I went through a period where I took a year off from working to focus solely on publishing my books and developing whoisamberjanae.com. I developed a daily routine where I would get up at the crack of dawn to create new post or contribute a chapter to whatever book I was working on at the time. Writing had become my 9-5 without receiving a paycheck bi-weekly. I was pretty well-disciplined aside from the days when I woke up feeling unmotivated. After time I knew I had to get back to work to be able to provide for myself. I was lucky enough to land a job that I truly love, but I feared not having the open availability to manage my blog and finish my books . My biggest question was how do I commit to my job, do it well and still devote time to my passion?
It wasn’t hard for me to get a routine in order after going back to work. But with my routine came sacrifices. Depending on what your 9-5 is, your availability and time fluctuates. Unfortunately, some days the time you have to create is determined by how crappy of an 8 hour day you’ve had at work. It may even depend on if you have the energy to come home to sit in front of a computer screen and work some more. The key to remember is all blogs are different. What one author can do for her blog in a week you may not be able to do the same. Our lives may not allocate the same resources, attention and time. What I’ve noticed for me is, no matter how intense a day at work has been for me, I feel a sense of accomplishment when I can devote 2-3 hours to my passion after a work day. The objective is to seek balance. I do find that I have it a bit harder because I am not just a blogger I am an author as well. Carving time out of a busy work schedule to create content for a blog and write books is insanely challenging. I’ve chosen to share what has helped me over the years in hopes to inspire those of you have a difficulty finding that balance between your day job and blogging.
Develop a Schedule
While it’s easier said than done, it’s one of the first things that I did when I started working again. There are mornings when I am up at 3 am to publish a post. Depending on how long it takes me, I either have time to get an extra 30 minutes of sleep in before 4:30 AM when I have to begin my work day. I typically devote my Sunday afternoons to preparing for my blog week. I’ll pre-publish one to two blog post on Sunday. (I am writing this post on Sunday, to publish later on in the week btw.) Doing so allows me to free up sometime during the week after work to create more material. I also carry a note-book to be able to jot down those ideas I can’t afford to forget.
Get Used to Making Sacrifices
A lot of people love the idea of an amazing blog, yet they frown at the idea of making sacrifices. There are days when I overload on coffee at my desk at work. There are nights when I am up until the next morning just to get things done. There are days when I miss having lunch at work because I am hand writing content to re-write on my computer when I get home. The more you sacrifice and devote time to your passion the more success you see. The dream doesn’t work unless you work to create it. You have to work for it; it will not magically work for you.
Work is Work and Your Dreams and Aspirations are Sold Separately
Day Job, Dream job. Fortunately, my day job enables me to write, blog and do all the things that I love daily. There are many of us who work a side hustle to get to the grand hustle. While my job is a huge piece to life’s puzzle, I have learned that my dreams are sold separately. I have to work just as hard to make a name for myself as a writer, while building a name within the office. I can’t work harder at being the best employee while slacking off on being an author/blogger and vice versa. I will say that having a full-time job has taught me to have a strong work ethic and to be a goal-digger. I work just as hard to be a well-known author as I do to be a respected Marketing Specialist. No matter what your day job is, even if you don’t see it in your future, treat it as if it’s your dream job. It’s teaching you what you need to excel in what you’re passionate about.
Enjoy Life Outside of Your Creative Passion
I am learning that all my life doesn’t have to be spent in front of a computer screen. I enjoy taking breaks from blogging and actually living my life. When I am not connected to the social world I create memorable moments. A lot of my outside time spent living in life’s rarest moments become great blog content. Take a break for a few days and live. Enjoy that free time you have to not be confined to a screen. There is always time to work, but those rare opportunities to create unforgettable don’t always present themselves.
Every day my expectations of myself as a blogger change just as they do being an author. I am a work in progress and as I change so does my priorities. I am learning that as life adjusts I must learn to adjust with it. Life is all about finding balance and doing what works to keep our dreams alive. Develop what works for you and invest in some Starbucks gift cards for late nights or early morning coffee runs. You’ll thank yourself in the end for the hard work contributed to building your future.
Be Inspired. Be Encouraged. Be Blessed.
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