It is so difficult running this blog while working full time, but I have made it work with traffic still coming in strong. I just started working full time a little over a month ago and I have learned a few things on how to keep up with blogging.
These are the top things I have found extremely helpful. These tips allow give me the freedom to keep up with my home, my full time job, and my blog. The one thing I need to work on is creating new content on my days off or during the day as I purposely work a night shift.
I hope that you find these tips helpful if you are also struggling to keep up with your blog and work a full time 9 to 5.
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Walmart Grocery Delivery has saved my sanity. I love Walmart’s prices and for as little as $7.95 I can get my groceries and other household items delivered straight to my door that same day.
If you are wanting an early time slot for delivery, I would suggest placing the order the night before or at least by 6 AM that same morning because these time slots go fast.
But I am telling you, this saves me so much time and I can focus on other things that need to get done instead of making a trip to the grocery store every two weeks to stock up on things like laundry detergent, hand sanitizer, and dish washing liquid.
I am also slightly obsessed with Amazon Prime as well. I like to get things shipped as quickly as possible. Have you ever ordered things to be shipped to your home and it just takes forever? I am impatient and busy. I don’t have time to wait for things I need now.
When I order online it is because I need it right away, but I still want the convenience of not having to make a trip to the store. Amazon has amazing prices on items so we save money too. An Amazon Prime membership is so worth it.
This week I ordered some school supplies we really needed by the end of the week and I got them shipped to my door by the next day.
Once you really start to understand how Tailwind works, then it literally takes minutes to schedule a few days worth of pins which is fantastic. When I first started using Tailwind, I spent way more time on it then I really wanted to and I know a lot of people probably do too.
So I will definitely be writing a more in depth post on how to properly use Tailwind and grow your Pinterest account. I had to go without Tailwind for a couple of months recently and it was a nightmare.
Manual pinning is very time consuming, but there are methods that work with manual pinning too that I would love to share really soon here.
The very last tip I have for keeping up with blogging and working full time is meal planning. I personally prefer meal planning over meal prepping because I like my meals freshly made.
Eating fresh, home cooked meals is completely possible even as a busy working parent. I really love using an Instant Pot a few times a week because I can cook some of my favorite meals that normally take hours in half the time.
Even though I am making dinner every single night, I prepare in advance for it. This way it is not so overwhelming for myself nor my family.
I simply sit down and plan on my one of my days off during the week. I will look at what meat is on sale and any other on sale items I could use for meals that week. I focus on one week at a time so it doesn’t become overwhelming for me.
I keep breakfast and lunch ideas super simple and focus more on dinner. So cereal, eggs, and oatmeal are staples for breakfast and sandwiches and salads, we tend to eat these more at lunch time.
For dinner, I just cook really simple and quick recipes most of the time.
Once a month, I love getting a few HomeChef meals a month. We order 2 to 3 meals from Home Chef which I usually make for myself and my husband.
On these nights, I will usually make the kids pizza or chicken nuggets, their favorites, so that my husband and I can sit down and enjoy a really incredible meal together.
The biggest reason I love these meal kits from Home Chef is because they save me time by putting together all the ingredients I need to try a new recipe without a trip to the grocery store.
Plus, my grocery store sometimes doesn’t have all the ingredients I am looking for so it’s super convenient to get them delivered together right to my door.
I hope that you find these tips to be super helpful as both a blogger and full time employee. It is totally possible to do both successfully by outsourcing tasks that would normally take so much time to get done all on your own!