You don’t need a super power to have a full time job, a blog and a YouTube account. It’s not an easy task to keep on top of your paid work and keep your blog and YouTube content consistent and of good quality. It’s taken a few months but I have finally nailed it. It’s been trial and error to see what I could achieve and how far I could push myself, but now I’m fully comfortable with how I am managing it all.
Step 1 – Know Your Limits
The first thing I did was decide what was doable knowing I work long hours and 5 days a weeks (with being on call every 3 weekends). I decided upon 3 blog posts a week and 1 video a week. Videos take longer to make and filming during the week is near enough impossible for me. It’s important to know your limits and not to put pressure on yourself to do more. No one will actually mind how often you post as long as your content is enjoyable.
Step 2 – Schedule, Schedule, Schedule
Having a schedule or a planner is the main way I get everything done. I have a full month in front of me constantly where I am planning what blog post will be published on my posting days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and which video needs publishing on my video upload day, Saturday. I have decided that if I have enough videos saved up, a spontaneous Wednesday upload could be fun.
It’s a good idea to be flexible with your schedule too. You may have times you feel inspired and want to post something as soon as possible but your schedule shows your next free window is 3 weeks away. Chop and change your schedule to suit you. If your followers aren’t expecting your posts, they won’t know you’ve mixed it up a bit. Do remember to change any scheduled tweets though, otherwise you’ll be tweeting about a blog post you’re not publishing…
Step 3 – Prepare Your Content
I am always a week or two ahead of myself with blog posts so give
yourself a head start by cramming a few good ones in on a weekend ready
for the next week or two. Then the pressure has been lifted and you can
make drafts for the rest of the month and work on those in the evening or on a weekend. I find I feel
so calm about posting if I have a good stash of blog posts ready and waiting.
Step 4 – Schedule Tweets
I schedule tweets the day in between my blog posts days. It only takes about 5 minutes to schedule some throughout the day to publish whilst you’re at work. I am always tweeting about the latest blog post and not the future one. I like to surprise my readers and it also leaves me open to mix it up. Scheduling tweets the day before also allows you to be sure you’re tweeting about the right blog post. If you schedule so far in advance and change your ‘Top 5 make up beauty products’ to an ‘OOTD’, then you might not remember to tell Twitter. A useful tool for scheduling tweets is an App called Crowdfire which I use on my iPhone. There is also a desktop version you can login to on your laptop.
Step 5 – Don’t Punish Yourself
The final step is more of a reminder. Don’t punish yourself if you fall behind on your schedule and you miss a blog
post day. Some people really kick themselves over it and there’s no
need. The world hasn’t ended, there is always tomorrow. Life gets in the way and that’s ok, your blog can wait and your readers will definitely understand.
How do you manage your work and blogging life balance?