Balancing Creativity With The 9-5

balancing creativity with the 9-5

Do you ever feel like the only blogger not living that #girlboss life where you blog full time? Don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone.

I work full time in social media and website content management. I love what I do, but when you do that sort of thing all day at the office, it’s sometimes difficult to find the time and energy to exercise creativity on my own pursuits aka, this here blog.

So is it possible to balance creativity with your 9-5? Or 9-5:30 in my case? I think it is. But it’s not easy. Here’s what I do to make it that bit more manageable…

Have a notebook. Always.

This is probably the bit of blogging advice you’ve heard the most, but it’s totally true. It is hella useful to carry a notebook around in your handbag for when creativity strikes.

I am absolutely loving my Dot Creates Ultimate Blog Planner, as there’s room for the title, my scribbly notes that help break down my brainfarts into useful ideas and there’s even checkboxes for when you’ve written the words, added links and photos and of course – published your post. I bloody love checkboxes.

Take your lunch break and get away from your desk.

You might think that sitting at your desk is prime time for writing a blog post or typing up ideas. Well, I actually find it better to get away from my desk over lunch. I bring my Macbook Air into work and go to the local Costa, connect up to the free wifi and type away.

If you don’t have a lightweight enough laptop to take in, go old school. Write up notes in your notebook – even write the whole post as it comes into your head. Sure, you have to type it up but that might help with honing the idea into something even better.

If you stay at your desk, a colleague might come in, get chatty or ask you to do something and BAM. Lunch break over with 0 achieved. It’s significantly better for your wellbeing and creativity to separate yourself from your 9-5 when you can.

Maintain productivity after work.

This is a lot easier said than done. I wrote a post about it before, so there’s some handy tips in *this post*, but if you have a creative spark in the evening – run with it!

Blogging should be an enjoyable pursuit so it’s a nice way to while away the evening hours before it’s time to hit the hay.

Get yo inspo on.

Use the free time you do have to read other blogs, magazines, books – whatever inspires you. You may not always be in the mood to write, so trade in the typing for reading. You’ll still feel like you’re being creative because you’ll naturally start getting ideas.

Don’t forget the accompany your reading sesh with a cup of tea, because we’re bloggers after all.

Forgive yourself if the creativity just isn’t there.

Take it from someone who has had plenty of blogging breaks and days where I just don’t feel like a creative person at all. I start to question myself and think I’m rubbish and should give up. But then I get over it, and get writing again.

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4 Comments

  1. March 24, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Such an amazing post really wish I was there for your session at BlogCon. It’s just so timely for where I am now in blogging I’m definitely going to apply your tips.

    Taslyn| http://www.hiddenbeau-t.co.uk

    • Cat
      March 27, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      Hi! I think you have me confused with someone else as I definitely wasn’t at BlogCon, let alone speaking (I wish, I’d love to do that!). Glad you enjoyed the post though and that you found the tips useful 🙂

  2. March 29, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    I find it plenty hard enough balancing blogging with a part-time job (9-5 three days a week)! So I can’t even imagine how you manage it to be honest. Respect. Great tips, though. Thanks for sharing!

    • Cat
      April 2, 2017 / 9:13 am

      Thanks Aimee! I’d love to be working part time so I had more time for the blog, but it’s just not feasible for me unfortunately! I sometimes struggle to remember that you should always find time for the things you enjoy the most, so these tips are just as much for me as anyone else! x

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