How I Balance Blogging with My Day Job

How I Balance Blogging with My Day Job

This post contains affiliate links, which if you choose to purchase from, Diary of a Toronto Girl receives a commission. As always, I only ever endorse products I truly believe in.

I’ve officially been working at my first adult job for just over a month now, and I’ll admit, it’s been tough adjusting to the schedule. I work part-time so it’s just three days a week, but with blogging, shooting, attending events, working out, and more, it’s not easy to juggle.

READ ALSO: 5 Simple Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts

I currently work at a social media agency, and it’s actually been a lot of fun. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel like work (like when I’m repinning delicious recipes), but I do miss having my free time during the day. The only time I respond to messages or check social media is during lunch, which is something I’m just getting used to now.

Here are some of my tips on how I balance blogging with my day job. These can even apply to those of you who are in school!

1. Plan your schedule on a weekly basis

I like to see my daily and weekly schedule at a glance, so I insert my work hours, events, freelance projects, etc. into my planner. I don’t like to procrastinate and I like knowing what’s happening this week and what needs to get done. I also plan out my shoot dates ahead of time so I’m not rushing to get photos shot right before a blog post or Instagram post is due. Having a physical planner actually helps so much when it comes to productivity, and I’ve listed some of my faves from Amazon below!

2. Create to-do lists

I’m the type of person who forgets things very quickly if I don’t write them down, so I always add things to my to-do list throughout the day. I use the Reminders app on my iPhone to do this, and I have different lists for things like blogging, work, and even a generic to-do list. I add things as simple as “post on Instagram at 12pm” because I honestly do need that reminder sometimes!

3. Take your time to work on projects

While I used to shoot, edit, write, and schedule my posts all within the same day or two, I find myself separating these tasks over the course of the week instead. I shoot photos on my days off and on the weekends, edit them when I have the free time, write blog posts in the evenings, and schedule them on social media once they’re ready to be posted. I no longer have the time to do all of these things at once, but it’s nice to take time to do them.

4. Delegate time to reply to emails

I’ll be honest, I’ve been pretty bad with replying to emails on days where I’m working at my day job. After the long commute home, all I want to do is eat and lie on the couch for a few hours before I sleep early so I can wake up early. My plan now is to spend some time after dinner replying to emails. That way, I don’t end up replying 3 days later and I don’t have to spend so much time all at once replying to emails!

5. Lessen the load

While I would love to continue posting three times a week on here, I don’t have the time to produce so much content. I’d rather post once or twice a week with quality content than rush out three posts a week, so that’s what I’ve been doing lately. I do try to post on Instagram everyday if you’re interested in keeping up with me on there!

I thought it’d also be fun to share all the outfits I wore during my first month of working. Originally this post was going to just be all about the outfits I wore, but there was just so much more I wanted to share with you guys! As you can see, I started off dressing a lot more professional, and eventually ended up dressing how I normally do. That’s the awesome thing about working in a creative field โ€“ being able to pretty much wear whatever you want!

How I balance blogging with my day job | what I wore during my first month of work | work outfits How I balance blogging with my day job | what I wore during my first month of work | work outfits How I balance blogging with my day job | what I wore during my first month of work | work outfits How I balance blogging with my day job | what I wore during my first month of work | work outfits How I balance blogging with my day job | what I wore during my first month of work | work outfits How I balance blogging with my day job | what I wore during my first month of work | work outfits How I balance blogging with my day job | what I wore during my first month of work | work outfits How I balance blogging with my day job | what I wore during my first month of work | work outfits How I balance blogging with my day job | what I wore during my first month of work | work outfits How I balance blogging with my day job | what I wore during my first month of work | work outfits

How do you balance blogging with work? Or work with other things? I’d love to hear your tips!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on how to keep your life organized.

How I balance blogging with my day job | how to blog while working

Jessica Lam

Jessica Lam

22-year-old lifestyle blogger and social media addict. Follow me + keep updated with my latest posts on Bloglovin & Facebook.
Jessica Lam
  • Blogging and holding down a job is so hard, I can tell you that from experience! Looks like you got the balancing of the two down pat! I love your skirt in the first pic, by the way!

  • 204park

    Great tips here! I used to work full time in addition to my blog before my blog became my full time and organization and lists were always the key for me to keeping it all together! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • You’re so beautiful Jess! I also work full-time and juggling it blogging definitely requires heaps of organisation! My to-do list is my go-to for everything!! I write everything there so I don’t forget and it always keeps me on track too. Hope you’re enjoying your new job, social media agency sounds like fun!
    xx Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

  • You do it SO WELL! I donโ€™t even work outside of my home and itโ€™s overwhelming sometimes. Youโ€™re magical!

  • You are such a cutie and I love your advice Jessica!

  • Wonderful advice! I’ve been looking for a post like this for a long while. I’ll be putting some of your bullet points into practice for sure!

  • Ashley @ GrowingSpangs

    Great advice! I have a toddler, blog, and a home recruiting business, and it’s often really hard to balance. Thanks for the reminder that it’s okay to spread tasks out over the course of a week, I tend to want to get everything done at once, and that rarely works out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • What fab advice, I have just left my job to become a full-time blogger. So heres hoping it all works out haah!

  • Jaclyn Wingfield

    Great tips! Organization is key. Social media is also my full time job – it helps with my personal accounts because I’m always reading about the latest social media trends. I find inspiration pops in my head at the most random times, so I quickly write ideas on sticky notes or in the notes app on my phone throughout the day. Then I review/flush them out on the bus ride home or in evenings/weekends.

  • I’ve always wondered how bloggers with jobs do it! I am fortunate in that I left my career a few years ago because it wasn’t fulfilling. Then, I got into blogging. I am close to it being a full-time paying gig, and I love every minute of it!

  • These are all super fabulous tips babe! You are so organised and balanced!


  • Sharon Glascoe

    I work full-time and blog so I totally understand you pain! I am obsessed with planning out my day so I completely agree with getting a planner. Love my Day Designer!

  • Yes, these are all so important! I used to work full time and blog part time and definitely had to be more strategic with my time.

  • Joline

    I’ve been blogging part-time for almost 2 years now while working full-time so I totally get it. Sometimes I work on my blog way into the night! I definitely need to plan better.

  • Brittany Daoud

    It is definitely not easy to balance work and blogging! I work full time for a healthcare institution during the day, and also have my blog and an internship with a stylist! Oh, and I’m married haha basically I am always busy! xo, Brittany |

  • It’s hard to balance it especially with 2 kids to take care of as well. But I try to do things I have to do during my breaks or when the kids are sleeping!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Regina Garson

    Congratulations on your new job. It sounds like you are off to a good start. These are some very good pointers, staying organized so I get everything done for my blog and my work is always a challenge. I have to spread things out as well.

  • Teresa Desouza

    Congrats on your first month at the new job, sounds like you’re having a blast! Amazing tips – I also work full time and blog and it is HARD. I’m the same – shooting on weekends and writing posts in the mornings + evenings. To do lists are my LIFE – I use Wunderlist to stay organized. I can only do one post a week with that schedule but I’m perfectly fine with that ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kimberly Hsieh

    Do a workwear blog post! To do lists and using a calendar are sooo important. I don’t know how else I would be able to work full time and blog at the same time haha

  • Miriam Valdes-Carletti

    Congrats on the job! I’m currently still in school full-time while trying to blog and I can’t imagine how you’ve done it all this time. Hopefully I can keep up like you once I graduate ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jessie

    I am a brand new bogger and finding the time to juggle both is so challenging! Thanks for the tips!

  • Miranda Lemke

    What a great post. While I don’t do well when it comes to scheduling, I blog and work as you do as well. It can be hard to balance both if you don’t have a routine down pat! Great post!