For bloggers the biggest hurdle to overcome is simply finding the time to sit down and blog. Whether it’s because you always find yourself busy or because you find you’re too tired and uninspired to blog when you do have the time, time management is something that is of particular interest to bloggers who want to be a little more productive. Here are 6 best time saving tips to help you save time and become a more prolific blogger.
1) Have a Plan
Don’t wing it. When you have a blog going, plan as to what you will do with it. You can set up a schedule for posts to follow diligently, giving you a benchmark to fall back on when you deviate.
For example, you write a blog on vegetarianism. Set aside Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays for blog posts. Select a topic for each day’s post beforehand. Say, on Sundays you decide you are going to give a recipe for a vegetarian dish. On Tuesdays, you’re going to have advice on how to commit to a vegetarian diet. And so on.
Having a plan gives you a structure to follow, making it easier to keep on track and perhaps more importantly, making it easier to get back on track if you fall behind.
2) Batch your tasks together
Don’t try to do everything at once. Set aside a chunk of time for writing content. Set aside a separate period of time for moderating your blog or connecting via social media. You’ll find that focusing on a single task will provide greater dividends overall than if you keep jumping around and trying to multitask.
3) Isolate the work; don’t get distracted
Distractions are everywhere. Whether it’s Facebook and Twitter, or TV and your best friend, there’s always something to take your mind off work. So when you want to blog, you have to cut yourself off from these distractions.
Switch off your browser when you’re writing content. If you can afford it, have an entirely separate computer for writing. Lock the door; ask your family or roommates to give you the space you need. Commit completely to the writing.
You’ll be surprised how well it works.
4) Use the tools available
Technology makes life easier. Use tools to help you make most of the time you have.
Apps like Focus Booster and TeuxDeux helps you keep on track. Services like www.viralcontentbuzz.com help take marketing your blog on social media off your hands. Do what you do best and take the help you need.
5) Keep your ideas handy
If you blog, you most likely don’t stop thinking about what you want to write about. Good. Whenever you have an idea you want to develop, jot it down. Using a voice recorder works just as well if not better.
This way, not only will you not run out of ideas, you can always drop an idea that doesn’t inspire you anymore and pick up another, without wasting time trying to figure out what to write about.
6) Build up an archive
Write up posts long before you put them up on your blog. Set aside a time for writing or just write when you have the urge and store what you get. When you need to post, pick and choose depending on what you want to say on your blog that day.
Having an archive is immensely helpful in picking up the slack when you miss a day or two because of an emergency or when you simply can’t find anything to write about. You’ll stress much less as well, knowing you have a backup you can fall back on if necessary.
Blogging is about passion. To make the best of it, pick and choose what works for you and forget about how anyone else does it. Do what comes to you best and have fun blogging.