3 Simple Ways to Balance Blogging & Your Full-Time Gig

The question I get most often when I tell people I’m a blogger is, “Oh! How awesome is it doing that full-time?” Well, let me be the first to tell you that blogging is awesome, and it’s also a lot of hard work! Tons of emails (which I thoroughly enjoy getting, but can take quite a bit of time to answer), weekend shoots, late-night writing, so on and so forth. However, the bigger piece here is that I’m not a full-time blogger. Instead, I balance blogging with my full-time gig in social media.

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How to Balance Blogging and Your Full-Time Gig

Yeah! Surprise! I work my 9-5, and around those hours I keep this here blog up and running. It’s a lot of work, takes a ton of dedication – yet I do it because I love it so much (and you! Thank you for being here and reading this!). Now, I know there are a ton of other bloggers who do the same thing – balancing work and blogging is tough stuff, you get it. So, I’m hoping to share a few of my favorite tips in balancing your two ‘lives’.

1.  Find your most productive hours

If I didn’t figure out years ago that I’m most productive in the morning, I would not be able to successfully balance blogging and my full-time gig. It simply wouldn’t happen. In fact, I wake up around 5:30 am every weekday morning (6:30 am on weekends) to get about 2-3 hours of blog tasks and projects completed before heading to my full-time gig. I allocate that time in the very early morning to answering emails, writing blog posts, and editing photos. It’s my most productive time, so I try to make full use of it by working on the tasks that require the most brain power and attention – like writing and working with my brand partners!

2. Write everything down (immediately)

Think of a brilliant blog post topic? Jot it down on a sticky note, or better yet – download the WordPress app and throw it in your editorial calendar! Set up a meeting or phone call with a brand? Put it in your calendar now. Don’t wait to throw it in your calendar until all the details are ironed out because chances are, you might forget about it and double book yourself.

I like to use the app ‘Clear’ to keep an ongoing list of future blog posts. When an idea hits me, I quickly open up the app and add it to the list. It takes no more than 30 seconds and now I know I won’t forget my grand idea!

3. Plan ahead

I plan out my week on Sunday. It’s how I get by. Every week I write down my after-work meetings, before-work coffee dates, and which tasks need to be completed and in what order. I plan out when I’ll be writing each post, photographing it, etc. It’s hard to balance blogging and working full-time, but planning ahead is key. That way you won’t end up scrambling at the last minute all the time. Don’t be fooled, this still happens, but planning ahead helps minimize it!

Are you balancing blogging and working full-time? What are some planning tips that help you keep everything in check?

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Author: gabriella

Gabriella is a blogger, Director of Social Media in Boston, and City Manager for the BOS Lady Project. You’ll typically find her with an iced chai in one hand and a book in the other.

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  • 5:30 AM? How do you get yourself up? I just keep hitting snooze 😉 My problem is I’m not an early riser or an all-nighter. I do try to squeeze in as much social media prep/email answering on my phone during my train ride to and from work.

    • It’s a struggle! Even though I’m a morning person, I still hit snooze all. the. time. My little trick is setting my alarm (aka my phone) on the other side of the room so I have to get up and get it. I’m notorious for then also getting right back in bed, but at least I’m a little more awake than I would have been if I didn’t stand up!

  • Planning is absolutely key, for me time blocked planning has really helped me feel like I have more control. I also love the idea of just writing everything down, I now have a post it in my planner for blog ideas that I update when I think of something, it’s nice because I can move it to the day I’m on and not have to worry about it being neat

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  • love times a million. this is exactly what i need! i’ve been thinking about writing a post about this because it’s a question i get most often. love your advice!!

    • Thanks, Natalie! I really do love hearing how other bloggers manage their time, especially those working full-time! I always pick up new tips and tricks from those posts 🙂

  • yass! this is exactly what i NEED to hear! although we’ve chatted about this together before, it’s nice to have a resource to visit and be inspired by — always impressed by you Miss Gabi!! now to actually get my butt up at 5:30am! 🙂

    xo – Diana

    miss-prints.com