How to start a blog while working full time

How to start a blog while working full time

When I decided to finally start my blog it was crazy at work, at first I didn’t think I would have time to do both but here are the key things that pulled me through…

Keep motivation levels up

When I started my blog I had a mixture of emotions, mainly excitement but I was also a little bit nervous and at some points frustrated. When starting something new it is always important to do plenty of research, take your time and be patient. Hard work will pay off! Reading other blogs and inspiration posts really helped me maintain motivation levels so that’s always something I would recommend.

Make use of your commute

I have quite a hectic job (as many of us do) sometimes involving early starts and late evening, so I make full use of my commute to write my thoughts and plan posts. It actually makes my commute a bit more enjoyable. When I get so focused on my writing I forget about being squished on the train! The main thing I’ve learnt is that you can write anywhere and the brightest blog post idea can come at any time.

Set realistic targets

Setting myself goals has been important over the past few months. But make sure you set yourself realistic targets, there is no point in making a target that you know you won’t be able to meet. If you are setting yourself realistic targets that should also help to keep motivation levels up.

When I first started my key targets where to write at least one post a week, setup my social media channels to promote my blog and that was it. Very standard targets but I managed to meet them and it definitely motivated me to carry on. It feels so good when you meet a target, it definitely spurs you on.

Maximise your lunch breaks

If blogging is something you enjoy then it can be a little bit of escapism at lunchtime. There has been a big focus on lunch breaks over the past few years and plenty of studies to suggest taking your full hour actually increases your productivity at work. So get yourself a nice comfy spot in you favourite coffee shop or outside and write, plan or research.

As I mentioned at the start of this post, if you manage to keep your motivation levels up, you will definitely see your hard work pay off. If you are planning on starting a blog, I hope this helps you and I would love to follow your journey so leave a comment below. Or if you’ve been blogging for a while, what keeps you motivated?

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12 Comments

  1. 27/02/2017 / 5:13 pm

    Hi, Great blogging tips. I cant blog on my commute as I drive. I use lunchtime breaks when I can. Realistic goals are essential. I would love to blog more, but its a hobby that’s fitted in when I can, Chloe #TeacupClub

  2. 27/02/2017 / 5:29 pm

    Great tips! I’m guilty of using my lunch breaks to edit blog post and what not. Always great to use what time you have. 🌸

  3. 05/03/2017 / 6:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I definitely agree that you have to set targets, but also remain realistic too 🙂

    Yasmin x
    The Sweet Seven Five

  4. 06/03/2017 / 5:17 pm

    This post is full of great tips and I’m sure it will help loads of people 💖

    • Holly
      06/03/2017 / 5:18 pm

      Thanks lovely! I hope so x

  5. 06/03/2017 / 5:18 pm

    Great tips! I definitely use my breaks in work to plan and write posts and stay productive and motivated! X

    • Holly
      06/03/2017 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks lovely! It’s all about maximising the time you have!! X

  6. 06/03/2017 / 5:27 pm

    These are great tips! We know how you feel, we both work full time but it’s so worth it!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  7. 06/03/2017 / 5:29 pm

    Maximise your lunch break! I couldn’t have said it better myself! The best tip! Coz food is everything! But they are all great tips! xx C&K

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