12 Time Management Tips for Top Blogging Performance

blogging tipsScheduling enough time for creating original content, promoting it, answering comments, reading and leaving comments on other blogs is not an easy feat. Few bloggers I know are able to blog full time. They have active offline lives to live so they want to make the best possible use of  the time they spend online.

I find that time management practices like setting SMART goals and effective scheduling helps me cut through the maze of distraction, and keeps me on track doing what I need to do next to become a productive blogger.

The good news is that real time is mental. It exists between your ears. You create it. Anything you create, you can manage. It’s time to remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around “not having enough time,” or today not being “the right time” to start a business or manage your current business properly. – 10 Time Management Tips That Work

Key concept: To avoid ‘blue sky paralysis,’ pare your idea down to a small, immediately executable concept. – 10 Laws of Productivity

Determine what you want to accomplish in each month, week and day and create an editorial calendar.

Courtesy of Jessica Bordeau here is an idea of what you could do:

  • Monday: short tutorial
  • Tuesday: feature
  • Wednesday: tips
  • Thursday: review
  • Saturday: poll
  • Friday: list
  • Sunday: useful links

12 Time Management Tips for Top Blogging Performance

  1. Consult your editorial calendar and create a day by day schedule for the upcoming week.
  2. Focus on breaking large, time-consuming tasks into smaller tasks.
  3. Write down your blogging goals for the following day every evening. Be brief and clear.
  4. Prioritize your tasks  and create a shortlist of 3 -4 major tasks for the day.
  5. Create a minor project list of 1 or 2 tasks you may or may not have time to undertake.
  6. Use the 40-minute rule (scroll down to “Time Management Approaches“) before scheduling a 5 – 10 – 15 – 20 minute break.
  7. Integrate healthy meals and energizing snacks, eye exercises, stretching and wrist flexibility exercises, aerobic exercise and brief outdoor walks into your schedule.
  8. Schedule enough time for writing your blog posts, promoting your posts, answering comments, commenting on other blogs and building relationships with other bloggers.
  9. Schedule at least one or two days weekly to spend offline with family and friends or even in solitude so you can disconnect and detox.
  10. Organize your work space the evening before so everything you need is at hand.
  11. Eliminate distractions and reduce the possibility of interruptions before starting your work.
  12. Set your intention, keep your targeted audience in mind and follow the 10 Guidelines for Writing Engaging Posts.

There are many time saving productivity and life hack tips sites but I think the top ones are: ZenHabits.com, Lifehacker.com and PickTheBrain.com.

There are also TED Talks videos that contain some expert advice.

In this TED Talks less than 6 minutes video I discovered this morning, David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users.

David Pogue is the personal technology columnist for the New York Times and a tech correspondent for CBS News. He’s also one of the world’s bestselling how-to authors, with titles in the For Dummies series and his own line of “Missing Manual” books.

David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips

Timothy Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur, angel investor, and public speaker. In 2007, he published The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich.  The 4-Hour Workweek which has made the Best Seller List for 7 consecutive years from 2007 to 2013.

Tim Ferriss shares how to master any skill by deconstructing it

Timothy Ferris says is possible be able to complete that 4-hour work week that and yet we have more work and more distractions than ever before.

Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

Nigel Marsh is the author of “Fat, Forty and Fired” and “Overworked and Underlaid.” He’s the Regional Group CEO of Young and Rubicam Brands for Australia & New Zealand. In 2005 he came second last in the Bondi to Bronte ocean race.

Discussion

We live in the age of information overload and despite the fact most readers are skim reading there is an increased emphasis placed upon publishing great content.  I’d love to hear any time management tips you would like to share.

Hatip to Lorelle

Related posts found in this blog:
8 Tips for Effective Blogging
Tips for Organized Blogging
6 Traits of Successful Bloggers
Blogging, Content Creation and Time Management
Bloggers: Are You Still Multitasking?

34 thoughts on “12 Time Management Tips for Top Blogging Performance

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  5. I gleaned so much value from this post and the videos. I’ve referred back quite to it quite a few times already. Thank you so much for this article and for your extremely helpful blog.

    • @renatemarie
      Thank you so much for sharing your appreciation here with me. I treasure every comment and when I see thousands enter and leave without submitting one it’s hard not to wonder if I did well or not.

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  9. Hi!i aprox post articles twice a week,the rest of the time i approve comments,reply to them reply to emails,i work for the other posts to be pubblished etc.i do my best to blog in time.i do not publicize how often i post,because that may very depending on my offline life.i do have a schedule of my own though

    • Hi there,
      You twice weekly publication schedule is like mine. I aim to post twice weekly but I don’t share which dates that will be on, as I don’t want to lock into specific days of the week. I need the flexibility to be able to select the days based on my other ie. offline commitments.

  10. I’m doing NaBloPoMo and it’s just amazing how I’m able to do 5 different posts in 5 days where previously I swore that I had absolutely no time to blog! Thanks for the tips. I use a calendar and even though I don’t follow it religiously, it helps a whole lot to even look at the tool.

    • Hi Kinna,
      All my best to you during this NaBloPoMo month. Editorial calendars and weekly schedules are great for helping us organize and stay on track but I don’t recommend becoming rigid. They are guidelines and we need to retain flexibility too.

  11. This is fabulous advice, timethief. I wish I were better at time management, to be honest. I know I do well with connecting to other bloggers via commenting, etc, But, generally, I struggle constantly to find enough time. Sometimes I spend too much time commenting and not enough writing. Oh, well, gotta keep trying. Write? (pun intended)

    Blogging from Ecuador,
    Kathy

  12. Time processing tips

    I write in the day and schedule posts to publish at midnight when I am asleep.

    Then comes morning:
    1. Coffee or preferred day starter
    2. Approve comments if needed, then answer all comments
    3. Check stats, especially referrers and also search engine terms for potential future posts
    4. Check junk mail first, add real people to contacts for future Inbox delivery
    5. Check Inbox mail and reply to all messages even it is just ‘thank you, I will respond in detail later this week’.
    6. Check Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn for no more than 10 minutes – these modalities are the biggest potential ‘time suck’.
    7. Read all relevant posts via WordPress reader / ‘like’, read and comment on colleagues in the same arena. Also search for and ‘like’ any posts outside your arena but relevant to your latest post. e.g: in the case of your arena of blogging; ‘like’ if not actually read all time management posts in the last month/s.
    8. Start writing and research. Ignore all the above processes except No. 7 until the next day
    9. During the day; every good idea for a post becomes a Draft post with a heading to be written at a future date. Aim to write at least 1000 words (or your preferred goal) a day.
    10. Evening – bedtime reading as per No. 7.

  13. I’m not sure this qualifies as time management advice. I try to write my weekly post at least one week ahead. That gives me time to fine-tune it, add photos, etc. I also try to respond to other bloggers’ posts that I follow in manageable chunks. I’ve cut back on my time on Facebook this past summer so that I do have more time to do what I love best: writing. Time to spend with my family and on my job? Well, I didn’t say I perfected this. I’m still a work in progress. :lol:

    • Hi there,
      I’m happy to know you think I’ve included useful links in my post. Some but not all are to my earlier posts. Others are to resources I found useful and assume will be helpful to my Readers too. Best wishes for becoming organized and successful blogger.

    • Hi Katherine,
      It’s good to know you think I “pinned it”. Early on in my blogging I began to note what experts advised when it came to time management and organization and I have acted on their tips. From time to time I research to see if any new tips have surfaced. I stick to what I posted above year round, however, when my health breaks down, as it does from time to time, it’s as if a house of cards has been blown down. I find myself starting all over again with a new editorial calendar.

  14. Very very useful time management tips. I was looking forward for something like this. I appreciate the tip number 7 and number 9 since my eyes these days have started to show signs of fatigue and organizing and working in all areas of blogging is not easy. But scheduling and making a calendar about everything will help me a lot. Otherwise the task of simple, quality post becomes too overwhelming sometimes if one is not properly organized. Taking a scheduled break is a very important tip. Thanks for an excellent post, just what I was searching for. Take care and God bless.

    • Hello there,
      Thanks so much for commenting. It’s good to get feedback that so I know I delivered what you were seeking. Hopefully, it’s what at least some of my other Readers are seeking too.

      My hubby calls me the time juggler because I can keep “so many balls in the air”. By that he means I schedule working in our business, completing my contracted work, housework and yard work, and still making the time to blog in. It has never been easy and I don’t claim I have mastered this at all. There have been times when the task of creating and publishing a quality post has seemed like an impossible challenge to face and to overcome. It’s being committing to planning ahead, getting organized and doggedly carrying through that is the saving grace for any productive blogger.

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