How To Balance Blogging and Working Full-Time

For the majority of us bloggers, working or studying full-time is the norm. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible to turn your blog into a money-making success overnight, so most of us work during the day and spend our nights and weekends blogging.

When I first started my blog, I was a full-time university student in my final year of studying. I was doing a media related degree, balancing the stress of revision and my dissertation with getting back into my enjoyment for writing. Ever since, I have been balancing blogging with the rest of my life and have learnt a lot along the way. So today, I wanted to share with you my top tips on running a blog whilst working full-time without going completely insane (it’s possible, I promise!)

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Find a schedule that works for you

I’m an advocate for organisation, so for me having a blogging schedule and plan is really useful to me. I find it helps me to create more of a work-life balance, as I have specific times or days dedicated for blogging, so I can spend the rest of my time with my partner, friends or family.

Perhaps you’re too exhausted after work to even think about opening your laptop and weekends are more productive for you. Or, maybe you’re a bit of a party animal with an active social life at weekends and want to write in the week. Either way, be honest with yourself over what you can realistically achieve and manage long term and how best you can fit blogging into your lifestyle.

Eliminate Distractions

From TV to WhatsApp messages, so much can distract your attention and mean you are less productive in the time you have set aside for blogging.

Now you can be as strict as you like here. I tend to put my phone on silent whilst I’m writing as I don’t want to lose my flow, but if I’m doing other blog-min tasks, I’m more relaxed and just try and get as much done as possible.

Sometimes, having a particular place where you go to write can help get you into the right mindset to really concentrate on your blog – for me, it’s my soft office aka pj’s in bed!

Schedule your social media

Oh my goodness, social content schedulers are the best thing the internet has ever invented. Once I have hit publish on a new post, I go straight to scheduling. I personally use Tweetdeck as it’s free and I find it super easy to use, but Buffer is also a popular choice.

I don’t schedule all of my tweets and posts, but probably one or two a day for the week ahead. It again helps with work-life balance as I can then relax knowing my posts are still being promoted even if I happen to be busy that day.

Take photos and write posts in bulk

Scheduling doesn’t just apply to your social media – why not schedule your posts too? If Sundays are the only day of the week you can really dedicate to your blog, why not write 2 or 3 posts and schedule them for the week ahead?

The same goes for photos. Particularly now that it’s winter, it can be tough trying to take great photos in the poor lighting conditions after work. Instead, work out which posts and products you’ll be featuring in the coming weeks and do one big photo shoot over the weekend for all of them.

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Think of blogging as “me-time”

I’ve found that when you start thinking about blogging as a job or a chore, something that needs to be done, it can add unnecessary pressure and become too stressful. Remember why you started blogging and make sure you’re getting what you want out of it. Blogging should be something you enjoy, and if you are finding it is making you feel worse, then assess your strategy. Maybe you are trying to do too many posts a week and stretching yourself and could cut down if you know you have a busy time ahead.

Blogging is your time to be creative, to experiment both visually and with your content and writing. Let yourself enjoy what you are creating and put the love and care into your work that it deserves and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

Set realistic goals and targets

Speaking of taking off the pressure, make sure you are setting realistic goals for yourself that you can actually achieve. Maybe you’d like to post every day and grow your following fast, but if that’s not realistic, then that shouldn’t be your goal. Start with whatever works for you, your schedule and your social life. Remember, you have a full-time job and it’s okay to post less often than your ideal.

The same goes for growing your blog. We all know that being a blogger is so much more than the actual writing. We need to build communities, to engage an audience, to give people a reason to want to come back. It’s easy to look at others’ Instagram accounts and feel envious of their photography and their ever-growing following. But driving yourself crazy trying to hit certain milestones in a certain time-frame isn’t a healthy way to grow your blog or your audience. Nurture your platforms, learn your audience and it will come with time. Choose realistic goals for yourself that you can work towards weekly, monthly, and yearly and be proud of yourself when you reach them!

Take a Break

Just like in a full-time job, you may sometimes need to take a break away from blogging. It can be really hard to separate life and work and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with feeling like you need to be online 24/7 on creating content all the time. Sometimes taking a step back can help inspire and motivate you even more than if you sit at your computer all day!

I’ve taken more blogging breaks than I would have liked to this year, due to a variety of factors. Part of me has noticed my stats and potentially my growth have suffered for it, but I’m reassured by the fact that I have readers that consistently welcome me back or check in on me if I’ve not been around for a while. Remember to give yourself a bit of time away from your blog every now and then, and it’ll keep on feeling fun and not like an unavoidable chore.

How do you balance running your blog with the rest of your daily life? Are you full-time blogger balancing work with other commitments? Share your experiences below.

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  1. Chloe Drury
    25/11/2018 / 6:16 pm

    These are such fab tips! I recently started using tweetdeck and I can’t tell you how much it’s changed my life! I’m a big believer in just going with the flow and not putting to much pressure on myself and my blog, like you said it’s my me-time and something that shouldn’t put add to my day-to-day stress.

    • 27/11/2018 / 6:32 pm

      Tweetdeck is great isn’t it? It’s so handy to be able to see what you’ve already scheduled and edit those tweets too!

    • 27/11/2018 / 6:33 pm

      It does! I used to be about a month ahead of schedule but since I’ve started working I’m happy being a week or two ahead!

  2. 26/11/2018 / 2:49 pm

    Such brilliant tips and advice, some I’ve wrote down to remind myself of too. Balance is always hard to me x

    • 27/11/2018 / 6:33 pm

      I hope they help you. Don’t let yourself burn out!

  3. 26/11/2018 / 2:54 pm

    I just started blogging a few months ago and have a full time job. Working on how to balance everything is definitely what I am working on and hope to have everything figured out in the new year. I have been jotting down how much time it takes to accomplish each task and then plan to designate certain days to certain tasks. Thanks for the good read!

    • 27/11/2018 / 6:34 pm

      That’s such a good idea! I never really planned for it as I just finished uni and it was another part of the transition but I wish I had instead of learning the hard way!

  4. 26/11/2018 / 3:31 pm

    This is awesome! This article is going to help me balance my blog and full time job! Thank you so much for posting this!

  5. 26/11/2018 / 3:48 pm

    I worked full time for most of this year (recently gone to part time) but like you, I only had the evenings and weekends to work on my blog and get some writing done. Getting pictures done was the hardest, especially in the winter as by the time I got home, it was pitch black! But having that schedule is so important to getting things done! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    • 27/11/2018 / 6:35 pm

      Agreed! Photos are the hardest part for me anyway as I’m definitely not skilled in that area, so it’s even harder when I have less time to focus on it!

  6. 27/11/2018 / 3:09 am

    I consider myself a full time blogger and a full time mom, maid and cook. It is hard trying to do it all. I don’t know how people manage blogging with a full time job. It must be rough.

    • 27/11/2018 / 6:36 pm

      A full-time mum is equal to (if not harder) than a full time job so you really are smashing it!

  7. 27/11/2018 / 2:22 pm

    This is a great post, so many good tips. Definitely set realistic goals, I used to post 3 times a week but that got too much for me so now I do 2. I used to only write one post at a time and then publish but I had some days where I would get home from work and all I’d want to do is chill and watch TV so I now write a few posts in one sitting to help me! Thank you for sharing your advice 🙂

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    • 27/11/2018 / 6:37 pm

      It’s a great idea to try and write as much as you can when you get the time and inspiration!

  8. 27/11/2018 / 4:04 pm

    This is such fantastic advice! It can be tough to balance both, blogging is basically a second full time job! I like to block time just to make it my blogging time (and it’s definitely “me” time then!).

  9. 27/11/2018 / 7:05 pm

    Hello Abigail,

    This is such a helpful post!

    I work part-time, but life tends to get in the way too often and I sometimes feel overwhelmed because I’d like to post more consistently but I just can’t.

    I’m really bad at planning, but I want to set new goals for 2019. I guess everyone’s goals are different and we need to figure out what’s best for each of us.

    Keep up the good work, Abigail!

    Sincerely,

    Norma
    http://normalinnet.com

  10. 27/11/2018 / 8:40 pm

    I’ve found what works for me is writing quite a bit in the evening and then using my lunch break to add in photos, links etc! I say I’d like to leave the weekends for blog stuff but then I get too distracted by Netflix aha! x

    G

    https://www.teawithgi.com

    • 27/11/2018 / 9:02 pm

      Oh I’m definitely one of those too! It’s nice to have a weekend fully switched off every now and again

  11. 27/11/2018 / 8:46 pm

    this is such a helpful post, i do work full time but i’m really grateful that it’s in a small business beauty supply shop, so i have the ability to do blogging work while i’m at work. it’s really such a blessing but when I am unable to do things for my blog at work and things get backed up I like to take my laptop to the local starbucks for a couple hours and just treat myself to a venti sized drink and catch up on whatever I can, be it comments, making images or writing content.

    mich / simplymich.com

  12. 27/11/2018 / 9:24 pm

    I love this post so much! Like yourself I work full time and blog as and when I get the chance! I try and get as much done in the week after work as I can so I can still have my weekends off to do whatever I need to. 🙂

    Whilst I’m slowly getting a schedule in place, I really plan to up it in 2019! 😀

    https://theremightbecoffee.wordpress.com/

    • 28/11/2018 / 8:15 pm

      Yeah I’ve found a bit of routine but days like today I should be productive and I’m just not in the right headspace for it so I’m not forcing it!

  13. 27/11/2018 / 10:03 pm

    All Great Advice! I am checking out these tweet scheduling apps. I also highly recommend using Air Table to manage posts from concept to publish

  14. 28/11/2018 / 9:58 am

    Definitely needed to read this post today! Feel like I’m all over the place between blogging and working lately!

  15. 29/11/2018 / 11:43 am

    Blogging is my full time job at the moment so I have NO IDEA how you manage it with a full-time job. I’m in awe of anyone that does.Great tips 🙂

    • 30/11/2018 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks Jenny! It’s an uphill struggle sometimes and I do wish I could devote more time on it, but it’s worth it all when you see that your post has helped someone in some way x

  16. 29/11/2018 / 3:58 pm

    This is a great post! it’s super helpful to reframe blogging as me time. I do really enjoy writing- but sometimes I let myself think of it as frivolous or not a productive way to spend my time. But I do love it- and who doesn’t need more me time/ self care!

  17. 29/11/2018 / 8:08 pm

    These are such useful tips! there needs to be so much more appreciation for bloggers who work full time too 😂😂😂 it’s hard but rewarding!

  18. 29/11/2018 / 8:14 pm

    Thank you for these insightful tips, especially the social media scheduling tools… awesome post!!

    Georgina|https://georginawangui.com

  19. 30/11/2018 / 4:00 pm

    Thinking of blogging as me time is such an important one for me. Keeping it fun and a hobby makes the work less grueling.

  20. 05/12/2018 / 12:12 pm

    These are such fab tips Abi! I really need to start scheduling my social media posts, it sounds like it makes promoting posts so much easier. Also, I completely agree that blogging is me-time and should be enjoyed rather than add extra stress to day-to-day life. I’m definitely going to be reading this post again when i’m finding it tricky to find the right balance!x

    Elin | https://myblurredworld.com

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