Whether we blog purely for passion, a side hustle, or a full-time gig, consistent blogging is a big-time commitment that requires a lot of planning and effective time management. As a blogger who works two jobs and is in graduate school, excellent time management is essential for me to maintain consistency with my blog without bleeding into my personal and professional life.
Please keep reading for my top time management hacks that help me make the most of my time.
Productivity Hacks for Bloggers
Create an Edit Calendar | Whether you prefer a physical planner, an online system, or a simple Excel Spreadsheet, creating a monthly or seasonal edit calendar is a huge time management aid. Why? By creating an edit calendar, you can effectively plan your content ahead of time and follow a schedule for writing content and shooting photography.
Added benefits to creating and following an Excel Edit calendar include the ability to visualize your content for the month and space out content that may be too similar. Additionally, by using Excel, I can easily swap out content and color code certain themes as I deem necessary
Make the Most of Your Commute | As someone who used to spend a ton of time on public transportation commuting to-and-from work, I used this time to stay up to date with my friends’ posts, both in terms of their blogs and social media accounts. By using this time to stay up-to-date with your friends’ posts, you’ll never fall behind and have to play catch up! Alternatively, you can use this commute time to write and edit posts, or to edit photography for your future blog or social media posts.
Automate Where Possible | I’m a huge fan of saving time wherever possible. By automating tasks, I’m able to save a ton of time. I use automation tools for Twitter Promotion (Buffer), Instagram Posting (Planoly), and for Blog Posting (WordPress Scheduler). I even use an online spell checking tool called Grammarly to assist me with blog editing!
Try the Pomodoro Method | The Pomodoro Method is a time-management technique that I discovered in 2018 and have been following ever since! At its core, this method is supposed to help individuals prioritize their most important tasks of the day and to be more productive with less time.
The Pomodoro Method calls for 25-minute increments of work solely focused on completing one task with zero distractions (no phone calls, no texting, no eating, no bathroom breaks, etc.) until a timer goes off. After each “Pomodoro” (work session), the worker has the option for a two-minute break or to start the next work session. Although this sounds simple, it can be quite challenging for anyone who is glued to their phone or who works a job that requires constant email-checking…. if a Pomodoro is “broken” then the timer must be restarted.
There are free Pomodoro-timer sites online, as well as physical planners that can be used to help plan out a day’s work. Not only does my planner help me to prioritize my tasks each day, but it helps me to get a better sense of how long any given task should take me.
Set Your Own Pace | What do I mean by this? There are no steadfast rules of how many pieces of content a blogger should be writing each month.
If writing two times a week seems daunting, try aiming for one post a week and sticking to it. After some time, if this cadence proves doable, try increasing your post frequency. Don’t let anyone else dictate how to run your blog! Find a pace that works for you and stick to it. Also, don’t be afraid to take breaks whenever you need it – I took a month-long blogging break this year!
Final Thoughts on Time-Management for Bloggers
In addition to the above methods, I enjoy writing posts and shooting photographs in bulk when I have free time on the weekends. Why? I’m personally more productive when I can get in a groove Others may be more successful with writing posts and shooting photographs daily.
Overall, when it comes to time management for blogging there is no secret sauce or magic method that will work for everyone. Ultimately, we all have to find our own groove when it comes to time management for blogging. While the above methods have worked for me, they may not be conducive to everyone’s schedule!
P.S. Don’t let anyone pressure you into believing that you have to spend tons of money on planning or automation tools for your blog. While tools like this can be effective, they are by no means necessary.
Looking for more tips on how to step up your blogging game? Check out Blogger Recognition Award: Why I Write & Tips for New Bloggers, Helpful Tools for Blog Planning & Scheduling, and 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging.
What is your best productivity hack for blogging? Please let me know in the comments below.