I hate being busy. I hate the culture we live in where being busy means you are successful. With social media, if we aren’t busy 24/7 we aren’t doing enough.

Yet here I am attempting to juggle working part-time, studying full time and blogging whilst still attempting to keep a clean house, socialise, have an exercise routine and find time for myself.

I have always worked part-time alongside my course, I don’t find the balance to hard and 20 hours has always been easily manageable. I am also only physically in uni for 12 hours although there is many more hours work outside of this put into my course. This year though I decided to add blogging into the mix.

Finding the balance has not been easy, I hadn’t made as much time as I wanted to for blogging at all before this month. Honestly, Blogtober has really helped me understand how much time and effort I need to put into my blog.

Planning has been key. This academic year I have really made an effort to plan what is happening on each day of the week. I make a to-do list before going to bed so I can switch off and relax without feeling guilty. If I haven’t ticked something off it gets moved on to the next day.

I bought this ‘things to do pad’ from Poundland at the end of August.

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My other planning tools were purchased from Tesco. I bought a blogging notebook and an academic planner. Having an academic planner lets me see when I have big due dates.

At the beginning of this month, I sat down with my blog notebook and wrote down all of my ideas from now until the end of the year. This was when I realised I could potentially daily blog in October and December. I do try to leave some spaces to keep my blog fresh as I personally don’t like to pre-write to far in advance but this really has helped me stick to a schedule.

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Planning blog posts a few weeks in advance is really useful for when I need my boyfriend to help me take photos for fashion posts. We don’t always have the same days off in the week so finding time can be difficult. With the pre-planning, I can make sure the post will be going up in a week where we can find a few hours to take photographs.

Juggling everything can be tough but ensuring I have good time-management stops me from becoming overwhelmed and allows me time to completely switch off.  Knowing I have managed to daily blog for 10 days so far whilst still having time for uni and myself has felt so rewarding.

Do you have any tips for juggling blogging alongside the rest of your life? Let me know in the comments!

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Posted by:everythingevening

I am a 20 year old Marketing Student living away from home for the first time. I will be using this blog to talk about how I've found moving out/away, university and just different interests.

13 replies on “Balancing Work, Uni & Blogging.

  1. I did not have a schedule when I first started blogging and it was quite tough, but I later got myself organized and it’s so much more easier. I like to post every sunday but spend most of my saturday writing maybe 3 posts and the schedule them. Great post!

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  2. I work full time and then with blogging and going to the gym it can get really hard to make time for everything! I like to use my Saturday mornings to try and get a few posts written and scheduled ready for the week ahead so that if I don’t have any half days at work I know my posts are still going up! I am using my planner for Blogmas though to make sure everything is written, has pictures and is scheduled in time!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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  3. I feel like I’m busy all the time too! I work full time (40+ hours a week) and I’m trying to make blogging my full time job so it’s a lot haha. The only thing that keep me going is my schedule and getting ahead of myself. I try to get blog posts done and scheduled at least a week in advance so I can start on something else:)
    Brianna | https://briannamarielifestyle.com

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  4. I’m the same as you trying to balance blogging with school. It’s really hard sometimes, especially if I haven’t prewritten I post I find myself spending a lot of my time the night before doing it! I do have a posting schedule which is good for me to keep the structure.

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  5. Some useful tips that I will definitely be taking on! I definitely find it easier to balance blogging with other things if I plan correctly and make time for each thing, great post!

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  6. During my final year of Uni I was working part-time for the SU and an eventday agency when I was back at home for the weekend playing for my sports team, volunteering for my Uni’s sport performance centre amd keeping fit ny going gym not to mention having to do assignments and work on my dissertation. At one point I was at breaking point mentally as I was getting constant disciplinaries as I was working at the level I should’ve been cos I was worrying about so many things. In short, I’ve totally been in your shoes

    What I did to cope was prioritise. With the disciplinaries I was getting from the SU I knew I had to resign just to save trouble and focus more on my course. I had also resigned from social sec duties I had for a society before final year cos of the stresses. It became more manageable after all that but at one point I was in hell with all the pressure I had. Thankfully I’m out of the woods now with a 2:1

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    http://www.johnnystraventures.com

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  7. Balancing a blog with life can be so hard, especially when you’re posting daily! It’s frustrating as well because some people don’t seem to get that you have to work on it during the weekend, as well as weekdays. Totally agree with you about the culture of being busy, it’s such a negative mindset. I’m the queen of planners and to-do lists, they’re so handy and I have no idea how I ever functioned before. The busy blogging notebook is cute x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  8. I relate to this post so much and my last post was actually kind of similar. It’s so difficult sometimes to juggle everything and I have the same issue, relying on my partner to take outfit photos for me! I love the to do list though!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

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