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24.8.15

Advice: Holding Down a Blog and a Job

Holding Down a Blog and a Job



I've never written an advice post like this one before (I've been blogging nearly 7 years), I saw a massive influx of them in the blogging community and thought 'what does my opinion add?' I've only seen maybe a few posts about blogging while working full time, so I thought I'd weigh in on this. I haven't been the best at balancing both lately but I'm making steps in the right direction. 
Now you could have different levels of work I suppose, maybe you work somewhere where it is possible to do your hours, leave on time and get home with plenty of time to blog. Or you might have a very demanding job which doesn't leave you very many hours in the day. I'm not saying either one of these types of people would or wouldn't have trouble managing their time, I can only speak from experience. 

My job has seen me take on more responsibility over the years, all my work is done in front of a computer screen which makes staying motivated when you get home harder. Sometimes the last thing you want to do is open your laptop and write a few blog posts. I've found a couple of tricks that are helping me keep on top of things lately...

Planning
This is fundamental to your being able to manage your time effectively. I love Trello - it's the perfect way to manage your time into different streams and you can also view your projects on a month calendar, perfect for printing out and sticking up in your office. Trello also has a mobile app, I use this to add any notes to my ideas board. You never know when inspiration might strike! You can sign up here and give it a go.
I also always have a notebook on the go for jotting down ideas, something at work may spark an idea in my head and it's not always convenient to get on your apps, a classic pad and pen will do the trick. 

Photography
This is where a part time blogger can really trip-up, especially in the winter months. I'm not usually getting home until its already gotten dark. This is where mass photo taking comes in, if you know you need a bank of images for the week set them all up on a Sunday for example, then you won't end up having to use terrible pictures because you 'have to blog' that day.

Time Out
Don't push yourself too much, you only end up resenting blogging when you get home. If I feel like I need a break I take one, this has mainly involved watching Ru Paul on Netflix. The great thing about not blogging for a living is the fact you can take a break without fear of loosing out on that all important pay check. You don't have to say yes to every event and run yourself into the ground, this would only show through your content. 

6 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful post, Laura! I'm currently studying and freelancing as an MUA, so with a blog on top of that, it gets kind of exhausting. I'm not complaining but it is exhausting. I think taking time to relax is incredibly important! Great <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

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  2. Nice photo :)
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  3. I work full time too, I try to post as much as I can, but it does get exhausting... And then I always end up wondering if people really care about what I'm writing! I suppose I still keep going because I love it- and the good feedback you do get, makes it worth it! Sx

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  4. such a helpful post! i have a few job interviews coming up and am also doing my a levels, so my blog is always seems to be neglected, but i'm definitely going to work on stepping up my game! x

    Becky | BCKY.CO.UK

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  5. I am about to start my fourth and final year at Leeds University which will prove constant blogging to be extremely difficult, I think! V. Nervous! Thanks for posting this, the key is keeping track and organisation! You are right - a notebook should always be at arms length!

    Laura / www.smileatstyle.com xx

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  6. Great advice! Love planning and scheduling. I use trello but LOVE Asana check it out.

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