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Okay, let’s talk about time management.
Something I often see new bloggers (and seasoned bloggers) struggle with is time management and trying to tackle the endless to-do list that comes with starting and growing a blog. Many of us have experienced burnout from trying to do it all. I know I definitely have!
So, what time management and productivity tricks can we as bloggers incorporate into our lives to better manager our giant blogging to-do list, and be able to get more done?!
Well, that is what this post is all about friends! So let’s dive right in.
7 Time Management Tips for Bloggers
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1 | Remove Distractions
Something I am definitely guilty of is having a million distractions around me while working on my blog. My phone is next to me, the TV is on in the background, my dog is on my lap, etc.
Once I started eliminating distractions, I became more productive. It is more than just external distractions as well. It is also about sticking with the task you start rather than multitasking. I don’t know how many times I sit down and start working on a post, and then an hour goes by and I have pinned on Pinterest, checked my email list stats for the week, re-designed my sidebar, and basically did everything except finish my blog post.
I started to really block out time for specific tasks. I would sit down and say okay, I need to work on this blog post for 30 minutes before I am allowed to open another tab to do anything else. The best part is, usually by that 30 minute mark I am in the zone and forget about the time limit I set, and end up just powering through until I am done.
We are all different, and how you choose to eliminate distractions while you work is completely up to you. I know having a child changes things, you can’t really eliminate the distractions that come with being a mom because it’s a 24/7 job (I get it, I have a 17 month old). So, figure out what works best for you and your life! Whether it is time blocking, a to-do list, a home office, leaving your phone in another room, whatever, reducing distractions will improve your productivity in a big way!
2 | Evaluate Your Time
Something that really opened my eyes was evaluating my time for a week. I took the time to write down exactly how I spent my time for one full week, and it blew my damn mind. Basically you write down the task you’re doing and the time you start and finish. Every time you browse your Instagram, or watch Netflix, take a shower, prepare a meal, etc., Write. It. down.
If you are a person who feels like your too busy and have no time, I challenge you to do this. You may be surprised where you are losing or straight up wasting time throughout the week. The amount of time I spent aimlessly on my phone doing nothing productive was SHOCKING.
It really opens your eyes and makes you realize that you may be putting more time into the things in your life that you would probably consider low priority (phone, internet, TV, shopping) and not enough time into things you probably consider high priority (Your family, exercise, self-care, working on your blog).
Once you evaluate, you need to figure out where you can make changes or eliminate time-suckers to free up more time for the important things in your life (like blogging).
3 | Plan and Schedule
Start creating a monthly and weekly plan and/or schedule. I like to stay organized and on track by using a planner. Planning out what tasks and projects you want to get done, setting goals, tracking your progress, and planning when to post, etc. is extremely helpful in staying on track and being consistent with your blog.
I have always used a planner in my life, but a regular planner just wasn’t cutting it for my blog planning needs. So, I created my own printable planner! It has everything I need to organize my time and crush my blogging goals. The best part is, it is available for my readers too!
See all the details & grab your own Blog Planner Below:
4 | Automate When You Can
Anything that can save you some time with your blog is a great investment in my opinion! So, let’s talk about how amazing automation tools are. Basically depending on your needs, you can use tools that save you time by pretty much doing the work for you. A set it and forget it kind of thing! For example, Pinterest is extremely important for my blog because it is my biggest source of traffic. But, as most people are well aware of, Pinterest can be a huge productivity killer. Not only does it take up a ton of time to ONLY manually pin, but it also sucks you in and next thing you know an hour has gone by and all you have done is pinned some home decor inspo’s.
I use Tailwind to prevent me from wasting hours and hours every week trying to pin manually. Don’t get me wrong, pinning manually is beneficial, but depending completely on manual pinning enough to see real results, is very time-consuming. That is where Tailwind comes into play. I spend an hour each week to schedule my pins via Tailwind, and BOOM the rest of the work is done for me everyday. You can also use the optimized schedule, and Tailwind Tribes with Tailwind, which further adds to the reason it an amazing tool! Get a month of Tailwind for free when you sign up here!
I also use Convertkit to Automate my email sequences. This saves me so much time! Every time someone opts into my email list, they are automatically but into a sequence and receive a series of emails full of value and helpful content. I would never be able to send these emails out to every single person who signed up to my list on my own, it would be too confusing and way to time-consuming. I can also pre-write my weekly emails and schedule them to be sent when I want. Convertkit is an amazing email marketing platform for bloggers. You can try Convertkit FREE for 14 days if you are interested in automating your own email list and saving a ton of time!
Related Reading: A ConvertKit Tutorial: The Beginners Guide to Email Marketing
5 | Time Block or Batch Tasks
Time blocking your tasks or batching things together into certain days of the week is a great way to stay focused and on track.
For example, each day you block out certain periods of time for specific tasks, and you focus 100% of the task during the designated block of time. So, from 8AM – 9AM everyday you may block that out for answering emails and Social Media Messages. From 1PM – 3PM everyday you may focus on blog content.
Or you can batch your tasks into days. So for example, on Monday you focus only on creating content. On Tuesday you focus on planning and scheduling Social Media. And so on and so on.
Both of these options are great ways to stay focused and organized.
6 | Tackle Small Tasks First
If you are feeling unmotivated, a great trick is to tackle the easiest task on your to-do list first. Usually completing that first task will help you get into the productive mindset and keep working through your to-do list. And, if it doesn’t, well at least you finished one easy task!
7 | Take Breaks
Don’t forget to take a break! Sure, it is important to stay on track and work hard to see results with your blog, but don’t over do it. Blogging is A LOT of work, and the constant to-do list never really ends. So, while it’s important to work hard and stay determined, it is also so important to take breaks when you are feeling overwhelmed or burnt out.
Once you start forcing yourself to work on your blog it gets seen as a chore, and that is how many bloggers start to lose their love for blogging, and instead start to resent it. That is how many bloggers end up quitting. When you feel yourself forcing or pushing to get things done, that is the sign you need to take a break. Never feel guilty about taking a step back. I know many bloggers don’t give themselves a day off, let alone a whole weekend. Any other job, you get time off. So give yourself permission to take time off and don’t feel guilty about it!
Related Reading: 8 Ways to Overcome Blogger Burnout
So, those are my favorite productivity and time management hacks as a blogger! What are your favorite organization tips & tricks as a blogger or small biz owner? Leave me a comment below!