Updated: Sep 18, 2019
Telling yourself that you can't blog because you work is nothing but an excuse that you've told yourself over and over again. As you may know by now, I've been blogging for over nine years and thinking that I can't balance blogging and working my 9-5 never came across my mind. I've had some pretty relaxed jobs, where I loathed wasting eight hours of my day in the office and I've had some serious and demanding jobs but no matter what, I kept blogging.
How you balance blogging and working is totally up to you but I have done these three tips below that has helped me stay consistent blogging and not get fired from my jobs LBVS!
3 Tips for Balancing a 9-5 and Blogging
Spend about 1-3 hours writing your content. You cannot call yourself a blogger, if you're not writing content. You have to schedule some times to sit down and write content for your blogs. I personally love to write multiple blog posts at one time so that I can be ahead of myself instead of trying to publish posts in real time. Whatever works for you to CONSISTENTLY write out your content.....DO IT! Writing content is not as hard as you may make it. Don't write for perfection, just WRITE! EDIT! PUBLISH! REPEAT!!!!!!! Over the years, bloggers have shared with me that they get so caught up in trying to create the blog post that they get discouraged and give up. There is no such thing as perfection or a perfect blog post. If you need help starting a blog, I have a Blogging 101 Bundle here. With your purchase, I will also provide a FREE blog audit for people who have an existing blog.
Schedule your photo shoots on the weekends or on your off-days. I schedule photo shoots on the weekends because that's when I have the most freedom of time. Photographers usually book shoots between 30-60 minutes. I am a tomgirl at heart, so I schedule two hour shoots with my photographer usually on a Saturday or Sunday around 2pm to get all of my outfits and photo concepts for the next month done! I'm the type of blogger that loves creating images that don't involve me in them per se....similar to stock photos. So for me, once I put on makeup and actual clothes, I better get as many shots as I can in those two hours lol. Instead of lounging on the couch all day on the weekends, schedule your photo shoots. If you need other tips for your photo shoot day, click here.
If you use stock photos for your blog posts, schedule a time where you gather all of the photos you need for your blog posts and put them in a Google Drive folder or create a folder on your computer.
Wake up or stay up one hour earlier or later. If you live a super busy life and can't figure out where to get the time to work on your blog in addition to your 9-5, consider waking up earlier or staying awake later. I highly suggest waking up earlier but I recognize that some people prefer burning the midnight oil. Praise y'all late night ministries! If you have smaller children or a husband and mornings in your household can get crazy, wake up earlier, even if it's by 30-minutes. If you work on your blogs playing music like I do, grab your earbuds or headphones and groove on, this will ensure that you don't wake up your household or neighbors if you decide to wake up early or stay up later.
Working and blogging is the experience that you make it and the time that you put aside to do BOTH! You don't have to pick one or the other especially now with so much technology and apps out there, to help you run your blogs from your phone.
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