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.
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 – being able to pretty much wear whatever you want!
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.
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