Yesterday I asked Pete if he’d seen my debit card which I’d misplaced somewhere around the house. This came after my keys disappeared and I couldn’t find my library book. These are all signs, as he knows far too well, that there’s too much on my plate and my brain starts imploding.
Now, lots of people will tell me that we can’t possibly understand truly being busy because we don’t have children – yep, that’s been said to my face (a little insulting, but hey ho!) and whilst I appreciate that our life isn’t full of school diary planning and the non-stop loveable chaos that children bring with them, we lead pretty hectic lives for being “just” a couple.
For starters, we both work full-time in London and that in itself is not a peaceful existence – jostling for space on packed trains, no lunch breaks, long hours that leaves us both feeling pretty knackered.
Then there’s my online business DaisychainBaby where I sell children’s clothes for 0-6 year olds which I started in 2008, and now our epic 1930s house renovation and the subject of this blog and not forgetting of course our beloved but oh-so hyperactive one year old Springer Spaniel who needs serious amounts of exercise.
We were joking just the other day that sitting on top of the DVD player gathering dust is the last DVD I was sent from my Love Film subscription, received in June. But not June this year dear reader, oh no – June 2014! Still unwatched because I just don’t feel that I can settle down for 2 hours to watch a film – there’s just SO much that needs doing! We fall into bed around 1am most nights and the alarm goes off at 5.30am – thankfully we’re not great sleepers and have happily got by on just a few hours sleep a night for years.
Don’t get me wrong, I love being busy and actively thrive on it but there is a limit and when the craziness sets in it’s time for something to change because right now that whole work/life balance is very definitely all out of kilter.
I’ve often thought about getting some help with DaisychainBaby, especially on the areas which aren’t my strength such as marketing, creating original content for the blog that isn’t salesy, making active use of social networks. Whilst I use some of the networks, there’s so much more benefit to be gained from them and there just isn’t the time for me to fully get to grips with what they offer.
New-ish professional network Hiive offers a potential solution to my overworked issues. Unlike LinkedIn (which I use in my day job and is a very “traditional” professional networking tool), Hiive specifically focuses on the creative industries, offering a platform for ideas, collaboration, inspiration, job opportunities and access to careers resources.
The website is brilliantly easy to navigate and I love the appearance and style, a world away from the formality of LinkedIn. Creating a profile is straightforward and you can see job vacancies as well as “Talent” – those who have creative skills to offer.
My favourite areas are “Swarms” which can be used to group together users for a variety of purposes, to share interesting content, discuss industry topics, or even plan an event or project together, and “Knowledge” which offer tons of articles on everything from ‘how to make an animated gif’ to ‘surviving as a freelancer’.
Even just reading some of the profiles of the platform users is enough to inspire me to continue forging forward with my growing business and developing blog and when I’m lacking ideas or need a bit of advice, Hiive is a great resource to help rejuvenate my passion. If you’re a blogger or business owner then you really need to get swarming!
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