If you work full time, have a family, and you are blogging, you have a lot on your plate. I am in exactly that situation and find it to be a huge juggling act. Quite often it can be hard to keep all those balls in the air at the same time.
In general, my daily schedule is jam packed. The key to staying on top of everything is staying organized, disciplined and know when to take breaks to keep yourself sane.
Once you are in a good routine, you can keep up with all your activities as long as you stayed disciplined and keep to a regular schedule. At the same time, make sure that you maintain a balanced life. It can be really easy to push yourself to your limits and burn out.
Here’s my schedule and how I handle staying on top of things and staying balanced at the same time.
I wake up at 5:30am and start off my day with a little blogging activity. This means I’m editing guest posting submissions that were submitted overnight, writing a blog post, and answering emails. Generally, I can get 2 of those things done before I have to get my son ready for preschool.
So, at 7:00am I get him ready for school and I have to start getting ready for work as well.
I’ll get out of the house around 7:45am to go to work. My commute’s about 45 minutes. I spend my commute time listening to podcasts (often related to tech and business) or I’ll listen to a book on audible.
I’ll get to work at about 8:30 and start my work day. My job is pretty high demand, so I’m busy all day. I may sneak in a few minutes here and there to check my emails. I’ll get off work generally between 5:30-6:30.
I always make a point of having a sit down dinner with my family. So, we’ll do that and generally have some family time. This is important time for me to decompress and take my mind off everything else. I’ll start getting my son ready for bed between 8:00-8:30.
Once he’s in bed, I’ll spend about 30 minutes on some of the quick blogging activities: checking email, doing some blog commenting, etc…
After that, I’ll make sure I take a few minutes to relax before going to bed.
Now this is a pretty full day. I do find myself overwhelmed on occasion. When I start to feel that way, I make sure that I step back and regain my balance.
Sometimes, there’s a time consuming project at work, or I ‘ve received a large number of guest posting submissions and emails that I need to review, or I know I haven’t posted in a while.
In those cases I adjust my priorities to focus on what is important at the moment and take care of those things. The big benefit of running a blog is that you can take a few days away without much ill effect. There are always old posts to read and if you are able to plan ahead, you can even schedule posts to be published several days in advance.
The other aspect of ensuring that my life is balanced is making sure that I make time to decompress as well. I make sure to take the time to play with my family or do something else to just enjoy myself. Taking a walk in the park is like a mini vacation. Reading a good book can take my mind off of things. Or playing a quick video game is a great diversion.
Believe me, blogging can be a full time job. So is raising a family. And if you have a regular full time job as well, you need to manage it all very carefully. Make sure you get everything done, but also maintain your balance as well.
What do you do to maintain your balance in life?