Introduction to time management tips for beginner bloggers
Are you a blogger looking for effective time management strategies to help you grow your blog?
Time management is extremely important for everyone but more so for bloggers and everyone working from home. Blogging is very time-consuming. And as a blogger, you wear many hats. There are a whole lot of tasks we have to do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, so managing our time to get the time is very important.
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I’m sharing 15 time management tips bloggers can use to increase productivity and grow your blog.
Time management tips for bloggers
1. Set your objective
What is it you want to accomplish by managing your time wisely?
When you know what outcome you want you will better spend your time. Which will let you focus more and stop wasting precious time.
2. Have a content calendar
I used to be very confused about what a content calendar was. I thought it was where I kept all my ideas for every single blog post. Turns out it’s not. Because as nice as it is to have all your content in one place, it literally defeats the purpose of a content calendar.
It makes your job ten times harder picking a post from that huge list. And we are all about managing our time better right?
A content calendar as I’ve come to realize is the content you plan to write for the next month or two already planned out. Of course, it’s not set in stone and you can move some posts around. But knowing what you are writing next week makes it easier to actually get done and save time.
3. Create a to-do list
Having a to-do list will keep you focused on the immediate task. You know what exactly you have to get done to move your blog to the next level.
Create a to-do list every night for the next day. That way when you sit down at your workstation you already know what you will be working on for that day.
4. Theme your days
All this means is giving your workdays a name of what you will be doing for that day. For example:
Monday could be your content creation day where you write all your content for the week.
Tuesday you could be creating and scheduling pins for all your posts for that week.
Wednesday you can work on product creation etc.
Theming your days will be different from the way everybody else does.
But that is the idea of making sure you get through all your blog tasks every week. Which avoids you having to multitask.
5. Prep on Sundays for the week ahead
I know Sunday is a rest day. But it’s also getting ready for the week ahead. Which will lead to a much more productive week. Knowing what you will be doing for the week gets you into the mindset and will help you accomplish these tasks effectively.
6. Batch your tasks
Focus on one task at a time. If you are writing a blog post and are doing the outline of one post, you will do batching and outlining for posts for the next week or two. It saves time because you are in a flow and work much faster when you do something repeatedly.
Automation is the savior of time. Wherever you can automate it. It’s easy to do and saves so much time at the end of the week.
Social media is where you will save the most time when you automate, by scheduling your content for the week or month ahead.
8. Raise your vibrations
Do something to raise your energy before you sit down and work. Go for a walk, do stretching, or a light exercise. When you don’t feel like doing that, put on some uplifting music and dance to your favorite song. That will put you in a good mood and make it easier to do something you don’t feel like doing.
9. Use blogging tools
There are so many social media tools that make a blogger’s life so much easier. Tools that help make bloggers’ life easier. Tools that cut how much time you spend on a task in half.
For example, I use Google Docs to speak my posts into my smartphone, then I just go back and edit it manually. Saving me so much time because I am a slow typer. There are so many more tools that help make you run your business better and increase your productivity.
10. Set working hours
Have a proper work schedule. This is especially important when you work from home and have other tasks like housekeeping and kids. Know when it’s time for work and when it’s time for chores.
Tell your kids not to bother you at certain times. This can be small pockets of time. But make sure you have your own uninterrupted working time to focus solely on your task at hand. You will accomplish much more than if you were to multitask.
11. Don’t set too many goals at once
Focus on one goal at a time. If your goal for the day is to write a blog post then write a blog post. Don’t focus on creating pins for your post or editing, that should be its own task. finish your post and then move on to the next task.
12. Work when you are most productive
I can’t tell you how many times I sat down to work on some blog-related task and have no ability or energy to accomplish anything. But because I said I would do it. But that only ended up wasting time. The time I could’ve been spending on another important task.
Although not blog related. Don’t force it when you are not productive or motivated. That will only lead to frustration. Don’t be so set on a schedule. Be flexible and adaptable. Work when productivity strikes or do something to get you in a productive mindset.
13. Switch off all the distractions
Switch off your phone for the next hour. I promise the world won’t come to an end if nobody can get a hold of you for an hour. You will get more done and return to your life quicker.
14. Track your time
Have you ever had a really busy day, and at the end of that day realized that you accomplished absolutely nothing? It happens to me all the time. That is until I tracked my time and saw where I was wasting time, time that could have been spent on growing your blogging business.
15. Done is better than perfect
Don’t think your blog post is perfect? Don’t worry neither is your competitor’s. There’s no such thing as perfect. Do your best and that will be good enough.
As you keep blogging you will improve in your craft. But don’t aim for perfection. You will never get anything done if you do.
Conclusion to time management tips for beginner bloggers
And there you have it 15 time management tips for beginner bloggers to manage their time better. You don’t have to implement them all at once.
Work on implementing them one by one. You will start getting a handle on your time and accomplish so much more.