How To Balance Your Passion Project While Working Full Time

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For those of you who don’t know, I have a full-time job in addition to what I do with the City of Sisterly Love.

Monday through Friday, I’m commuting 1+ hour(s) each way working my 9–5 corporate job. I work for an advertising agency doing social media (no shocker there). Quite literally every other hour I’m working on my passion project – this blog!

Recently, I’ve gotten a few questions from you guys about how I balance blogging and my full time job. I’ll be quite frank, it’s not easy. Running a blog is extremely time consuming – between content creation, ideation, emails, brand collaborations + outreaches, events, posting and engaging… I feel like I’m always on.

While I wouldn’t have it any other way, I definitely learned it the hard way. Over the summer, I stretched myself way too thin. Even about a month ago, I felt really overwhelmed because I was saying yes to everything. There’s a famous quote and I’m not sure where it originated, but it goes a little something like this… “Everytime that you say yes to something, you’re saying no to something else.” That something else was my sanity. No joke.

So today I’m going to share some tips and tricks so that you can uplevel your #girlboss game, and find time to do all of the things you love.

Passive Multitasking

As an extremely Type A person, I feel like I have to always be doing something. I don’t even watch television (besides on-demand episodes of the Kardashians) because I feel like it’s such a waste of time and unproductive.

I’m dead serious about this too, movie quotes and references fly right over my head. And no, I haven’t binge watched the latest season of x, y or z.

Podcasts and YouTube videos are my drink of choice – I love to listen to them in the background as I’m driving, walking, cleaning, anything. So, if there’s something in the background it’s usually a podcast not a television show. I want to be learning something while doing something – you feel me?

ANYWAYS, back on topic – you wanna be a slaaaaying #girlboss right?! Well you have to get creative with your time. While you may be in an office 9–5 during the week, truly look at where your time is being spent. How can you optimize your current schedule to fit the needs of your passion project?

What do your lunch breaks look like? Could you be writing a blog post, responding to emails or getting out collaboration outreaches? What about your commute? How could you be learning skills needed to turn that passion project into something more. Podcasts are a great way to start – I love The Skinny Confidential podcast, Lewis Howes School of Greatness and the Style Your Mind podcast.

Batch Your Content

It can be really challenging to create content while working a 9–5 job. You most likely don’t have tons of vacation days to take off and shoot in the middle of the day.

So, my tip here is to batch your content.

Take a day – perhaps a Saturday – and write blog posts for the next week. Shoot the content that you need so that you have posts for the entire week without having to physically go out and take them during the work week. If you get really creative you can find ways to make these photos still feel in the moment.

But by batching your content you lift the weight off of your shoulders and take some pressure off the dreaded “Insta-game” aka keeping up with the Joneses on the ‘gram. You’ll feel prepared and more importantly… consistent.

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Connect, Network, Find COMMUNITY.

This may be the most important tip of them all – find your tribe. Find some amazing blogger friends because the truth is, none of us can do it alone.

It takes a lot of support when we’re feeling down or doubting ourselves. It takes a lot of guidance on what to do next, or how to start monetizing your blog. It takes a lot of perspective in order to find different strategies to grow.

Finding friends through blogging has truly been the greatest gift that starting this journey has given me. I can’t even begin to express how much meeting my blogging friends has meant to me. 

Start looking for local bloggers in your area – meet up with them, message them to get coffee. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone and go to events. Meeting strangers that you “know through the internet” can be really scary at first, but let me just tell you… It’s so, so rewarding.

So, I hope that these tips helped – if you ever have any other questions, don’t ever hesitate to ask!

Talk tomorrow,

x,
Emily

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