 2019 / 10:21 pm

    Ahh, yes! The work/personal life balance. I think for people who work a “typical” 9-5 job it’s an easy separation. Work is at the office and personal life is at home. When you work at home, however, you’re your own boss, there’s never a set time you leave work, and your work is pretty much sharing your life with others, it can be a challenge to create that separation. I think for me, this year is going to be all about giving myself a break when I need it, moving slower, and embracing every change that may come my way. I often get stuck in the same ways of doing things, forgetting that it’s okay to switch things up now and then. There are times when I’m tired but instead of taking a relaxing bath, feel I should write one more blog post to get ahead. This year is going to all about being more responsive to what my body needs to truly create the work/personal life balance.

    Isabella | www.beingisabella.com

  2. Hannah
    26 Feb 2019 / 5:08 am

    You are such an inspiration. It’s incredible and absolutely wonderful to read something like this from someone I look up to and admire so much. I’m constantly trying to keep up with everyone and everything in my life. I work two jobs and attend university full time. Right now, I feel like I’m barely keeping my head afloat trying to keep up with it all. I’m someone who thrives off the a busy lifestyle. It’s generally very motivating, but I’ve lost sight of myself and everything that is truly important along the way.

    So, with all that being said, I PROMISE myself to really work on finding the balance in my life this year too. This year, I will work extra hard at letting myself enjoy the things I used to while still striving for my ultimate GIRL BOSS lifestyle.

    Thank you again for openly sharing everything that you do with us. Keep kicking ass girl! YOU GOT THIS!!!!

    Much love!

    Xx Hannah

  3. 26 Feb 2019 / 8:29 am

    Reading this made me realise just how much content I consume on any given day, even without really meaning to. Honestly, I feel like that explains so much of why my mind gets flooded with all of these thoughts of me comparing myself to others because I’m just spending way too much time consuming content. I think (even if no one see’s it) that I want to start focusing on creating more than I consume as well, if not just because it will be in an effort to keep me sane.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  4. Jess
    26 Feb 2019 / 11:02 am

    Love this post! I want to really work on my skills too so I’m starting with photoshop & video editing and then going on to coding!

    xoxo
    Jess
    The Crown Wings | UK Travel & Lifestyle Blog

  5. Lisa Autumn
    27 Feb 2019 / 10:08 am

    YES YES YES GIRL! You inspire me so much 🙂

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  6. Francesca
    28 Feb 2019 / 4:48 pm

    I had the same thoughts on consumption v creation. Since I’ve turned my hobby (writing) into a more serious passion (a manuscript I want to publish) it’s made me realise I dont have any passions that I do just for fun. And as much as I do want to be full time writer I also know I need to draw creativity from many different wells. This year I’m going to take a drawing class because a) I’m a terrible drawer and b) it’s has no point/end goal for me other than being a fun thing I want to do!

  7. Emma
    03 Mar 2019 / 10:16 am

    Love this post! I do a very very different 9-5 (in theory) job but this resonated with me so much. I work for an agency, which typically means that people work longer hours and weekend where needed, sacrificing a lot of their personal life for the business and their personal career development. If that’s what’s your priority then great, but for most of us it’s not healthy. For me it’s very important to find this separation, however I’m also the first to admit I’d rather be completely myself in the office, so some aspects of my personal life always come with me.

    Similarly broadening influences is incredibly key, and I think this could be said for many jobs – it sparks ideas, influences the way you think about things. For me it can also add an extra layer of knowledge and innovation to my job that would be highly beneficial. I work in typically uncreative sector, but we need to be more creative with our language, design skills and approaches to problems.

  8. 06 Mar 2019 / 3:41 pm

    I loved reading this…it’s given me ideas to reflect and make some simple changes to my life for 2019!
    Mandy x
    http://www.onesliceoflemon.com/

  9. Fatima
    06 Mar 2019 / 5:27 pm

    YES girl u r so inspiring keep up the amazing job!

    : http://Fatima8450.blogspot.com

  10. 08 Mar 2019 / 5:16 pm

    The part about creativity over consumption was SO helpful! I also find seperating my work and personal life (to whatever degree I can as a blogger) is so key.

  11. Nikshita
    05 May 2019 / 11:01 am

    Such an inspiring blog post Suzie. I love reading such a content…it is so helpful.

    http://shoppingfix.in

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