Blogging is a hobby that can take up a lot of your time. Not only do you need to write posts, but you also have to promote them in order to see results. It may not seem like a lot, but trust me, just that is plenty already. And it doesn’t end here! Bloggers tend to have a ton of social media accounts they use as promotion tools, and those need to be kept updated too. There is always something to be done or to be improved.
As a college blogger, I cannot dedicate all of my time to blogging, as I wish I could do. I also have a part-time job, so that takes up a lot of my time as well. So, in order to be able to make it, time management is key. Finding a balance between blogging, college, and work can be hard, but it’s totally doable!
Today, I’m sharing with you how I handle it all, and I hope that these tips will be able to help you too!
As a very busy person, I tend to schedule everything. Even if I don’t write it all down, I always plan my day in my head. It’s one of the first things I do when I wake up. I create a to-do list with tasks that I want to accomplish for the day.
So, just as I would any other important task, I schedule blogging-related things into my day. I don’t do blog-related things every day, but I try to schedule at least enough time to write a post, edit it, and promote it. As I’m posting twice a week, I try to dedicate a little bit of my time every day to blogging. Sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less. It depends on my workload for that week, and how many hours I work at the library. I don’t have a strict blogging routine, but I do have a posting schedule, so I work around that.
I also found that scheduling posts makes a big difference! That way, you can write posts weeks before they are published! If you know there are some periods you will have more time to dedicate to blogging (summer break or spring break, for example), you can write your posts in advance and not have to think too much about it when you don’t have time for it! You also don’t have to stress yourself with posting deadlines because your posts are already written!
What you should remember is that if you take blogging seriously, make time for it as you would any other thing. Write it down in your planner if that helps! Time management is really important in order to succeed both as a blogger and as a college student.
IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE ONLINE ALL THE TIME
I see some people who seem to be online all the time, and I wonder “How the hell do they do it?“. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in a year of blogging, it’s that it’s okay not be online all the time or to not stick to your schedule. Life happens. And as a college blogger, I think my readers can understand when I just can’t get a post out that week because I’m too busy studying for finals or a because I have an assignment that needs to be finished before the deadline. At first, I felt guilty for letting them down, but I quickly realized, that it happens to everyone, even the best of us. College is my priority, and blogging is simply a hobby.
Some people try to deflect that by scheduling social media posts in advance, and it can be a great strategy if you want to promote a lot but don’t have that much time to do it. Some tools like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite can help you schedule tweets and social media posts.
Amelie, this is so obvious! I know, but hear me out. Whether you know you only have 30 minutes or 2 hours to dedicate to your blog that day, make sure you’re making the most out of it! I wrote a whole post about productivity tips, if that’s something you struggle with.
Make the most out of your free time! If you happen to have some unexpected free time on your hands and you’re not sure what to do with it, use that to your advantage! I usually take that time to update social media, or engage with other bloggers on social platforms. If you have a fifteen-minute break at work or in between classes, use that time to do something productive!
KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Balancing blogging with work and college can be hard, especially at first. You’ll have to try things out, and see how they work for you. You might realize that you need to change a few things in your routine and schedule, and you might realize that this is all simply too much for you.
You need to know your limits, and realize when it’s all becoming too crazy for you. Take a step back and see what needs to be changed. Are you taking on too many hours at work? Do you have difficulty with time management? Do you spend too much time on your blog and not enough on college? If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, take a day off. I found that stepping back from blogging craziness for a day and rethinking how I do things helps me regain energy and find inspiration!
Prioritize what is most important. If you know you need to finish to write that post but you instead browse Pinterest for countless hours, you need to rethink what your priorities are. Sure, Pinterest is fun and can bring a lot of traffic to your blog if used the right way, but you need to think about what is really going to help you in the long-run. Is it aimlessly pinning stuff or writing kick-ass new content?
I find that creating a to-do list with all the tasks I need to accomplish helps. To help you figure out what your priorities, highlight the ones that are most important or number them! It’ll help you concentrate on what really needs attention. I personally prioritize according to deadlines. If I know I have an assignment that needs to be handed in soon, I’ll focus on that. College is my #1 priority. Blogging comes after that.
You can make separate to-do lists for blogging and college. I personally merge them together, but sometimes separating things helps you see more clearly. That way, when you decide to focus on blogging for an hour, you won’t be distracted by the 1567842158 other things you need to do.
How do you balance your time? Do you have any tips you would like to share?