Scheduling 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
- Consult your editorial calendar and create a day by day schedule for the upcoming week.
- Focus on breaking large, time-consuming tasks into smaller tasks.
- Write down your blogging goals for the following day every evening. Be brief and clear.
- Prioritize your tasks and create a shortlist of 3 -4 major tasks for the day.
- Create a minor project list of 1 or 2 tasks you may or may not have time to undertake.
- Use the 40-minute rule (scroll down to “Time Management Approaches“) before scheduling a 5 – 10 – 15 – 20 minute break.
- Integrate healthy meals and energizing snacks, eye exercises, stretching and wrist flexibility exercises, aerobic exercise and brief outdoor walks into your schedule.
- Schedule enough time for writing your blog posts, promoting your posts, answering comments, commenting on other blogs and building relationships with other bloggers.
- 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.
- Organize your work space the evening before so everything you need is at hand.
- Eliminate distractions and reduce the possibility of interruptions before starting your work.
- Set your intention, keep your targeted audience in mind and follow the 10 Guidelines for Writing Engaging Posts.
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.
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.
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?
- Developing a Routine (templeofhestia.wordpress.com)
- Time management (mm07808.wordpress.com)
- The Difference Between Time Management and Task Management (business2community.com)