These days just having a job is a blessing. We all know people who have lost jobs in this economy. It’s tough, but so is the addiction that is blogging. Have you taken time during your regular job to blog? This is a slippery slope and something which must be carefully considered. How do we balance our daily work schedule and our addiction?
Get up early
I usually go to the gym very early in the morning. I do this so I can avoid rush-hour traffic and so I can get into work before my regular working hours. I usually have a good 45 minutes before my regularly-scheduled working hours to be able to work on my blogging.
What is great about the timing is that the act of working out usually springs blogging ideas for me. I can then transfer these ideas into a Word document at work so that they don’t get forgotten.
Take advantage of free training classes at work for inspiration
With the recent downturn in the economy and a hiring freeze at my company, I have noticed that our Human Resources personnel have a lot of time on their hands. As a result, more and more on-site company-sponsored training sessions are being offered by HR. As an opportunist, I tend to take advantage of any training I can get at work.
We recently had a Time Management training session that was available for all employees. Surprisingly it was not as well attended as I would’ve expected. The tips I received in this class not only helped me manage my time in my regular job but it also helped me free up some more time for my blogging. On top of that, it gave me some ideas for another blog post on time management. Talk about a win-win-win.
Block out your lunch hour and book a conference room
I book a conference room during my lunch hour so I can just escape my real job and connect with my blogging. Fortunately for me, my company has a number of small conference rooms with network drops. These are for people who may only have a cubicle for an office and need to give a presentation to a customer over the internet or just need to have a place to work in peace.
This is my time and moving to another location other than your own cubicle will let others know to “stay away”. You’d be surprised what you can get accomplished in an uninterrupted hour. I can check my personal email, quickly check out my personal blog traffic and comments, and work on one of my own posts or on a guest post. It tends to break up the day for me and it actually energizes me for the rest of my regular day job.
Surf your company’s intranet
Nearly every company these days has its own intranet. This site typically has a lot of very interesting information related to health insurance, benefits, and company-related activities. You’d be surprised at the information that you can gather that could be used in an upcoming post or it could sprout ideas for a number of other posts.
My company’s intranet also includes links to PowerPoint presentations of company-sponsored training classes that have been offered to employees. And on top of that, you cannot be dinged for surfing the net because it is all company-related.
You can work successfully at your day job and still find time for your blogging addiction. If you take the necessary precautions and work on your blog on your own time, then you can mesh your regular work with your blogging. You’d be surprised at how your regular day job can supplement your blogging addiction by taking advantage of company-related training and available information