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How to manage a successful blog whilst working

A common question that comes up when creating content is how can you manage a successful blog whilst working?

Is it possible to juggle a career, a blog and life?

The short answer is yes.

It’s more than possible to manage a successful blog whilst working, it just takes commitment, the right tools and the right mindset.

Before you start blogging for a quick payday, I’m sorry to disappoint, it really doesn’t work that way. Blogging can create a full-time income but it takes dedication and hard work.

If you’re struggling with how to manage a successful blog whilst working, keep reading to find my top eight tips for staying motivated and organised.

Related: How to make money blogging as a beginner.

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My story

In April 2021, I decided to sell everything I own and go travelling. Of course, I had to have savings available to be able to do this. I worked full-time in a corporate job whilst blogging full-time.

Once I started travelling, I was running my blog, my YouTube channel and working on side hustles, all whilst travelling the world.

The whole point of travelling was to live in the moment and enjoy my travels, therefore, I didn’t want to spend all my time on my laptop.

I started to work smarter, not harder. My blog is more successful than ever but I work half the time I was previously.

Your success isn’t measured by the time you spend on your blog.

If you are only able to spend 1 hour per night on your blog, that’s no problem. You just have to make that hour worth it.

Related: How to achieve your blogging goals.

How to manage a successful blog whilst working

A lot of bloggers start out as hobby bloggers, like myself, which means that you’ll have a full-time job as well as a life.

Meaning, your blog doesn’t always gain priority.

It’s important to remember that it’s okay for your blog to be second to your income source.

Don’t think that you have to quit your job and struggle for money to become a successful full-time blogger.

We have created a list of eight ways to manage a successful blog whilst working, without sacrificing your work or life.

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Create a plan

Sounds like the most basic tip, but it’s important to outline everything.

If you’re looking to become a full-time blogger, you need to become the most organised person.

Why?

Because everything is on you.

When creating a blog, you are the creator, designer and accountant for your site.

Therefore, you need a solid plan.

  • What is your goal for posting?
  • What social platforms will you market?
  • Will you create products alongside creating posts?
  • What platforms will you use for engagement?

You can use platforms like keynotes, Google calendar or simply a notepad to write down your plan for your blog.

Use a schedule

In order to keep everything organised, you need to schedule your blog. Use platforms like:

  • Google calendar
  • Keynotes
  • A notepad
  • Trello

If you are running a full-time show, you need to remember to do everything. If you’re not writing it down, you’ll eventually forget.

For example, when will your email go out? Have you replied to your emails? Did you add that extra line into a post that you missed?

The to-do list adds up. Therefore you need a schedule.

Things I include in my schedule:

Things on my to-do list/schedule
Posting Pinterest pins
Creating a blog post
Returning my blog comments
Scheduling tweets
Create emails to go out
Post on the FB Group
Marketing
Reply to messages
Ad hoc things

As you can see, I have a lot to remember to do.

If I didn’t plan and schedule my blogging time, I wouldn’t be able to get everything done. When you are creating your plan, include as much detail as possible and don’t rely on your memory.

Related: How to create a blogging schedule as a beginner.

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How to manage a successful blog whilst working in 2021.

Time block

I’ll be honest, when I originally started blogging, I never understood the importance of time blocking.

I then had tasks building up because I was prioritizing new content over simple things like replying to comments.

I would then have to spend two hours replying to comments because there was so much to do.

I now set time blocks for all my tasks. You need to discipline yourself. It’s okay if your post is going out a day late in order to pick up the other tasks that are just important.

The only way this will work is if you stick to your time blocks.

Use guest posts

Creating guest posts for other bloggers is beneficial because you can build backlinks but they are also useful to use on your blog.

If you’re struggling for time, you can arrange guest posts for your blog.

If you were to arrange two posts per month, you are then still producing the same amount of content, but someone else is taking on the responsibility.

The writer will also gain backlinks in return. It’s a win for everyone.

Related: How to build backlinks as a beginner blogger.

Stay committed

It can be easy to lose motivation when you’re working full-time and having a social life. Setting time aside to blog takes discipline, but as long as you schedule, plan and blog efficiently, you won’t have a problem.

I get it, you’ve worked a 10 hour shift, you just want to relax and it’s important that you do.

It’s also important that you find another time to blog.

For example, when I am travelling, I know that I won’t have access to my laptop for 2/3 days. This is due to packing, flights and adjusting to the new place.

Therefore I have to make up for that lost time.

Find your motivation for blogging and let that drive you.

Without motivation and commitment, your blog will struggle to generate a full-time income.

Related: My first income report – how much I made in August 2021.

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Take a break

No one is asking you to have 3 hours of sleep every night and never see your friends.

It’s okay to take a break.

Once a week, usually on a Friday, I hit a slump.

I’ve been motivated all week with YouTube and blogging that I tend to hit a wall.

Now knowing that I always take a Friday afternoon off. I work in the morning and then I sign off and do something fun or relax for the rest of the day.

Remember, when you are switching off, you need to really switch off. No checking your emails, messages or notifications. Take the time off otherwise it won’t work.

When I am off, I am really off.

A great trick that works for me is writing everything down that is in my head about my blog. It’s then out of my head and there for me when I’m ready to get back into it.

Switching off isn’t a bad thing. It’s necessary.

Use blogging tools

As I have mentioned numerous times, it’s about working smarter not harder.

Blogging is already difficult, why not use tools to make it easier.

I use a lot of tools such as:

I use these tools as it makes my blogging journey a lot easier and less stressful.

If you are interested in all the tools that you need to use as a blogger, you can check it out here.

Related: Tools that you need as a blogger.

Get support when you can

It’s okay to ask for help. You don’t have to struggle with everything.

For example, my partner does all my YouTube editing along with the occasional Instagram post and replying to comments.

Sometimes, the tasks build up and I need help.

It’s okay to ask people for help.

If you have the resources, you can pay someone, like a virtual assistant, to help you with your daily tasks.

Related: How to reach your first 100 subs on YouTube.

How to manage a successful blog whilst working

If you’re managing your blog whilst working, take a moment to appreciate how hardworking you are.

It’s not easy to juggle everything but in order to become successful within the blogging world, you need discipline, motivation and the right mindset.

These 8 tips will help you manage a successful blog whilst working and before you know it, you’ll be handing your notice in and blogging full-time.

Remember why you’re doing it.

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  1. claire chircop

    Love these tips hun. I think you’re so right in what you’re saying. Time management and having a to do list is crucial for me I think. I literally list every single little job as I find it makes things so much more manageable. I like how you mentioned guest posting too as this is something I’ve been organising a lot of on my blog recently to keep content flowing while I’m off on maternity leave. I think it’s all about working smarter rather than harder! Fabulous post!

    Claire.X
    http://www.clairemac.o.uk

  2. Colleen

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’m a FT student and it’s so easy to just spend a ton of time on my blog because it feels easier than my research. I have to remind myself that getting my doctorate is a more important goal, and I need to focus on that, too (or more). It’s helpful to see how others have managed similar demands. I keep a to-do list and also do “brain dumps” where I just put all my ideas in a Google doc so I can grab them later and turn them into posts. I also just did my first collaborative post, so that was super fun. I’m trying to find more educaiton bloggers to do more. Wonderful post about working smarter!

    1. Hello Colleen, thanks for checking out my blog post. I’m glad you enjoyed my blog and it’s good to hear that you have different goals! You got this Colleen! Alicia

  3. Nons Mshengu

    It’s such hard work but keeping a schedule is my saving grace. I keep a weekly planner and plan everything so I can dedicate enough time to my work as well as my passion.

  4. bournemouthgirl

    These are some really good tips. Time management is definitely important. I like to use to do lists. Thank you for sharing your suggestions.

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

  5. mia

    I love this post – it’s full of so many helpful tips! Using scheduling tools and planning ahead of time has been so helpful for my productivity – and it means I *can* totally switch off when I’m not working, because I don’t have to be reactionary x

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/

  6. Vourneen

    Alicia, you are my inspiration! Seeing what you’ve done gives me hope for my blog. I can’t wait for the day I’m setting off to travel the world with my laptop in hand. These are all fantastic tips. I use time blocking as I get so lost in things when I don’t. Ans when I take time off, I really take time off and don’t even look at my phone. Thanks for sharing your great tips as always!

    1. Hello Voureen! AHH you are so sweet! Thank you so much! You have got this, your blog is incredible! I totally get it, I am really bad for getting lost in things too! I’m glad you enjoyed my post, can’t wait to see whats to come from your blog! Alicia

  7. Corinne

    Great post! I used to work full time and blog daily I have no idea how I juggled it all now! I struggle to blog 3 times a week while looking after my son but I focus more on SEO and things instead, so it all takes longer.

    Corinne x

  8. bournemouthgirl

    These are some really helpful tips for anyone trying to run a blog and working a full-time job. Blogging is a full-time role in itself and it can be hard to balance both. Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

  9. Isa A

    Great post. I think time management plays one of the biggest roles to stay motivated and keep up with blogging. Not doing to get you to lag behind, and not getting to manage even taking time off for family and related. Thanks for sharing xx
    Isa A. Blogger
    https://www.lifestyleprism.com/

    1. Hi Isa! Yes I totally agree, it can be difficult to keep motivated sometimes and not taking time off is hard but you got this! Alicia

  10. AmethystAP

    Awesome tips, as usual, Alicia. I definitely need to do a revamp of my process and get organised with my blog. I’d like to become a full-time blogger someday soon. Getting help is a great idea and learning how to plan and time block is a must for success. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Lynn

    Awesome post, Alicia! I’m starting a new job tomorrow and it’ll be my first time running a blog and working full-time. It’ll be a handful but I’m excited for the challenge. Thanks for sharing these tips! x

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

  12. Hi Alicia,
    Running a blog while working full time definitely isn’t easy but I agree having a plan and a schedule not only saves time but your sanity as well.
    Thanks for the list of tools. I use a couple of them now, but need to checkout a couple other ones you mention.
    SharlaAnn

    1. hello SharlaAnn, thanks for checking out my post and I’m glad you found it useful! I totally agree that there are a number of tools that can help. Happy blogging. Alicia

  13. aziz haida

    I’m in that situation right now. great planning and time management would help, thanks.

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