Jumping from uni and straight into a full time role was a big jump. I remember kissing goodbye to a relatively flexible week and saying hello to a very ‘grown up’ 9-5 routine.
Being offered my dream job straight after university was the biggest blessing I could have asked for. I actually finished university in May, and didn’t start my job until July; meaning I had a month or so to do as I pleased. I decided to dedicate a lot of time to my blog. It was an exciting time with a lot of events and I was enjoying being a blogger.
A couple weeks before I started my job, I pre-wrote a lot of blog posts and wrote a plan. I knew that the likelihood of me being able to have any sort of creativity/energy left to blog would be unlikely. I’d like to say I’m a hard worker – so by the end of each working day, I’m pretty much ready to go home and re-charge my personal battery. I was worried that just as I was starting to feel like I was getting somewhere with my blog, it would go downhill as I wouldn’t have the time. I was determined not to let this happen!
I’ve been at my job for just about 2 months now, and I’ve managed to get into the grove of working my blog around my life. Here’s a few tips which may help you!
- Set aside specific time to blog. For me, it’s a Sunday. This doesn’t have to be writing; it could be a bit of social media, photography, emails etc.
- Write down any blog idea you have so you can beat writers block.
- Schedule blog posts in advance and schedule tweets to go live alongside them. That way, your posts are taken care of if you’re not around to publicise it.
- Don’t put pressure on yourself and don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. Everyone has their own way of working their blog around their life. Yours will be unique to you!
- If blogging related activity feels like something you ‘have to’ do – don’t do it. It should be fun. Save it for another day! This is why I think it’s important to plan and schedule as much as possible.
Hopefully these tips are useful to some of you. It doesn’t have to be related to work either; perhaps it’s school or a college course which takes up a lot of your time. Let me know how you tackle blogging around a busy lifestyle in the comments below or on twitter! @FromAHart