Most of you have probably realised that I do not blog full time, as much as I would sometimes love to. I’m a first year uni student with a lot of contact hours so that tends to be my first priority. There are days, and a lot of days in this coming semester, that I don’t finish until six so the earliest I get home on those days in seven o’clock. By that time, I’m shattered, hungry and just want to curl up in my pyjamas and spend time with my family.
Blogging isn’t something I want to let go of though just because things in my life can sometimes be a little hectic. It’s such a great creative outlet for me and it helps me unwind when I’m feeling really stressed out. So, I have to find ways of fitting in blogging with my life and making it a low stress as possible.
Keeping To A Schedule
I know this isn’t something that everyone does but I really like being able to keep to a schedule. I try and post twice a week on a Wednesday and Sunday evening. Having a schedule means I’m posting regular content and I’m not leaving a huge space between my posting days. It’s really helped when I’m planning things out and it just helps me keep a track of my blog a little better.
My sister, CopperPoet, introduced to an amazing online calendar called TeamUp and it’s been such a life saver. I use it for uni work as well and my blog and Youtube but I find that it’s a really good way for my to put down which posts I’m going to publish every week. It helps me plan ahead so if I have ideas that would be better to post in a couple of months, I can pop them down on the calendar so I have ideas when the time comes. It’s also so easy for me to move ideas around. If there’s a post that really pressing to publish, I can shift things around. It’s made my blogging life so much easier.
I try and schedule ahead of time as much as I can. Before I hit exam season, I try and schedule all my posts over those weeks because I know I won’t have the time. It means that I still have regular content being posted even if, at the time, I’m not able to sit and write posts. I use the Dot Creates Ultimate Blog Planner to write out posts when I don’t have my laptop on me and it’s been a huge help. I’m finding that I’m getting a lot more of my posts done and it’s saving on so much time.
So, those are the main ways that I balance blogging with the rest of my life. I would love to know how you guys manage to balance blogging with everything else in your life.