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Blogging can be very time consuming with all the tasks you have to do regularly to keep your blog running and growing. So, knowing how to spend your time productively can improve your stress, so that blogging is much more enjoyable.
If you are not careful, blogging can really take over your life. You have so many tasks, blogging can be something that seems never ending and it may feel like you don’t have enough time to master it. I am sure that no matter how much time you have available for your online business, you could do with more time, right?!
Here are my best 11 time management tips for bloggers:
1. Set Specific Goals
Setting goals in all areas of your life is really important. A goal provides you with direction and intent. When you set explicit objectives for your blog this allows you to create content with a focus and prevent you from wasting tie on other tasks that provide any benefit or relevance. Having goals gives you something to work for and it also motivates you to work smarter to achieve them.
Time-blocking is used to devote a specified period of time to a task or group of tasks. As a blogger, you need to promote your content, engage with your audience, pitch to brands, write content, take photographs and much more besides! Therefore, using the time-blocking strategy can aid you in being the most productive with the time you have.
As there are many tasks to complete as a blogger, allocating time to complete all the same tasks together like writing all content you have planned, or take and edit photographs will help keep your mind focused on similar tasks, so you ca stay in the flow.
3. Create A Blogging Schedule
It is super effective to have a blogging schedule for planning and posting. When it comes to blogging activities and tasks you need to decide how many hours you need to get your tasks done each week. You can then break those down by day and you have your schedule. This set amount of time will force you to focus and get things done in a timely manner.
When it comes to posting, you need to make sure that you have a plan on what day(s) and time(s) you wish to put your content live. This makes planning your content ahead of time easy and you can schedule them to save yourself time.
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4. Work When You Feel The Most Productive
We all have points in the day where we feel more productive than others. Do you feel more productive in the morning? Or, do you get more done in the evening? Once you have found your most productive time, you can use that motivation to work through your important blogging tasks.
5. Avoid Taking On Too Much
It can be hard to say no especially when it means turning away blogging work; however, you may need to, in order to manage your time effectively. When you have too much to do it can become overwhelming. Being overwhelmed can lead to procrastination, or you not creating your best work. You should not take on every paid blog gig just because it is paid.
6. Remove All Distractions
Trying to get all your tasks done can become difficult when you have distractions such as: TV, your phone or even your pet(s)! To have the most successful work day means eliminating those distractions, so your focus is solely on the task at hand. Actions like muting specific notifications or having the TV switched off will stop your mind wandering.
7. Ask For Guest Posts
If you are struggling to balance all of your blogging tasks and responsibilities, it can be a great use of your time to seek other bloggers for guest posting. Not only will you save time on researching and writing posts, but it will also enable you to create credible back links to your blog as well as engaging with other bloggers.
8. Track Your Blogging Activities
Using a notebook or a bullet journal to track your blogging statistics is a great way to highlight patterns. Looking at where you share your posts for example are they working? Are you getting the right engagement? If not, you need to trial something different. When you regularly check your blogging statistics, you can see whether what you are doing is working well or not. There is no point wasting your time on the same techniques; you want to find what works best for your blog. I keep track of all blogging statistics and they have helped me to track my progress as well as areas I need to work on.
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9. Use To-Do Lists
We all need a good to-do list to enable us to get things done and blogging is no different. There are so many things you need to do and track as a blogger and to-do lists are a useful tool to keep you organised with your time and completing tasks on time. Recording tasks that need to be completed on a to-do list ensures that you will not miss any deadlines.
10. Use A Notebook
Rather than staring at a blank screen and wasting time on wondering what you want to write, you should use a notebook. You can use your notebook to write notes when you are researching blog post ideas as well as to get inspiration. I write down all my research and write out my blog posts on paper, so that I can plan them out. I enjoy putting pen to paper as well as buying new stationery of course!
11. Use Social Media Tools
Using scheduling apps can be a great way to save a lot of time. You can schedule tweets and posts to stay present on social media which means you can focus your efforts elsewhere without losing your levels of engagement. Social media can take up a lot of time and can be a huge distraction when something catches your eye, or you get a notification. So, when you have all your social media posts scheduled, you will not fall into the trap of wasting time on social media.
Despite what some people say, blogging is really hard work and it takes a lot of effort and determination. You can learn so many new skills though blogging like time management which is a transferable skill for other areas of your life, including other jobs you may have. Learning how to manage your time will help you to be a more successful blogger.