I get asked this question a lot so I thought to create a complete post, although I am by no means an expert. I am a relatively academic person, so I go to college full time to do my A levels and then alongside I have this blog as my hobby. Both of these things take up a lot of my time and it is very hard to manage both of them alongside each other without one of them dropping in quality, so I thought to create this blog post sharing my top tips on how I keep up to date with both. For ages I struggled with this and I only posted a few times a month on my blog but with good time management I have been able to get that to around 8-10 posts a month, which I love.
My biggest tip is to plan everything in your day. At the beginning of the day I write everything that I need to do down into my bullet journal (if you haven’t seen my bullet journal post click here) however if that style isn’t for you then you could write the list on your phone or on a ‘week to view’ sheet that you can buy from stationary shops. I would make sure that what you write on your list is specific, so focus on clear, small and manageable aims. For example don’t just write ‘blogging’ and instead write ‘schedule post for 5th october’. Although you will have more on your list it is broken down and you can start the task straight away. Honestly it will make you work so much more efficiently as you already know exactly what you are doing before doing it instead of just opening your laptop.
Planning sheets are something that I have only just got into recently but I am really enjoying using them. Paperscribblesco kindly sent me some of their blog planners to try out and although I don’t use every page (I think they are for other domains such as blogger) the ones that I do use are really useful. I particularly find the month to view helpful because I am planning my blogmas posts at the moment and this is helping me visualise when I am uploading them. Plus they come as a PDF document so you can print out as many copies as you need which I like. Here are some photos of the pages I am using a lot, I would definitely recommend them to other bloggers if you need something to organise your time better!
If you want to check out paperscribblesco (they do many different planners) then click here.
My next tip is to not override your blog with studying and instead create balance between the two. It is so easy to feel drowned in studying so you think that you have to prioritise school but it’s not the case all the time. Obviously there are exceptions, for example if you have an exam etc but on a regular week don’t disregard your blog just because you have a lot of studying to do. I promise if you use your time efficiently you will have plenty of space for the two. I have found writing blog related tasks on my list like it is ‘actual’ work seems to work really well as I complete it all as I am working through my list. Never think ‘once all my schoolwork is done I will move onto blogging’ as although that seems like a reasonable idea there is always revision to be done and you will have no time to spend on your blog.
One of the things that I have found most useful and the reason I have been able to upload blog posts so frequently is by planning ahead and bulk scheduling posts. For example on a weekend I take all of my photos and schedule the entire week of posts so that during the weekdays whilst I am at school I only really have to think about social media and emails. You can schedule everything (even down to tweets) but I don’t tend to do this as it is not personal and I don’t feel connected to my followers, instead I make time each day to scroll through social media and keep up with my favourite bloggers. I once read somewhere that blogging is 80% social media and promoting posts, and only 20% writing the posts… so it is very important to try and keep up with social media as much as you can!
I have to point out that I am a complete workaholic and I’m not very good at relaxing so although I do recommend having time to yourself, I am bit of a hypocrite and struggle to switch off. Although I need to take my own advice and do it more! Last year I found that I was working everyday of the week, so this year I have decided to have at least one ‘planned’ night off but work more efficiently (and for longer) on the other days to make up for it. As much as blogging is a good escape, you are still ‘working’ and it’s not entirely relaxing..sometimes you just need time to completely switch off and watch Netflix. I have started leaving Tuesdays free as much as possible and I have found that this works well, despite having to work harder to make up for it I find that it is so worth it and I am always excited to have a chilled out evening.
I know it’s hard and people certainly underestimate how long blogging/YouTube actually takes, it’s a lot of work! I’m certainly not perfect at managing everything and I have days where I feel so overwhelmed but I think if you just take one day at a time you eventually start to get everything done. I am so proud of doing well at school alongside keeping up with my blog and uploading so frequently. If you have any tips please let me know!
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