To put it simply: it’s not easy. In fact, it took me a whole year to figure out a schedule that I could stick to without feeling completely overwhelmed! I work 9am-6pm Monday-Friday at a small marketing agency, and it demands a lot of my brain power. Most nights after work, I feel pretty drained and brain-fried, and all I want to do is veg-out on the couch for the rest of the night. One day I decided I didn’t want to live like a sloth anymore, so I decided to come up with a plan that would get me blogging consistently without adding a mound of stress. Sometimes all you need is a little self-discipline!
Here is how I keep a consistent blogging schedule while working my full-time job:
- Write blog posts ahead of time.
This step is probably the most important. While there are a few blogs out there that are photo-based, most blogs rely on words. People will be able to tell if you whipped up your post in five minutes, so really set aside some time to write something thoughtful. I used to write my posts after I took photos, which I realize now is the most ridiculous thing. Once you have an idea, take it and run with it. Photos can come later! I’ve been writing my posts a week in advance, and it has been an absolute life-saver (especially since I publish three a week)! I used to try to cram both writing and photography in on the weekend, but it was making me a bit miserable and would cause me to not post very often. You definitely want to give yourself some time to actually relax on your days off or else you’ll get burnt out!
- Keep track of every single idea.
My notebook and Notes app are always at the ready when I have an idea. Any time a thought related to your blog crosses your mind, you should jot it down. When you’re in a creative rut, you can look back and see that silly little scribble you made three months ago when you were in the makeup aisle at Target. Who knows, it could spark your best idea yet! My notes really help keep the creative juices flowing so I never run out of ideas. Okay, never say never, but it definitely helps.
- Create a posting schedule.
Some people are blog genies and can post on a whim several times a week whenever they feel like it, but I am definitely not one of them! I need structure in my schedule otherwise I’ll never get anything done. My blog posts now go live on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 12:00pm EST, and so far it’s been working great! I highly suggest giving yourself deadlines to keep on track.
- Set aside time for taking photos.
This is a little obvious, but it’s definitely something you don’t want to forget. Photos will help improve your click-through rate, which is extremely important if you want your posts to get seen! I’ve found that the lighting is best for product shots in the late morning, around 10am or 11am, so I set aside time on Saturday and/or Sunday to take my pictures then. For outdoor outfit posts, it’s definitely best to go in early morning or very late afternoon (6pm or 7pm) when the lighting isn’t as harsh. Cloudy days are also good for outfit photos! Know what kinds of posts you’re going to do and plan accordingly.
- Stay inspired.
The best way to stay inspired is to read other people’s blogs. Not saying to copy anyone, but seeing other people create cool stuff makes you want to create cool stuff. Reading blog posts makes me happy, and I want to give that same feeling to people who read my blog as well. Follow a few blogs on Bloglovin’; you’ll be amazed at how many creative people are out there! Pinterest and Instagram are also great tools as they help you know what’s trending at the moment. Utilize your resources!
And that’s five ways I balance blogging with my full-time job! Though some days I will be tired and stressed after work, I always feel happy and accomplished when I finish writing a post. It’s truly the little things!
What are some things you do to keep a consistent blogging schedule? Any tips for balancing blogging with a full-time job? Let me know in the comments!