Motivation to continue.

Last Update: July 01, 2015

Hi everyone

well I have been at WA for close to 6 months now. I cannot believe how time just flew by. I have a great site that is up and running, receiving comments on a daily basis. I have a FB page for my site that is doing awesome. But I am finding myself struggling to find time to write on my site. I have long work hours, with a partner who wants to spend time with me when I get home. I try to be there for everyone but then it ends up leaving me with little time to write posts. And that sucks. By the time I get to sit down in front of my computer, I am barely awake.....So how are you guys doing it? Finding this balance. I have significant responsibilities all day and finding the motivation to write 3-4 times a week and the time? Well it's beginning to be hard.

Anyone wants to share their thoughts? How they are doing and managing?

Thanks

All my Relations

Emily

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AllanDFW Premium
I too enjoy your site and your material, and I also struggle with finding time to write due to my hectic schedule. What I am starting is to carry a notebook around with me to jot ideas, rough outlines, or even write my article with. I usually end up putting all of this together on my days off, finding pictures to go along with my material, and then scheduling automated posting for my articles. It has definitely helped me out!
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Allmyrel Premium
that is a good idea Allan. I am constantly looking on the web for pictures. Like every single day for my site but also for social media. It's like a second full time job...
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AllanDFW Premium
I hear you there. I have started keeping a folder on my google drive so that I can save pictures I might be interested in to it from any of my devices. I do a lot of looking from my phone these days. =)
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Allmyrel Premium
that's true! I must have about a thousand pics!
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olivingstone Premium
Hi Emily. My answer is I am not doing it! I too struggle to write that much and I am currently getting one post out a month. But quality is better than quantity and also, in the beginning I had more ideas now I struggle there too so I came up with a monthly post that I need to commit to that so it gives me a focus. Don't be too hard on yourself. You are doing fab. Olive
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Allmyrel Premium
hi Olivia!
thanks for the kind words! I had so many ideas before. Now, just like you, I have quite less. I am managing a post a week or so. And being active on all social medias every day. We do what we can...
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olivingstone Premium
You are doing a lot better than me!! Good luck. Olive
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someYguy Premium
Hi Emily, you may already know this but wordpress has a cool feature which allows you to schedule posts for future publication. So you could, say, write your content a few minutes at a time and then schedule it for later release. Doing it this way would allow you to keep publishing posts regularly when in reality you're several posts behind :).
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Allmyrel Premium
that is a good idea! It would work for certain posts but not for others. I don't know about you but sometimes I just need to write the whole thing at once or I lose track or of the general purpose of the article.
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Number1 Premium
Hi emily, I hear you about finding the time to make this work. I went though that a few years ago when I started. It;s tough to balance all of our obligations and keep our selves motivated to keep going. I pushed it too much, and ended up burning out, and leaving WA altogether.

My suggestion is to carve out time in your schedule that is strictly for your website. It could be over your lunch break, early in the morning, or for a few hours before you go to bed. Put it in your calendar! You may not have time to work on it every day because you need to spend time with your loved ones, but this is important too, and it is essentially a career for you. Perhaps you can have a discussion with your partner about what your goals are in this. If you want to make this work long term, there will have to be some concessions with your time. Maybe you could get your partner involved in content ideas and make it a project between the two of you. This is for you, and it is important.

If you find yourself attending lots of social events, maybe cut that back for a while letting people know you have a work project to spend time on.

One strategy for me has been to work on finding pictures and key words when I am on my lunch break or in the morning before work and then writing my article or post when i get home from work.
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Allmyrel Premium
hi Number 1
I do most of this already. I have cut back on almost any social events unless it is something that is related to my site. My partner has written a few articles for my site actually. The problem is then that I still need to edit and put the whole together as what he gives me is a rough draft. I like some of his ideas but he does not quite get the amount of work involved.....But he is supportive. I try to dedicate at least an hour a day finding ideas and pictures. It's just finding the time to write the damn thing :)
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roamy Premium
Hi Emily, you have a wonderful site, I like your way of communicating.
If you can not find time to post 3-4 times a week, don't feel guilty a post in a week will be fine.
When i joined WA, a short time later i moved home,started a new job and hubby moved in and i can assure you it was more than i could handle.
Since then i have learned to accept that i can only do so much, what i cant do today,next week is another time, im not rushing anywhere.
Better quality content than rushed half done content.
My two pence
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Allmyrel Premium
thanks Roamy
it is almost a full time job indeed at times! I have learned to accept that I cannot do as much as before. And although frustrating, I am okay with it
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