How to: Juggle a Full-Time Job & Blogging
For the past two years, I've worked full time doing social media and blogging for Glassdoor. For the past five years, I've also run Dear Serendipity. The question I get asked the most by friends, family and on social media is clear: "How do you juggle it all?" Here's how:
Learn how to compartmentalize -- and fast
The hardest part of my day is leaving one thing cleanly and moving on to the next. I'm at Glassdoor from 8:30-5 every day, and on nights and weekends I have to manage all of my blog work (which is enough work to fill a full-time job), my personal life and taking care of myself. I've gotten pretty good at leaving work at work, leaving my personal life at home and getting shit done when I need to.
How do I do this? Treat everything like work, even when it's not work. Just like I go to Glassdoor from 8:30-5, I schedule blog work and personal time just the same. I give myself windows of time to work on my blog, and then it's time to shut down and prioritize my family, friends and myself. I also schedule date nights and things to look forward to throughout the week to force me to focus on different things.
Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize
Knowing what's important to get done right. now. and what can wait keeps me sane. Sometimes staring at a list of 20 things I need to get done at work and 15 things I need to do for my blog can be daunting. To break things up, I make a to-do list of things I haveto do right now, and then things to work on later. Seeing only three or four things to tackle each day is less daunting and helps me hone in on the necessary tasks.
Find the organizational style that works for you
Whether it's to-do lists, logging everything in Asana or getting a planner to write everything down in, try a bunch of different organizational methods and find what works for you.
Ask for help
Have a friend who can guest blog for you once in a while? Or a boyfriend who can code or knows graphic design? Is there any part of your life you can outsource? Do it. Do as much as you can on your own and then ask for help when you can't do anymore. I always hire someone to do site redesigns, and my boyfriend helps out with photography and site changes. Don't be afraid to ask for help!
Know when to give up and have a glass of champagne
In my world, there are some days where there's simply too much going on, and I know that. Instead of getting cranky and fighting the universe, I'm learning to come home, have a glass of wine, calm down and watch a movie with my man. You can only do so much in one day, and while we do have the same number of hours in a day as Beyoncé, even Bey needs a face mask and rosé sometimes.
Have questions about juggling it all? Just want to chat? Email me!