Balancing my Work & Blogging Life

Posted on Nov 18 2013 - 5:58pm by Ronnie

A lot of us bloggers are busy gals – we have a 9-5 job, families and to top it off – we are bloggers and writers. How do we do it?! I don’t know… I really don’t know. But in order to try to untangle what has become of my life, I decided to finally figure out the best way to organize and handle my own schedule. Hopefully, it can inspire other bloggers, and maybe you could give me some pointers on how you do it.

Here is my personal break-down of how I’m going to try to handle my own currently busy lifestyle!

1) Calculate the available hours for freelancing & blogging

During the week, I have no available hours in the morning – I wake up, shower, eat breakfast and then take one hour of transportation to work. I arrive home at 6:00pm, usually exhausted because the bus systems here are overburdened and I’m a sardine in a stuffy, sweaty bus. To be honest, I need an hour of just relaxing, snacking and watching a TV show.

That means I have from 7:00 pm to about 11 pm to work. 11 pm is shut off time… I need some rest after all! That makes for four hours. However, during these four hours I also need to eat dinner and ideally, work out. So that leaves me with potentially 2-3 daily hours that I could use productively on freelance work every day.

Weekends are easier – unless there’s something going on, I have a lot of time available.

2) Let’s map out a calendar!

I estimate that I can write 1 full article with photographs and creating Pinnable pictures per day.  I’m ready to organize myself on Google calendar, which already has holidays and previous engagements marked on it. I added all the blog +freelance work I need to get done November & December: from publishing posts, to creating Pinterest boards, to hosting giveaways and writing articles for pay. Phew! It’s a lot of work – no wonder I feel overwhelmed!

3) Make a plan that works

My plan is to pre-write a bunch of articles during the weekend. I would LOVE to have my blog posts already written and ready for publication throughout the week. It would make me feel a lot less stressed to know that I can come home from work and do something more relaxing. Plus, if I get hired for freelance work on top of that, I don’t have to worry about writing those articles + the posts… it’s a win-win situation for me.

4) Do one thing at a time

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I tend to do three things at once, and I’ll make myself dizzy. No longer! If I just sit and focus on one thing, I can do it well and productively. That’s the plan from now on: no distractions, no getting myself confused… only proper focus on the blog posts and work!

5) Don’t get overwhelmed

Most importantly: I need to remember that nothing is life or death. I’ve worked in an Emergency Room and ironically, I kept my cool very well there. But with deadlines of having to write a post for my blog my heart is pumping! I just need to remember: it’s okay if I don’t publish an article today, or even this week. The blog and I will survive just fine!

6) Consider a VA or paying for content

I’m part of this amazing Facebook group of bloggers who also happen to double as writers on anything that has to do with home life, be it cooking, health, fitness, crafts, budget articles… you name it, you’ll see someone there with the skill and interest. They also write Pinnable and share-worthy posts that are always relevant to the upcoming holidays and prices are very fair.

When I’m feeling overburdened and can’t write posts, I will be considerate to myself, give myself a break and head to this group. I can just buy great ready-for-publication posts from a writer. Best $15-20 I will ever spend!

How about you fellow blogger – how do you balance your work/life/blogging lifestyle?
Share your tips below – I need them!

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  • Loreina

    Good luck with a plan. I’ve been trying to come up with a plan for a year now, and I’m still always behind lol!

  • PamIW

    Great tips for keeping your bog up and running smoothly. I am not sure I have any tips to share because you sound like you are doing better than I am, LOL. I am interested in the group that you linked to, so I sent a request.

  • Bibi @ Bibi’s Culinary Journey

    Great tips! I try to follow them, but it is a constant struggle especially when kids get sick or unexpected life hiccups :)

  • Shanna

    I struggle too! I end up working late at night when my daughter is in bed.

  • Jen

    Thanks! I think this will be helpful =)

  • Maria Sinclair

    I totally agree!! I take on too much and need to leave it alone. Outsource the things that are to time consuming is a huge must!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I take on waaaaay too much all the time because I’m just not a person who can spit out a post in an hour. I wish I could! I always intend to write everything on the weekends for the upcoming week but it’s really hard to fit in a life too!

  • Mary

    Ugh, don’t remind me. I’m a stay a home mom, I blog, I run a very busy direct sales business, I homeschool the girls and cook almost all dinners at home from scratch to save money…why are there so few hours in a day! I really need to buckle down, but one time saver I’ve been able to do is when my husband gets home he takes the kids out of the house to walk the dog so I can gather my thoughts and get things lined up for the rest of the night, then if he knows I have something big, he takes over lessons and/or gets the kids out of the house for a few hours so I can work in peace. It’s a tough balance, and everyone’s schedule is different. I think my biggest tip is prioritize.

  • Kimberly

    Trying to make time for everything is really rather stressful for me. I’m a stay at home mom, I blog, make youtube videos, take care of the house, my 3 yr old which is a handful most days, making great quality things and prototypes for my etsy store, etc and it all just seems overwhelming sometimes. Did I also mention I’m writing a book. I really need to unplug myself from my computer for a few days and just relax and get things that don’t need technology done.

  • malia p

    I don’t work outside the home, and can’t imagine blogging if i did! Too all who have a day job and blog, I give you lots of credit. I don’t think I could do it. Blogging takes up a lot of time!

  • jenn

    Great poat. Blogging and a full time job is tough. I tend to blog sun to thurs 8 to 11 after the kids go to bed.

  • homelifeabroad

    Sounds like everyone is as stressed and over-burdened as me! I wish I could give everyone more hours in the day.

  • Tory Blum

    Ronnie, these are some amazing tips! I tend to have problems when it comes to the ” do one thing at a time” stuff, but I’m more relaxed recently. I have a little ‘blog book’ where I’m planning upcoming posts and where I actually write them down before typing. I sometimes lose my thoughts in front of the screen.. :)

  • Lexie Lane

    These are really good tips. I’m sure most of us could really truly use these.

  • Katherine Bartlett

    This is such a great idea! I’m totally loving it!