I’ve been thinking of putting this post together for months but ironically I haven’t found the time to sit down and just type. I’ve always been too busy trying to get my posts up together from the last trip I took before I forgot all the details. Today I’ve been lucky enough to have one of those days where I can just type and as I come to the end of my first year of working full time in a career I trained hard for, I wanted to share some thoughts on juggling a full time job and blogging.
This post is by no means my top tips for working full time and running a blog, I’m no where near that stage yet. I still feel like work me is a different person to blog me, so I have a long way to go yet. However, I’ve found somethings that I really suck at and a few things that really work for me at the moment.
Things I’ve Learnt From Juggling a Full Time Job and Blogging
The hours before 7am are precious and the most productive
From September (when I started my job) until February I was so unproductive at blogging because my weekends were filled with plans, my mornings were spent sleeping and in the evening I was too tired to do anything. Since I’ve started getting up an hour earlier than I need to I’ve been so much more productive and have been routinely posting 2 blog posts a week. This might not work for everyone but as a morning person I work so much better before the day has really begun.
It’s pointless setting tasks to do on a specific day
I say this because if I sit down to write a blog and just don’t fancy writing that morning it won’t get done. I’ll just sit there for 40 minutes procrastinating and staring at the screen which isn’t a good start to anybody’s morning. Instead have a list of things that need to be completed that week and work through them as you feel you can. If you feel like writing write, if your short on time get your social media scheduled. You have to make your time work for you.
I don’t have time to read as many blogs as I used to
I have to admit I’m a slow reader but still I’m finding I barely have time to read other blogs let alone find any new blogs. This means that I’ve shared and commented on blogs less too. I feel this makes me a little separated from the rest of the blogging world. Like something big could be going on and I’d have no idea because I haven’t been reading as many blogs as I used to. I don’t know what the answer is to this one, but I’d love to hear suggestions.
I don’t have as much time for social media
I have a day job where I put my phone in my backpack at 7.20am and I normally don’t pick it up again until 4.30pm. This means there is always hours worth of social media that has happened since I last checked my phone and I can never keep up. Social media is so important as a blogger but I find it so hard to engage with others because I’m always missing their Tweets or it takes me hours to reply. I have tried to sort my Twitter into lists that I can view to help me not miss out on the social content of my favourites but this is still a work in progress.
I miss emails or reply too late
I’m probably the worst with emails, mostly because I don’t do this as a full time job and therefor don’t have to rely on brands and collaborations for my income. That being said I’m still lucky enough to get emails from brands who do want to work together but I often miss these or reply weeks after it’s been sent because I open and read it while at work. I’ve been trying to leave any blog related emails unopened so that I can tackle them when I have time but even this causes me to miss something! If anyone has any tips on this I’d hugely appreciate it.
I mustn’t compare myself to people who blog full time
I’m lucky enough to have worked part time or have been a student for all of the previous years of blogging so in some ways it felt like I did blog full time. Now with a full on, full time job it is impossible to spend as much time and energy on my blog as I used to. The problem is I haven’t got my head around this change and look at others smashing it and wonder why I’m not seeing the same success. I’ve started following more bloggers who do have a full time blog so that I’m surrounded by people in similar positions as me.
Do you have any tips for juggling a full time job and blogging?
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