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 time-frames.

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 a lot of 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 decides to stare at their smartphones.

What Are Your Tips for Finding Time to Blog?

I know that this post is by no means going 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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66 thoughts on “Blogging for Busy People: How to Blog Despite Having a Full-Time Job

  1. Blogging does take a considerable amount of my time. Prioritizing and scheduling become critical ingredients in taking charge in organizing my time to write in order to be efficient.

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  2. 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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      1. Mornings are my most creative times. Early am before anything else clogs up my thoughts and I become distracted with the business of my day works for me!

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  3. 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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    1. I just discovered this tool recently and Love it! Especially when I am traveling and know I will not have the time it takes to write out one of my topics.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Yesterday I was too busy not to write. I’m thankful for voice recorders and transcription to collect thoughts throughout the day. Thanks Cristian.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. I almost craft a draft of the post in my mind while at work or wherever I might be if I’m not at the computer. Time wise I generally only write on my days off, from very early in the morning(4:30am) until four or five hours later. My work days are quite long, so by the time I get home, I’m way too tired both physically and mentally to focus and accomplish much.
    I do carry paper or a small notebook with me at work so I can jot down thoughts or ideas as they come to me. This really helps in that often they form part or start of a draft.

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  18. This is an encouraging post.
    This is going to sound bad, but I find time to blog anytime I put screen time for my toddler girl, which talks like a river and interrupts my thoughts all the time. And this time generally is after 10 am and after I’ve had my second coffee. I’m not a morning person.

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  19. Great post! I wish there was a way to “save” blog posts so I can re-read this. Either way, I’m glad to have read this. I need to schedule my blog, it’s annoying that I want to write and I just don’t because I am not making the time for it. As you said, making it a priority. Thanks for your wisdom and being detailed and honest.

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      1. No…That I know of course, I meant like a way that wordpress would allow you to sort and save them on their website. I would have a ton of blogs bookmarked it would be too many. Bookmarks get to be too much, I will just make a note on evernote and save them

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  20. Yes yes yes, to blogging having to be a priority you’re willing to commit to. I purposely set aside time to jot down or type out topic ideas as they come, and assign time to map, write, edit and publishing the content. An editorial calendar (spreadsheet and in Trello) and scheduling pre-written posts to keep a reasonably steady tempo. At times when inspiration might be a bit low, I remember writing/blogging is something I enjoy that others find helpful and encouraging. I may be the one blogging but it’s not “for me” otherwise it might as well be a journal in a drawer. Blogging is also an organic community builder and marketing vehicle for my business so, a priority in connecting with audience and learning/growing through and sharing with the blogging community (like now,) which is a joy. Most quiet times of the day/night are my fave but I need to explore blogging on the go in different spaces like a cafe/library sometime soon. Thanks for that nudge and challenge. More to learn and thankful for the journey and adventure that blogging is.

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  21. Thanks for the post! For me, I do my brainstorming while commuting to and from work. I prefer to write just after work every day, right before my night cap. I’m trying to get some writing done in the mornings before the start of my day for when I may not be able to write in the evening. Basically, still working on my rhythm.

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  22. These days I use the voice recorder on my phone to draft my ideas. Then I go back to it when it’s time to write.

    I use your #4 suggestion. If a new topic pops up while writing, i create another post for it even if it’s relevant to the one I am composing. It saves time.

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  23. This is such a cool post and thank you for sharing! I have a full-time job and I started blogging in 2019 as a hobby to have a creative outlet! I find time by planning when I am going to write in advance, but I also learnt that posting 3 times a week was NOT going to happen for me! Once a week was enough for me!! Haha:)

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    1. Hi Darcy. Sweet that you can focus and write in public spaces. That’s a bit of a challenge for me at the moment. Do you wear earphones and listen to relaxing sounds or just zoom in on your writing mission? Have any advice you can share please?

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  24. I find I’m most creative in the morning, that’s when I’m full of things to say and ideas! I try to utilise this by getting up early. I could lie in bed longer but I have a very busy business to run. Making time to blog is a choice… it depends how much something matters to you whether you make time for it. I really would like to succeed as a blogger so most days I try to have a hour dedicated to blogging/learning about it 🙂 x

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  25. I’ve actually been blogging on my lunchbreaks at work. It not only helps with blogging regularly, but also allows me the ability to escape my current reality. I also set aside a couple hours each weekend. I’m sure that will be increased on some days, but it helps me balance.

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