Ways To Stay Organised | Working Full Time and Running A Blog

Ways To Stay Organised | Working Full Time and Running A Blog

If you have been keeping up to date with blog posts you may have realised that I have been working full time doing a job in Graphic Design. It’s being going really well, I’ve been doing it for about three months now. The only issue is having less time in the evening to write blog posts. It is made particularly difficult in the Winter when there’s only two good days a week to take photos since weekdays gets dark very quickly.

Home life is a little crazy right now. We have no carpets… or a sofa as they are both getting updated so everything a mess. Which means I haven’t had much time to write blog posts as I have been helping do work around the house. For when things are normal there has been a few tips I have been sticking to, in order to get two blogs posts up a week. So here they are…

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Write on Commutes

I catch public transport every morning to get to work, the journey is about 30 minutes which gives me enough time to edit blog posts and start writing up a few drafts. Over the week it adds up to quite a lot. I tend to write them in the WordPress app and then just write “PIC” in the gaps between the paragraphs where a photo is needed. You could get a bulk of the writing done whilst on the way to or from work. This wouldn’t work if you have to drive to work but you could spend your lunch break typing parts of it up.

Blog in the Evenings

When I get home from work it is about half 5 at night. By the time I have had tea its closer to half 6. So evenings are quite short. At night I like to plan for the future blog posts, finish up editing photos and making sure I try and be present on social media. So during the week I can plan ahead and get all the drafts written up with gaps left out for photos.

Have a Schedule / Diary

This one I find myself sticking to really well. I use my favourite planner which is one from Rifle and Co to write down what the next blog post will be. Also when I get chance to actually write the posts. A planner in general is something everyone should have, whether you use it for blogging or not. It can really help you stay organised and get into a routine.

Use Your Weekends Wisely

Weekends will be your blessing and your curse. You will either have weekends completely free to churn out loads of blog posts and get on top of things. Other weekends will be jam packed, so you won’t get any time. When you do have those quite weekends be sure to take loads of photos and really get ahead. As this is typically the only time in the week when you get daylight hours to take photos.

Take Photographs In Advance

Following on from my last point, when the weekend comes around its photography time. Get your background and objects in place, as weekends are when you need to be taking photos. If you know what blog posts are going to be going up in the week then be sure to take pictures ready. The last thing you want is to be rushing the night before or even on the morning to try and pull a composition together. It will just be rushed and chaotic. So when the lighting is good set up a few different scenes for 2-3 blog posts so you are ready in advance.

These have been my tips for how I am able to work full time whilst running a blog. If a blog post goes up late it is usually because evening have been hectic and I just haven’t had time. I would rather put up a late blog post than a rushed one.

Let me know if you work and blog full time, what techniques do you use to have a work/ blog balance?

Adell x

 

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17 Comments

  1. 18th November 2017 / 5:12 PM

    Great tips, my happy pixel! Running a blog requires time, and scheduling it’s so important. Thanks for sharing!

    • 1st December 2017 / 7:22 PM

      It definitely takes a lot of time, I am still working on my scheduling and getting ahead of myself. I think this will be my goals for next year x

      • 2nd December 2017 / 9:04 AM

        Scheduling better will be one of my goals too… I love blogging anyway! 😄😄

      • 2nd December 2017 / 7:47 PM

        Scheduling will be one of my goals for next year… I need to improve how I manage my time… 🙂

  2. 18th November 2017 / 5:52 PM

    This is really helpful! I’m definitely not an organized person but I should really try and organize myself more! xxx

    • 1st December 2017 / 7:27 PM

      A planner is always a good place to start, I find it helps me to plan my week ahead and find time to write blog posts. It is also great because I have a very forgetful memory so writing things down is so important for me xxx

  3. 18th November 2017 / 6:06 PM

    These are great tips! I find it hard sometimes to keep being organized while working full-time as well. Time is always running out in some way to do blog posts and everything else. I love your tips – I always try and make the most out of my free times here and there and in the commute as well 🙂

    • 1st December 2017 / 7:37 PM

      How have you found managing work and blogging? Did you start blogging before or after you started work, if so has there been much for you to get used to and work around. I think it takes time to get into a routine especially one that is functional for both work and blog. As evening always seem so short now! x

      • 2nd December 2017 / 5:09 PM

        It’s pretty much 50/50: I started blogging while at uni for about a year and a half, and have been blogging while working full time for a yea and a half as well. It was a bit hard to get used to, at first, but I cut down my schedule to a couple posts a week and have found a rhythm fairly quickly, dedicating times to blog-hop, write my blog posts and so on during days and weekends 🙂

  4. 19th November 2017 / 10:59 PM

    These are really good tips! I am currently balancing university, with a part time job and blogging. For me sticking to a schedule and planning my blog posts FAR in advance are crucial! It means that I’m never stressed that todays blog post isn’t finished

    • 1st December 2017 / 7:42 PM

      How to you manage to plan so far in advance? You have a lot of things to juggle of things at once! I am in awe of your organisation! How many weeks/ blogposts ahead are you? I usually write one blog post then post it then get on writing to the next and by the time that is done it needs to be posted already! I never seem to get ahead with blog posts 😩

      • 1st December 2017 / 9:34 PM

        I used to do 1 to 2 blog posts in advance, but at the start of November I decided I wanted to do Blogmas so by the middle of November I had all of my November posts written and scheduled (so about 7 posts). Now Blogmas is here I have my next 7 posts written but I have over half of them planned out 🙂 I just didn’t wanted to be swamped in blog post writing in December because I have a lot of uni tests. Sorry long reply haha x

  5. 21st November 2017 / 9:19 PM

    Thanks! some great tips here. It is hard when you work full time to blog. I tend to photograph in bulk on a weekend for a few blog posts at a time too. Love the little snowflakes at the top of the page too xx

    • 1st December 2017 / 7:43 PM

      I’m glad you enjoyed the times, do you work full time as well as blogging? How have you found finding a balance, was it easy to adjust to or has it taken time? It will be nice to get lighter evenings once more so I can take photos when I can get back from work, dark winter night make it very hard and weekends seems to go buy far to quickly. I will definitely have to try photographing in bulk! xx

      • 2nd December 2017 / 1:55 PM

        Yes I have a full time job which is often long hours during the week so I only have the weekends to blog. When i first started i was posting a blog twice a week but I had having to rush so wasn’t happy with the quality so decided to just do one post a week that had better content and better photos. I know what you mean about lighting ! Bring back the longer days lol. Have you ever tried any ring lights or anything similar? I was contemplating investing in one. Xx

        • 6th December 2017 / 9:25 AM

          I have been looking into getting a ring light but I’m just about managing okay with taking photos on the weekend or mornings before work. It’s not the most convenient but there’s not much I can do about that. xx

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