Do you have a crazy busy life? A day job that gets in the way? Exercise and social events that you want to include in your routine? Raise your hand if this is you. *Raises Hand* I used to get so stressed out about finding tome to fit in blogging and writing into an already fully packed routine. Now that I've scheduled so far in advance it means that even if I do sacrifice one working day to see a friend I know I'm not going to be behind.
My Current Routine:
So at the moment my weeks look like this - Monday work 8:00am - 5:30pm gym 6:45pm - 7:30pm. Tuesday work 8:00am - 5:30pm blog 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Wednesday work 8:00am - 5:30pm dance 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Thursday work 8:00am -5:30pm novel writing 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Friday work 8:00am -5:30pm evening off. Saturday (every other, work 8:00am -12:00pm) day off. Sunday 2:00pm - 7:00pm writing mixture.
As you can see I've managed to fit in everything to my routine but of course that wasn't easy. It took me about 6 weeks before I managed to get into a routine that worked for both myself and my boyfriend. As much as he is supportive he also wanted some of my time, hence the nights off of writing.
Thankfully my blog posts are only 500-900 words long which don't take me long to write and that allows me to write 3-5 in one evening. Obviously your routine will be catered to you.
One of the best things I did was to narrow down what I wrote about and space out my posting schedule for the blog.
Since I stopped writing about everything and only blogging twice a week rather than five times a week my stress levels have definitely gone down. (Provided you don't count the idea generation breakdowns). So the best way to create a routine that works for you is to follow these steps.
Figure out how long it takes you to write a blog post - if it takes you 10 hours to write a blog post you're schedule might benefit from posting once or twice a month to allow time to fit around your day job.
Find out when you have free time - you want to know when you're not at appointments or work or seeing friends so make sure this is included in your workings out. I did this and then filled half of it with writing.
Make sure you have time off - as per the previous point, although you have all this free time you want to make sure you keep some of it for yourself. Self care is a must for entrepreneurs, bloggers, and writers alike.
Test it out - try out your new routine for two week and see if it works. If it does perfect stick to it, if it doesn't tweak it a little and test it again.
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If you're a blogger try my method up above. Got a different routine? Share it in the comments below for everyone to try!