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There I was, sitting at my desk, just staring at my computer. Leaning back, my chair creaked, way too loud and I popped right back up. Ugh, I knew I had plenty of work to do, but all I wanted to do was work on my blog. Having just got back from the Live EBA conference in Portland, Oregon, I was still running on that entrepreneurial high you get from attending a live conference. That yearning to delve deep into blog work was screaming at me!
I didn’t wanna work my muggle job!! I had an abundance of muggle work to do since I had just taken time off to be in Portland. However, I kept switching from doing muggle job tasks (that are necessarily tedious) to scheduling pins for my blog in Tailwind to working on re-branding several old blog posts. My focus wasn’t really on any one thing and I knew I had to reshift my actions if I was going to get anything done. I decided then and there that I was going to schedule blogging time in my day no matter how busy my muggle job was. But I would also have to focus on muggle tasks since I’m not at the point I can promote myself to full-time wizard yet. Therefore I came up with How to Find Time to Blog When You Have a Muggle Job.
If you are a blogger/business owner like me who also has a muggle job and are finding it difficult to find time to work on your blog, let me share with you a few tips I have figured out and use to find time for my blogging business.
I’ve been using this technique successfully for a few months now and decided to really crack down on honing in on these skills. They seem to work very successfully for other people working a full-time muggle job while trying to get their business going as well as raise a family and live a normal life.
I derive some of this strategy from a book called The 12 Week Year. If you haven’t yet read this book you need to add it to your arsenal of personal development books to read and implement.
So here’s how I plan, because it’s a little different than most. At the beginning of the week, I go to my trusty planner (I use a Panda Planner).
Non-Negotiable Personal/Muggle Job Time
I look at my week and write down all the non-negotiable items I know I have for the week (i.e. muggle meetings, personal appointments, classes, family/kid stuff etc) and mark them with corners. These are absolutely non-negotiable times or NN times. See below.
See how the corners are colored in? That means that time is already planned for and nothing else can go there. I can add as the week goes very easily because I don’t plan out the entire week. I mean I do, but I do it on a daily basis as the week progresses.
I block out flexible time in my day(s) based on tasks I know I need to get done. The difference with this time, however, is that the time is flexible and allows for interruptions or other things that may come up. *Note – I do have flexible blogging time, but if the time I’ve flexed out for that gets interrupted by something else, I make sure to note how much time I actually spent on blog work. Why do I do this? So I can figure out how much time (exactly) I’m spending on my blog and on what tasks.
You will notice that I have a nifty section that lets me list my Personal To-Do List and my Work To-Do List. I mostly use the Work List for blogging items I need to get done. Ocassionally I will use it for muggle job tasks, but that’s only if I have something fairly important to remember to do.
Non-negotiable Blog Time
This time is reserved for blogging time only and usually only happens on the weekends (and very rarely in the evening during the week). I usually block out 2 90-minute blocks (with a break in between) of time to focus on blog work. Sometimes I can schedule 6 hours, 3 hours on Saturday and 3 hours on Sunday and sometimes I get just one day of 3 hours and sometimes I just get 90 minutes. The point is – to know your schedule and make time for your blog. During this time I am working on my blog – I do not look at my phone or check social media (unless that is specifically part of my blogging tasks) and my family knows to leave me alone.
As you can see, my planner isn’t perfect and I scribble stuff out – but that’s ok if it’s imperfect. This system works very well for me and I don’t stress about it being perfect because life isn’t that at all. Finding time to blog is a serious juggling act sometimes and if your life is really hectic and you need to make a lot of changes in your planner, I suggest using a pencil. 🙂
There’s just something about using a nice, smooth colored pen that glides so nicely over the paper. It gives you that sense of beauty and artistry and makes your planning look so organized! And trust me, I’m really NOT that organized (see above)! But I’m getting better. Hey progress in baby steps and I can totally do this!
These pens I found are the absolute best (click the picture to go get them now). And I mean best! They write nice and smooth, don’t bleed, are a gel type, and have a fine tip for precise writing in a small margined planner (like mine). I use 3 main colors. Sure I could use more and I’ve tried. Also tried using highlighters but I’m trying to “simplify” here, so 3 pens are plenty (ok, sometimes I use a 4th color – but very rarely).
The colors I use are:
Purple = For personal tasks and appointments (this includes family, spouse and kids stuff)
Teal/Green = Muggle work stuff
Pink = Blog work
Black = Off the wall random stuff (don’t use very often)
Time is the most valuable asset we have. If we don’t plan our time wisely life will overrule us. If it’s important enough to you, you will make time!
A great post that will help you find your focus is 3 Reasons Why Mental Focus is Crucial for Success and How It Can Help You Right Now.
How do you juggle your muggle duties with your blog? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.
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