If you’re struggling to blog consistently after securing your first 9-5, or are struggling to get your blog (or youtube channel, we don’t discriminate here) to the next level while working full time, these tips and tricks will be sure to help.
What I see time and time again are people who are doing such an amazing job blog wise, who end up quitting all too soon due to burnout or overwhelm due to not being able to fit it all into their busy lifestyles. I see blogger after blogger tweet something along the lines of
‘Can someone tell me how I can work, blog, maintain a healthy social life and go to the gym while sleeping 8 hours a night, thanks’
My honest truth is that if you really wanted to fit it all in, you would. This isn’t me blaming you for feeling like you don’t have enough time, but something I have learnt over the years, with myself and other people is that if you want to do something, you will make time for it. Like all things, having a time consuming hobby comes with a price, and my price is that I don’t really have time to go to the gym which I would like. Time doing one thing comes at the expense of doing something else and you really need to ask yourself what you think of as a priority, and if blogging isn’t one of them, I wouldn’t beat yourself up if you blog just once a fortnight.
That being said, I do think there are a few tricks you can use that will give the illusion of more time.
Firstly think of all the time in your day which is essentially dead time. Things like commuting or a lunch break you might use for online shopping. I have around a half hour after I get home from work, before I make dinner which I tend to just use to browse social media endlessly and laze around on the couch. These are great times to block out to work on your blog or side project. When I get home from work I tend to spend that half hour doing household chores, to make sure that on the weekend, I am free during daylight hours to take photos.
If i’m honest, I don’t really like doing too much on my commute, I tend to just stare out of the window and go into a semi meditation like state which works amazingly for making me calm for the day ahead and wind down at the end of the day. But if you’re one of those people who like to be entertained on their commute, I would highly recommend jotting down blog post ideas on the notes app on your phone, or even writing blog posts on your commute.
Another thing I would suggest would to be to block out and schedule your month ahead. I kindof hate myself for saying this because I much prefer my work when it is spontaneous and I am not really much of a planner, but a loose schedule always helps.
When I feel at my most stressed and ‘ohmygod I don’t have any time to do anything I’m the worst online person ever’ I block out some time for myself over the weekend which is non negotiable. I pen it in my diary and pop it in my iphone calendar so when someone asks if i’m free I know i’ve already scheduled that time for myself.
One thing I have definitely done a few times is rope a co-worker into taking some instagram pics of me at lunch time. Luckily for me, I work in central london, so have a massive amount of suitable backdrops for my instagram photos. I barely have to walk 5 minutes and I have every popular London landmark as my backdrop. So if you are struggling with taking photos during daylight hours and have a colleague you trust enough to take your photo, offer them a coffee or lunch and get them involved.
Finally my advice would be to do the best you can with the time and resources you have. Whether you want to bash out 5 blog posts in an afternoon, or take your time on one more thought through piece, decide which is best for you and just commit to it. It’s so easy to get caught up with full time bloggers and think that you have to post daily like they do but try to remember that they have 8 hours a day to create all of their content, and you have the best part of 12 hours a week if you’re lucky.
I’ve included a sample of photos which a few colleagues took of me on my lunch break. I mean, it started out quite embarrassing but there are so many people I work with who enjoy photography and will happily take a few snaps for an afternoon latte.