How I Juggle Work And My Blog

How I Juggle Work And My Blog
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Balancing day to day tasks can be a challenge if you are a go-getter.

I wear many hats in my day-to-day. I work as a Senior Social Media Marketing Specialist by day. By night, I am a dedicated beauty & fashion blogger. Among others, I am a daughter, a sister, and a girlfriend. Having so many commitments can pull you away from your passion, so here are a few easy steps to help you juggle your (many) tasks.

Plan ahead (block out time)

The key to juggling a crazy schedule is organization. The best way to stay organized and on top of your work is to plan ahead. Pre-plan your content; carry a notebook to jot down your notes and ideas. When you have a free moment see where you can fit those ideas into your content calendar.Juggling work and blogging

Schedule for the week

Not having content to share, even on social media can sometimes feel like a burden when you are scouring your folders for things to post. Scheduling your posts will help ease you of that worry. I don’t like automated posts because they seem less personable, but if you can, try to schedule some posts ahead of time. Share previous articles, favorite quotes, holiday photos, etc. Just don’t be that person who shares a bazillion quotes, it’s bad form.

Find your strategy

Don’t waste your time mindlessly posting away at random hours. Schedule your posts around the times of your highest engagement. This may take some trial and error, but once you understand your audience, it will make each post worth more.

Use your weekends

This is something that even I need to work on. I have a fairly demanding job and I don’t always have a lot of time to devote to my blog during the week. My weekends are usually spent hanging out with my family, but if I could spend a half-day taking photos, or shooting videos, I’d always be ahead in my own work.

Shoot in bulk

Shooting every single day would be amazing, but unfortunately, that’s not realistic right now. (Maybe someday!) Take a couple of hours to plan out flatlays, different outfit or makeup looks, and snap as many photos as you can. Try and use your photos to inspire a new post, or if you schedule your content in advance, take photos to accompany your words. It helps take the weight off your shoulders, especially if you use those photos for Instagram too.

Some sacrifices have to be made

Even superheroes get worn out. You have to know that you can’t always give your 100% when you are trying to do many things at once. Eliminate the noise and focus on what is important.

What are some of your tips and tricks for juggling work and blogging? Comment those below!

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  • Ada

    Very helpful tips. It’s can be quit challenging to blog when you have a 9 – 5. I’m working on being more organised

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    • Thank you, Ada! I agree with you, having a 9-5 can set up some interesting challenges when you are also a blogger. It’s like having two full-time jobs! Thanks for reading. xoxo

  • Oh I can relate to this post on so many levels!! I probably should write my own version of it because Ive gotten asked this so many times.

    Btw … I’m so glad to hear that you’re in social media professionally!! I’m actually having interviews now to try to get into it! I’ve been doing marketing for the last 6 years for biotech companies and with my blogging experience I’ve been able to get interviews for social media jobs. But until I start doing it I’m still kind of unsure how to professionally do it. We will have go talk shop some more once I get the job!!

    • You should, Jessica! It’s always good to know other people’s techniques because it might be something you can also adapt in your day-to-day routine.

      And yes! I’ve been in the social media industry since college. I’ve been working as a social media specialist since then so I’d be happy to chat about it. Message me on FB, or we can share #s and we can text about it sometime! xoxo

  • I think great organization skills are key when you have a busy schedule.
    By the way, I just love your shirt and the way you styled it 🙂

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    • I agree; organization skills are definitely a requirement. And thank you so much for your kind words! <3 xoxo

  • Susan

    Excellent job on the self portraits! Ughh juggling it all… shooting in bulk is my thing!

    • I’m trying to get better about shooting in bulk. I was doing it for a while, but then things got crazy and I stopped. Thank you for the compliments!! 🙂

  • These tips are fantastic! I really enjoyed reading them 🙂
    P.S. love the shirt!

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    • Thank you Annie! You are so kind. And thank you, it’s just a simple button down that I knotted at the end. Thanks for reading. xoxo

  • Just Discovered your blog! You’re beautiful! And great tips here! Exactly what i’ve been doing that’s been working for me pretty well.