Blogging is a full-time job in itself and there is no doubt about it.
For me, 2016 was both the year for experiencing full-time studying AND work, and taking my blog a lot more seriously. It has been a rollercoaster, and sometimes I’ve thought to myself “is this even worth it?!”. But blogging is so satisfying and really fuels my creativity, and it’s something I enjoy and love spending my time doing.
I have learnt quite a bit about managing both at the same time along the way, and finding my own little way of doing things, especially because I work very long hours and don’t have much time outside of work to do things! Somehow I’ve managed it. But particularly as it is a common trait for bloggers to juggle both. It is so much more work than people outside of this world realise, especially when you aren’t getting paid or sponsored for it!!
But don’t worry, I got ya. Here’s my tips on balancing both at the same time.
It’s really easy to say, but keeping organised and developing a routine is the only way you can fully get the knack of balancing the two. If you’re like me and post at particular days/times, you will need a schedule or to find a routine of planning, writing, taking pictures and then editing to get the posts just right. This will take extra pressure off of your chill days or weekends, and will make it all feel less stressful and less like a chore than an outside hobby.
Minimilise as much as possible
The last thing you need when you already have a lot on is to add extra work to your life. So minimilise your workload and cut out the unnecessary extras that come with blogging to feel like you have less work and more time to create the content that you love. This can be achieved by less content being posted (I get it, it’s hard to cut down, but quality is better than quantity), “going with the flow” and writing content as it comes to mind rather than spending hours planning (e.g. I always have a couple of draft posts written when I become inspired and write, and just in case I don’t have time to blog for some weeks it’s already done), investing in a good camera to avoid the editing time, or ring-lights so you can blog at night when you have time, and even outsourcing your blog pictures or content to others (if you’re getting paid, of course).
Remember why you started your blog in the first place! When you have a lot on it is really easy to lose track of your interest in blogging when it feels like it’s becoming a chore as time runs out and the pressure is on. So stay inspired, use the time you do have to stay updated and remind yourself why you enjoy blogging in the first place – read other blog posts, find new ones on Bloglovin, spend time on Instagram to gain some inspiration. Fall back in love with your blog. If you are losing a bit of inspiration, maybe change your content and fin new ways of creating interesting content that keeps you interested and happy.
Stop the pressure
Don’t compare yourself or your blog to those who blog full-time! It is so easy to get caught up in not thinking that your content is good enough, especially when you work two jobs (yes, blogging is a job as well, no matter what anybody says!). Or even the thought that others with quality equipment are better too. Just remember that your style and rhythm is unique to you and that is enough. You are doing well, keep going!
Look after yourself
Take some time out for yourself to avoid any creativity block and lack of focus and/or motivation. Doing so ensures that you have enough time to feel human and look after your number one in your life, because otherwise it becomes mundane and boring. Check out my post 5 easy ways to look after yourself or 22 Lifestyle changes for a happier you for new ways to inspire and optimise your levels of positivity for the best output. Also, 4 daily habits of successful people may help with that boost of motivation when you feel this way too!
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Do you work/study full-time? How do you manage your time? Leave a comment below!