Juggling Work, Play and Blogging

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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.

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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?

About Richard (325 Posts)

Richard is a full time professional, husband, father and blogger juggling all the responsibilities of life and running a blog. Richard enjoys writing about life and online money matters.


17 responses to “Juggling Work, Play and Blogging”

  1. Sally Brown

    I love the way you have formatted this post-it really catches the eye!  I am retired and can’t imagine blogging with a job and family.  My hat goes off to all the bloggers who are able to do this!  Sally

    1. richescorner

       @Sally Brown Thanks!  It’s tough to get everything done.  The benefit with blogging is that it is a bit more flexible than other kinds of secondary income, but even so you can’t neglect a blog.

  2. OwnerTES

    Rich – nice post. Very organized, as I am sure you are, leads to your success, especially having written 245 posts +. Keep it up. @OwnerTES . Thanks.

    1. richescorner

       @OwnerTES Thanks.  I try to stay consistent with posting.  I find that the more frequently I post, the easier it is to write.

  3. SuperBlogga

    It is hard to balance it all. Something I’ve been seriously contemplating for some time now is to get rid of some of my blogs as I have many and there’s no way I am ever gonna catch up and devote the proper time and effort to them all. Just haven’t figure out what to do with them. Sell, convert, auction off – don’t know. But all I do know is I need to decide and redirect my efforts on just a select few – three at the most.
     
    Is this your only blog?

    1. richescorner

       @SuperBlogga Yep, this is my only blog.  It takes up a good amount of my time as it is to keep this one afloat.  I also help my wife out with her ecommerce site, but that’s her project so it doesn’t take up much of my time.  I’d be hard pressed to try and operate more blogs.

  4. AdrienneSmith

    I really admire you Richard.  
     
    I work online full-time and there never seems to be enough hours in the day.  I know that I wouldn’t be able to accomplish even half of what I do right now if I had to work a full-time job and take care of a family.  Although I feel very blessed to be where I am, I would give anything to have that family situation.
     
    Thank you for sharing with us what your day is like.  I’m sure your wife really appreciates what you do and it sounds like you’re a really great Dad!  That’s really the most important job isn’t it!
     
    ~Adrienne

    1. richescorner

       @AdrienneSmith Thanks!  I try to maintain a good balance and make sure I don’t neglect my family.  I am enjoying everything I’m doing and that’s a big blessing that keeps me motivated.

  5. andrewrondeau

    Rich,
     
    I did exactly what you are doing (working full time, time with family, and blogging) for 3 years.
     
    My on-line business was my ‘plan b’ – so I was dedicated.
     
    I had one good advantage (family may say different!). When working full time, I was away from home a lot and stayed in hotels. I worked on my own business in the evenings. That made a big difference.
     
    As I say, ti took me 3 years before I could leave the full time work and now I’m working full-time on my on-line business…and I love it!
     
    Andrew

    1. richescorner

       @andrewrondeau I can appreciate that long 3 year stretch.  I’m approaching the 2 year mark on this schedule and it’s pretty tough!

      1. andrewrondeau

         @richescorner Keep going…it will be worth it!  Andrew

  6. Maricel

    I work full time and do online work, too. It’s tough, and there are times when things just get tougher. But like you do, I enjoy doing both. I guess that makes the difference.
     
    And thanks for sharing with us how you keep your balance. I’m sure it will inspire those struggling to do the same.

    1. richescorner

       @Maricel The good thing about blogging is that it is flexible and we can do things like publishing posts ahead of time to work around any scheduling conflicts with work.

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    Truly not having the time to rest and relax will drive you insane! I experienced this once and what a huge headache I got after not resting properly for a few days. Learning when to unwind will also make you more productive as a person, because nobody will be able to write top quality articles with a severe headache going on. Thanks for the post!

  8. lisabuben290

    I can’t imagine doing it when the kids are young. I started when mine just entered adulthood. I also could not do it without a smartphone. I use it during my lunch hour and on breaks to catch up during the day. I also get up earlier and start doing many things prior to the daily job. I found you have to skip days of posting to maintain some balance. I don’t believe we can totally balance our lives, there are too many “things” that tend to just pop up. You sound extremely organized! 

    1. richescorner

       @lisabuben290 Actually, I don’t think that I’m naturally an organized person.  If left to my own devices, I’m generally very disorganized.  But being so busy actually forces me to stay on an organized routine.  But part of the key is to take a break from the routine if it starts to feel overwhelming to maintain peace of mind and balance.

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