My blog is one of my absolute favourite things in the entire world, so it’s clear to see that I love spending so much time working on it. However, with a full-time job, family commitments, social commitments plus the million and one other things we have to do in our lives, it can be fairly tricky finding time to manage everything.
As my blog is one of my biggest passions, I’ve managed to find a way to make sure I run it kind of successfully without compromising on other areas of my life. I’ve put together my top tips to help you guys out if you find yourself in a similar position.
I’m a bit of a control freak as it is, so I always like to make sure that I’m as organised as possible whenever I can – my blog is no excpetion. I try to have a blog schedule planned out at least a few weeks in advance of the posts that I want to write, the pictures that I need to take and when exactly I want them to go live. I find the easiest way to do this is by using an Excel document as I can clearly see everything laid out in front of me. Colour coding also works amazingly as it’s easy to see each column accurately, allowing me to see where I’m up to on my schedule.
ALWAYS write down any ideas
In my early days of blogging I’d always think of tonnes of ideas and then when I’d come to start writing a post, my mind would be completely blank as I’d have forgotten everything. One of my best tips is to always write down any ideas that come to your mind regarding blog posts, whether you think you’ll actually want to write about it or not, just make a note of it anyway. I’ll always make notes on my phone and then I’ll transfer them into a notebook at a later date.
Use your time as effectively as possible
Working 9-5, Monday to Friday can be a pretty tiring experience, especially if you factor in commute times as well. Therefore, it’s easy to understand that by the time you arrive home on an evening that you’re probably not going to be in the mood to sit and write a load of posts. Thankfully for me, writing is my absolute passion so I very rarely find myself not wanting to sit down and put together a post but on the rare occasion that it does happen, it can be very frustrating. My advice would be to work when you know you’ll have plenty of time without any distractions; for me, this is usually all day Saturday. I’ll often write a post or two after work during the week, or edit any posts that are scheduled to go live that week but in general I tend to get the bulk of my writing done on a weekend. I find that I tend to be more inspired on the weekend as I’ve had plenty of rest the night before and I’m able to sit in front of my favourite TV show and crack a load of posts out.
Find what works best for you
Some people prefer to work in absolute silence, whereas some people like to blast out electronic dance music while they’e working; the important thing is, is to find the method that works best for you. I fall somewhere in between silence and loud music as it totally depends what mood I’m in. If I know I’ve got to get something finished on a strict deadline then I tend to work in silence so that I have absolutely no distractions whatsoever. However, if I’m just spending the entire day writing and I’m well ahead of my schedule then I prefer to have a bit of background noise on. I’ve been listening to a Christmas playlist these last few weeks which I’ve found to be mega inspiring while writing Christmas-themed posts. I’ll also often opt for a TV series that I’ve seen many times such as Friends as I know that I won’t get too distracted by it.
Take blog photos in bulk
This may seem like a fairly obvious point but it’s one that can quite often be overlooked. With the cold weather now firmly settled in, it can be pretty difficult to take a decent picture when you get home from work due to the significantly crap lighting (unless you have an immense light setup, of course). I try and take as many pictures as I possibly can on the weekends during the day when there’s a lot more light and I have much more time on my hands.
Make sure you take some time for yourself
When you’re trying to hustle as much as possible and you’re determined to do everything at once, it can be really easy to forget to take some time out just for you. Even if you absolutely adore your blog (like me) it’s still important to make sure you take some time out for yourself in order to recuperate and become more focused. Simply taking a whole afternoon to yourself to do nothing but watch movies, drink tea and laze about in your pyjamas can do you the world of good and will help you to feel much more refreshed and relaxed.
How do you stay productive while running your blog and having a full time job? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.