Blogging is a unique “hobby” because it can turn quickly into a part-time job (whether or not you’re making money). If you’re working full-time, you know how crazy it can be to also blog. So here’s how you can juggle both and be successful at both!
1. Time management
This is a no-brainer. There are so many hours in the day, so you have to prioritize what you can do and when. I start work super early in the morning, but if you have some time before work, maybe get up half an hour early to check emails and read some blogs. This will free up your time after work for other tasks. Also if you have to take a lunch break, use it to catch up on blogging things. If you don’t have access to the computer, maybe even use a notebook to write draft posts.
Sometimes I just need to cut myself off from bloggy stuff, but if I’m swamped, I squeeze in some multi-tasking. When I’m waiting at the doctor’s office or I’m at the gym, I review emails and check my social media on my phone. I wouldn’t do this all the time, but a few check-in’s here and there can free your time up later.
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3. Batch tasks
This is a huge time saver. I try to do all my photos at one time, do all my social media scheduling at once, work on post ideas at one time, etc. Batching tasks is so efficient because you’re doing one type of task at one time so you’re already in that mind set instead of switching tasks quickly and turning your brain to mush.
4. Scheduling apps
Another huge time saver! There are a bunch of fabulous scheduling programs – Buffer, Hootsuite, Co-Schedule, Schedugram, just to name a few. They all have pros and cons. See which one works best for you and your needs.
5. Delegate tasks
For some people, it’s all about knowing when you need help. You can hire assistants to help you respond to comments, schedule out your social media, do your blog design and so much more. It’s all about a cost/benefit analysis. For me, I’m sure I could learn to do a blog design but it would take me so much time that it’s not worth it. So it’s actually worth it to pay someone to do it instead, which frees up my time to do other things.
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6. Online courses
There are sooooo many amazing e-courses out there right now, for all aspects of business and blogging. Again, you can spend the time to teach yourself everything there is to know or you can save a ton of time and buy an e-course. I’ve taken quite a few (Pinfinite Growth has been amazing!), have learned a ton and am excited to take more.
7. Keep a notebook (real or digital)
I use Evernote on my phone to keep track of blog ideas. Sometimes ideas strike at the most random times and I don’t want to forget them. So write those ideas down!
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8. Get off your blog
For most bloggers, you need to actually live life in order to have something worthwhile to write about. If you need a break, take it. I’ll bet you if take the day to hang out with your girlfriends/family, have a spa day, read a book (or all of the above), you’ll have fresh new blogging ideas.
If you want even more strategies for blogging while you’re working full time, check out my ecourse – Blog While You 9-5. I created this course to teach other bloggers my proven strategies for maintaining and GROWING my blog while I work my day job!
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I know that there are lots of bloggers who also work full time. I hope this post helped you figure out some good ways to balance blogging with your career, whether you blog for money, as a hobby or both! Anything you’d add to this list? Or what’s your greatest struggle with finding time to blog?