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3 Simple Ways to Run a Successful Blog While Working a Full-Time Job

After returning to work from maternity leave, I found the transition to working motherhood to be pretty overwhelming and ended up being diagnosed with severe postpartum depression. With the pressures of the 9 to 5 grind, the exhaustion from the lack of sleep, the craziness of school drop off and school pick up, the absolute need to be a perfect mother – guilt had sunken in. And it sunk really deep.

To add another dimension to this crazy mess, a blog is born. The initial and ongoing reactions from family and friends are mixed – ‘You did what!’ ‘Where do you find the time to work, be a mum AND have a blog?!’, ‘Are you insane?’ to ‘You are a sucker for punishment!!’, and it goes on and on.

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Yes, I started a blog whilst working full time. Yes, I am insane, remember most mothers are, and can you really blame us! Most importantly there is time to work, be a mum and have a blog.

Through trial and error, accomplished moments of triumph and failures, with jumps for joy to frustrated tears, and of course copious amounts of coffee, I figured out how to juggling work life, family life whilst running a blog. Here are three tips for managing work life, blog life, and family life;

If you are a coffee lover, buy coffee in bulk.

Or even if you are a tea drinker – whatever keeps you awake and going throughout the day buy in bulk. Otherwise, if you run out of that caffeine goodness, you will drop to the floor and there will be no blog to write.

Coffee is my nectar of life, the one that keeps me charged throughout the day, even if I do look like an extra from Walking Dead. If only coffee came as an IV, my life would be complete! The days are long, the sleep is even shorter, so I know I have to keep on going if I need to get an article done or maintaining my blog site, so coffee is always by my side, and my cup is always full.

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Prioritize your time wisely.

This is a hard one to master. It can be so easy to bring out the laptop, whilst your child is awake. And it is even easier to avoid writing articles, when there are long hours in the office, or even binge watching television shows on Netflix (me.almost.every.night) – this is probably why I hoard collaborations, have a long to-do list for the blog, and as a result my blog needs a bit more TLC. The best tactic I have found to stop straying from my blog and writing is keeping a pen and paper on me all the times to scribble my ideas and plan my articles. If you are old school like me, I still carry a diary around and I have everything planned carefully. Well… almost. It took me forever to write this article.

However, I only write when my son is asleep. But I do not write every night, as I need to spend time with my husband. As much as I would love my time to be consumed more to my blog, it is just not feasible. Remember to set aside a few hours for your blog, but never forget to relax, recharge and focus on the family.

When the going gets tough, do not be afraid to take a break.

Is there any way of seeking equilibrium of work life, blog life and family life? Probably not. One aspect will always outweigh more than the other. For me, it will always be work and my family. So there have been times I had to take a break from the blog. I actually took two months off my blog to focus on writing, focus on the family and focus on work. I got so much out of this break that it really worked in my favor. I was able to sit back and see clearer, have a better, more actionable plan into managing my manic schedule. In that break, I wrote up bulk articles, collaborated with other blogs and brands, which scheduled in nicely whilst I was focusing on my work and family. As a result, my blog boomed. The traffic quadrupled, a wave of new followers came onto my social media feeds. In the interim, it is easy to keep the momentum going on social media platforms with quotes, pictures, and articles that fit your niche. Remember, the Internet will always be there so do not feel guilty to take a break from the busy schedules to focus on the deadlines from work and quality time with the family.

yvetteMy name is Yvette. I am the founder of She is Sacred. My site is a safe, & sacred space of storytelling, self-love & sisterhood. My writing is raw, honest, from the soul, stripped to the very essence experiences on mental health awareness, motherhood, & marriage. You can follow my journey via my website, Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

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Chrystie is a mom of 3 kids and wife to one. She's sold 4 blogs in the last 10 years and now helps other women start their blogging empire. Her love for really bad reality TV is only trumped by her love for margaritas without salt. Her other addictions include spray painting everything gold and embarrassing her kids at the bus stop. #thatmom

This article has 27 comments

  1. Jen

    Coffee is truly a necessity! I am also a full-time worker, mom, and blogger, and I start at 4am most days. Couldn’t do it without coffee!

  2. Joanna

    Not being afraid to take a break is something I need to get better at doing! I can’t drink coffee anymore, but I also live for tea:)

  3. Elna | TwinsMommy

    Yvette,

    What a great post. As a mom to twins not in school yet, a freelance writing biz and a growing mompreneur blog, it is hard trying to get everything done and my family happy.

    Prioritizing is key! Thanks for sharing your story.

  4. Melissa

    I love these tips — especially the reminder that it is OK to ask for a break. Very often we as moms think we have to do it all, but we don’t!

  5. julie porter

    Thanks for the tips! I don’t have littles anymore, but I am a newish Virtual Assistant and decided to start a blog at about the same time. It’s been a bit insane and I’ve already taken a break from the blog!

  6. Emily

    Great post! It’s so important to take a break sometimes & it’s so good to hear of the benefits your reaped from it! Juggling all that is so hard, but as mothers we make it happen! Something always gives but that’s ok! Balance is very elusive!.
    xx

  7. Willow

    You have inspired me to try to get more done! I am fortunate in that I left a career that was no longer serving me and I don’t have kids. Just yesterday I was wishing I had more time in the day. It’s time to look at where I could maximize my time better!

  8. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    Good tips – especially the caffeine! I’m trying to get over the fact that I need a lot of it to keep going.

    My tip: Write blog posts on your phone. When I have a spare 15 minutes, like waiting at the dr office, I tap out a blog post (or at least start one). I can go back and edit/add later when I’m at my computer, but this really helps!

  9. Savannah

    Wow, you are definitely an inspiration. Not only have you managed to make money from blogging, something most people do not succeed in, but you’ve done it while balancing a full time job!! These are some awesome tips!! I definitely more reason to justify my coffee addiction, ha! Thanks for sharing <3

  10. Christina

    I think it’s important for me to remember to take a break when the going gets tough. I don’t do that enough. Great post!

  11. Niki @ Toot's Mom is Tired

    I’m finding that I forget to take a break sometimes. I get so caught up in all the stuff I have to do for my blog and around the house after I put my daughter to bed that I don’t ever get time to watch my shows. Thanks for sharing! *chugs coffee*

  12. jehava

    Really great tips and remembering to take a break is so helpful! I am in need of one soon lol Just giving myself one day to relax.

  13. Jessica Sheppard

    This is SO good! I’m sometimes too hard on myself to get it all done. Great to hear that you took a break and were even more productive in many ways!

  14. Rhonda Swan

    How true it is that we need to prioritize our time! Thanks for this article. Keep up the good work and live unstoppable!

  15. Nicole Parise

    You have really impressed me! Working full time and blogging seem like two jobs already, but also being a mother! Coffee will always be a bloggers best friend, that is why we can’t help but post them all over our instagrams 🙂
    xx nicole
    http://www.nicoleparise.com

  16. andrea

    Time management is key when building a blog especially if you’re working or a SAHM. Thanks for sharing these great tips

  17. morgan

    Great tips! Yes to coffee in bulk! Neve can have too much of the good stuff!

    http://www.liliesandlambs.com

  18. Jenny

    Yes! I work FT and run a blog among other things and it’s definitely hard work. You need to have a serious balance.

    xoxo, Jenny

  19. Erin

    Tea is a necessity for me (I’ve never been big on coffee)! I work in marketing during the day and blog in the evening, then do mom duties as needed. 🙂 There’s never enough time in the day to get everything done that I’d like to accomplish.

  20. Ashley

    These are great tips! I love how practical they are too.

  21. Heather Arrington

    Reading this at my desk, taking a break from my 9-5 now. How fitting! I’m not a mom, but with a move, and a wedding, I too got overwhelmed and about a 9 month break. I didn’t want to leave the blogging world, and when I did, I thought it would be for good…but it was actually very beneficial to take that break. I feel renewed! And coffee…yes, coffee is a must.

  22. Liz

    Love this! It’s so hard balancing school, job and blog so I appreciate the insight!

  23. Adaleta Avdic

    I just wish I had one or the other, because it’s really hard managing both but I like $$$ and in order to continue living the life I built I have to be making way more blogging than I am at work! xx Adaleta Avdic

  24. Crystal Marie

    Thank you for the info. I needed to read this 🙂

  25. Kari

    I try to limit my coffee to 8 oz every day. Since I’ve been limiting myself I feel much better each day!

  26. Lynn

    I find that if you eat healthy and stick to time management, you’ll do fine with managing your stress levels.

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