Guest post by Andrea from Savingjoyfully.com
Learning to balance running a blog and working a full time job has been a struggle over the last six months. I would love to say that I have done it all with total ease and grace, but that would be a total lie. The truth is learning to balance my life, my career and running my blog has often made me feel as though I am losing my mind.
I get up every morning at around 5:45 am grab my coffee, pack a quick lunch and head out the door. I currently head to work and I’m there by 630 am where I work a full time job as an Account Analyst with a major healthcare corporation. I leave my corporate office job at around 5pm, working 10 hour shifts. I love the fact that although my days are long I currently enjoy Friday’s off each week. That extra day off working those 10 shifts has been a huge help as I develop my passion for my blog and learn to manage it.
The long days at a corporate job that does not stimulate my imagination and creativity, quite simply wears me out sometimes. I’m sure you all can understand what I mean, it is hard to sit at a desk working a job every day that you have very little passion for, even if you do not hate your job, you just don’t get energized by doing it either.
So how have I developed a work life balance in my own life?
- You must learn to shut down completely sometimes. Turn off your phone, disconnect from Wi-Fi and just simply breathe. Learn to take some time to just be yourself and just enjoy your life.
- Take your lunch breaks and do not eat at your desk. Get away from your office entirely at least for a few minutes every day. I cannot stress the importance of this enough, if you earn vacation time at your job, use it!
- Get exercise, eat right and get enough sleep. If you are working a full time job and running a blog or working a job on the side you need to take care of yourself to be able to handle this level of stress. This is by far one of the biggest challenges for me because I often find this is the first thing I tend to ignore under stress.
- Get organized at home and at work. A cluttered desk at work or a disorganized life in general can really make you more stressed and overwhelmed. Find a way to get these things in order and you will find that you can handle far more than you ever thought possible. Binders, Notebooks, folder, your outlook calendar these are all great tools to utilize in getting yourself organized.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help if necessary. If you need help from a spouse or loved one when managing things, do not be afraid to ask. I cannot guarantee they will be willing but you know your loved ones better than me. If you have a supportive friend or partner they just might help you be able to handle some of the stress in a better way. Even if all they can offer is to listen and encourage you this can also be beneficial.
- If you are a blogger reach out to other bloggers for advice and encouragement. Most bloggers are willing to offer advice and a helping hand. Offer the same help to other bloggers whenever possible, this is a necessary friendship for many bloggers and can really help to have them as both a support system and even a future partner in blogging projects. Others Bloggers can be the best support system and encouragement to another blogger, because they understand the stress we deal with and the deadlines. You can even swap posts or guest post for others which can really add value to both of your blogs.
- Make time for the people that you love. This is so very important to set aside time for work and yet to also make time for you friends and family. You could end up working your whole life away, and your relationships with those you love can suffer as a result. This is especially important if you have children. Children deserve a parent who is present in their lives and not just one who can afford to buy them things. Make time to love those in your life that really matter and make sure they realize their value in your life.
About the Author
Andrea Joy is the writer and blogger behind www.savingjoyfully.com where she helps others learn to live a more joyful life on a budget. She hopes to inspire and change others views on money, accumulating debt and managing their finances through her story.