Saturday, January 17, 2015

Blogger 101: Balancing Blogging and Job


I believe I am not alone in my situation of blogging full-time while also having a full-time job. Crazy right? Blogging in itself is a huge commitment. Think about juggling it with a full-time day job! Yes, crazy indeed. And yet, it does not feel as crazy as I am trying to make it right now. In fact, I am loving every minute of it. I am not saying it's easy... but it's doable. As long as you love what you do, you will find time to do it despite your hectic schedule. 

I work as a blogger and internet marketing manager for My Hair Care. This is an Australian company that sells hair and beauty products. I do a lot of writing and marketing for them. In addition, I am also a virtual assistant for Everything-Everywhere.com. This explains why I mostly do my photo shoots on weekends because that is the only feasible time for me to do so. Once the photos are ready, I can squeeze in time during the weekdays to write the posts.

So, how do I balance work and blogging? Here are some of the things that I do and I hope will be able to help you out as well: 

I create a work schedule. If you're one of those people who hate following routines, don't freak out! I do not want you to write down a list of activities that you have to follow as routine to be able to blog while working full-time. Simply jot down a list of things that you plan on doing for a given day or week. This will provide you with a point of reference for what you need to do. If you can, list them down according to priority (or which you need to get done the soonest). This will organize your mind on what you should be doing first while eliminating the need to rush things. If there is anything that I hate above all, it is having to rush things. I do this for both work and blogging. That way, I do not lose track of my schedule and get everything done on time. Yes, I can be obsessive-compulsive like that!

I take frequent breaks. It does get weirder right? But no. Even science agrees that taking frequent breaks can increase productivity.  However, this study only confirmed what I already knew has worked for me before. When you feel like you have hit a slump or a writer's block, take a short break. I either do some stretching, meditate, or take a short nap. This will help revive my energy. Also, taking some time off from work will help refresh your mind the moment you go back to it. While we're at it, I also advise against multi-tasking. Focus on either your work or blog but neither both at the same time. 



I schedule posts. This blogging feature has been one of my life-savers! As I've mentioned above, there are instances wherein you go through a writer's block. It is frustrating as can be. Hence, I take advantage of days when ideas are flowing in to write more than one post at a time. I also write down ideas of blog posts that I want to make for a given week. That way, I get to produce a minimum of three new posts a week and not have to sit down every single time I need to publish a post. I can get new posts published and syndicated to my social media accounts automatically while I continue with my day job.

I read and read! One way to get inspired to write is through reading. Hence, I spend at least an hour each day to read other bloggers. This provides me with the creative fuel and inspiration for my own blog. The same applies with my day job. As a writer, I also read other blogs to come up with new content ideas and develop my own content from there. It is not easy but it will (hopefully) provide you with the spark you need. 

I make sure to manage my time well. This is very important. If you do not know how to manage your time, you won't be able to do both. Once you have committed to blogging even though you have a full-time job, you have to make sure that every minute or hour is spent wisely. There is no room for dilly dally.

Do you have more tips for balancing your time between blogging and your day job?


Side note: The first installment of my Blogging 101 series for 2015 was featured on Independent Fashion Bloggers site. You can check it and more links here.


 

29 comments:

  1. It IS a lot of work and it can take up a lot of your spare time. These tips are fabulous though....thanks for sharing! :)
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Shannon! Thank you! I hope you will be able to use some of these :)

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  2. I agree with this post! Great points Abby! That's why I prepare my posts over the weekend and have it scheduled on weekdays. Hehe.

    Janine | Lime & Life

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  3. creating a scheduling is huge for me.

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  4. i agree, it is a full time job! i am trying to do the same balancing with a full time job! the scheduling posts is really great and a life saver! although sometimes I still can't think of what to post/have writers block! need to work on getting a list of ideas at the beginning of the week too!
    - Andrea
    www.phdfashionista.com

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  5. These are some really great tips, and what a great post! I struggle a lot with this because I tend to work about 50 hours a week on top of having an hour commute. It's rough... but I have yet to give up on blogging. Your tips have inspired me to not give up! Thanks for stopping over at my bog. Can't wait to continue following you for more great tips :-)

    Natalie // Sprinkled with Pearls

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  6. I found this post in the best time! I'm so identified with you! Blogging and have a full job is crazy, but if you love it you will find the way to balance it, just like you said :D

    Thanks you so much for this inspirational post :D

    xoxo,
    A,
    Trendy Way Blog

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  7. These are all such great tips! As a mama, it can be tough to balance blogging and being there for my toddler, so I loved reading!
    xx
    www.kayliemarie.com

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  8. Your are doing a great job, keep it up
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  9. This post is absolutely true! And it is a nice to talk about it! Keep the Great work dear :)
    XOXO
    Ylenia

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  10. Great tips and I love your dress!

    xx, Leah / Eat Pray Wear Love

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  11. As I think most of us are in the same boat of working and blogging full time, these are great tips! I love the dress on you!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  12. I've been working full-time and going to school full time, blogging is just super hard to balance lately. Great tips girl x

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin

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  13. Great tips! Really needed this! :)

    www.yolantarosetta.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I need to apply a bunch of these, especially creating a good work schedule and taking frequent breaks! Really good tips :)

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  15. You give some great tips here, Abby! I love your "non-routine" friendly to-do list. I am one of those people that, no matter how hard I try, cannot stick to a routine. It kills me because I'm such a list type of person. I keep blogging as more of a hobby and a down-time activity, but these are great things to think about even for my situation. Thanks!!

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva
    www.stephanieheva.blogspot.com

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  16. Great tips. I find a schedule is the perfect way to keep things rolling and on track!

    http://floralsandsmiles.blogspot.ca/
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  17. That's a bunch of fantastic tips! Thanks for sharing
    Keep in touch
    xx
    www.JuneWantsItAll.com

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  18. Great tips! I agree that blogging and working full time is time consuming but so doable! Especially when blogging is your passion. I take my photos on the weekends as well and there's no way I could do it during the week because it's dark when I leave and dark when I get home. Keep it up, girl! xoxo

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  19. very nice tips, thanks for sharing .

    http://girlblussh.blogspot.nl/

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  20. I am very busy myself and do most of the things that you do in order to keep things straight. I find it relieving that I am not the only one who is a very busy person on top of being a blogger! Thanks for the tips!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

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  21. Great tips girl! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. What a great post Abby! I try not to let blogging consume me which is why when I get in the mood to make a few posts, I sit down for a few hours and work on them and schedule them for the week. I love that feature too! It seems like you really manage your time well. I commend you for all your hard work!

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  23. Finding balance can be hard! I really working on trying to take advantage of my inspired days and having posts ready in advance :)

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  24. I loved this post! Blogging is definitely very time consuming, but finding your balance is definitely key. As a college student my schedule and life is already crazy enough, so learning what worked for me has made my life so much easier. Once again, great post!

    MaRae
    https://thealwaysfabulous.wordpress.com/

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  25. I find it much more manageable in the summer when the longer days mean I can usually take photos when I get home from work during the week. Blogging during this winter has definitely taught me a lot about time management and planning ahead! I'm hoping this summer I can get a lot of posts banked so that when the days start getting shorter I don't feel so much of the scramble!

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  26. I agree! Scheduling is so important!
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