Wednesday, November 15, 2017

4 Tips for Balancing a Full-time Job and a Blog



This is a sponsored guest post by Alex from The Berger Bungalow. Thank you to Mollie for letting me take over your blog today!

As most of you know, a full time job takes up a lot of time, energy, and effort. For most people, they are at work from at least 9-5 each day, sometimes more than that. Let’s look at teachers, for an example. I know that not all teachers have the same schedule, but most of my teacher friends work from 7am-3pm and then go home (or stay at school) to grade, fill out reports, and more. One of my good friends does not get finished with her work until 8pm. So, how are these people that work so much supposed to clean their homes and eat dinner, much less run a blog?! It almost seems impossible!

Most bloggers are not making enough money to support themselves or their families and have to work a full time job on top of blogging. If this is you, then I give you all my props!! Congratulations for rocking it! This used to be me - I would nanny (yes, it’s a real job!) for 10+ hours a day, babysit at night, and then I would have to find some kind of time to write my blog posts. This was especially hard when they were sponsored blog posts because I needed good lighting and I was rarely home when it was light outside. While I still nanny part time for extra money, now, I spend most of my time writing - freelance work and blog work #SoThankful but I remember the days of working and blogging very clearly and I wanted to give you some of my best tips for balancing a job while being a blogger. I really hope this helps all of you out!

Stay organized
Organization is everything. I think this is hands down the only way I got through my time as a full time worker and blogger. Organization looks different to each individual person, but for me, this meant that I was keeping a monthly calendar, a daily calendar, and a to do list.

My monthly calendar would have all of my jobs, meetings, and events on it and I would color code them to make it easy to glance at. I made all of my blog jobs (including non-sponsored posts) purple, all of my nanny jobs yellow, and all of my social events pink. My husband Ian was included in my calendar - I would put any dates I needed to know about him in blue. This would just give me an idea of how full my month was at a glance. I tried to schedule my blog jobs out over the month so that I wasn’t overwhelmed all in one week.

For my daily calendar, I would have all of the times that I needed to be at my jobs. So, if I was working 7-7 and then coming home to write a blog post, I would have that all jotted down. I would also include my top 3 things that I wanted to get done that day, to make sure that I was somewhat productive each day.

My to do list was my life. I have no idea what I would have done without it. I would star the tasks that were most important and I made sure to cross things off as I got them done. I highly recommend creating a to do list, if you have not started one yet. I remember forgetting so many blog post ideas before I created this list!

Don’t take on too many obligations
Don’t take on too much. I know this is easier said than done, but 1 or 2 quality posts each week is better than 4 or 5 posts that were just thrown together to try and get content up. Really focus on quality and if you can’t post one week, don’t stress about it - it really is okay! This goes for sponsored posts, as well. Only accept what you truly think you can do, without getting stressed out about it.

Don’t do it alone
I have two ways to ensure that you won’t be ‘doing it’ (aka. writing and working full time) alone and they are both equally as helpful. First of all, find your tribe. Find friends that are doing the same thing as you. When you start to feel overwhelmed, they will help you see the light at the end of the tunnel because they have been there before! There are so many people in the blogging world that work full-time and write - my best recommendation would be joining Facebook groups for bloggers. Secondly, you cannot do it all alone because you only have so many hours in a day. My advice for this would be to hire out what you need help with - there are so many people willing to help! For example, if you need help with your search engine optimization, you could check out SEO New Jersey. They are the #1 Marketing Agency in the New Jersey area and provide digital marketing solutions to increase your organic search score drastically, to improve your rankings on search engines. Over the past 10+ years, NJ SEO has helped hundreds of clients achieve great results across many key areas, including, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing and Digital Marketing. The Georgia branch is run by Dan Anton, while the New Jersey branch is run by Matt Anton, who was cited as an SEO expert and is listed in the top 62 Local SEO marketers. They have many reviews and testimonials on their website and Google, so you can know that you are choosing a company that will provide you the best service out there.

Matt Anton and daughter

Practice makes perfect
Nobody is going to succeed 100% of the time. If you are human, then you will fail (or at least feel like a failure) at some point. I have been there! But, don’t quit when you feel that way. Push past all of the hard times and I promise you - in the end, you will be so thankful you did! As you are balancing full time work and blogging, it will be hard, but you will get better at it as time. Practice really does make perfect, especially in the blogging world!

1 comment

  1. I wish to show thanks to you just for bailing me out of this particular trouble.As a result of checking through the net and meeting techniques that were not productive, I thought my life was done.
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