How to Juggle a Writing Career and a Full-Time Job

Many writers struggle to find a good balance between their writing life and their personal life. However, for many authors at the beginning of their writing career, this also has to be balanced with a full-time job – not easy! Whatever type of writing you do, whether you are writing your first novel or ghost-writing to make some extra money, it can be tricky to fit it in around your other commitments. So today, we’re going to look at some tips to help you thrive both personally and professionally!

1. Block out your day

This is a great way to structure your day to get everything done that you need to. First, block out the time you are working for your full-time job, then factor in essential time for cooking, eating, sleeping, as well as some relaxation time – you’re not a robot! Then, when you’ve done this, work out when you can fit in some time to write. This might be in after your evening meal for an hour or two or at the weekend.

2. Don’t overcommit

To create a sustainable routine, don’t overwork yourself. To begin with, you may set yourself high targets for the number of hours you will write for each week or the number of words you want to write each week. Then, re-evaluate after a week or so to see whether this routine is working well for you. If it isn’t, see how you can tweak it to suit you better.

3. Be honest with everyone, including yourself!

When balancing writing with a full-time job, everyone who relies on you to get things done must know your situation. It is a good idea to let your boss know so that they can let you know if they are concerned about the amount of energy you have for your job – after all, your full-time job must take precedence over your writing. Above all, be honest with yourself about how you are feeling. Are you feeling tired or overwhelmed? If you are, it might be time to cut back on a few things to give yourself time to recharge so you can be at your best.

4. Set aside time for you

Following on from the previous point, be sure to take time to check in with yourself and find ways to help you feel well-rested and energetic enough to take on everything your job throws at you! When you over-work yourself, you are likely to be dissatisfied with your results at work and in your writing.

Juggling a full-time job with a writing career can be difficult, especially if your passion lies with your writing. However, until you can rely solely on your writing, the smart thing to do is to prioritize your job. Jeopardizing your full-time job could lead to you being unable to continue writing, so play the long game by continuing to fulfill all your responsibilities to the best of your ability.

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