Blogging has always been a hobby that was enjoyed as a side activity. When I started my blog, I was in school. Then I blogged while working from home. Then while I worked full-time in the city. And now I blog while working part-time. I have always had to divide my time when it comes to blogging, and the reality is: it’s difficult.
Right now, I’m technically supposed to work part-time when it comes to secular work, but my job is so demanding it’s basically a full-time position. I also blog regularly, as I have a goal of turning this little hobby into a career. It’s like juggling two professions at once!
I have work emails, blogging emails and personal emails all sent to my phone. Although I prefer to work on a computer, the reality is that it can’t always be that way. There are times when clients need a response within three hours, or a task needs to be processed before the end of the day but I’m nowhere near my desk. My biggest struggle is being able to switch off from both, because neither my secular job nor blogging career take a break. There’s always someone awake in the world somewhere, that’s sending me an email and waiting for a response – so keeping up is a challenge.
I have a love-hate relationship with how busy admin tasks can be. They’re always the ones that seem the most minor but take the longest time. When it comes to managing my job and my blog, I have a planner that keeps everything in-tact.
I’m no major blogger, but there are times when I work with some of my favourite brands or receive invitations to events and meetups. When a business wants to work with me, and build a relationship, I put my all into the content that’s going to be created. Sometimes that means taking a day off from my secular job to focus on my blog. To get out there and shoot some amazing photos (before the daylight disappears at 4pm) and plan my posts ahead of time.
The same applies to my job. If there’s a meeting at work I can’t miss or a huge project I’m working on, that means stealing some of my focus from blogging. Those times can be the most difficult, because I never publish throwaway content or photos I don’t like. So it means missing an upload day to get my life together.
When it comes to my job and my blog, both can be accomplished at home. This means planning and routines keep my life from falling apart. Fortunately, I’m the type of person that thrives off of organisation and filling in my planner – so this part is pretty fun.
My work days never change throughout the week, so I almost always know what days are available for photoshoots and editing. However, I hear most people my age have a love and social life – I’m yet to discover those things, but my weekly routine leaves time for them.
As I have my routine memorised, it’s super easy to plan and add extra slots for events and projects. If I didn’t have a schedule, or at least some idea of what my week looked like, I don’t think my blog would even exist!
I work from home 70% of the time, and feel unmotivated incredibly often. There are days where I’ve tried to work from the sofa and learned it’s just a no-go. Absolutely nothing is going to be completed when I’m sat with a laptop on my knee and Gilmore Girls on the TV. Nothing. But, I also get bored easily, sitting at my desk and watching the clock go by.
Social media can really come in handy when it comes to inspiration. There are so many hashtags to explore on Instagram and boards to follow on Pinterest, they can keep me motivated for hours. Success stories are some of my favourite articles to read when I need a push to get a job done.
Of course, there are always days where I have blogger’s block, feel uninspired and unoriginal, but accepting that it’s okay to feel that way and take a break is a really important part of being able to clear my mind. After a while, I feel refreshed and back to normal.
Blogging and working is a monster combo, but one that I really enjoy. I know there will be a day when I can blog full-time, and may not have to work a secular job at all, but I do enjoy an element of the chaos, and being productive makes me happy. There will always be days when the reality of having these two professions hits and I feel overwhelmed, but the feeling of accomplishment is so worth it. Life will never be boring!
Do you blog and work full/part-time? Got any tips?