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Ways To Stay Productive When You Run A Blog And Have A Full-Time Job

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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.

Get organised

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.

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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.

28 Comments

  1. 8th December 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Taking blog photos in bulk is DEFINITELY such a time saver and editing them altogether is great too as you can literally just slot them all in when you need to! I’m also a super organised person and have a blog schedule done ages in advance too, there’s so much less stress when you know what you’re going to be writing about!
    Alice Xx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th December 2017 / 5:42 pm

      It really is! Xx

  2. 9th December 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Amazing tips chick. I don’t work full time anymore and still find it hard to blog haha! I always take my pictures in bulk too! Gives me inspiration to write! Xxxxxxxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th December 2017 / 5:42 pm

      Thanks babe! Xxx

  3. 10th December 2017 / 9:08 am

    I know the feeling. I have a 3 hour commute in total and try and use that time to draft posts so when it gets to my day off I can just finalise them, stick in my photographs and go.

    This doesn’t always work though as at 5am in the morning it’s easier to just stare out of the window than draft blog posts!

    JustTheBeginning-x.com | Latest blog post: Reindeer Cake Recipe – Blogmas Day 8

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th December 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Oh my goodness, that’s a pretty hefty commute! Xx

  4. 10th December 2017 / 1:02 pm

    I’m that person that writes in silence 😂 I plan my blog posts on a Sunday and take photos for my Instagram. I normally post on a Wednesday and Saturday and I do the posts on Wednesday when I’m off work. It’s so hard juggling a full time job and blogging at the same time so I don’t blame myself too much if I don’t manage to post anything 😂

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th December 2017 / 5:40 pm

      That’s definitely the way to go, it can be so hard to juggle everything! Xx

  5. 10th December 2017 / 2:08 pm

    this post was very useful and relatable!! Sometimes at work I have some down time so I use it to draft some posts, so then when I get home I just have to edit and add photos and stuff. Taking photos in bulk is also very helpful and saves a lot of time! xx

    G

    http://www.teawithgi.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th December 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Thanks babe! X

  6. @abbeylouisarose
    10th December 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Some fantastic advice here, Chloe! I only started taking blog photos in bulk recently and now I don’t know why I didn’t do that sooner, it makes my life sooo much easier, especially as I’m trying to post on Instagram daily! I’m usually a week or so ahead with blog content as well, it helps me keep inspired because I’m not under pressure to churn out content!

    Abbey 💖 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th December 2017 / 5:39 pm

      That’s a great plan! It’s definitely important to be as organised and inspired as possible! X

  7. Debra-Bow
    10th December 2017 / 7:16 pm

    I always take my photos in bulk but then struggle to do my posts in bulk too but I’ve been saying that I hope that 2018 brings me a much more productive and organised blog life! I have definitely found some ideas in this post but you’ve also inspired me to get organised with using a spreadsheet already!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th December 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Thanks babe! Xx

  8. 10th December 2017 / 10:36 pm

    These are all fab tips! I find it really difficult to keep up a blog, work full time and try to transition into a new photography based career, whilst also trying to keep up my (lacking) social life and get some sleep haha! I’m a pretty organised person, but I seem to have lost that recently due to the stress of everything. It’s definitely important to take time out for yourself and just chill as well, like you said 🙂 xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th December 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Oh my goodness, you’ve got so much on your plate girl! Good job for working so hard! Xx

  9. 11th December 2017 / 12:32 am

    Great tips you got here! 🙂 writing ideas down has definitely helped me a lot as I tend to forget ideas that come to me.

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th December 2017 / 11:09 am

      Thank you!

  10. Emma
    11th December 2017 / 12:23 pm

    Some brilliant tips here. It’s so important to write down ideas as they come to you. Most of mine happen when I’m in the shower or doing my fitness dvd but I always write them down right afterwards. It’s hard to keep organised but it makes so much difference when you have a proper schedule! x

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th December 2017 / 5:35 pm

      Haha they’re such random places to be inspired but I’m so glad they work for you! Xx

  11. 11th December 2017 / 2:50 pm

    This is such a helpful post, with being out for work 7:30-7 and then working on a saturday morning and having other groups etc through the week, its so hard to find time and I often make myself exhausted because I want to stay up and write! The excel sheet sounds like something I definitely need in my life to help plan everything!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th December 2017 / 5:34 pm

      Oh my goodness! You do so much Sarah, well done you girl! Xx

  12. 13th December 2017 / 2:27 pm

    This post is so helpful. I have struggled so much with trying to get ahead with my post and I kind of have, but not quite really. If that makes any sense.
    You’ve given some great pointers, and I definitely need to start writing post ideas down!
    Em x

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th December 2017 / 10:05 pm

      I’m glad you liked it babe! Xx

  13. 17th December 2017 / 7:45 am

    Taking bulk blog photos and writing down ideas is always the best idea! The note app on my iPhone is probably my favorite app because it’s perfect for brainstorming and jotting down ideas when they come. On my return flight (approx 3 hours), inspiration hit and I was able to crank out almost 3 posts worth of words haha. Taking inspiration when it hits you is probably the most important thing when you’re occupied all day at work / spending a ton of time commuting.

    Loved this post 🙂

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      21st December 2017 / 9:59 pm

      I always use the note app too! Xx

  14. 1st January 2018 / 5:26 pm

    Those are great tips! I really need to workout a new system for my blog… I have been having so much trouble finding the time x

    http://www.serenbird.com

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