Last Updated on July 7, 2020 by Camilla Gill
It’s not easy that’s for sure! Learning how to balance work and blogging is HARD.
When you start a new blog, you’re probably feeling motivated and excited to get going!
You’ve bought your domain, chosen a WordPress theme and can finally get down writing content for the blog.
Things are going well for a couple weeks but then your motivation dies.
HOW TO BALANCE WORK AND BLOGGING – THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE
1 BLOG BEFORE WORK
Did you know you have a finite amount of willpower for each day?
Your willpower and self-discipline wane as the day goes on.
This means that by the time you’re meant to sit down and work on your blog, you’ve already used up all your self-discipline.
If you want your blog to be a success then you NEED to start blogging before you begin work.
You’re at your most productive in the morning so it makes sense to use this time to get your blogging done.
Go to bed an hour earlier so you can wake up one hour earlier and fit it in.
This takes a lot of self-discipline, but if your WHY is big enough you will be able to do it.
WHAT IS YOUR WHY?
Do you want to be able to quit your job and blog fulltime?
Would you like to be able to travel and work abroad?
Do you want to be able to earn an extra income to help pay off your student debts?
WHY DO YOU WANT YOUR BLOG TO BE SUCCESSFUL?
Write down your WHY somewhere you can see it every day to remind yourself why you want to blog full-time.
2 SET SMALL GOALS EVERY DAY
Instead of trying to write a 1000 word article twice a week.
Why not aim to write 300 words a day?
300 x 7 = 2100
You will still end up with 2000 words at the end of the work but the task is a lot more manageable when split up into small bites.
Focus on doing small, actionable tasks every day instead of OVERWHELMING yourself.
3 REDUCE THE NUMBER OF DECISIONS
If you’re serious about blogging then you need to act like you’re serious.
I’m sure you’ve read about Mark Zuckerberg deciding to wear the same black t-shirt and jeans every day.
This makes sense.
The less time you waste making small decisions the more time you can dedicate to your blog.
What other decisions can you cut down on?
How about meal planning and prepping a week in advance?
You can spend half an hour writing a shopping list and meal planning. Go to the supermarket, buy only what you need. Come home and cook for the week ahead.
It’s going to be boring, it won’t be fun, but it will save you time.
TIME THAT YOU CAN SPEND BLOGGING.
4 STOP SOCIALISING
This is probably the one point that most people struggle with.
But if you want to balance work and blogging AND hang out with your friends and family, then, sorry, YOU WON’T BE SUCCESSFUL.
Socializing is going to have to take a backseat for a few months while you work on your blog.
There are only 24 hours in the day and sacrifices need to be made.
People will call you boring or obsessed.
But remember your WHY.
Your WHY will keep you focused.
You need to turn down invitations to hang out with friends and spend your time working on your blog.
5 PLAN YOUR TIME
This is my favourite tip because who doesn’t love a good list!
LISTS SAVE LIVES
Seriously though, you can’t write down vague things like “BLOGGING FOR 1 HOUR”.
You need be writing down specific tasks that you want to achieve in that hour.
1 Write 300 words.
2 Design 2 pins on Canva.
3 Solve the mailing list issue.
Once you’ve written your list, you need to COMMIT TO IT.
Decide that you will not leave the desk until you have completed your set tasks.
The only person you’re letting down is yourself so GET IT DONE.
You owe it to yourself to make this blog a success, so become Team No
ROUNDUP TO HOW TO BALANCE WORK AND BLOGGING
Here are a few more resources that you might find helpful when starting a blog.
Two of the above links are courses that I’ve signed up to. I LOVE THEM!
I’ve written about how much I’ve learned from their courses HERE.
Alex and Lauren at Create And Go are great.
They know their stuff and are passionate about helping others realize their dreams of unlocking life to be lived their way.
I really recommend EVERYONE who’s interested in blogging to check out their courses.
OVER TO YOU
They are my top 5 tips to how to balance work and blogging.
What are some tips that I’ve left out?
Let me know in the comments section!
My name is Phoebe and I want to show other people that you can design a life you want. I like to write about motivation, working online and self-improvement.