How I Schedule My Work Weeks

Hey guys, happy Tuesday!

If we’re being real I am one of the, if not, THE biggest procrastinator of all time. I’m not proud of it, but it is what it is at this point, I’m working on it.

I’m trying to get myself on a better and more set schedule for everything I tend to work on, and because of that, I’m putting my planner to MUCH better use this year.

I’ve made a vow to myself that in 2020 I will no longer procrastinate, I will be much more organized and keep myself on somewhat of a more strict and consistent schedule (when it comes to my personal work anyway).

Unfortunately, a lot of times no matter how much planning a person tends to do, many things can go wrong and end up throwing you off course, which is why I try not to stress it too much because I know certain things like that ARE inevitable. However, it doesn’t hurt to have some sort of plan set up (as contradicting as that may sound), because you could always figure out ways around this stuff, which is what I’m going to be talking about and showing you guys in today’s post.

I’m going to be showing you guys my planner, talking about some of the things I tend to work on (even though most of you may already know at this point), and how I plan out my work days.

* * * * * *

My Planner

IMG_4093

I am and have always been OBSESSED with planners. Pictured above is actually my 2020 planner. My mom got me this for Christmas this past year, and I BELIEVE she got it from this store called The Christmas Tree Shops (not sure if it’s only in New York). I’m literally obsessed with this thing at the moment.

It’s pretty self-explanatory what a planner is and mine really isn’t that much different compared to other planners honestly, but I just really love how it looks on the outside and inside. It comes with inspirational quotes for each month, stickers for to-do lists, and a decent amount of space per day to be able to write any and everything you may need to. I use it to write down special dates, trips that are coming up, to-do lists that I may need to remember, etc. etc.

Shown below is an example of what some of the pages look like on the inside.

* * * * * *

Putting my planner to good use and scheduling my work days

Putting my planner to good use can be very hit or miss just because I have my relatively set Monday through Friday schedule as far as my full-time job and going to the gym afterwards. Weekends are a lot more easy and flexible to be able to plan and work on my personal stuff.

I do tend to try and sometimes get personal work done DURING the week, while I’m at work or after work on my off-days from the gym, but that’s what makes it hit or miss.

I’m at my full-time job from 9am-6pm Monday through Friday, then MOST days after work, I go to the gym and am there until about 8:30-9pm, then by the time I head home, eat something and get ready for the next day, it can be anywhere from 10-11pm or sometimes even midnight.

There is usually one day during the week that I try to skip the gym and use that time to either shoot some Instagram content with Geno and Diego, do some editing for my new video at the time, or just to catch up on some rest.

As far as shooting Instagram content, I kind of have to find out when I’m shooting on a weekly basis, and I say that because Diego and Geno are usually the ones that take my pictures, and depending on THEIR work schedules for the coming week, will end up determining when I’ll be able to shoot my stuff. Recently, it’s been somewhat consistent lately in that it’ll be on Wednesdays and one day during the weekend (it alternates between Saturdays and Sundays). As for actually posting my Instagram content, I usually try to upload the very next day after shooting, that’s always the same.

If I’m not busy trying to shoot on the weekend, it’s usually because I’m using that time to film and/or edit a new video. Every week I try to film usually on Saturdays (it’s just better and easier for me that day). Then depending on the video, I’ll start editing it the next day, Sunday, or Monday, and try to have it up no later than Wednesday. *This is one of those things that I’m trying to be more consistent with*

As for now with my blog, this is another one of those things that I’m REALLY trying hard to get myself on a stricter schedule for, I usually come up with my blog post ideas during the week while I’m at work, work on it on Sundays and am trying to be consistent with posting new posts on Tuesdays (as I am at this moment). If for whatever reason I don’t finish the post on Sunday, I’ll work on it while I’m at work on Monday and even a bit on the day of , just to make sure that everything is good to go when I publish it.

* * * * * *

Scheduling things like this can be a little crazy sometimes because there are SO many different things that need to be taken into account, but I think I’ve been doing a relatively good job in making it work.

I’m definitely not perfect, and there have been times (as I’m sure there will be in the future), where I’m not at all going to be able to stick to my plan/schedule for one reason or another, but I know that I’ll find another way to make that work somehow.

With things like this (blogging, Instagram content, filming videos), it also makes everything THAT much more simple when you already have in mind WHAT exactly you’re going to be working on that day; whether it’s the specific video, the outfit and location of the place you’re gonna be shooting at or the particular blog post.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I hope that it helped you get a better idea about how I tend to schedule my work days, as well as possibly even got YOU interested in wanting to invest in a planner. They actually really do come in handy and I recommend getting yourself one if you tend to have a lot going on in your life.

Please make sure to drop a like if you enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you guys in the next one!

*Also don’t forget to check out my channel and stay up to date with all my recent videos! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVg73bFiaVlbZt0WpWjwiVA?view_as=subscriber *

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

Follow Me On Social Media! 🙂 :

Instagram & Twitter: @Thatleogirlem

Snapchat: Carpe_diemx33

Facebook: Emily C. Hernandez

YouTube Channel: Emily C. Hernandez

Send me emails for feedback and/or general thoughts or recommendations for future posts: emilyhernandez817@gmail.com

What Inspires Me?

Hey everyone!

Happy New Year!!

I hope you all had an amazing holiday season filled with a ton of food, great laughs, and quality family/friends time.

Today’s post, as you saw from the title, is going to be all about what inspires me and any/all work that I do.

I thought this would be a good post to write about because I know me personally, am always interested in hearing what inspires others to keep themselves going, to put out their best work, etc. Especially since everyone is different and always has different ways of doing things.

I ALWAYS say, what works for me, may not work for you guys; BUT what if it did? You just never know, which is why I think it’s great to share these things because you could come out trying something new that ended up doing wonders for you.

* * * * * *

Everything I’m going to mention may seem a little all over the place, just because there are a variety of things that inspire me, my work and the ways that I do things, so I’m going to try and explain everything as best I can.

The general things that tend to push me to keep going:

My goals
The life that i want to be able to live
The things that I want to be able to have
Wanting to be able to travel the world

* * * * * *

What inspires my work:

I am constantly writing down ideas in my notebook or in the notes app on my phone for photoshoots, blog posts or YouTube video ideas now.

I can literally just be sitting anywhere and thinking about a million different things at once, and all of these ideas will just start rushing to mind. Something comes from something, so a lot of times if I have an idea about one particular project, it’ll also plant the seed for another idea in some way, shape or form.

For example, for the holiday season that just passed, I was thinking about some of the basic ideas that I could do posts, pictures or videos on (traditions, baking, favorite movies, etc.), but then I just expanded it from there. Doing your research on things like this tends to help too.

Another example would be when I was thinking about places to shoot in the city during the holidays, I looked up a bunch of the ‘basic’, touristy places, BUT in looking up those places I also ended up finding some hidden gems that I hadn’t really seen done before.

With one, comes several.

Sometimes I find inspiration from just walking around the city and observing the things and places around me that I end up walking by.

Pintrest can also be very helpful, so is the explore page on Instagram a lot of times. I’ll look up some things that I had in mind for an outfit, a color, etc. and thousands of other things come up that end up helping me build on my own idea.

* * * * * *

What inspires my life:

I know this probably sounds a little like huh? But as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, there are a few things that motivate/push me to keep going in general.

When I start to think about all of the things that I want to be able to have/own, travel to one day, etc. it really just ignites something in me. It makes me happy and excited to WANT to keep going.

And on the off days that it’s more of a struggle than others to keep going, I simply ask myself, how do I want and/or expect to have or accomplish these things one day if I don’t work my ass off now to have all that later?

It’s really just all about doing what makes you happy and finding your purpose to keep going.

At the end of the day, once I visualize something, somehow or another, I WILL get it done. I can tweak it or completely change it as much as I want to, but once I start to visualize the BIGGER PURPOSE *wink wink*, little by little everything starts to fall into place, get easier and most importantly, get done.

* * * * * *

I hope you guys enjoyed and found this post interesting. I also hope that maybe it somehow helped you tap into some of your own creative juices!

If you liked this post, please make sure you remember to like it. Also, make sure to follow my blog if you haven’t already, and stay tuned for my next post!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

Follow Me On Social Media! 🙂 :

Instagram & Twitter: @Thatleogirlem

Snapchat: Carpe_diemx33

Facebook: Emily C. Hernandez

YouTube Channel: Emily C. Hernandez

Send me emails for feedback and/or general thoughts or recommendations for future posts: emilyhernandez817@gmail.com

California Vacation Costs

Hey guys,

It’s taken me a while to put up this post not just because of a deadly disease I have called procrastination, but also just because I’ve really been trying to think of the right ways to be able to explain and breakdown everything that I did in a way that makes sense and is helpful; which, I think I’ve finally got.

Recently I got a request from someone I know asking me to detail more or less the cost of our California trip because they were interested in setting a trip up there as well, BUT they were on somewhat of a tight budget.

* * * * * *

Before I get into the technicalities of it all, I just want to mention that throughout our time booking this trip (which was pretty much only 3-4 months), we were on a tight budget as well, AND it was somewhat of a last minute decision to book.

We had been going back and forth about it for a WHILE until we were all finally just like screw it…we’ve never traveled altogether before, and it could be a great and fun experience for us all; plus (at the time) my brother had been going through a break-up and his birthday was approaching, AND the time we were going was a little bit after MY birthday, so we figure it was the perfect time to do it.

Being that it was all a little last minute, we tried to be as smart as possible about our finances, like putting money to the side from each of our checks and as much as we could  put to the side at the moment, going for Airbnbs instead of hotels, buying groceries in bulk instead of eating out every night, and finding discounts on park tickets.

I also just wanted to mention that since we were all traveling and doing these things together, we split relatively all of the costs down the middle so that it was all even and wouldn’t be nearly as much as it would have been had we all paid for this stuff individually.

That being said, I’m going to go into all of the nitty-gritty details about all of the things I just mentioned.

* * * * * *

Necessary Expenses: Places to Stay, Food and Transportation

  1. First thing’s first, FLIGHTS. We used this app called Hopper which really came in handy when it came to booking our flights because it allowed us to track them for a while to see when/if prices for them were going up or down. It would also give us predictions for the best/worst times to book because they would either be the cheapest in the moment or they may get slightly cheaper (same with the alternative of it possibly getting more expensive). Does that make sense? Per person, our flights going to San Francisco was $119 which was the absolute cheapest price we probably could’ve gotten it for (and we flew Alaska Airlines and was a straight flight). Coming home from Los Angeles, we actually weren’t as lucky with a straight flight or a cheap one for that matter. We ended up accidentally waiting a little too long and the price per person went up to $181 (we flew American Airlines coming back home).

1200x630wa

2. Second were the Airbnbs. Doing this ended up helping us a LOT too believe it or not because we easily would’ve ended up spending twice as much had we stood in a hotel. In total for the airbnbs we spent about $1,386.20. We were only in the San Francisco airbnb for 2 nights, which came out to a total of $830.16 (which per person was $207.54).We were in Los Angeles a lot longer (4 nights, 5 days), which came out to a total of $1,112.07 (which per person was $278). The thing that I liked about booking the airbnbs the most was the fact that they did the payments in installments. That was super helpful, they asked you to pay half of the cost the day you booked it, and then the other half later on down the line (which for us was about a month and a half after we first booked). So we didn’t have to worry about putting all that money down all at once.

airbnb-678x381

3. Next was Ubers. Unfortunately while we were in San Francisco, our only real form of transportation was taking Ubers everywhere. We spent a LOT of money on it, which kind of sucked, but honestly, we had no other option. We didn’t know the buses or trains like that so if not for Ubers, we would’ve lost a lot more time simply trying to figure out how to get around. So, I would not recommend doing this unless you completely plan ahead for the public transportation use OR do a car rental, which we didn’t think necessary to do since we were only in San Francisco a day and a half. We spent almost $200 on Ubers all over San Francisco.

636590541716802602-EPA-BRITAIN-UBER-TRANSPORT

4. Next was booking our MegaBus tickets from San Francisco to Los Angeles. We played around with the idea of renting a car to drive ourselves to LA, but thought it would be an extra unnecessary expense plus paying for gas, snacks along the way, etc., so we stuck to taking a bus there. The tickets in total were $216.50, which per person came out to about $54. Not too bad. Plus it was an interesting experience to drive along the coast for ALL of us to enjoy instead of taking turns driving and what not (it was also a 6 hour trip btw).

megabuscomflorida_750xx4866-2737-0-78

5. Next was our car rental in Los Angeles. This we found to be a little more necessary just because of the longer amount of time we spent here, plus all the places we ended up going. It was just better and easier. We rented our car from a website called Turo , which was super quick and easy to use. The guy we rented from was really nice and super responsive for any/all questions we had about the car. Plus his car was really nice (we had gotten a 2017 Nissan Altima). The total for the car, given the amount of days we needed it for, was $261.91, which came out to about $65 per person; it was also pretty good on gas and we only had to fill it up 2-3 times.

Turo-first-time--370x260

6. And finally shopping for food in bulk. We thought this would be one of the best ways to attempt to save some money out there as opposed to spending on eating out every single day whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or all of the above. So, on our first official day in LA we went to a nearby Walmart and spent $140 on groceries with all of those things to sustain us for the rest of the week. Now, of course we did end up eating out a few times because there were certain places out there that we wanted to try, but generally, I think we did pretty good with saving SOME money by buying our food in bulk. Plus our Los Angeles airbnb we had the entire house to ourselves WITH a fully equipped/stocked kitchen, so why wouldn’t we take advantage of that?

Image result for walmart

* * * * * *

Leisure Expenses: Eating Out, Theme Parks & Souvenirs

large_1930

So this part is for the extracurricular things we obviously decided to do on the side that weren’t “necessary” but did cost a decent amount of money.

  1. Amusement parks. While we were in Los Angeles we couldn’t pass up the opportunity of going to the amusement parks….I mean, we could’ve, but I wasn’t going to let that happen!!! So, we ended up going to Disneyland and Universal Studios. Typically, the prices for tickets to these parks could be pretty freakin’ pricey, if we’re being honest, BUT we were able to get discounted prices on ours thanks to my mom’s job and this website that employees there tend to get discounts for on a variety of things. A typical 1-day ticket to Disneyland (per person) costs $174, for an adult. With my mom’s discount, we were able to get our tickets for $149. Similarly with Universal Studios, one ticket normally costs about $139, and we were able to get them for $94.50. Unfortunately I don’t have any tips and tricks for this one other then to try googling discount codes or seeing if your job or anyone you know’s job offers discounted prices on things like this.

2. Souvenirs & Food. This one is kind of hard to write and talk about just because I didn’t bother to calculate how much I/we spent on food or souvenirs, and even if I did, it wouldn’t really matter just because stuff like that depends on the particular person traveling. Personally, whenever I travel anywhere, I’m a huge souvenir person, that’s just how I am, but Diego for instance isn’t. I have to like force him to get little souvenirs because he’s fine with just experiencing the places, taking pictures/videos, and just being good that way. As for food, again it depends on the person or people you’re with, as well as yourself. We ate at a few different places in the Disney parks, we got In n Out, we tried this bakery called Susie Cakes, we tried this place called the Rose Cafe for breakfast one day and then we bought the food in bulk from Walmart for all the other days we were there.

So, all in all, when calculating everything, yes we still spent a decent amount, BUT it just basically comes down to being mindful of your spending habits and looking for deals whenever you can. At the end of the day, it’s vacation so you should be splurging a little, BUT there are also ways to be smart about it like finding affordable apps for flights, places to stay, etc.

* * * * * *

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and that it gave you a better perspective as to the cost(s) of a trip like this, more specifically when you’re in a group and on somewhat of a tight budget.

Also, just an FYI that I did 2 travel vlogs on my YouTube channel completely showing how our trip went in both San Francisco and Los Angeles , which, if you haven’t already done so, you should DEFINITELY check it out. It also shows you a better idea/view of the airbnbs in case the pictures on the site aren’t that great.

Don’t forget to like and subscribe to the channel btw to stay up to date with all of my videos 😉 .

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you guys in my next post.

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

Read More