8 Time Management Tips for the Busy Blogger
You can already work for yourself. So, you set your hours and deadlines. Life can’t get any better, right? No? What’s the matter? Are you keeping up with your personal goals? Time management is essential for one to become a productive and successful blogger.
Here are eight best practices that can help you meet your goals through time management.
Eight best practices for busy bloggers
While there are professional bloggers, who have the whole day dedicated to writing and promoting their latest posts. Others only get a few hours to blog each week. The difference comes with how you choose to optimize your time for great success. Let’s get started.
1: Automate when you can
Promoting your blog might seem like a time-consuming task. But it doesn’t have to be. Using automation tools, you can easily save time by automating the basic promotional details.
You can automate processes such as sharing new posts and scheduling tweets for upcoming blogs, depending on your needs for social media engagement.
For example, Twitter is an essential traffic source for most bloggers. Likewise, it is also a major productivity killer. Luckily, using social media planning tools, you can prevent wasting time and create more for other things.
2: Assess how you spend your time
If you evaluate how you spend your time, you’ll realize that you put a lot of time into things which you probably don’t consider a priority. Go on, try it. First off, write down all the tasks you do in a day. Include everything from taking a shower to watching Netflix.
Next, indicate the time when you start and finish. How long did you take browsing Instagram or writing a new blog post? Evaluate your results and identify the thing you consider a high priority and allocate more time to this task.
3: Plan and schedule
So here’s what you need to do. Start by creating a daily and monthly schedule. To do this, purposely take time off to plan out all your priorities. First, set your monthly goals and deadlines. Next, create a daily schedule in a way that allows you to meet your monthly goals.
But, remember to plan and schedule everything in a manner so that you don’t miss anything important. Use tools such as trello time tracking extension. Have everything you need to organize your time on your dashboard and crush your blogging goals.
4: Eliminate distractions
Now here’s something most of us are guilty of. It can be your phone, TV, or a dog. Whatever it is, once you get started, eliminate the distractions. Quit multitasking too; you can’t improve your productivity if you can’t stick to a particular task.
If your goal is to increase your blogs reach through Instagram, then get off Twitter. Proper time and management require you to work toward the fulfillment of your goals. Cutting out all the unnecessary things will help you stay on course to achieve your goals.
5: Undertake small tasks first
Blogging is a beautiful world, where you can share, discuss, participate in a debate, learn, and teach about a particular subject of interest. Usually, when the tasks seem too big, you could end up losing motivation. A great trick for this is to work on the small tasks first.
This technique will help you get more productive with your blogging. So, start with the small tasks on your to-do-list and keep working through until you finish.
6: Take a break
Sure, it’s crucial to stay on track to achieve your goals. But remember, as you work towards your goals, don’t overdo it! Blogging requires a lot of time and effort, but your body needs to rest as well. Not taking a break may lessen your interest and make you quit.
When you feel pushed to get things done, it’s a sign that you need a break. Remember: the more you repeat a task, the less your brain starts to register its importance.
7: Time block or batch tasks
Time blocking is a great way to stay focused on your goals. For instance, you can block out a specific period in your day for a particular task. Then, you apply a 100% focus on the task at hand for the entire designated block of your day.
So, let’s say you time block 8 am–9 am to answering comments and emails from your blog. Then, take 3 pm–4 pm for blog writing.
Alternatively, you can choose to designate tasks into days. So, Monday, for example, you can focus on writing blog content for the week. For Tuesday, plan and schedule you Social Media calendar.
8: Write when it’s time to write
Don’t let your full-time job get in the way of your blog management. Once you have narrowed on a particular topic, approach your writing with absolute purpose and focus. Since an idea can pop-up wherever and whenever make sure you take note. You wouldn’t have to schedule a time for brainstorming.
Growing your blog requires efficient time management. These are the best time management tips for a fulfilling blogging journey. Now it’ your turn; what do you think?
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