As a full-time university student who owns a blog as a side hustle and hobby, it’s quite difficult to balance both. Last summer, I’ve switched to a self-hosted blog to open up more opportunities and by then, I could spend a whole day to plan and create content. But now, I have less time for blogging since I’ve started classes again. For this post, I want to share 5 tips I’ve been doing to balance both blogging and university works. I hope this can help you too!
5 Tips to Balance Blogging and University
1. Plan your week ahead.
This is something I’ve been doing for a long time now and it helped me BIG time! Now that I have a lot of assigned readings and papers to do, I prioritize them above all else when planning. I usually check when they’re due first and write it down in my planner. For this semester, I don’t have classes on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays so these are the free days I can choose to do a blog post.
Planning my week is very essential because aside from my readings and blog, I’m also a pubmat designer in my academic and youth orgs and sometimes I have art commissions to make. I need to do my best to be excellent in all these things and I wouldn’t really survive without planning.
If planning your week doesn’t work for you or you’re not used to it yet, try planning and sorting out things daily. It will really help!
2. Write content in advance if you have free time.
First thing to do is to have a blog post schedule. Before, I publish posts in my blog every Wednesdays and Sundays, but I can’t really publish a post twice a week now because I would have weekly work to do, and it would be unhealthy for me. So I’ve decided to cut out my Sunday blog post schedule and focused on publishing a post every Wednesday, because it is also my most popular day according to my insights!
Apparently, I am writing this post on a Monday night because I felt like writing and scheduling content in advance. After I finish this, I will schedule this to post on Wednesday, 6PM and there, I have a new blog post for the week!
Other bloggers write bulk posts and they just schedule it in different dates. If you think this might work for you, then go for it!
3. Prioritize your acads before blogging.
I’ve been active in blogging for months because of quarantine and now, I really miss talking, reading and supporting other bloggers all the time! But my situation is different now, and I have to, above all else, prioritize my academic works.
So far, I think I’m doing really good with planning when it comes to academic works. I have 4 requirements due this week and I’m so glad I’ve finished it all already. Prioritizing your academic works first and getting them done early can also give you time to blog because you already know that you have your free time, so start writing!
4. Give updates in your social media.
One reason why it’s important to have another social media aside from your blog is you can get more connected to your reader or followers and update them! For example, you can tweet that you have a lot of school works to do and so there won’t be a blog post coming up, your readers will know it first-hand!
Also, if you have 20 minutes to spare, you can casually talk to other bloggers in other social media platforms! You’re also sort of blogging in that way because blogging also means interacting with other bloggers.
5. Take time to rest.
This is the most important thing I have to tell you in order to balance both blogging and university life. Taking rests is also productive and it will definitely boost you to be more excellent in doing your tasks. You won’t make a really good academic paper or blog post when you’re not feeling it- so it’s always important to take time to rest. This will also help prevent you from burning out.
When I have my readings or I’m doing an academic requirement, I do the Pomodoro Technique wherein I spend 25 minutes doing the task, then take a 5-minute break. And in every 4 Pomodoro, I take longer breaks- I even nap!
Taking a rest is just so important so don’t be too hard on yourself. Take care of yourself. Breathe– you’ll get everything done– you can do it.
That wraps up my 5 tips to balance blogging and university! I hope this can help you in some way. Now I want to ask,