The Universally Loathed Exam Season is upon us, and after scrolling through my Twitter feed and having a read of some blogs, I recently discovered that there are a whole lot of people facing the same predicament as me- that problem being the task of balancing both Blogging and Studying over the next few weeks.
Therefore, I thought I would summarise a few tips and pointers on how to balance both parts of your life throughout the next couple of stress-ridden months, which I hope prove helpful for at least a couple of you out there who are struggling to fit everything into your schedule...
(P.S. I do however stress that I am not in any way an expert on giving advice like this though, and have merely summarised the things that have helped me throughout this post)!
I feel as though I always say this as part of advice posts, whether it be about studying or blogging (or both together in this case), as I have to say that in my own personal experience planning is a very important factor in getting jobs done.
In terms of studying and revising, plan ahead with what you want to work on, and when you want to do it. Never leave studying until the last minute, as that's where stress (and I mean lots and lots and lots of stress) starts to arise; instead start revising the subjects and areas you think you need most practice in quite early, to try and make some progress before the actual exams start.
In terms of blogging, I would again suggest a very similar process- plan ahead with what posts you want to write, and when you want them to go live. When you know what you want to write about, take all the photos you need, edit them, and then start to write. For me, I can write blog posts as I please (coming and going from post to post and adding bits where necessary before they go up on my blog site), which is the beauty of planning ahead, as by starting early I feel no need to rush my writing and can check back and change my content numerous times if I wish to.
Find a Balance
This is also a really important part in getting your act together where balancing blogging and studying is concerned. Think of the two parts of your life as being on opposite ends of a seesaw or scales (your probably thinking 'What on Earth are you on about Olivia?', but just bear with me on this one), you give too much to one aspect and the other drops and you start to fall behind, but if you give too much to that one in return, then the other drops too.
It's therefore important to find a balance in your life between the time and effort spent on blogging and studying- don't spend all your time solely devoted to one outlet, instead spread your time evenly so you do well in both. For example, you could revise for an hour, and then work on your blog for the next hour. Or if your exams are getting ever closer, study for an hour or two and then take some photos and write for your blog for half an hour or so afterwards.
Either way, if you want to succeed and/or stay on top of studying and blogging, then you definitely need to find a way to devote a bit of time to each. This, of course, is easier said than done, but writing down what you need to achieve and setting reminders on your phone for what you need to do and when, can really help.
Only Write if your Heart is in it
Ultimately though, if you are worn down by the burden of school and exams, and feel in no state to write a blog post about something that you currently really couldn't care less about, then don't do it. It's a great feeling to keep your blog posts regular on top of school work, but if your heart's not in it then it's really not worth sacrificing your blog content for a half hearted post.
I have been there before, and I'm sure a lot of other bloggers have too- sometimes it's worth just holding off for a couple of days to get your writing up to scratch before you upload. Of course, that doesn't mean stop posting altogether for months on end, but just posting once or twice a week instead of, say three times, over the exam period can sometimes help with the workload.
Obviously though, I would still advise that you do put your school work first (boring, I know), as when the exams have passed you can happily write and upload until your heart's content. Balancing blogging and studying is definitely possible, but if the worst comes to the worst, I would say to absolutely put that extra effort into your school work as I know right now, in most cases, it's only a month or so until the real exams start, and you will feel a whole lot better going into the exams knowing that you have revised and worked as hard as possible before hand (I'm really sounding like a teacher now)!
Anyway, I hope at least some of you found this post helpful, and if you are like me and will be sitting exams soon-good luck!!!