Blogging can take up a huge chunk of someone’s time, but what if your blogger dreams are being impeded by the fact that you have other things to do each day: chores to do, a day job to worry about, a house and family to manage and so on. Here are several time management tips to help you get your blog up and running despite your busy schedule.
Set Goals And Focus On Them
Possibly one of the best means to avoid getting swamped by seemingly endless tasks on top of your daily chores: you have to set goals for your blog and focus on them. While it can be tempting to want to increase engagement on a lot of platforms, at times you can only realistically focus on one or two of the platforms without getting overwhelmed. With that in mind, set realistic goals specific to whatever you want your blog to achieve and only do things that will further your goal.
Utilize In-Between Times
You may think that you have to set aside a huge chunk of your day (which you can’t afford) to blog. But in reality, you can utilize smaller periods of time in between your daily tasks to blog. It’s the writing you really have to focus on, but planning, scheduling posts, promoting them and other tasks like that can be managed during the in-between moments of your day.
Write When It’s Time
Once you get most of the other blogging tasks distributed to the in-between times, you can set aside the huge portion of time you have available (maybe on weekends) for writing. And when it’s time to write, don’t allow yourself to be distracted by anything else until you’re done. Weekend chores can be scheduled in a day so that the other day is free for blog writing.
On the subject of writing, it’s good practice to sit down with an actual idea of what you’re going to write about. If you’re going to spend more time searching for a topic during the time when you should be writing, then you’re wasting away precious minutes. In order to avoid this from happening, you should plan your keywords and topics in advance. Prepare a list of up to fifty at a time so that you won’t run out of inspiration when it’s time to write.
Have an Editorial Calendar
Another thing that you should have planned is a schedule of when you’re going to post your blogs. The more regular they are, the better, as you can really make a habit of it. Create an editorial calendar with a wall calendar or Google Calendars, whichever you’re more comfortable with.
Plot out a schedule of which posts get published when, so that you can prepare them accordingly. You can even utilize your calendar to add more details that will help you create your blog, like keywords, outlines and more.
There Will Be Drafts
You shouldn’t allow the pressure of creating the perfect blog after one go to paralyze you into writer’s block. Expect drafts and expect lots of them. Just write everything that comes into mind on your first go, then tweak accordingly after it’s done. That way, you’re not distracted about making everything perfect in one go and you’re making the most of your writing time and actually being productive.
It’s going to be very tempting to go with all the glitz and glamour of promoting your blog on social media, but you should be cautious about the amount of time you’re spending on that. There are post scheduling tools available to help you get all the postings out of the way so you don’t have to manually post them during the set schedule of promotions.
Don’t feel like you ever have to choose between social media promotion and actual blogging, because blogging should always come first. Don’t let promotion get in the way of you creating quality content, as your content should be more important than how you’re promoting it.
Check Stats Sparingly
As a newbie blogger, it’s very likely that you’ll want to check your stats practically every hour to see how your blog’s doing. Stop. Only check your stats sparingly, like once a month, especially when you’re still starting out.
Not only are you wasting your time, you’re also becoming too reliant on how your blog is faring. The only reason you should be checking your stats is to determine what kinds of posts do well with your audience and how you could plan further blogs based on that information.
Have Guest Blogs
These are a great way to improve the quality of your blog, add more content (that you don’t have to procure yourself) and even introduce new followers to your blog. Ask for contributions from other bloggers who could share their thoughts to your readers and they can help provide a fresh perspective on your blog. If they’re established themselves, it will also improve your blog’s traffic.
Blogging is a fun activity but you can be swept up by the number of things that a blogger needs to do in order for their blog to thrive. Utilize these time management tips to allow you to breathe, do your daily activities and have a successful blog as well.