Blogging for Busy People: How to Blog Despite Having a Full-Time Job

Finding time to blog is something we all struggle with. Whether you are just starting out, whether blogging is just a hobby, or your blog is a part time job – finding time to write is a challenge.

Even though a lot of people compliment me on how productive I am, the truth is that I struggle with the challenges of being productive in limited timeframes.

Over the last 6 years of blogging, I guess I’ve settled into something of a workflow and routine. What follows is a collection of reflections on what I’m learning.

1. It’s all about priorities

I feel a bit like a parent saying this but the truth is, time management has a lot to do with priorities. 

It’s important to take time out to identify what is truly important to you, as this is a starting point for working out how you should spend your time.

If blogging is important to you, the first step in finding time to do it is to name it as a priority.

Of course ‘naming’ it as important is only half the battle. For many people there is a HUGE gap between what they say is important and how they actually spend their time.

One of the keys to finding time to blog is working out whether blogging is actually important to you and arranging your life so that time is allocated for it.

2. Create a sustainable rhythm

There are a lot of people who decide to get in shape, go to the gym, eat healthy, and they go to the gym on a daily basis, give up on sugar, fat, and a bunch of other stuff, and then… a week or so later, they give it all up.

Why?

Because they couldn’t sustain the rhythm long enough for it to become a habit.

If you’re just starting out, maybe it’s not such a great idea to blog every day.

Maybe it’s best to blog once or twice a week, to develop a proper habit, to figure out how much time it takes to write and edit a blog post.

In the early days of my blogging it would take me a few hours to write a blog post. Now I can do that in less than half the time.

On certain occasions I can even write a post in 15 minutes or so.

3. You need a schedule

Instead of deciding what to write about each day, create times to brainstorm and mind map blog ideas. Develop a file for each post topic so that on any given day you can sit down and within seconds have something to write about.

Editorial calendars may not suit everyone but I know of numerous bloggers who plan their blogs content well over a month in advance. This not only gives them an idea of where their blog is headed but they also find it useful to monetize their blogs as they’re able to share their calendar with advertisers who may wish to sponsor a relevant series of posts that might be coming up.

4. Break it down

Break down big posts into a series of smaller posts.

Break down writing your post into separate writing sessions. Brainstorm your idea during one session, then sit down and write during another.

This helps you utilize small chunks of time more effectively.

After all, I used to be the kind of guy who couldn’t write unless I had the entire day free. Yes, I just had to have no other plans whatsoever.

I couldn’t write in public spaces, I couldn’t even write unless I was all by myself, at home, in total silence.

Things changed when I forced myself to adapt. To write blog posts from my cell phone, to take advantage of boring bus drives, or when hanging out with friends and everyone decided to stare at their smartphones.

What Are Your Tips for Finding Time to Blog?

I know that this post is by no means meant to change your habits over night. I am no expert when it comes to time management, so I’d like to know your thoughts on this.

How do you find time to blog?

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37 thoughts on “Blogging for Busy People: How to Blog Despite Having a Full-Time Job

  1. I usually get ideas during the day. I just jot them down. Then in the early morning when I really don’t get any inspiration but I can type. So I have the contents ready done in tidbits during the day. That really works.

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  2. Since I blog about books while working full-time, I work at finding balance between reading and writing. When it is time to read, I read a lot! The same is true with writing. When it’s time to write, I write a lot. I binge write and schedule my posts. I would not want to post all of my binge writing at one time.

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      1. I’m not quite down to writing any posts in 15 minutes so binge writing for me might mean that I wrote 2 full blog posts and then drafted 2-3 other ideas. Those drafts might be just a title and my initial thoughts and ideas. Or sometimes it’s that I designed some images for future blog posts.

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  3. I get up at 5am on non-work days to write posts. I can write a couple of posts before anyone else is up. The writing part is easy, and that generally comes from having taken a series of photos in the preceding few days.
    I set aside half an hour to promote my posts on Fb and Insta on the morning I post, and the same amount of time to respond to comments within 24 hours of posting.
    The most enjoyable part is the writing and taking photos part, so I look on these as treat time for me!
    I get ideas from everywhere and everyone. I might have to write stuff down there and then, or it might take a week or so to morph into a coherent post.

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  4. Hey Christian, thanks for the post! Here are some methods I practice! 🙂

    1. Listening to an audiobook on the commute to work, marking a section you find interesting and then revisiting it when you come home.

    2. Shorter lunch breaks at work, just to use that time not necessarily to write, but head-plan a post or just get a few notes down.

    3. Scrolling through the news feed on social media (may sound like a time waster). This helps me find an appealing title/topic to write about. Social media often tells you what problems people have – it allows you to practice a heck lot of empathy in your posts.

    4. Whenever a cool idea sparks to your mind, write it down on your phone!!

    5. Structuring your blog post accordingly – so when you write a post with a title like ‘5 Things to do for x’ write your first point on day 1, the second on day 2 etc. This way you do a little everyday but will have written a lot by the end of the week.

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  5. As a new blogger myself, with a separate full-time job, I found this incredibly helpful. It can be challenging to blend creative processes with a need for structured schedules, but your tips are spot on. I have taken to carrying a small notebook with me during the day, and using that in my scheduled “blogging” evenings. I think keeping expectations realistic is helpful as well… I’ve decided that I want to start with at least one article per week, but I shouldn’t do more than two a week until I have my rhythm sorted.

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  6. While I bike, do chores, and other things that don’t require much thinking, my blog post is already being “drafted” on my mind — usually hours before I sat down in front of the computer. Sometimes I also write down notes.

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  7. I’ve found that blogging every three days works best because I can spend a day brainstorming, a day writing, and a day editing. I am concerned that the schedule may have to change as I go back to college, though.

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  8. Between a full-time job and graduate school, my time is very limited. Because of that, I limit myself to one blog post a week. My post is usually made on Monday. That gives me time to fit in writing over the weekend.

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  9. Ha. After reading your suggestions, I decided to try something different & to blog each day for the month I’m away in Ireland, to share the experience…. It’s great for content. And now I need to learn how to be more engaging…

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  10. I’m just starting out, so thank you so much for your helpful articles! I have started to write ideas on my phone like theultimatepsyche does. I have ADD, so I don’t ever remember what good ideas I have unless I stop what I am doing right then and jot it down:)

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  11. I work from home. Ideal for our situation. But I type. Get interrupted. Lose my thought. Erase. Type again. Lose my train of thought. Erase. My issue is just letting it flow. I’m happy I found this blog on the art of blogging – because even this comment has been written and rewritten several times. I’m looking forward to soaking up the wisdom and experience here!

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  12. My normal is to blog while having coffee in the morning. I feel more fresh then. I have been known to blog from my phone if we are out camping. When traveling I blog at night, so I can talk about my day. I guess the thing that is my best reminder to blog is my checklist. I put blog on it everyday and try to check it off, but if I don’t no big deal.

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  13. I have a full time job, and family commitments, so time is definitely not easily available. So I block time when I know I won’t have any other distractions, such as right before bed or before work every day, when I would otherwise be asleep and therefore unavailable. It often works better at night, as I’m more productive than in the morning and less worried about things I’ll have to do later in the day or not taking too long and end up getting late for work. I personally believe it’s easy to see blogging as ‘something I’ll do when I have the time’ instead of ‘something I have to do at 10 pm’, so I’ve started adding it to my planner every posting day. Seeing it written down there makes sure I’ll actually get around to hitting those damn keys. 🙂

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  14. Great post and very helpful responses. I’m a retired teacher of 14 years. You would think being home would make it easier to write. Time frame wise, yes it does. I’m finding out that I have too many ideas and I’m having to categorize often times overwhelming myself. I’m in the process of reinventing myself and I think I will be able to strike a good balance eventually. Happy writing y’all!

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