How I manage my blog and work full time

Working full time sounds like an easy thing to do but when your job involves either manual work or something you really need to concentrate and focus on then you’ll probably be very tired by the end of the working day. Because of that, I’ve tried and tested different methods of organizing my workload to get as much done as possible in a short time frame and I’m going to share with you what I’ve found to work best for me. It goes without saying that what works well for me won’t always be the best for you.

 

Spreadsheets

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you’ll know how much I love spreadsheets. I just find them the easiest and most effective way of planning and organising and without them there’s no way I could keep up with everything I need to do for my blog.

 

Scheduling posts

If you’re anything like me then you’ll be really busy for a week straight without any time to breathe nevermind get anything done for your blog and then you’ll have 2-3 days where you’ve got nothing but free time on your hands. So, when I have some free time I try to get as much done as possible and schedule it all ahead (I just use the wordpress scheduling tool).

 

Keeping track of ideas

When I get some precious time to sit down and write content, I like to have a list of ideas to pick from rather than looking at a blank screen with no idea what I’m going to write about. If I’m feeling organised, I’ll also jot down bullet points for each idea to give me prompts to start with because that does make it a lot easier and quicker for me to write the post. I also try to take a lot more photos than I need whenever I’ve got my camera out so I can use them like stock photos to bulk out posts as well.

 

Being kind

Just think about one of your favourite bloggers, would you get annoyed/ stop following them if they missed a post or posted later than usual? Of course not! So why be that harsh on yourself? Obviously we all have targets that we want to meet, whether that be that you post once a week or if you like to make sure you post at exactly 7pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays but at the end of the day, as long as you’re posting regularly it doesn’t really matter if your post is late/ missed.

 

As you can clearly see, I’m not exactly a blogging guru so please don’t think I’m lecturing about what you should/ shouldn’t do with your blog, I just find that these simple things help me loads so I wanted to share that with everyone.

 

Here’s another post you might enjoy: How to get back into blogging after a break

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