More often than not, people who are starting out in the blogging world are doing more than just that. They are people who have full time jobs, relationships, and responsibilities to attend to. And, believe it or not, blogging is not a walk in the park. It takes work. So, how do you balance all of that? No worries friend, cause I got you.
I won’t ask you to choose what’s more important, because that can really change by week when it comes to all of these obligations. But it is going to be important to choose which one is essential for the week ahead, or even just the day ahead. Maybe it’s the workweek so your job is the top priority. Maybe it’s the weekend so relationships become number one. Maybe it’s Wednesday night, and is imperative you pay attention to your side hustle. It all depends on the day. Choose what is most important to you in that moment.
When I’m working on balancing my job, relationships, and my blog, I tend to plan by week. Sometimes I will plan by day, but that really depends on what’s going on during the week. So for this post, I will explain balance in the form of weekly planning, but know you can start each morning planning out the day in the same way.
Every Sunday I sit down and look at my week ahead. If school is in session, that’s the first thing I work around. Teaching is my full time job, there’s no working around when that is implanted into my schedule.
The second thing I will look at is if I have made any plans with family or friends. If so, I am sure to plug this into my planner as these commitments will be the next thing I work around.
Finally, I’ll look at what free time I have left to fill in with blog obligations. I make a to-do list of everything I need to accomplish within the week, and then disperse those tasks throughout based off of when I have free time, and how much of it I have.
One thing that is really important to keep in mind is that you absolutely CANNOT fill your week to the brim. You need to leave time open for yourself, plans that come about, or for when life just does not pan out the way you expected it to. If your schedule is already filled to the brim, I guarantee that you will become overwhelmed. And that’s never fun.
I promise you that if you are strategic and take the time to sit out and plan your week (or day) balancing a full time job, relationships, and your side hustle can be a lot easier than one may think!
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