Are you trying to master the art of balancing blogging with a 9-5? If so this post is definitely for you! Next month I’ll be celebrating my 3-month anniversary of blogging, and it’s honestly been quite the ride! If I knew then, what I know now I would still begin this journey, albeit there are some things I would do differently.
For instance, If I could, I would go back to the 2016 version of me and remind myself to run my race. Because, contrary to what the internet wants you to believe, not everyone has the same goals for their blog, and not everyone is trying to leave their jobs to become a full-time influencer. If that is what you aspire to do, then that’s great, but if you don’t that’s great as well! Trust me, some of your favorite influencers and bloggers, also have full-time jobs, and are doing quite well at both! I’m sure they’ll also be quick to tell you that it takes a lot of work, dedication, and sometimes sacrifices to achieve success in both worlds.
Balancing blogging with a 9-5 has by far been the hardest thing to master over these past few years. Finally, after a lot of trial and error, I feel like I’m making a lot of progress in this department. Over the past few months, I’ve talked to women who have paused or given up on their blogs because it’s been hard to balance both. I’ve been there before, and I get it! However, if blogging is something that you desire to do, I encourage you not to give up on your dreams. Instead, master the art of blogging with a 9-5 and I want to let you in on what’s helped me.
1. Set Clear Intentions – As I mentioned before, you may want to blog full time, or maybe you don’t. Perhaps you want to become an international blogging sensation, or you want a relatively smallish tribe of people that you positively influence. Whatever it is that YOU desire, get clear about it. Define your plan, write it down, and refer to it often. Use it to ward off the “comparison trap” that seemingly gets harder and harder to avoid the deeper into blogging you get. Remember, it’s about running your own race!
2. Establish Realistic Blogging Goals – As much as I enjoy my job, at times, it can be mentally taxing. There are some days during the week my brain is fried when I log off from work for the day. But this is something that I’m used to, and I have my ways to destress from that. However, it’s also why I generally don’t draft blog posts during the week. Instead, I reserve Monday through Friday for my administrative blog-related tasks. Some days I wake up an hour early to get some things done, or I reserve an hour to an hour and a half during the evenings. On a perfect day, I do both. I use this time to respond to emails, work on social media posts, and plan out content. When the time I set aside for my blog is up, then that’s it! Without guilt, I move on to whatever else I have planned.
3. The Work Includes Weekends – To effectively balance blogging a 9-5, you have to make the most of your weekends! I mentioned above that I reserve my weekdays for administrative tasks, so you know what that means for my weekends. I try to get ahead of the game by drafting and scheduling my blog posts and social media captions and also doing my photoshoots. To save myself some time I shoot with a photographer bi-weekly and we’ll usually shoot 6-7 looks at a time. If you can squeeze it into your budget shooting with a professional photographer, in my opinion, is worth it. You get your shots a lot quicker, they do the editing, and the turn-around time is generally quick, which leads me to my next point.
4. Outsource & Automate What You Can – I mentioned working with a photographer as one area that I outsource. I’ve also outsourced some of my graphic design work and use automation to help manage my social platforms. I’m not talking about buying followers or using bots and would encourage you to stay away from that. However, I do use approved third-party apps to automate scheduling like Iconsosquare for Instagram, Buffer for Twitter, and I’ve recently started using tailwinds to help grow my Pinterest. Speaking of social media, my number five tip is;
5. Getting Intentional With Social Media- Gone are the days of scrolling to scroll. Now, I’m on social media to post my content, engage with my followers, and also support my other blogging friends. Consuming too much content and scrolling aimlessly around the gram you’re bound to compare some of the things you see to what you are or aren’t doing. So save yourself the headache and most importantly the time. Finally;
6. Get A Calendar System that Works – And stick to it! For me, it’s a combination of my happy planner and my Google Calendar. On Sundays, I plug in what I have for the week and try my best to stick to it. I find that I’m so much more productive when I do. I refer to it every morning, and throughout the day, I focus on my scheduled tasks. If I’m at my 9-5 that’s my focus, in the evening when I squeeze in that hour or so then blogging is my focus. I never cross the two. The reality is that my 9-5 pays my bills and I wholeheartedly believe that giving my best there is going to lead to me having success in my side hustle endeavors!
So saddle up, enjoy the ride, and know that when it comes to balancing blogging with a 9-5, it’s about finding what works for you, making the best use of your time, remembering that you can do all the things but you can’t do everything, and finally keep showing up!
Now, I’ll see you here on Friday where I’ll be posting my take on Casual Fridays. Don’t forget to subscribe, so you get the notification about the post! Until then…