Blogging can take up a quite a bit of your time if you let it. If you have time management skills, blogging can be more enjoyable and you can become more efficient. I’ve learned over the years from having a home business and then having a blog, that when I am more efficient and aware of where I am spending my time, then I am more successful that month. Now I am sharing with you my best time management tips for bloggers.
Time Management Tips for Bloggers
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When it comes to your graphics, use a template to help design and create them. Think about how much time goes into creating each blog graphic. Make things easier with a template. You’ll save time by using your template and then add your text to it and Viola! you’ll be done.
Canva – Canva is an online photo editing site and they’ve made it easy for bloggers to create templates for bloggers. They even have templates for social media accounts so you’ll get the right size every time.
PhotoShop – An offline photo editing software that has all of the bells and whistles. I create some of my graphics with PhotoShop.
Paintnet.net – This is a free, offline photo editing software. I love it. I create 80% of my stuff on it.
Email alone can be a big time sucker. Set limits on how many times you check your email each day. Two times is a great amount because you can check it in the morning and in the evening.
Create email templates to use. If you’re constantly being asked by companies for your rates or to partner up with them, create a template email so you can simply copy and paste when you need it.
Have you ever gone onto Facebook and realized that you just wasted 40 minutes scrolling through your newsfeed? You can easily lose track of time on all of the social media sites. By using social media scheduling tools you can do what you need to do without losing track of time and getting sucked in.
HootSuite– You can schedule your Facebook and Twitter posts with HootSuite. So if you tend to get sucked in and easily distracted with those social media sites then HootSuite might be best for you.
BoardBooster– If you’re on Pinterest, which you should be, then BoardBooster is a great schedule tool that I recommend. While I don’t consider Pinterest a social media site, more of a search engine, some people do and that’s why I lumped it under social media.
It is said that people do not plan to fail but a lot of people fail to plan. Take the time each night to review what you have going on for the next 24 hours. Plan your work and then work your plan each day. Write up a To Do list with all you “have to’s” and all of your “want to’s” for your next day. If you have a schedule ( I share schedule tips below) then you might not need lists, but you should still look over your schedule the night before.
Clearing your head and stepping away from the task at hand may seem counterproductive, but it’s not. Get up and move around for 10 minutes. It can refresh and rejuvenate you which can help motivate you and you will be more focused and efficient when returning to your work. Also, it’s good for your circulation to get up and move often.
Ideas Folder or Notebook
Have you ever stared at your computer screen wondering what you should write about? Ever gone onto a social media site to look for topics and get distracted and end up wasting hours of your day on nothing? I am guilty of this. Or at least I was before I started an idea folder.
Every time I think of a topic that I want to blog about, I write it down. I now have pages full of topics that are ready to be transformed into blog posts. It has been a huge time saver for me.
Have you determined how often you’ll be post on your blog? Once per week? Twice per week? More? If you decide to post on Mondays and Thursdays, then that leaves you 5 other days in the week to get other things done: design, topics, etc… Once you’ve figured how often you’ll post, you’ll be able to fit everything around it.
Think Assembly Line
In other words, group similar activities together. When you want to make changes to your website, list them all and wait until you need to make several changes at once.
Block scheduling is an idea that I got from my daughter’s high school. They use block scheduling. So I implemented something similar on my blog. I schedule time to work on things. I find that I am so much more productive. For example, I tend to write a majority of my blog posts on Mondays. That frees up time during the week to take care of other blogging necessities. Wednesdays can be for replying to comments that I haven’t answered yet.
Certain times each day are blocked out for my tasks for the day. For example, tomorrow I have time blocked out for emails, scheduling social media, a doctor’s appointment, and writing a new post.
I hope I was able to help you with your blogging time management. Do you have any time manangement tips to share? Comment below as I am always looking for ways to be more efficient.