I can understand why you feel jealous of full-time bloggers or online business owners.
But you are not jealous of their success, money, or pictures of their fancy travels. Instead, you are jealous because they can focus on their businesses full-time. And you can’t.
I’m not “them,” and my situation is like most of you.
I work full-time, and I commute to work almost every day. I also have a family, with a wife and a 7-year old. And I try to exercise at least 6 hours per week to keep my thoughts clear (and retain my clarity).
But here is the kicker: I’m still able to spend 8+ hours per week on my blog. This is thanks to proper blog time management.
Yes, I know. This 8+ hours per week isn’t nearly as much as what full-time bloggers spend on their blogs.
However, I still think that you can compensate for the time gap if you can improve the quality of your available time. And in this post, I’m going to show you how to do that.
But before we continue, here is a small disclaimer: It would be foolish to tell you that all of these tips would work for you. They don’t.
So as you go through this advice, figure out how you can customize them to fit your own situation. That’s how things will work out great.
This is a four-part series on how to improve your blog time management.
The first part focuses on things that you can do with your day job, and implementing the advice will depend on your workplace.
Still, I hope that you can find some golden nuggets here to put into practice.
I’m still working on the rest of the parts, but they will be published soon.
So hold on tight!
1. Do Your Work the Best You Can
Out of all the tips on this post, the first one is probably the most unconventional.
When I say “do the best work you can,” I’m talking about your attitude and relationship towards your day job.
Most likely, you plan to quit your day job someday so that you can start living your online entrepreneurial dream. The emphasis is on the word “someday.”
The fact is that for a certain period, you’ll have to work on two parallel levels at the same time: on your day job and your online business.
And for how long? Well, as long as needed until your blog income carries you and your family forward.
Yes, I know it sounds crazy: you may even hate your work, and at the same time, you should be doing the best job you can.
But here’s the deal: Your job is your primary source of income. It helps you not only to pay the bills but also covers other costs that come with building your online business.
In my case, here are some of the costs that I have either paid before or which I’m currently paying:
- Hosting fees.
- Outsourcing through Fiverr.
- Paying the subscriptions for different services (FreePik, Grammarly).
- Online training.
And guess where I get the money to cover these expenses? Yes, from my day job!
2. Find Out if You Can Work Flexibly
I work 37.5 hours every week. This equals 7.5 hours days per day (plus the 30-minute lunch break).
7.5 hours. Every weekday. From Monday till Friday.
But here is a little secret: I’m not doing all the work nonstop.
Let me tell you why.
I commute to work almost every morning, and I have two choices here: I can either take the 7 am bus or the 8 am bus.
Guess which bus I take? The later one.
The 7 am bus is often full of people, and sometimes, I even have to stand half of my commuting time because the seats run out.
So much for doing any writing work!
Fortunately, and with a bit of creativity, I have been able to fit my blogging schedule with my day job. Here is how:
I wake up at 5.45 am (except on Sundays). I get up, eat breakfast, and then I do one hour of my day job work, from 6.30 am till 7.30 am. Then, the whole commuting time, between 8 am, and 9 am, I spend on my blog.
With this “setup,” I get two benefits.
First, I’m able to do all the day job work during the weekdays. Earlier, this was not the case, and I had some catching up to do by doing all the missing hours during the weekends until the weekly balance was 37.5 hours.
You can be sure my family wasn’t entirely happy with this arrangement.
Second, I can take the less-crowded bus to work and keep my stress levels down. So hooray, no more standing on the bus 🙂
3. Commute to Work
I already touched on this topic in tip #2, but it’s worth exploring a bit more.
As I mentioned, I commute to work almost every day. This “almost every day” means from Tuesday till Thursday. On Mondays and Fridays, I work remotely from home.
Fortunately, quite soon after starting my current job, I learned that there is a handy bus line that can take me close to the office.
For me, commuting this way is not only less stressful than driving a car; it’s also more economical and ecological, too.
On top of those positive sides of commuting, there is also one huge benefit: I can spend time on personal projects when I commute.
Not only have I written content to my blog during the bus ride, but I have also:
- Written a Kindle book.
- Written my first paid freelance guest post.
- Watched online training and read books.
- Edited YouTube videos.
So thanks to the bus ride, I have two hours almost every day dedicated just for me and my blogging-related tasks.
So, if a public transport option is possible for you; I encourage you to consider it.
4. Ask if it’s Possible to Work Remotely
If you have an office job, as I do, consider asking your boss if it’s possible to work remotely, one or two days per week. This is also another great way to boost your blogging productivity.
Here is what I mean.
I admit that it is tempting just to sleep in if you work from home. After all, you don’t have to spend the time on commuting, and that time could be spent in bed.
Sleeping in is totally fine if I didn’t sleep well the night before for some reason, or I wake up with a migraine (which I occasionally have). But if I’m feeling OK, I try to keep the same wake-up schedule as I would when traveling to the office.
With this arrangement, I can work on my blog before I start working on my day job tasks. Besides, most of the time, these early morning hours at home are quiet, and I can just focus on what matters: writing.
5. Ask if it’s Possible to Work Less
My son started his school journey at the age of 6. Although I don’t work overtime, there were still days when I only saw him late in the evening.
I wanted to change that.
So after some consideration, I asked my boss if it was possible to work only four days per week. I was more than happy to hear him say yes to my request!
So for 3 months, I’ve been able to work 30 hours per week, while Fridays were off.
This helped me in two ways:
First, I was able to do much more blogging work on Fridays by writing content or recording videos on YouTube. Second, I got to spend more time with my son and my wife.
This arrangement was possible (or easier) because our son was still very young. There was a downside, though. I knew that my salary was going t to drop temporarily for those three months.
Fortunately, the benefits were more significant than the temporary downside: It really gave me more time with my family, more motivation towards my work, and more time to focus on my blog.
Blog Time Management - Part 1: The Conclusion
As you can see, trying to fit your blogging time with family life and a day job requires some creativity. However, it is possible to combine these aspects with a little bit of planning.
This blog post is a 4-part series about blog time management, and in the next part, I’ll talk about rituals and UTBs.
So stay tuned, and find out what an earth I’m talking about 🙂
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