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I hope to be able to get to a point where my main job is running this blog. For now, I’ll keep juggling several jobs until that happens. Anybody else struggle with running a blog while working full time? Here are some tips on how to run a blog and work full time for those who are challenged with this as well.
I’m busy running around to several jobs, yet manage to keep Blooming Anomaly going. This isn’t happening by accident. I’m still working on a system to manage my time better, but below are some things that work for me as I balance working and blogging.
I hope you find some of these tips helpful as you manage your blog and work full time as well!
I’ve heard many bloggers say they block out time to blog so they can manage their blog and work as well. How do you do this? Set aside a time each day to focus on your blog.
What should you do during this block of time?
You could be writing posts, creating new images for your posts and social media platforms, connecting with other bloggers and your followers. It may be hard to choose what to focus on during this time since so much goes into blogging, but it does help to have a specific time for it.
Want to blog, but haven’t started yet? Check out my easy step by step guide on how to start a blog.
Do a Little Everyday
What if you don’t have the time to do this? In the past, my husband has told me to just start out doing something for 5 minutes each day. This works if an hour sounds like too much time.
If you are like me, that 5 minutes will turn into 15, 45, and eventually an hour without you realizing it. If you really want to blog, you will find the time to do so, even if its just a few minutes here and there.
I usually stay up an extra hour or more most nights to focus on Blooming Anomaly. If you are a morning person, get up a little early to work on your blog.
If I’m having a really busy day, I’ll work on some things here and there while watching Netflix with my husband. The past few weeks I’ve written out my posts with a paper and pencil, then transferred them on my computer. I also get on social media while in front of the television, too.
Again, if you want to blog badly enough, you will find the time to do it.
Make a Schedule
Once you have a specific time to work on your blog, what are you going to do with that time? Write down your top three most important tasks and do one at a time. I used to be really bad about this, but discovered if I write down what needs to be done, I’ll get it finished within that time!
Since I juggle several jobs and run this blog, I have a planner to keep track of my daily tasks. Each day looks a little different, and have a planner really helps me keep up with what I have going on each day.
I use an old school notebook planner and pens. There are plenty of digital planners available for those who prefer to work in digital form. The calendar on your cell phone and computer are other great resources to use for schedules.
Commit to Schedule
This goes along with the above two, but its really important to stick with your schedule. If you don’t, you won’t get your tasks completed. If you get easily distracted, put your phone in another room, close out of your emails and social media, and just focus on your blog.
When I just have my blog page up and nothing else, I find it easier to not get distracted. If you don’t think you can do this, set a timer for a few minutes and I’m sure you will find that you can focus on your blog. Slowly increase the time and you will see a huge difference in what you can get done.
If you feel like only a few minutes of blog time a day won’t make much of a difference, try it out for a week and then a month. I bet you will get more done in that time than you think! If you want to blog, you need to be persistent about it.
Don’t get discouraged if you have a crazy day and can only devote a few minutes to your blog. Keep going. Another day you may have a few hours to focus on your blog. If you are persistent about blogging, you will look back at when you started and be shocked at how much you have accomplished!
Does blogging overwhelm you at times? I know it does for me. There is so much to do and there is only me running my blog! I can only get so much done in 24 hours.
When I start to feel overwhelmed or burnt out, I’ll step away for a day or so. My blog and followers will still be there the next day. I also feel refreshed and ready to charge forward with Blooming Anomaly after a short break.
To run a successful blog and work full time, you have to have fun doing it! It’s hard to juggle both but not impossible! Writing posts, creating images, and connected with my followers and other bloggers has made this a very fun and rewarding experience.
Do you run a blog and work full time? How do you balance both (and stay sane)! Let me know in the comments section below!