Whether you’re a full or part time blogger often you have to juggle a number of commitments whilst maintaining your blog. Finding the right balance can be tricky but it’s important to ensure a healthy work/life ratio. Here’s my top blogger time management tips.
Schedule your day
One of the most important ways to manage your time is to create a schedule. When you have a normal 9-5 your day is structured, you know when to show up, when you should have your lunch, take breaks and ultimately go home. Whether you’re a full or part time blogger it’s important to schedule how you’re going to manage your blog over the week. If you do work as well as blog you won’t have much time to focus as full time bloggers so a focus on creating content should be priority in your schedule. Here’s how you can break it down.
Full time bloggers
Set a 9-5 schedule so you focus primarily on creating posts, researching ideas and promoting your content during peak hours
Schedule regular breaks -you wouldn’t work all day without downtime in a ‘normal’ job so make sure you take time away from your blog if you work for yourself.
- Top tip – Leave your emails till later in the day as they can often distract you from your work. For example you could have pitched for some work and receive a rejection email which will leave you feeling negative and unmotivated.
Part time bloggers
I’m a part time blogger and as I spend most of my week at my 9-5 I have to come up with creative ways to schedule my content.
- Depending on how many posts you wrote you could arrange to write your blog posts over a number of evenings. This way you’ll still have time to chill out and relax and not feel pressured to create your content in one hit
- Take one evening and use it to schedule in when you’re going to promote your content and be active on social media. Buffer or Hootsuite are great tools to use to schedule social media content.
Prioritise your tasks
Every week you should prioritise the blog tasks you have to complete. Do you have several sponsored posts that have a certain deadline? Tasks with a deadline should be prioritised over things like promotion on social media. By prioritising you won’t get to the middle of the week and end up stressing as you realise you’ve missed something important and only have hours to complete it
Note your ideas when inspiration strikes
Don’t waste time staring at a blank page as you try to think of what to write. Whenever you think of a great idea write it down on a notepad or your phones notes section.
Avoid getting distracted
When you’re struggling to write anything then it’s extremely easy to get distracted. Avoid wasting time with things like Facebook and cat videos on YouTube by using tools that will stop your usual distractions from working. Kill News Feed will stop your newsfeed from loading and YouTube Stop Button will prevent YouTube from buffering.
Create a outline of your content
In addition to scheduling your day, you will save time by outlining what you need to include in your content. For example for this post I was focusing on the following:
- Introduction – Why it’s important to manage your time as a blogger
- The importance of scheduling for full and part time bloggers
- Why you should prioritise tasks
- Note new ideas
- Avoid distraction
- Breakdown your tasks
- Focus on one task at a time
- Don’t forget to take your breaks
- Keep your life organised
By starting your task with a rough outline in place you can easily expand on each area without wasting time trying to think of what to write next.
Schedule breaks into your day
Breaks are important and helps with your productivity. Depending on whether your blog all day or for a few hours the amount of time you spend on your break will vary, but you should still take some time out if you’ve spent a lot of time on it.
- Top tip – If you’re feeling uninspired step away and read other people’s content to see if you can spark up some ideas
- Top tip – Schedule your break for when you start to flag like lunchtime and eat something to perk you up
- Top tip – Avoid repetition – take breaks if you’ve got a very repetitive day – for example social media promotion as this can lessen how much effort we put into it
Organise your life
A organised life means your mind will be clear to fully focus on your blog. Make sure your house is tidy and your inbox is clear to avoid clutter annoying and distracting you.