How We Do is a new series featuring cool/smart people and how they work/live. Harder/better/faster/stronger explanation here.
1) What do you do? I write over at The Fitnessista and am a military wife, personal trainer/group fitness instructor and mama to a 2-year-old daughter, Olivia.
2) More about you, please. When I’m not chasing around with Liv, I love to teach fitness classes, practice yoga, cook, hang out with friends, or read. Every night, I have a glass of wine after dinner. It’s like a high-five for making it through the day ;)
3) What’s your work setup like? My “office” is at the table in our breakfast nook. I write as much as possible while Liv is sleeping, either late at night, early in the morning, or during nap time. She goes to preschool twice a week for three hours, which is when I blast through recipe testing and photographs. I used to think three hours wasn’t a lot of time, but now I’m surprised that I can crank through a lot of work when I have a solid block (instead of tiny bits and pieces throughout the day).
4) What’s one aspect of your work where you’re like “I’m killing it right now?” Scheduling my posts and writing in advance. I usually try to have at least one post in my drafts, ready to go, at all times. This way, if something happens and I don’t get the chance to write that day, I can just publish whatever is ready and waiting.
5) What’s one aspect of your work where you’re like “Uhhhhhh noooooo ahhhhhh whyyyy”? My inbox. It’s out of control. From this Gmail account, I have 43,000 emails. Halp me. [OOH GIRL, do you know about send + archive? Lifesaver.]
6) What’s your favorite tip for working smarter, not harder? I realized that by trying to multitask, I was hindering myself. Instead of truly multitasking, I was half-completing a bunch of different jobs and never felt like I was truly succeeding at anything. Now, I focus on one thing at a time. Not only do I accomplish more, but I feel less scatterbrained! I also try to do the task I’m dreading the most first, since it’s easier to do the more enjoyable tasks afterwards.
7) What are the biggest perks and biggest drawbacks to your current setup? I‘m always thankful that I’m able to work wherever we move. As a military family, it’s more challenging for the spouse to have a traditional career, especially if you aren’t a teacher or a nurse. I love that I’m able to fit in work during the day when time allows, and also enjoy spending time at home with Liv.
8) How do you balance work/life/home/self? I don’t think I’ll ever feel truly “balanced,” but rather that I’ve learned to wear different hats at different times depending on the situation. When Liv is awake, I’ve got my “mom hat” on, but the second she goes to sleep or to preschool, it’s the work hat. I try not to let the responsibilities overlap too much. One day each week, I keep the computer closed and my phone off. Social media is so much fun, but can also be draining, so it nice to recharge and feel rejuvenated for the next week.
9) What’s one product you cannot live without? Coconut oil! I put it on my face, my hair, my lips, my food, and my baby. :) Thanks so much for reading and to Roo for including me! Please stop by the blog and holla anytime- we’d love to have you.
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That’s how she doooo. You can follow Gina on Twitter + Instagram. Check out previous installments of How We Do right here: Titania Jordan || John Petersik || Sara Record || Charlie Capen || Kathy Bouska