Most student bloggers know how hard it is to balance the 2 huge parts of our lives; it can be really overwhelming at times and the stress can cause you to just want to quit.
Well, I’m going to share a couple tips that I’ve picked up over my 3 years of blogging and lifetime experience of going to school.
(God I sound like I actually know what I’m talking about. Don’t take me seriously. Please, you’ll regret it)
Nonetheless, I think that every student blogger can get something out of this blog post so I would appreciate it if you shared it with your fellow bloggers!
Even though school might not be as enjoyable to you as blogging, you do have to find a good balance between the two. You have to give each one the attention it needs. One of the best ways to do this is prioritizing.
If you have a big test coming up, then you might want to schedule a post to go live on your blog in advance so you can concentrate on doing well and studying hard for the exam.
But if you have a week where you don’t have any homework or tests to study for, then you might want to prioritize blogging.
You’ll have to adapt this to your schedule, as everyone’s different.
Do All Your Homework and Assignments at School
This one is the most important one for me. If I go to the library during my lunch breaks and free periods, then I can get all my assignments done before I get home.
When I do this, I only leave exam revision and studying to be done at home which leaves a good chunk of the day open for writing posts and taking photos.
Outline Posts At School
I’m not encouraging you to not focus in class, but if the teacher isn’t saying anything important, then you might as well do something productive.
I’m thinking of doing a whole post about how to outline blog posts, so if you’re interested in that, drop a comment telling me!
When you’ve already outlined a post, all you have to do when you get home is type everything out with a bit fo padding and elaboration on each point.
Keep Everything on a Calendar
I only started doing this recently, but I find that it really helps.
I recommend you print out a separate calendar and write down all your exam dates and assignment deadlines and then plan out that month’s blog posts around that. This helps me visualize when I have to start writing certain posts and when I have to post/schedule them.
I used to plan everything on my planner, but I find having a sheet of paper is just more practical for me; I like keeping my planner strictly for school.
Working Around Exams/Finals-Season
If you write and publish 3 blog posts a week, and you have a week full of exams coming up, you might want to write 6 posts the week before and schedule them to come up throughout the week so you still have fresh content being published on your blog.
And it’s also a good idea to distribute your writing time in small 20-45 minute increments during the week so you have time to study and solve assignments.
Scheduling Is Your Best Friend
You can tell from the number of times I’ve mentioned scheduling that it’s a pretty big part of my blogging life.
I usually do the bulk of my writing on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; I end up writing 3-4 posts which I then schedule to come out throughout the week.
I actually read a post on ProBlogger AKA every blogger’s best friend about 3 Ways Scheduling Will Make You a Better Blogger and I think it just proves my point. Scheduling is a blogger’s best asset.
Keep a Notebook on Your At All Times
If you’re out in public or in class, you won’t always be able to pull out your phone or laptop and jot down your blog post idea or concept, so always keep a little notebook handy for those critical moments.
That’s all I have for you today, I have a ton more tips, but I thought it would be a good idea to save those for a later time. Maybe I’ll do a couple more of these if you guys like them.
What are some ways you manage your time and balance blogging and school/work? Share them with me!
Much love, Rawan …