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I’m sure every blogger would agree that making time for your blog when it’s not your full-time job is more difficult than it sounds. Especially if you have lots of other commitments.
Today I’ll be sharing with you how I personally stay organised. I currently attend sixth form on weekdays, and work on weekends. I also tutor outside of school and, obviously, blog in my spare time! Though I admit it can be overwhelming at times, there are certain things I’ve started doing to make it less chaotic… and more fun.
1. Write whenever and wherever
I don’t know about you, but before I started, I used to picture blogging as typing away on a computer at a desk. This might just be me, but I rarely work like that. In fact, I’m writing this very post in my brother’s car because I’m on my break at work. I’m also eating well-vinegared chips with a can of diet coke in one hand. Mmm. I wrote another one of my blog posts on the plane flying back from India. My point is, don’t limit yourself to working at home especially if you’ve got a busy schedule!
It also really helps to write down ideas for blog posts whenever you suddenly feel inspired. I always make a note of it on my phone. Most of the time it’s when I’m falling asleep that my mind conjures up the most amazing ideas for blog posts! So yes. Don’t limit yourself. Write on the train, on your breaks, in the dentist waiting room (but never force yourself to!) which leads me on to my 2nd point…
2. Write because you want to, not because you have to.
One thing I’ve realised is that forcing yourself to write is incredibly ineffective. Sure, you can try to do that but you’ll only produce content that you’re not happy with. I’ve done this in the past and never ended up publishing those horribly forced posts because they simply don’t sound genuine. And there’s really no need to. I was worried about not having time to post when I had loads of tests happening and put myself under unnecessary pressure to write. Honestly, nobody will mind if you take a break from your blog. Don’t waste your time writing when you don’t feel like it – you’ll just end up either deleting your post or completely rewriting it.
3. Be Realistic
This will prevent you from being in the sort of situation I described above in the first place. Don’t set yourself unrealistic goals, because you’ll only end up being disappointed. How often you post is nowhere near as important as the quality of those posts. And most importantly, do not compare yourself to other bloggers. Yes, there might be people out there posting once a day. In no way does that mean you have to! Everyone has different commitments to juggle and I wish I had realised this sooner.
When you’ve got lots on your plate and not enough time, you have to make sacrifices. You might have to give something up. Though it is tempting to accept every single campaign you get offered, consider whether you have time for it first. If you’re short on time, you’re likely to produce content that isn’t of as high a standard as you’re capable of and that you won’t be happy with. Don’t be afraid to turn things down!
Organise your work according to its importance to you (and deadlines, of course!) And make sure you factor in plenty of time for socialising and unwinding. You absolutely need some social interaction and me-time in between it all!
Admittedly, I do this because it helps me unwind as well as organise. And for the satisfaction of being able to cross things off, obviously. I find writing down your goals a great motivation tool and it also helps me to stay on top of what I’m doing otherwise I just lose track! This is a great way to put everything you need to do in one place (rather than having it spread across your emails, phone notes and DMs!) Also… how beautiful is the notebook in my photos?! It’s from Coconut Lane, who also sell sweaters and other accessories. Use HEBAHWRITES20 to get 20% off if you do buy something from there!
I’m not going to pretend that I don’t ever feel stressed out about work that I have to do because that’s far from the truth. I went through a phase where I couldn’t find any inspiration to write whatsoever. I’ve discovered however that there is no point in forcing yourself to do something when you’re not in the right mood. The best thing you can do is take a step back and have a break for a while.
I hope this helps some of you! How do you stay organised? Share your tips in the comments below.