How I Manage Blogging With a Busy Life
Whether you have an established blog or you are just getting started, you probably realize that blogging is anything but easy. Blogging is very demanding and will take time, patience, and tons of effort.
With that said, I’ve had several people email me asking how I am able to manage a toddler, college, volunteering with Shrine and other organizations, as well as being a full-time blogger for several websites.
Well, I’ll be the first to tell you that it isn’t easy. I have lost two relationships because I worked so much. I also struggle with finding enough time to get work and homework done. And it sure doesn’t help with being a single dad with a toddler.
Yesterday, I spent at least six hours on the computer and wrote a total of 3500+ words as I was rough drafting posts and emails. Today, I spent a few hours programming some custom logic for a survey and writing a post or two.
I want to take a little bit of time to give you some advice that has helped me over the past year with managing my time and my life.
- Talk with your significant other. Whether you are married or just dating, you must have a conversation with your significant other to discuss how important blogging is to you, and what you want to get out of it. Be upfront about the potential rewards and the work that will be required.
- Schedule family and break time into your week. In the past I have let myself go to school, come home, and go right to work. This was not healthy for me or for my family. I have learned that I need to schedule in time to get away from work so that I don’t get burned out and that way I’m “present” with my family.
- Plan. I have learned to think about each post before I write and to also plan my life. We use Basecamp to stay organized at Microbrand, and if you were to look at my projects, you’ll notice dozens of to-dos with dates as far out as 2 months. I also keep a running to-do list in my iPhone for personal and school tasks that need to be completed.
- Be flexible. I’ve learned that I can’t always plan for everything. In these cases, be flexible and focus on finishing the most important tasks first.
- Remember what is important. To me, family is most important in my life. I may not drop what I’m doing every time my son asks for me, but I do try to spend time with him every day. One of the rewards of blogging is that I also have flexibility to attend my son’s school events.
- Have a quiet place. If you will be working on your blog from home and have a family, be sure to set aside a time and place for you to do your work unbothered. This will help you get more work done and faster.
I hope these few points that I use in my personal life will help you manage your life. Blogging is very demanding, but it can also be very rewarding.
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