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.
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.
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!