Managing Blogging & Working Full Time


A lot of people are shocked when I tell them I work full time as well as run my blog as the two combined take up a lot of my time and it takes some serious organisation to go to work five days a week and ensure my blog is updated as often as possible. In an ideal world I'd be a full time blogger but when you're trying to save for a mortgage and have rent and bills to pay, having a secure wage each month is more important. 

I'm definitely not complaining as I know I'm in such a fortunate position to be in employment and earning a living as well as doing something I love by writing this blog but it does take up a lot of the free time I have and it can become quite stressful. There's been many moments where I've thought something has to give as I can't physically do it all but alas, I plod on and somehow make it work. With this being said, I thought I'd share the ways in which I manage to blog and work full time, just in case some of you out there are in the same position as I am and are feeling like its all too much! I hope you enjoy...

Plan, Plan, Plan
Planning is the number one most important thing when it comes to juggling a full time job and a blog. Its so important to have a think about what you want to post and when each week so you can have a plan in place to make it happen. I usually spend some time on the weekends planning things like what posts I'm going to write that week and which days I'm going to post. I don't always stick to my plan but if I have a rough idea of what I want to accomplish, I have a goal to work towards.

Use Your Lunch Break
Ahhh the trusty lunch break! If you work in an office and get a one hour lunch break, use some of that time to type up your blog posts. I'm actually writing this post on my lunch break right now and its often something I do to save me some time when I get home in the evenings. Even if I don't get a whole post wrote, getting the majority done or the most important info saved into a draft saves me so much time in the evenings and lets face it, who needs an hour lunch anyway? I can quite easily scoff my food in five minutes flat ;).

Schedule
A lot of people will tell you you MUST schedule blog posts in order to be a successful blogger but I think that's a load of rubbish to be honest. I rarely schedule posts as I don't find I have the time to write more than one or two posts at any given time. However, I do appreciate that scheduling can be really useful if you do have the time to write multiple blog posts in one go. I've done this occasionally if I've had a free weekend and it is a massive help as it means you don't have to worry about getting posts wrote during the week but if you're always busy on the weekends too (story of my life), this might not be the best solution for you!

Take Photos in Bulk
I always set aside a couple of hours at the weekend to take all of my blog photos for the following week. I have a little area in my bedroom where I keep all of the samples I've been sent, photo props and my camera so its just a case of laying it all out and snapping away. It usually takes me a good few hours to get all the photos I want as I'm quite the perfectionist with my photography but when its done, I always feel like I've accomplished something and its great to have a bank of images sat on the computer waiting to be used throughout the week.

Write on the go
I didn't discover the Blogger Iphone app until recently and I can't believe I've been missing out all this time as I can now write and update blog posts directly from my phone. I love writing posts when I'm travelling as it passes time and means I can blog on the move instead of waiting until I'm home and sat at my computer. I like to use the notes section of my IPhone to jot down any blog post ideas too!

Draft ideas and pre-edit images
Although I struggle to find the time to schedule blog posts, I do find it helps a lot if I spend some time editing lots of photos and drafting post titles in advance. I tend to upload the photos I've edited with the title so then all I need to do is write the post when I get chance and hit publish. It saves a lot of time and it also means there's always a post waiting for me if I'm lacking inspiration. 

Be realistic
If you work five days a week and run a blog, you need to be realistic about the amount of times you can post. I'd personally love to be able to blog more than I do currently but its just not feasable to do so or I'd have absolutely no time to myself to do anything other than work and blog. As much as I love blogging, its important to take time away from it too. I always feel I'm more inspired if I step away for a couple of days and my readers don't seem to mind that I don't post every single day. I think its best to do as much as you can without stressing yourself out as that's when blogging becomes a chore instead of an enjoyable hobby!

Do you have any tips for staying organised while blogging and working full time?

32 comments

  1. This is such a helpful post. It’s so inspirational that you work full time and have a successful blog. I too work full time, but struggle to find the time. But have recently been blogging during my break and have found it helps and your totally right, planning is so important.

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  2. Really interesting blog post. I've just got home from a full day at work so completely appreciate how hard it is to do both. I've just started to make sure I take an hour lunchbreak (something I never really did) and using the time to write posts or edit photos. x

    www.thehustleandbustle.com

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  3. Great post, love your blog :)
    xx

    http://elsentirdelamoda.blogspot.com

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  4. Such a fab post and I couldn't agree with you more. I also work full time in an office 9-5. I also have my 7 year old daughter, my partner, a house, a social life and our little puppy. So it can get really stressful at times. Like you, I also have an hour lunch break and will pop home as I work close and start writing a blog post or even take some photos and edit them.

    Sometimes you just need to find your own balance and not feel pressured to have to post everyday. I just post as and when I can which lately has only been twice a week because I have been busy.

    I'm rambling on now haha!

    Sarah | ohhsoglam.com xx

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  5. I also use my lunch break to type up posts! Fab tips~

    LIVE . IN . LOVE

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  6. These are such realistic tips which is lovely to see. Using your lunch break is such a great idea even if as you say you don't get all of your work completed it is still a great use of time instead of using it less productively.

    Shannon // 6th Skyline

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  7. Such a great post, I just recently started my blog but work full time and I'm finding out hard to get the balance right - but I am feeling inspired after reading your post :)

    Bernadette :)

    http://cosysocksblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. I agree with all of this! I work 3 days a week and do beauty therapy at college 4 days a week, so that's pretty much a full-time job. I do all of these things except blogging on the go, I can't seem to get the blogger app to work for me! Great post.

    Katrina xx

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  9. I'm currently trying to find the time to fit in blogging, university and full time work! It can be stressful, especially when you are a terrible planner like myself!

    JShannonx - Beauty and Style.

    xx

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  10. I love this I work full time and it's nightshift so it's great that I still have the day but I sometimes I feel I still have no time trying to run and keep my flat clean on top of that! And I really get down on myself when I don't blog as much as I want to!

    Lara xx

    Www.stylethetrend.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Great post :) really helpful! I work full time with long hours and really find it hard to get the motivation to blog but these points really helped :)

    www.ashlingelizabethblog.blogspot.ie

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  12. this post was really helpful! such a good blog!x

    http://deansblogx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. This is so true! I find blogging and working so hard, I go from either blogging lots to not at all. Still trying to get the balance right! Great tips :)

    Emily / Glittery Teacups

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  14. I wrote a similar post to this last week :) http://alexandraelizabethh.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/how-to-balance-studying-job-and-blog.html
    it's good to see other peoples tips and how they plan and organise xx

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  15. I really do love to use the Blogger app as it definitely lets you be more efficient, although I don't find it to be the most visually appealing!
    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

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  16. Such a great post hun, These points are so important when working full time. I know the struggles of saving for a mortgage i have just bought a flat and boy can it be tight when saving :) xxx

    Anna-Maria | www.topdrawfashion.com

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  17. Great Post Kayleigh! I found it really difficult at the beginning to stick to a schedule and to find the time to Write! Thanks for the tips! X.

    Amylaurenxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I don't necessarily work full time at the minute but do work just under this per week along side studying for my driving theory test so it can be hard to fit everything in! Like you said I normally plan during my lunch break or wake up mega early to plan posts and schedule them for the week :) I also do photos in bulk xx

    www.krystelcouture.com

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  20. It is incredible that you're able to work full time and run this amazing blog!
    These tips are amazing and I totally see how they can work for you. Studying is a little bit like working - so I'm just waiting until the summer holidays to take my blogging game up a notch.

    Nonetheless, I'm loving how it's going and I feel doing a post bit by bit is better than stressing myself out and trying to write three million posts in one day - like, it's not going to happen!

    Thanks though, I need to get that blogger app! :)
    xoxo,

    BerryBloomXO.com | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog 
    also on BLOGLOVIN 

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  21. Hats off to you, Kayleigh. Blogging on top of a full time is no joke! And using your lunchtimes to cram in writing blog posts is a great little time hack. Keep up the great work. Your blog is always such a pleasure to read and the fact you put so much time and effort in really does come across and is appreciated x

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  22. I don't know how I'd cope with so much work! But these are such great little tips:)
    Em x
    Life of Em | www.lifeofem.co.uk

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  23. Great blog post and really inspiring as I've only just started up my blog and also work full time. At the moment I'm still finding my feet and just taking baby steps. I know it's not going to be easy but i hope to have a blog as great as yours soon. A really cool quote to inspire all which I got in My Little Box - "If you can dream it, you can do it"
    Sabiha xxx

    franklyflawless.com

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  24. This is such a good post! I also work full time and try to manage a blog as well and often find it very difficult to do regular blog posts as well as juggling work and a social life! These are great tips and I love your blog xx

    www.secretsofarose.com

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  25. Thank you for the advice - I'll hopefully be working full time soon so I can use these to keep on top of my blog too!
    Megan x
    London Callings

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  26. Well, that was a nice article :) I am also struggling with the same problem, lately I didn't have time to post more than once per month (!), but I'm determined to start posting more often and make time for my greatest passion, even if my full time job tends to consume all of my creativity and energy :))
    Great blog, by the way. Kisses, Bloggerissa

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  27. Great post, thank you for sharing your tips. Although spontaneous posts can be the most creative, planning is definitely key to being able to post regularly (well and having the time of course) :) x

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  28. this helped me a lot! I work full time as a nurse and I do shifts that sometimes stops me from updating my blog. For me I think the only way this could work would be by scheduling posts because sometimes I just have one day off and I have more things to do than blogging.. so I do struggle. I have been struggling and that is why recently I have not been updating my blog..
    it is very stressful and frustrating because I want to have a good blog so I can be proud of it but there are so many things to do and blogging takes a lot of time than no one has any idea!

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  29. The whole working full time and blogging thing is a bit of a struggle for me, as I don't get home until 7:30 every night the idea of sitting down and blogging doesn't always fill me with enthusiasm. Recently I've been making use of my lunch break to get some posts drafted and find once I start it's so much easier to continue and taking a little creative break from the regular tasks I do on a day to day basis is quite refreshing x

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  30. I'm not sure why but I never thought of drafting posts in my lunch break- but taking my iPad to work and drafting a few things sounds like a fantastic idea, that and taking bulk photos/ post titles and we have a winning plan! As a beauty blogger I thought I was restricted to my days off- where I only post once a week, but thanks to your tips I may be able to blog more! Thank you!
    ambermariemarie.com

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  31. Just found this post and can understand how difficult it is, I work 5-9pm monday to friday and will be going to university in september hopefully. Reading this post has given me some tips and inspiration on how to manage my time more to fit in blogging regularly. Thanks for the advice.
    http://my-world-heather.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. Just found this and it is such an inspirational and helpful post. So, there is no excuse really if you are a student and think you don't have the time to blog lol

    myproinspiration.blogspot.com

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