How I Stay Organised - Blogging & Full Time Work

Wednesday, 9 December 2015


Blogging is hard work, there's no doubt about it, but it's especially difficult to stay on top of everything when it's not your full time job. Most people don't realise just how much effort and time goes into maintaining a blog - it involves everything from content creation, photography, editing, updating all of your social media channels, and keeping on top of PR emails, and I'm sure I've missed a few things off that list. That being said, it is completely do-able. As I've been running my blog alongside full time work or study for a couple of years now, and for the most part I've kept posting regularly, I thought I would share my tips on how to stay organised. Obviously everyone has their own ways of doing things (and who am I to tell you what to do!) but hopefully some of you will find some of this post useful if you're struggling to keep on top of everything! 

1. Plan in advance

I'm sure it will come as no surprise to some of my long time readers, but pretty much everything I post on Lipgloss & Lashes is pre-planned. I'm not really a spontaneous person, and I like to go through things in detail before posting (and ensure that I've got all of my thoughts and feelings in order), and a big part of keeping myself organised is taking time to think about what sort of content I want to produce and when I can fit this into my busy schedule. I like to save all of my post titles into my draft posts, and then go on to take my photos and write the actual post - this way I can plan exactly what I need to include photo-wise and don't waste any time taking unnecessary photos. 

2. Take photos in bulk

I'm quite strict on the quality of photos I upload to Lipgloss & Lashes, so it takes me forever to achieve the perfect photo. If I didn't take these in bulk when I'd sorted out the perfect set up, it would completely take over my life. I like to dedicate one morning a weekend to taking blog photos, and this works really well for me if I've pre-planned which posts I want to write that week. That way, I can get them all taken and edited in one go and I don't have to worry about the weather being gloomy for the rest of the week and stopping me from taking my photos! 

3. Schedule (even if it's just saving your tweets as drafts!)

There seems to be some misplaced hate of scheduling posts in the blogging world, with many claiming that it's not authentic to schedule your posts, as they should be more of a spur of a moment thing - but clearly those people don't know what it's like to blog, work full time and maintain a social life. Without the scheduling tool there is no way I'd be able to post as much as I do! This also goes for social media posts. I like to promote a new post a couple of times throughout the launch day to ensure that I reach as many different people as possible, but in reality I just don't have the time to be doing this during the day as I'm at work. I'm not a massive fan of scheduling tools such as Hootsuite, as I like to be able to easily log on and edit something from my phone (and I hate the app), so I tend to just write all of my posts on twitter and save them into my drafts, that way all I have to do is press publish throughout the day and my posts will go out when I choose. 

4. Stick to a routine

When I slip out of my blogging routine, it's pretty much guaranteed that there won't be any new posts written for the upcoming week and my blog will go a bit quiet. I mentioned before that I like to dedicate a morning to taking my blog photos, and on top of that I like to dedicate one or two evenings a week to writing the posts that I've previously taken the photos before. I know that there will be some weeks when life will just get in the way (and I'm completely okay with that) but I do try to stick to a routine so that I can easily balance everything I've got going on. 

5. Invest in a planner

I know planners aren't for everyone, but mine is a lifesaver. I'm the type of person who likes to have everything written down and find that putting pen to paper helps me to remember (strange really when my job and hobby revolves around social media!). I bought my planner from TK Maxx for a bargain price (and it looks so Kate Spade-esque!) and have found it to be a complete lifesaver, especially when working with PR companies as I can remind myself to send post links and take photos of certain products, etc. 

6. Relax and enjoy your hobby!

Finally, I think it's really important to remember that blogging is just a hobby (if it's not your job) and it should be fun, not stressful. There's no point stressing yourself out about it, as that way you'll lose some of the enjoyment it brings you. Take it easy and work to a schedule that suits you, even if you're only posting once a week or only sticking to one social media channel - it's your space after all! 

How do you stay organised?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

15 comments:

  1. I definitely think it helps to take photos in bulk, especially now when light is at a minimum!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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  2. I always try take photos in bulk! and I schedule as many tweets and posts as I can in one go! I absolutely love blogging and always try my best to make time for it on top of work! Xx

    OliviaCheryl.com

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  3. These are such helpful tips, thank you. I work full time and have only just started my blog but I'm starting to form a plan. I took a day off on Monday to take lots of photos. There was about 20 mins of daylight all day!

    thatagestyle.com

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  4. Definitely worth investing in a planner! And taking photos in bulk always helps keep me organised xx

    www.bethgargett.com

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  5. Great tips! I always take my photos in bulk, especially during winter when you have to make the most of natural sunlight as and when it occurs! It saves time dragging the backdrops and props out repeatedly too xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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  6. I agree with everything you've said! I pretty much do the same, certainly wouldn't be able to post as often if I didn't schedule! I've also recently bought a planner to help me stay organised :)

    Georgina x
    www.rentorchanel.com

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  7. I definitely need to invest in a planner for 2016, it would help my organisation so so much! I've been lacking on the blog front this week and I need to get back into the swing of things!

    I swear by taking photos in bulk, I'm a photos first kind of blogger and I find that most of my writing inspiration flows when I have my photos sorted!
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    www.isabellekategm.co.uk ♡

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  8. These tips are fantastic. I am definitely a fan of taking photos in bulk. It makes it so much easier!
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  9. Thank you so much for this Becky. I have just started blogging - absolutely love it. And your tips are great - especially bulk taking photos! Your blog is great inspiration!

    www.claireamy22.com

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  10. These are great tips, I'm struggling myself to maintain my blog while working full time so hopefully I can become more organised! Out of curiosity, how far in advance do you usually schedule your posts?

    Frankie | Crazyblondegal

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  11. I always take photos in bulk lol it really does help throughout the week :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥ Handbag GIVEAWAY!

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  12. Bulk photo taking is the way forward! Great tips lovely and you do a fab job!

    Emily x
    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  13. This is a great post! It does get hard when working - especially at this time of year! Definitely agree with the taking pictures in bulk such a huge help! :)


    Life As Lissy

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  14. I definitely need to plan better next year! xx

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  15. Loved reading this as it is great advice and some good tips! Very helpful and hopefully I'll be more organised this year!
    Thanks for the read.
    fairlyoddfashion.blogspot.co.uk

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