Setting myself a few work goals…
One thing I learnt from myself last year, especially in terms of my work life, is that taking a step back and assessing where you’re at is incredibly worthwhile. I’ve never been much of a target-setter, always more of a ‘go with the flow’ type of person in all aspects of my life, but I can see now what a difference it has made setting myself even small goals!
So, here I am trying to keep up with it – some goals I need to lay out for me to remember and stick to them, but others I just jot down and forget about, letting life run its course. I don’t think setting targets needs to be something that consumes you, just a little reminder to go after what you want, even at your own pace.
I actually never give myself a timescale for these aims, it’s just a way to keep on keepin’ on, really.
With blogging taking a bit of a backseat lately due to some technical issues, I’m starting to think about the direction I’m headed in and what I want from my career in the near future and beyond…
Find More Of A Balance
With endless platforms, it’s not unusual for me to feel like I’m spreading myself thin. I love blogging, but lately I’ve been getting in to YouTube a lot more too… and then there’s Instagram which is just too easy for quick on the go snaps!
For me it’s such a battle trying to find the perfect balance of all three, without the content I produce becoming watered down or repetitive. I think I need to have a better understanding of what works for my own platforms – fun vlogs, on the go Instagram Stories and maybe the occasional blog post, if I can – and stick to it. Often I’ll start vlogging, and then do a few Instagram Stories and decide the latter is easier to commit to… oh it’s a tough one!
I’ve been keeping an eye on what you guys seem to enjoy and doing more of it; I’ve noticed that you all seem quite content with at-home organisation/chatty videos, rather than full-on vlogs from events and trips – something I’m very happy about! – so I’m going to commit to these regularly, whilst keeping Instagram for on the go updates and fast-paced days on the move.
One thing I love about Instagram Stories is how live it is, I watch these more than I do vlogs, probably more often than I even scroll my Instagram feed! Lately I’ve been trying to let go of the perfectionist in me and post quick unedited stories.
When I watch Stories myself, I want to see real time updates – whereas my own stories have a bit of a delay while I edit them a little and get them just right. Something that probably isn’t entirely necessary all the time.
I really could apply this to everything I post online, even with emails I like to sit down and reply to at my laptop instead of on the go. Less over-thinking, more doing is my mantra from now on.
Be Better At Working On The Go
Following on from that last statement, one thing I want to be better at is keeping up with work whilst I’m on the move! Not just replying to emails (although definitely replying to emails!) but editing vlogs, replying to comments and posting blog posts too.
I seem to get anxious when I’ve neglected work whilst on the move, and the longer I don’t open my laptop, the more daunting it gets! Of course, this is all in my head and something I need to get over if I want an easier life – arriving home each time to hundreds of emails and comments that need attention is no way to live.
Go Back To Basics
I often find myself deciding to scrap blog posts (and occasionally vlogs too) because I don’t have enough photos, or the vlog is a bit random. I’ve come to realise that sometimes, it’s okay to strip it back a bit! Not every post has to involve a photoshoot and a gallery of 10+ photos, and not every vlog is going to have perfect sound and parties with John Legend!
Are we all on the same level here? I think the reason why we love bloggers so much is because it is, for the most part, real and relatable and easy to keep up with. So for me, it’s time to ditch the standards I’ve set myself and produce content even if it is a little on the raw side.
Don’t Strive For Too Much
I think this next aim probably comes down to self-comparison a little bit – seeing other people do amazing travel or style content, and then never quite managing it myself.
When I’m away, I take a few photos when time allows and I’ll use a couple for Instagram, and then the rest I’ll save for a blog post that rarely happens. I always think that I don’t have enough to post, or they don’t really flow well to tell a story from the trip, so I just put them on my hard drive and never do anything with them.
Again, this probably comes down to having high or unrealistic standards for myself, or maybe I should just stick to what I know and what works for me – maybe I don’t need to blog travel photos? Maybe Instagram is enough, and I should just keep on with the beauty and lifestyle content that I post on this blog.
Putting unnecessary pressure on myself just gives me this feeling of hopelessness, it doesn’t push me to do better, I just check out. From now on, if I have enough photos for a blog post and I think it’ll work, wonderful! If I don’t, then that’s okay too. I’m not here for a work-life that is unachievable or unnecessarily stressful!
Accepting My Content & Owning It
Again, this follows on from the above (this post is a bit of a brain dump!), but I’ve come to realise that it’s okay to stick to what you know and do best! There’s something to be said for staying in your lane, without feeling like you need to replicate anyone else.
Looking at the bloggers I love to follow, I think they all have a place in creating content; they share what they love, and it comes naturally to them – they’re authentic and happy in themselves. It’s awesome to see!
This probably comes with time, but I think the day I realised that I could just post what I wanted to, without feeling the need to be someone else, was the day I started to feel like I was winning.
I love the way Rose sets the scene and creates posts that detail everything from her travels to her outfits and the food she ate, and how Sophia makes every little casual outfit she shares look so charming and easy, and then there’s Esteé who inspires me in so many ways just because she’s so chill and down to earth.
And girls like Hannah, who just does her thing and owns it, and Carrie who everyone agrees deserves a million more followers (but she doesn’t seem to care about numbers at all, ever!)
So I guess this isn’t so much as a goal, but a reminder to keep on and not compare myself to the girls who are killing it in their own ways! Staying true to yourself is worth more than trying to be someone you’re not or creating content that doesn’t naturally fit for you.
From here on out, I’m all about the less-pressure life, sticking to what I do best but pushing myself in other areas – sharing more candid updates, taking time away from the internet when I need to, and actually working when I do need to!