Balancing a Full-Time Job and Blogging

Unless you’re blogging full-time, chances are you have a full-time job that takes up most of your week. 

There are some days I get home from work and just want to do a workout, read, or chill. Other times, I draw a blank on what to write about or panic then because I feel like I don’t have consistent content!

So, it is bound to be difficult to find time to write blog posts, however, I thought it might be best to share my tips on Balancing a Full-Time Job and Blogging. 

STAY ORGANIZED

This seems like a no-brainer, but it can be hard to stick to an organised schedule, try to find a combination of tools and tactics that work for you. I generally find that not taking helps, so jotting down my blog ideas when they come to mind. I do this so I don’t risk forgetting or ignoring important things.

PRIORITIZE TASKS

One of my issues with balancing my job and blogging is figuring out when and what I should focus on. So on different days of the week when I have free time I create and content, take pictures and market on Twitter. Yes, sometimes it can be difficult but if you say ‘I’ll do a blog on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday night’ try to stick to it and you’ll get used to a routine. 

SCHEDULING IS YOUR FRIEND

By scheduling posts in advance you have a way to keep readers coming back. Don’t overwhelm yourself, because once your blog posts have been scheduled you can then take the time to market them on social media. I did this when I found time to blog regularly and now I have a great schedule I often have four or five blog posts in the bag ready to be published! 

ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS

From the TV to WhatsApp messages, so much can divert your attention. I often switch my phone off and grab a cup of tea, then I settle down to write a blog. It often takes me less time to blog when I have fewer distractions.  Sometimes, having a particular place where you go to write can help you concentrate on your blog. 

WRITE AND TAKE PICTURES IN BULK

This is something work on throughout the year after I’ve planned which blogs are being scheduled and when I can throw pictures in here there and everywhere once they’ve been taken. If I can’t get a good image myself, I will use stock images but this doesn’t happen very often, as my boyfriend takes a lot of the pictures for me!  

I hope this blog post helps you to balance your job and blogging, I really like sharing my tips because I’ve now found my groove when it comes to blogging. 

I’ve learned to tell myself to just keep going! If you love what you’re doing and it brings you joy, that’s enough and it’s so worth it!

So are you juggling a full-time job and a blog? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Needed this post! I work full time as well as blog and at the moment my job is taking all my time and energy! I need to be more organised but trying not to get where my blog feels like a chore. I’m not always in the zone to sit and write. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I haven’t found my groove unfortunately. During lockdown, I wrote every day and saw my views increase dramatically. But since going back to work in school, I’m either busy planning lessons when I get home or am just too tired. And I’ve started to wonder if I should just stop as it was becoming like a weight around my neck. I’m going to try and be less hard on myself and post twice a week. And switch off the TV and phone like you suggested!

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  3. Not too bad for me because I work early in the morning and later in the afternoon so I’ve got time during the day. I understand what you mean by planning and being organised, though! 😀

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  4. Amazing post, I don’t think people realise how much goes into blogging at any time – let alone when you are working full time. I’ve always worked full time while blogging but it took me a really long time to find the right balance and not get stressed. There are still days that I feel overwhelmed and like I’m failing at everything!

    Rosie

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  5. I’ve been blogging with college until a couple months back, and now I’m blogging with a job. These points are what I follow to stay on track. Another thing that helps is maintaining an ideas journal or just having places to jot down things.

    Sumedha | the wordy habitat

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  6. Hi Rachel. Loads of us are in this particular boat, I suspect, so thank you for some useful guidance. I often write quite detailed posts so I find it helps me if I can just ‘chip away’ at the post – I don’t expect to finish it in one night, I just do what I feel like doing but it makes it much more manageable.

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  7. This is me!! I am finding it harder and harder at the moment to balance both. I even get up at 5.30 so I can blog before work! It is ridiculous but I just love it so much.

    Great advice though, getting scheduled and bulk writing is my survival tools!

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    1. Thank you for these tips. I struggle with proritizing, staying focused and dedicated, and tiredness after a demanding work day. I’m trying to post regurlarly but it’s still a challenge. I will try your tips.

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  8. I write a lot in the evenings, on my phone and in front of the TV – just emptying my brain. I’m trying to post every third day but haven’t even tried scheduling yet. My Fridays off are my main time to blog though, I never have more than 2 posts ready to go though. I’m just flying by the seat of my pants, which is weird cos I’m super organized about everything else.

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  9. I have a full-time job and I think your tips is what I really need. I already do some of your tricks but I need to be more organized. Thank you for the valuable advice.

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  10. There’s some great tips here. It can be a real juggle trying to fit blogging in when you’re only doing it as a hobby – it’s just so time consuming. Good luck keeping everything balanced but looks like you’ve got a good strategy here!

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  11. Yes, I’m working full-time plus another part-time job to catch-up retirement savings after a late start. It’s what I blog about – that it is possible to catch up! I share creative ideas to help other late savers catch-up retirement savings after a late start, too. Finding a way to balance working and blogging can be challenging. Your tips are very helpful.

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  12. This is a really good post, as many people have to manage many commitments. I’m lucky that my hours are currently only part-time, so that I can work on my blog on the side. But I think these tips are relevant all the same, and having a schedule definitely helps me 🙂 thanks for sharing x

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  13. this is a really helpful post, I’ve only recently begun blogging and have been struggling to find the time to blog whilst also working a full time job. I’ll definitely keep these tips in mind 🙂

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