How to manage a blog alongside a full time job.
One thing I see constantly on Twitter and I am asked about a fair bit is: how I manage a blog and a full time job. I see tweets from bloggers who have gone from having lots of time as a student to finding a balance in full time work or full time workers who are astounded that people with 'office jobs' have the time. Several colleagues in my previous roles have been astounded I have time or energy to go home and work on my blog. But I do, and it's not as difficult as we like to make these things in our heads. It is actually fairly easy by following these simple steps:
- Planning. Planning your blog into your week is as essential as planning for dinners out and the gym. Plan a regular time you are going to post your blogs and plan the time to write said posts. Yes, it is really that simple.
- Remember your why. Why was your blog so important that you began it in the first place? If it is enough of a passion of yours, you will consciously make time for it. If it was simply a way for you to pass the time as a student or during a time when you thought you had more time, then that is totally ok! But stop beating yourself up because it doesn't work in your life anymore.
- Drill the first two points into your head and remember that it is ok if you occasionally slip up/miss a post.
The key thing to takeaway from this post is that we make time for the things that matter to us. You can either make a song and dance out of 'having no time' or you can simply get on with it - again, if it matters that much to you.
I know I have pushed boundaries when I have wanted to. Whether this is writing a post in lunch breaks or staying up later to edit a video and answer comments because it mattered to me enough.
And if I can do it, then you most certainly can too.
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