I can’t lie and say juggling the two is easy, it’s one of the hardest things; especially when work is busy. As hard as I try, there still are days where I have to right off doing anything blog related or productive in order to sleep. Remember, nothing good gets done when you’re not practising self-care.
Bearing that in mind, here are my top tips for balancing the two in a healthy way:
STOP TIME WASTING
If you think through your day there are large amounts of time you end up wasting. For Example, when you get out the shower and sit in your dressing gown for half an hour, when you end up watching a TV program that has no interest what so ever to you, this used to happen to be a fair bit. The way I’ve been avoiding this is by writing a to-do lists and telling myself I can’t sit and do nothing until 3 or 4 (depending on how big the jobs are) are done.
It’s been working really well for me as I get home from work, put on some comfy clothes and crack on with maybe finishing off that blog post, washing, some driving revision and making notes for another post, then around 9’o clock I’ll stop for the evening. I’ll then pop on a film or watch some you-tube, however I want to relax and spend my time that night.
TAKING BLOG PHOTOS IN BULK
This is key to making everything work and flow nicely.
I always have more motivation to write a blog post if I’ve already got a picture for it that I love, especially if it’s a post that time dependant, such as a monthly favourites. If I don’t get a decent picture then the post won’t go up, so my motivation to write it drops as it may never see the light.
To avoid not having any pictures to use for a blog post I’ll set up by backgrounds and soft-box to have a couple of hours snapping on a day off. I’ll take pictures for all the posts I’m planning to write in the next couple of weeks as well as pictures of any new products I’ve recently bought. I’ll also take some extra flatlays so these could potentially be used with future posts if it fits with the theme. There is really nothing that’s more satisfying than having 10+ pictures you love from a blog photo session, I feel productive and like I’m getting somewhere fab with my blog.
USE YOUR LUNCH BREAK WISELY
It’s very easy to spend your lunch break scrolling aimlessly through Facebook whilst clock watching for the time you have to go back. I’ve tried to stop this. I’ll spend the time planning what posts I next want to write or making lists of idea’s to include in a post. Some days if I’m super organised I’ve set up my soft-box in the morning so when I come back to my room as lunch I have enough time to snap a few pictures. I mostly do this when I’ve had a blog post idea come to be out of the blue and I want to get it up really soon and I don’t have a day off before then.
ALONE TIME TO WRITE FREELY
Choosing your location of where you write is an important one. You need a quiet location where you could play some of your music quietly to get you into the zone; it’s no good if your roommate or neighbour is blasting music. I also struggle to really concentrate in public locations such as coffee shops, I know this works well for some people but I just get distracted with what’s going on around me or by thinking ‘what are they thinking of me?’. The best way to do this is find out what works from you, think am I concentrating better now in this location or not?
I’d love to know how you fit in blogging and a full time job, any more tips would be extremely appreciated. I’d love if you could all share your top tips in the comments so then we can all learn a little bit more!