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How To Balance Blogging With A Full Time Job

how to balance blogging with a full time job

blogging with a full time jobOne of the questions I get asked the most is how I balance blogging with a full time job. For those of you who don’t already know, I have a classic 9 to 5, Monday to Friday kind of office job, which means that a solid chunk of my week is spent at work. Once you add in other essential commitments, like life admin and grocery shopping and chores, I don’t have a huge amount of free time to dedicate to blogging.

But I am a firm believer that if you’re really passionate about something, you’ll find a way to make it work. And boy am I passionate about this blog. So today, I thought I’d share with you my tips for how to balance blogging with a full time job…

blogging with a full time job1) Utilise “dead time”

By far the best tip I can give you for balancing a blog with a full time job is to utilise any “dead time”. We all have a certain amount of dead time in our day, whether it’s those long commutes or waiting around for appointments, and rather than just reading my book or pointlessly scrolling through social media, I try to make this time as productive as possible. Whether it’s tapping out blog ideas on my iPhone notes app or editing photos ready for Instagram, it’s amazing how much you can get done during time that would otherwise just go to waste. This is a great way to stay on top of things when you’re travelling too – while we were in New York I wrote whole posts while we were travelling on the subway and I’m always super productive on flights!

2) Prioritise

Some people think that running a blog is as easy as quickly typing something out, adding a photo and then pressing publish, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! In reality, there’s SO much to do – things like shooting photos, scheduling social media, networking with other bloggers and liasing with brands behind the scenes. You could easily fill your entire working week with blogging alone (and so many people do!), but when you already have a full time job you have to prioritise. For me, content is always my number 1 priority – sure I could do a better job of social media and my photos aren’t always the best, but I know that you guys keep coming back here for the blog posts and the writing, so getting that done is always top of the list. Work out what is most important to you and your readers and make that your focus.

balancing blogging with a full time jobbalancing blogging with a full time job3) Take time to switch off

This is something I’m really bad at as I’m a ~bit~ of a workaholic and genuinely love the time I spend working on my blog, but I always find that whenever I do take a few days away to just totally switch off, I come back buzzing with ideas and plans and motivation. Try and schedule at least one day a week into your diary where you don’t do anything related to work or your blog and always make the most of switching off on holiday. It really works – case in point: I came back from New York with a list of over 50 post ideas!

4) Keep an ideas bank

Which leads me nicely onto my next point – keep a bank of blog post ideas that you can add to whenever inspiration strikes. I use a Google doc that I can easily access via the app on my phone or you could just use Notes or send emails to yourself. I find that keeping it digital is really important – otherwise if I have an idea and I don’t have the right notebook with me I end up forgetting all about it. Having an ideas bank means that I never run out of things to write about it – I don’t write a post about every single idea I jot down, but sometimes re-reading the list will spark something totally different. I find that this really helps when you don’t have masses of time to brainstorm post ideas or write content plans.

how to balance blogging with a full time job5) Get ahead where you can

As much as we’d all like to be super productive every single day, it just isn’t that realistic, is it? For that exact reason, I always try and get ahead wherever I can – that way if I have an off day or something unexpected pops up, it doesn’t completely scupper my plans for the blog. I usually try and spend a couple of hours at the weekend writing some content that I can schedule for the week ahead, and taking photos in batches is a great idea too. That way, you’re not always waiting for the sun to come out (which can be a nightmare during those short winter days!) or trying to coerce people into shooting outfit photos for you at the last minute.

6) Work when you’re most productive

My last tip is the one that has made the biggest difference for me over the past few months – I’d go as far as to say it’s an absolute game changer! I kept finding that I’d get home from work in the evenings and just feel way too tired to do anything. I’d half-heartedly edit some photos or schedule some social media but actually sitting down to create some content just seemed too much like hard work. I realised that I’m always more productive at work in the mornings and so I’ve now started setting my alarm an hour earlier and dedicating that hour to nothing but blog work. I’m such an earlybird anyway so it works better for me, plus it always feels amazing to go to work knowing I’ve already ticked some things off my to do list!

how to balance blogging with a full time job

balancing blogging with a full time job

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how to balance blogging with a full time jobSo there you have it, my top tips on how to balance blogging with a full time job! Do you have any other tips to add?

All images by Matt McCormick

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  • Yep- as a fellow worker and blogger, I can’t emphasise the importance of “down time” enough. I have an ideas list too, that I find indispensable! x

    • I really don’t know what I’d do without mine! x

  • Zoe Gilmartin

    I am in a similar position with a full time job and trying to organise my blog. I’m still trying to find the balance but have started using the train commute to either do admin or write out a draft post which I can then edit later on. I do find it can be difficult to get the balance right but Im committed and passionate about my blog so keep trying different ways to fit everything in! X

    • Yes thats what I do too – get all the ideas down and then craft it into something legible! Haha x

  • I quite often take my MacBook into work with me and do an hours work in a coffee shop in my lunch break. Only having that little window of time really makes me focus, it’s probably one of my most productive times to get blogging done!

  • I have two part time jobs, so not quite as many hours to work as you, but I agree with how much work goes into blogging! I usually write a couple of posts ahead so I don’t feel forced and post anything half-heartened because I needed to! For some reason all my post ideas usually come to me before bed! Would you ever want to go full-time with your blog?

    http://www.natalieleanne.com

    • I would love to at some point but definitely not at that stage yet! x

  • Laura Torninoja

    Waking up earlier is such a game changer! I don’t do it every day, but when I do, I feel so accomplished and go to my “actual work” with such a better mood too! I think I should take a page out of your book and start doing that every morning – I’d get so much more done! I’m pretty useless after work too – especially when it comes to writing. I just have no inspiration or flow left in me! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Thats exactly me – I’m so drained after a day at work! x

  • AmsT

    Amazing tips and I agree with all of them. I’ve managed to put into play a lot of them but the waking up early, which I want to give it a try as going to sleep late affects my productivity first thing in the morning at times. Thanks for sharing your tips!

    -Ams

    Toyoufroma.com

    • I am lucky in that I’ve always been an early bird which definitely makes it easier! X

  • Thanks for the great tips Sophie. I hardly ever have any spare time to blog, so these tips will definitely come in handy!

    Kayleigh x
    http://hazelnutmusings.blogspot.co.uk/

  • An early bird is one thing I am definitely not!! 🙂 When I’m busy every evening I seriously struggle to get posts written, so work lunchtimes are usually my preference, with blog photos taken over the weekend usually! Alice xxx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

  • Abi Street

    This post is fab! I recently started a 9-5 job and i’m slowly getting into the routine of blogging and making a structure of everything! This post is so helpful. You also look absolutely gorgeous!! x

    Abi | abistreetx

    • Ah thank you Abi! Good looking getting into a routine x

  • Oh my, you’re so good! These are such good tips, I could do with starting with number 1 and stop scrolling aimlessly through social media! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • This has definitely made me feel motivated to get some 6am wake ups in there and blog before work – I did a week of that a couple of weeks ago and I felt so on top of everything, it really does work! Something I am really bad at blog-wise is prioritising…I hardly ever put writing at the top of my top-do list, despite it being the thing I enjoy the most. It’s my top priority in terms of effort but for some reason I do other things first, because I panic that I dont have tweets scheduled or whatever, then the night before a post is meant to be going live I dont get any sleep because I’m spending so long writing it. Need to take a leaf out of your book and get cracking on content before moving on to some of the other tasks! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • I think if you get the content done you’re then more motivated to crack on with the other stuff, if that makes sense? x

  • Love these tips! I especially agree with working when you’re most productive. I always find I’m most productive when I’m actually at work so I utilise my breaks and dinner to write content X

    Hollie | ItsHollieAnn.com

  • Firstly, bloomin’ ek gal you look incredible – SUCH an amazing outfit! These tips are so useful, I absolutely think bulk photo sessions is super helpful, luckily I have found a blog buddy to go out shooting which makes a massive difference! Dead time is so useful, my commute is my designated Instagram editing / caption writing time! Also, you are right about prioritising – this is actually quite a recent thing for me – I used to was so much time scrolling through social media rather than actually creating content, which is far more worthwhile! Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

    • Thanks Immy! I think if you get the main content done then the other stuff comes a little bit more easily, if that makes sense? x

  • I love these tips! I’m so productive first thing in the morning, so each morning before work I dedicate 30 mins to blog admin. I also try and read through my ever growing bloglovin feed on my lunch breaks aswell, because I find that I just want to do nothing when I get home from work. I definitely need to try batch shooting though! I tend to just shoot there and then when I need something done, and then moan that the light was better the day before haha!
    Also, I’m loving that outfit!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Batch shooting is the way to go!!! It honestly makes my life ten times easier, haha x

  • Sally Wright

    You must have literally read my mind! I have been marvelling at your consistency with posting great content AND managing multiple social media platforms whilst holding down a full time job. I haven’t found my flow yet but these tips will hopefully help…..if nothing more than because you make me feel super lazy! Hahaha! And I am so guilty of wasting my “dead time” getting lost down the rabbit hole of social media. Note to self : must try harder! Thanks for the insight 🙂

    http://www.sallydreams.com

    • I think we are all guilty of that one! I think if you set a couple of clear priorities and goals it is so much easier as everything flows on – for example, if I write a blog post and shoot photos for it, I then have photos to post on Instagram and something to talk about on twitter – does that make sense?x

  • YES GIRL, you’re such a girlboss – reading this post has motivated to get so much stuff done! I am also way more productive in the morning so I always try to wake up as early as possible to work on my blog and use the evening to relax! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • Oh I loved this post! You are right that it’s important to just switch off sometimes, especially as it helps with productivity! Frankie x

    http://www.joieandthevivre.com

  • This is such a good post – I definitely need to make more use of my ‘dead’ time, I’m a bugger for procrastinating & dragging my heels in favour of doing nothing!

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

    • I know what you mean – and then you find yourself down an Instagram rabbit hole hours later!

  • I’m amazed by the amount of quality you publish with a full time job! HOnestly amazed!
    I SOOOOO wish I dedicated time to try to blog consistently (my current blog is looking lost in tumbleweed) but I sometimes think maybe I’m not as into *IT* as I think I am… I don’t know?
    I don’t have dead time in a commute, and back in my office days I utilised my lunch hour which is a thing of the past now I work at our cafe…
    but the hour earlier wake up – I’ve done that since I got married back in 2015, but I don’t necessarily blog but do love that hour of me time every morning to do as I wish!
    Maybe I need to stick to a blog hour in the morning ?!
    Who knows…
    Loved this post – gorgeous as ever!

    • Yes your situation is so different with no commute or lunch hours! I’m sure you’ll find a rhythm that works for you lovely lady xxx

  • god, I wish I could do it. I also think that everything depends on the type of job you are doing full time. I am working as a e-commerce photographer and image editor, so after staying 8 hours at a computer screen, going back to my laptop to blog is becoming more and more difficult.

    And I love it so much. I will try my best to do both(: thank you for your tips!

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

    • Thats so true! I bet you’re fed up of looking at photos after your day x

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