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How I Balance Blogging with My Day Job

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How I Balance Blogging with My Day Job

It ain’t easy to manage both a day job and a side hustle at the same time.

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 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 to client accounts), 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.

If you need some advice on balancing both your side hustle and your day job, hopefully you’ll find these tips helpful!

Here are some of my tips on how to manage a side hustle with a full time job.

These can even apply to those of you who are in school!

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1. Plan your schedule on a weekly basis

I’m someone who likes to see my daily and weekly schedule at a glance, so I insert my work hours, events, freelance projects, etc. into my planner.

I like knowing what’s happening each week and what needs to get done.

During university, I completed assignments way ahead of deadlines because I had the reminders in my planner, which I looked at every single day, multiple times a day.

Having a physical planner actually helps so much when it comes to productivity.

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For me, looking at a digital screen just doesn’t cut it – especially when I’m able to drag the assignments to another date!

As a blogger/content creator, I also plan out my shoot dates ahead of time so I’m not rushing to shoot photos right before a campaign or project is due.

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 12 PM” because I honestly do need that reminder sometimes!

If you’re also working a day job, you’ve probably got a million things on your mind throughout the day outside of your side hustle.

So, have all your tasks written down for you to remember for later!

3. Separate your tasks

Back when I had the time, I used to shoot, edit, write, and schedule my blog posts all within the same day or two.

Now that my time is much more limited, 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, and separating them by task makes it more efficient.

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By batching each of these tasks, I can make the most of my time outside of my day job to work on my side hustle.

If you’re a blogger, it’s super helpful to batch shoot content, batch write blog posts, and batch schedule posts on social media.

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.

I have a work email to manage at my full-time job, so I’m not really keeping track of my side hustle emails.

Plus, 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.

I now delegate my time after dinner each day responding 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 a load of emails!

5. Work during your commute

As much as you might want to sleep, read, or watch YouTube videos during your commute, it might be more useful to work on your side hustle.

If there’s anything that can be done remotely, like planning or brainstorming, make the most of your commuting time!

During my commutes, I write blog posts and plan outfits for shoots – both tasks than can easily be done on my phone without wifi.

6. Lessen the load

While I would love to continue posting three times a week on my blog, I don’t have the time to produce so much content.

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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!

As important as it is to consistently have new content as a creator, it just simply isn’t feasible if you don’t have the time.

How many hours does one really have in a day?!

How to manage your side-hustle with your day job:

  1. Plan your schedule on a weekly basis
  2. Create to-do lists
  3. Separate your tasks
  4. Delegate time to reply to emails
  5. Work during your commute
  6. Lessen the load

Between my 8 hours at the office and the 2 hours of commuting, I realistically only have around 3 hours each evening to work on my side hustle.

So, it’s super important for me to manage my time well and make the most of whatever time I have!

What are some other ways you manage your side hustle with your full-time job? I’d love to know in the comments!

P.S. if you liked this blog post, you might like this post on how I take my own Instagram photos, or any of my other posts on blogging tips.

Be sure to keep up with me on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest if you aren’t already!

Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

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Wednesday 25th of October 2017

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!


Monday 23rd of October 2017

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! :)


Sunday 22nd of October 2017

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

Laurel Musical

Sunday 22nd of October 2017

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

Megan Thomas

Friday 20th of October 2017

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!