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On January 12th, 2012 I hit publish for the first time on this blog. That means that tomorrow is my 4 year Bloggerversary.
My biggest desire back then was to create an income from home in a way that wouldn’t take over our life.
I earned a solid, part-time net income in 2015.
Some of you might be wondering why am I not earning a full-time income yet.
That answer can be boiled down to one word.
Truth: I don’t like the word hustle–In fact, I would go as far to say that every time I hear it said I cringe. Partly because one of the definitions of the word is “a fraud or swindle.” What honest business person wants anything to do with a word that has that definition?
Yet I understand this isn’t the definition of hustle blogging experts are talking about when they use the word hustle in their talks about what it takes to get ahead. No, they are talking about this definition of hustle: “to move or act energetically and rapidly.”
Moving ahead rapidly and energetically with a blog takes time–lots and lots of time.
For me to devote that kind of time when I first started (or even now for that matter) I would have had to push something in life aside. But when I considered what, I came up empty handed.
So instead my choice was to snail pace my blogging work.
Why I came up empty handed and decided instead to snail pace blogging
Years ago when the children were little, several minor health problems and a few major life events caused me to set life priorities for myself that I simply won’t budge on.
My refueling needs
- 8 hours of sleep each night
- A time to study my bible daily
- Time to exercise 4 to 6 times a week
- Time to prepare good, wholesome foods that fuel my body well. I live by the 80/20 principle on this one.
- Time to invest in relationships with people who encourage me
- Time to invest in my creative side with reading, knitting, and coloring.
My family’s needs
- I consider a strong marriage the anchor of a strong family and so I invest time in mine.
- I want to build a relationship with each child as an individual.
- To do both of the above well I maintain an open door policy, I allow myself to be open to interruptions at pretty much any time of day by my family and my closets friends (I do set some boundaries but they are pretty loose).
- I take the time to make sure our house runs well; not perfectly, but well. I admit that my time spent doing this has lessened over the years as I have trained my children how to do a lot of the house work. I believe this to be a natural transition. I am training them to run their own homes well when the time comes.
My relationship needs beyond family
- I have a few key friendships that I won’t put on the back burner to blog more. These people are dear to my heart and more important than blog growth.
I know that messing with life priorities is like messing with dominoes: you bump one and you get a chain reaction in which each ends up falling in rapid succession.
Knowing about the domino effect, when I started blogging I wasn’t willing to put my life priorities on the back burner long enough to ignite this blog to its full potential at rapid speed, so instead I grew it inch by inch.
Blogging in the Margins of Life
Not wanting to let my life priorities slip has caused me to blog in the margins, the little moments in time throughout the day when my life priorities don’t require my attention at such a great level as they need me in others.
I blog in the hour after my workout before the children are up for school. The hour after school before dinner has to be made. The hour after dinner before I need to start winding down for bed.
I blog on Saturdays when I am not needed to oversee homeschooling (my children are 13 and up). I blog on vacations when everyone is sleeping in but my early bird self can’t. I drive to the coffee shop after dropping my son off at soccer practice, and I stay there and blog until he needs to be picked up.
I do sometimes take a blogging retreat of sorts and hide out somewhere to blog for longer periods of time, but those times are rare and far apart.
An hour here and an hour there, that is how this blog has been created and slowly through 4 years those hours and hours of work have created a solid, part-time net income without taking more room in my life than I was willing to give. The extra income has allowed our family to do things that were impossible on my husband’s RN wage–even with overtime.
I want you to know you can do it too
This post isn’t to shame those that like to hustle. I know that certain personality types thrive on hustling. If that is you, go for it, but realize your limits. Set boundaries for your work. Make time for health, family, and friends.
This post isn’t to shame those who simply must hustle. I understand there are circumstances that create the need to increase your income fast and if that is you, hustle–but make sure to stop when you reach your goal.
This post is for those of you that feel you couldn’t possibly start that blog or that at home business you have been dreaming of because you simply don’t have that much time to devote to it.
You are looking at your day and going, “Well I could sneak in an hour here or a 1/2 hour there, but what good is that going to do?”
It is going to do a whole lot of good!
Yes, you will earn less for a greater period of time than those that hustle right out of the gate, but you will be growing something and when it grows, so will your income.
Slow business growth is far better than looking back 4 years from now and having done nothing more than thought once of doing it. Slow business growth is better than hustling straight out of the gate only to burn out and then let the whole idea fizzle out.
Embrace your snail pace and let your dreams turn become reality!
Psst…Want To Know A Secret Of How To Get Ahead Without Hustling?
If you really want to start that business, but you are like me and have no interest of living off of 5 hours or less a night of sleep or giving up your daily run so you can work more, there is a way you can fit more work into your day without giving up your life priorities–it is called good time management.
There are 3 resources that have been extremely helpful in helping me manage my time well as well as teaching me how to break down tasks into bite size pieces that I can manage in margins of time I find to blog.
- How To Handle 1000 Things At Once by Don Aslett
- 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine
- Make Over Your Mornings Course by Crystal Paine
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to consume time management advice, I recommend grabbing the Make Over Your Mornings Course by Crystal Paine. Don’t worry, she isn’t going to tell you how early to get up. She goes through how to set your day up for success by using the first few hours of your day well.
The course is broken into 14 videos and 14 printable workbook lessons. Each day takes about 15 to 20 minutes to do. You can take 14 days to do it, or more, or less. It is up to you. Apply the time management wisdom within the course and you will find more margin in your day to pursue your goals.
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