Most bloggers would love to work on their blog full time. Unfortunately, very few are able to realize this dream.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a successful blog. I know plenty of bloggers (myself included…) who have full-time jobs and still put a lot of time and effort into their blogs.
So, how do you stay productive with your blog while working full time? Here are my tips.
Find Out Your Blogging Priorities
You could have a ton of free time to work on your blog, but if you don’t know your blogging priorities, you can’t be productive with that time. Find out what your priorities need to be, and stick to them. If your priority is coming up with great content five days per week, make sure you’re always writing down ideas and spending plenty of time drafting, proofreading, and designing those posts. If your priority is to create an engaged audience on your blog and on social media, make sure you’re constantly checking out what people are saying and responding to them.
Utilize Your Work Breaks
Once you’ve figured out your blogging priorities, it’s time to find every snippet of time you can in your day. If you’re able to, really utilize all of your breaks at work and focus on your blog during these times. Use your lunch hour. Use the pomodoro technique and work on your blog during your five-minute breaks. Keep a notebook around and write ideas down as you work. But, as always, make sure these blogging breaks are kosher with your boss.
Use an Editorial Calendar
Planning is major when it comes to blogging productively while working full time. When you get home from work, the last thing you want to do is try to figure out a blog topic, write a draft, and have to edit it all in one night. Plan your posts ahead so you always have a good idea of what you’ll need to write and when. Plus, it helps your blog stay organized.
Take Photos in Bulk
If you need to use a lot of original photography on your blog posts, take them all at once. Depending on the season, you might only have good light on during the day, so you might need to do all of your photos for the upcoming week on Saturday or Sunday. It’s always easier (and faster) to get everything out once, so save yourself some time and take all of your blogging photos in bulk.
Use a Graphic Template
I’m a big supporter of creating a template for blog post header images in Photoshop. They save me a ton of time, because I just need to open the template file, plug in the photo and text, and voila! I’m done with the design part. Plus, all of my blog post headers are branded consistently and look good together.
Outsource Mundane Tasks
While we typically want to focus on the fun stuff of our blogs, there are some mundane tasks that have to be done no matter what. If you’re strapped for time as it is, you really don’t want to spend time on them. So don’t. Outsource these mundane asks to a virtual assistant or software / online services like CoSchedule. I really love social media, but scheduling posts can be a pain. So I use CoSchedule to schedule everything at once, and it does the rest for me!
What do you do to stay productive with your blog while working full time? I’d love to hear your tips in the comments!