I will be working through Christmas. This is something I choose to do.
I enjoy my blogging work, so why should I stop work just because everyone else does?
Blogging Contract Work
Contract work will largely be on a low burner, just simmering away. Contracts pay the bills, and they are part of the job, but are a necessary part of blogging, rather than something I do out of love.
I have work for two clients to do between Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st. Wednesday is my cut-off point. I will take a week off until around the 28th December.
I have recently started to use Trello for planning and prioritising my blogging tasks.
Up to now I have used a spreadsheet, but there were too many things I was neglecting to complete. Trello lets me attach coloured labels to help me to prioritise. I can rearrange, include completion dates in card names and mark cards as complete (I use a black label).
I have planned when I will finish my outstanding contract work. I have also planned two posts on each of my blogs, along with when I am going to write them.
Planning is very important to me, because I have OCD tendencies, so I need to know what is happening every day. If I omit the planning, the work never gets done.
Growing My Reputation
Networking never stops. I need to call in to the local Bank of Ireland Workbench in Cork on two afternoons this week. I schedule afternoons for networking and low concentration jobs, and keep mornings for tasks that demand creativity, such as writing blog posts.
The BoI Workbench is a free co-working space in the middle of Cork and it is a great resource for any blogger or entrepreneur.
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Routine tasks such as updates, backups and replying to comments are other tasks I use my less productive afternoons and evenings for. I have installed an auto-backup plugin in one site and need to add this to my other sites this week.
I also have two logos to design ($25 each from TailorBrands.com using a coupon from AppSumo) I did two logos last week and was so impressed with the process that I bought two more. It is less stressful and more reliable than outsourcing logo design on freelancing sites where you cannot reject low-quality work.
Blog Post Writing
I enjoy writing posts because it uses my creativity and lets me help people. Every job has its ups and downs. Blog post writing is why I keep blogs going.
I write best in the mornings, but am writing this on Sunday afternoon after a light lunch of home-made leek and chicken soup.
The fridge and freezer are full. Goose on Christmas Day. Salmon en croute (courtesy of Lidl) on St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day) and assorted mostly healthy meals the rest of the time. I did buy some rashers, so there will be a couple of cooked breakfasts thrown in along the way. I was just looking at low-fat latke recipes, which might not be traditional, but they look good and I prefer to use my calorie allowance on good cheese.
Shopping is something I do once a year, except for food shopping. I might get to the market to buy a leg of mutton when I am in Cork on Monday afternoon. I love mutton, but you cannot buy it at the supermarkets or at most butchers. I might also look for a **good** Stilton, which is one thing that is almost impossible to find in Ireland.
I plan to do little over the holiday itself. I might rake up leaves in the garden on Christmas morning, because it’s a lovely time to be outside with total silence and no traffic noise.
I have a shelf full of library books that I read in the evenings, as well as a phone full of mostly poorly-written Kindle ebooks.
I will maintain my exercise programme of walking 90 minutes every day, because that gives me 450 extra calories a day before I break my allowance.
When I was a teacher, I would just collapse from exhaustion for a week. I now have a life I love, even though I will be working more than most of you through the two week holidays.
How do my plans compare to yours? Do you work on things you enjoy during the holidays?