Bloggers who have a full-time and a blog with tons of original photography really impress me because I know what goes into running a blog full-time — and it’s a lot of work! So for any blogger that can balance a 9-5 and a blog with loads of original content, well I want to know how they GSD. Enter Julia Dzafic, marketing director at Nourish Snacks and blogger at Lemon Stripes. You might remember that I recently did a really fun photo shoot with Nourish Shacks where I got to play with lots of food… — Meg
What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake up and do a 10-minute meditation (using Headspace) followed by 30 minutes of answering emails and checking my social media. Then I write out my day’s to-do list (more on that later). I get ready for work and make myself a green smoothie for breakfast.
I spend my 9-5 in the Nourish Snacks offices either creating content for our blog, writing emails, working with influencers, or coming up with new campaigns. Sprinkled throughout the day, I sometimes have to take calls or meetings for Lemon Stripes, which my boss understands and encourages.
After work I usually workout (SoulCycle or a run if it’s warm), followed by blogging, followed by cooking a healthy dinner for myself and my husband, followed by shutting down the computer so that we can have some time to either chat, have a cocktail, or watch one of our favorite shows!
At around 10pm I start my nighttime routine, which consists of a light meditation, reading, deep breaths, and absolutely no electronics. You can read my tips for a better sleep here.
What parts of your work do you love the most? What parts of your work do you dislike?
I love that I have the freedom to be creative in my job. My ideas are heard and seeing those ideas executed on the Nourish Blog or in other aspects of our marketing feels really great! I also love my team. Working so closely in a small group has forced us to become like a little family.
The only piece of my job that I don’t love is that because we’re a start-up, we don’t have huge budgets to be able to do everything we want to do. We are forced to get scrappy sometimes which has actually taught me a lot.
What are some interesting things people probably don’t know behind the scenes of Nourish Snacks?
It’s a fun environment to work in, very collaborative. Joy Bauer, our founder, is in the office at least 3x/week which is fun. She brings a great energy to the day! A good behind-the-scenes story is how we name our snacks (we have fun names like Monkey Love, Chili’n in the Corn’r, and Cocoa Loco). Everyone is involved and throws out their ideas in a big brainstorm meeting, then we whittle it down and vote for our favorites. My pride and joy is that I named Cashew Colada!
What type of calendar do you keep?
Because I’m glued to my iPhone (sad but true), I keep my calendars all in the iCal app. I have 3 calendars: Lemon Stripes/personal, joint with my husband, and one for work. I always put reminders on events so that nothing falls through the cracks.
How do you plan out your calendar?
I plan my calendars on a weekly basis. I start by booking Soul Cycle on Monday nights. Tuesday nights are for me to work. I allow myself plans on Wednesday and Thursday and then Fridays are for date night with my husband (unless we’re traveling). On Sunday evenings, we go over our calendar for the next week. At work, my team and I go through our calendar for the week in our Monday morning meetings.
How do you organize and tackle your to-do list?
Anyone who has ever worked or lived with me can tell you that I’m a bit obsessive about my to-do list.
Here are my rules of the to-do list:
+ I have two to-do lists. One for work and one for home & Lemon Stripes.
+ I have to handwrite them. I’ve tried every app under the sun but handwriting is the only way that works for me.
+ I start every morning by rewriting both of my lists so that they are clean for the day. It is also how I remind myself what is coming up for that day/week.
+ I put a star next to each item that MUST get done that day and I will not go to sleep until it’s crossed off. No exceptions.
How do you attack your never-ending email?
I wake up 30 minutes before I need to every morning and dedicate that time specifically to my Lemon Stripes email account, answering and categorizing emails. If I skip this, the rest of my day feels like catch up!
When I get to work, I spend the first 30 minutes of my day reading emails from my Nourish account. So when 9:30 hits, I’ve gone through both to do lists and gone through most of my emails. It sets the tone for a productive day!
In the evenings I have the same routine. Before I leave work, I make sure that all important emails are answered (I try not to check work emails at all from home). Then before I shut down for the night, I browse to make sure I’m not missing anything important for Lemon Stripes!
Emails are my third full-time job.
How do you GSD at home?
Everything that I apply organization-wise to my work and my job, I apply to my home life. I’m diligent about scheduling date-nights with my husband, as well as times where we clean/do laundry. I have a weekly to do list for around the house that we divide and concur together. I’m lucky to have an amazing husband who is willing to help out.
Julia’s favorite apps, websites, programs & gadgets:
Headspace for meditation (the one thing that keeps me sane)
SleepRate for sleep improvement
Snapseed for editing my Instagram photos
Hootsuite to preschedule and check up on social media
Waze to get around in the most efficient way
Spotify for music
Learnvest for personal finances