3 Tips To Stay Organized During The Busy Months

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School just got back into session. The holidays are coming up. We are starting to get less hours of sunlight. Needless to say, it’s a busy time of year! I can’t stress enough how a well maintained organizational routine is key, especially this time of year. Here are three major components on how I stay organized throughout the year.

Google Calendar

My saving grace! I love planners and journals for the occasional desire to physically write things down. However, most of the time, I love using a digital planner. I love the ability to switch things around and mess up an entry without having to erase or cross something out. It keeps my whole thoughts together and gives me the ability to move things around. Love! I plug everything into my calendar from what blogs to write, pictures to take, and when to actually post my blogs. However, I use my calendar for much more than just blogging. I use it to keep track of personal appointments, bills, and even planning out larger projects. You can color code, assign times, set up alarms, and so much more. I’m so glad I switched over to Google Calendar! They even have an easy to use app so I can get notifications on my laptop and phone. I highly recommend!

Carefully Scheduled Timers

Having an iPhone spoils me. It’s as easy as, “Siri, set a timer for….” I like to set timers for reminders of when I need to start working on things; as well as, using the timers to tell me when I need to stop doing a task. It can be tedious at first but once you really start getting into this habit, it will really start to boost your productivity. It will start to show you how long tasks actually take and how quickly you can get them done! It’s a great self-accountability habit to get into. It’s important to work and get things done but it’s equally as important to rest. Having an alarm to tell you when to quit will help act as an outside voice to really tell your brain to stop.

Set Routines

I’m a creature of habit and a stickler for routines so you know I had to include this. I have certain things that I like to routinely do every day or every other day. Keeping to a schedule helps balance all the different events going on in my life. For those who are new, I have a full time job and also push to post four blogs a week. That’s a pretty full schedule and I like to make sure it all works into my routine! If you aren’t a routine person, using timers will actually help get you on a scheduled routine. Once your mind can settle on a routine throughout your day, you’ll rest a lot easier and be so much more productive.

Leave a comment below and tell me how you stay organized during these busy months. I’d love to hear!

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How To Grow Your Blog Following

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It’s one thing to start blogging your thoughts all over the internet; but, if you want to grow your following and reach a wider range of people, you definitely have to up your game. If you follow my blog religiously, you’ll know that I’ve done a 5 Most Important Tips For New Bloggers post before. Today I wanted to get more in depth for how to grow your blog, no matter how advanced of a blogger you may be. It’s always great to continue learning and growing so I hope you all enjoy these tips below!

Passion, Purpose, Persistence

I always like mentioning this in my blogging tips. If you aren’t liking how something is turning out or you aren’t passionate about the subject you’re writing about, don’t do it! Skip a post because skipping it is much better than keeping your schedule with an insincere post. As you grow as a person, you may find that the subject you started blogging about five years ago just isn’t a passion anymore. Ditch it and rebrand! Don’t be afraid to stay true to yourself and your interests because that will always pay off in the long run!

Use Your Angle

There is an over saturation of people willing to express themselves on the internet. It’s true! Want to start a beauty blog? Done a million times. Turning vegan and want to blog about the journey? You’re not the first. But don’t let any of that get you down! You need to find a special twist to put on your blog that can help you define a more specified following. Try beauty blogging on a hair-thin budget or your journey as a vegan for working moms. Your place in life, no matter what it is, will give you a unique angle on the over saturated media. Give it a try!

Get Involved

Donating your time and effort can help everyone out. Try getting involved in a charity or drive. Blog your experience and what charities you choose to support. It will benefit the charity you donate to, benefit your readers by educating them to some great causes, and will benefit you by tagging the charity in all your promotions (they love hearing wonderful things from people and are more likely to help promote your post). It’s a win, win, win situation that everyone can get behind!

Unique Ideas, Views, Experiences

Remember what I said about over saturation? Writing with unique views or about strange things will help you stand out against the many on the internet. If your lifestyle gives you access to a plethora of odd opportunities or experiences, write about it! People love learning about different things and living vicariously through others.

Personality

Don’t be ashamed of your quirky antics or the important things that make you, you! People love to hear your personality come through in your blogs. If you cuss like a sailor with no remorse, you’ll find an audience who finds hilarity and truth through the vulgarity. If you’re absolutely obsessed with something and find a way to make almost anything relate to that subject, you’ll gain people most like you who share your passions. Don’t hide your true self!

Leave me a comment below and tell me what tip benefits you the most!
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Blogiversary – My Favorite Post of All Time

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Obsessive Compulsive Designer is officially turning 1 year old today and I’m beyond excited. I cannot believe that it’s been a whole year since I started this journey. I’m so thankful for every one of you who read my posts and follow me. I can’t begin to thank you all enough for the wonderful words and support this past year. I have really enjoyed this hobby and will continue for as long as you all are willing to listen to my ramblings. 🙂

Today I wanted to share one of my all-time favorite posts I have published this past year. Coincidentally, it has been one of your favorites as well! My outfit post in Girl’s Shopping Trip OOTD has been one of my most searched & interacted with posts, and for good reason. It’s one of my favorite outfit posts I’ve ever featured on here. It gets me so motivated to post more fashion posts! I love putting together outfits for you guys and showing you how to style certain pieces.

Again, I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all you lovely people! You all inspire me so much and get me so motivated to get creative in all aspects of my life. I love you all! 🙂
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March Favorite Posts This Month

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It’s been a crazy busy month this month. For those who follow my blog closely, you’ll recognize that I took a much needed break this last week. With my five days a week posting schedule mixed with my professional work schedule and life in general, there just wasn’t the time to put my full 100% into my blog. Definitely not wanting to give you all half-a** posts to read, I opted for a break and I’m VERY glad I did. For the remaining weeks I was posting, I had a few that I really loved and I noticed you all felt the same about them as well! Without further explanation, here are my favorite posts from last month in case you missed any.

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Beauty Trend : Oil Pulling

I wonderful trend I highly recommend everyone trying out. You just might love it!

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Makeup Storage

Take a peek inside my bathroom and how exactly I organize my beauty stash!

Tips For New Bloggers

5 Most Important Tips For New Bloggers

Some great tips for new and old bloggers. Be sure to check it out.

Skincare Haul

Skincare & Beauty Haul

Because everyone loves a good haul. I’m super excited to be trying out all these new products!

Let me know down below with any post requests for April!

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5 Most Important Tips For New Bloggers

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The weekend is finally here again and I’m ready to get a little creative juices flowing in terms of blog posts. I don’t know about any of you, but I get the most inspired on weekend mornings. Something about sleeping until my body wakes me up and getting to spend a quiet lovely morning in my home, just really gets my creativity going! Today, I wanted to share my 5 tips I recommend to all newbie bloggers. I’m relatively new myself, hitting the one year mark this coming month, and I feel like I’ve learned so much already. Don’t get me wrong, I’m continuing to learn every single day; however, these 5 tips have always been true since day one. All new bloggers will greatly benefit from these 5 tips!

If you aren’t liking it, don’t post it.

Occasionally, I’ll start writing a post but when it’s all said and done I end up not enjoying it. I always heard that having a consistent posting schedule is key to growing your blog and would panic if I couldn’t keep mine consistent. But if you aren’t liking what you’re putting out there, your readers will see that. Always post things you’re 100% in love with, if you aren’t feeling that post you can save it to a later date (and fresh mind) or just delete it. Always put your best self out there.

The power of community is a very real concept.

If you aren’t getting involved with fellow bloggers, odds are, you won’t get too far. It’s crazy how much you’ll grow when you give others around you the attention you’d like to receive. Liking, following, commenting with other bloggers is a great way to get to know other amazing people and help promote your blog.

Nothing makes a good photo great like some natural lighting.

Until you’re 100% sure you want to continue this blogging path, I would hold off on buying a big fancy camera. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need an expensive camera nowadays to get a great photo. Smartphones these days have amazing quality. Taking pictures with your smartphone and some good natural light will give you the same look as an expensive camera. Plan your photo sessions accordingly to the time of day/year to be sure you get the best lighting.

Consistency helps you and your readers.

Having a consistent posting schedule will definitely help you grow. Your readers will know exactly when to come back for more. However, as I said earlier, if you aren’t liking your post – don’t post it. It won’t kill you to miss a day. As long as you’re posting once or twice a week, you’ll be just fine!

Don’t worry about your niche.

Many of the tips that I read while learning about this whole blogging journey was to always define your niche. I never really liked that tip and didn’t really put much thought into it. I don’t like narrowing down my scope any. I want to post whatever I’m feeling. I definitely have a few niches I post about regularly but I don’t like to label myself as just a food, fashion, or beauty blogger. Don’t worry about defining you or your blog. As you write and grow as a person, you’ll naturally find your niche.

Leave a comment below and tell me when you get the most inspired to write your posts.
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Blogger Recognition Award

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One of the things I love about the blogging community is how everyone builds each other up. It’s such a great thing to see happen, especially with women. Thank you so much Jules at Blonde’s Tea ,  Lean Sixteen , and Brenna at Crochet539 for this amazing award. I love the concept of this award because it acknowledges great bloggers while helping out other bloggers with great advice from a variety of people.

The rules for the Blogger Recognition Award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Write a post to show your award
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and link to the post you created.

The story of my blog

This may get quite redundant for those who have read my Why I Started Blogging post so I’ll give you the short version here. I had a droning job that required no creativity on my part and as a creative individual I found myself looking for an outlet. I’ve never been one for the camera but have always enjoyed writing so blogging seemed like the perfect outlet!

Advice for new bloggers

  1. Interaction. It seems silly or time not well spent but I promise it makes a huge difference. Liking and commenting on other bloggers posts will help you build a strong community with those in your niche. Making connections and friendships will really help you build your blog and you’ll meet so many great people from around the world.
  2. Natural Lighting. For pictures, no matter what camera you are using, the lighting is the key to good photography. Make sure you plan out when you’re taking pictures so you can best utilize the natural lighting.

My nominations

1.      Le Wendy

2.      Simply Caylee

3.      Blush Stops Here

4.      Ell Rachel

5.      Writings And Worship

6.      Salty Mom

7.      Cradle of Joy

8.      Alifya Lifestyle

9.      A Brash Attitude

10.   Admirably Legal

11.   Helli Patel

12.   Simple Serenity

13.   Nogy Nyan

14.   Ms Meehnia

15.   A Beautiful Thing

Again, thank you so much for this award. I hope all my nominations take the time to do this post because I believe it can help out so many new bloggers. Have a great day everyone!

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5 Tips To Stay Creatively Inspired

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I often find that the winter months are the months where I lose a bit of creative spark. Something about the unpleasant cold just shuts my brain down! Here are a few tips I like to practice to force those creative juices back to my brain.

Surround Yourself with Creative Positive Individuals

This is something you should always do (get rid of toxic people). Once you surround yourself with these lovely individuals, I think you’ll start seeing an increase in your creative potential. Positive creative people often immerse you in their passions, activities, and engage you in creative conversation.

Use Social Media

There are so many great sites out there with so many creative people. Pinterest, Twitter, Youtube, and various blogging platforms will seriously get you motivated toward creativity. I love binging on social media posts when I’m in need of a little inspiration.

Get Away From It All

On the opposite end of the spectrum, sometimes all the social media can get a bit overwhelming to the point of a creative rut. If you’re finding this to be true with you, take a break. Go for a walk, just shut down all your technology, or go for a quiet drive in the middle of nowhere. I think you’ll be surprised how inspirational our surroundings can be once we shut off all our distractions.

Take the Time for Brainstorming Sessions

Taking five or ten minutes out of your day to just sit with yourself and do some serious brainstorming is great for powering through a creative rut. Often times, when I do this, I’ll find myself sitting with my thoughts for well over ten minutes. Once the creativity starts flowing, it’s often hard to stop!

Keep an Idea Journal

Keeping a journal or, for you tech junkies, an open note app on your phone will be a great help when you get a random spark of creativity. There’s nothing worse than having a stroke of genius but later forgetting it because you didn’t take the time to write it down.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and got something useful out of it. Leave a comment below about how you power through a creative rut!
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