How To Successfully Conquer Time Management When Blogging
Time management is the one of the top struggles any blogger/business owner has. It’s one of those things where you have to make it a lifestyle or else. If you work a 9-5 and love to blog but keep reminding yourself that there’s no possible way…….there actually is. It’s called structure + balance. So today we’re discussing how you can successfully conquer time management when blogging.
Every business needs a blog. It’s that important. Number one, it shows your clients who you really are and number two, it boosts your SEO. Blogging is a full time job. If someone told you it’s all fun and games, it’s not! Yes, it is! Haha. But it is a business in itself. Treat it as such.
1.) Set a schedule- each morning when you wake, take 2 hours to dedicate to blogging updates, meetings, phone calls, emails. This allows you plenty enough time to start drafts, schedule posts, get started and feel accomplished. I make it a habit to log into my WP account before anything else. Even if I open other things like; emails, FB, etc……at least I’m logged in and that way I remember to finish making some strides.
2.) Make it top priority- I know, we all have kids, routines that don’t revolve around blogging and our websites. Now it’s time to actually fit it into your day like, HEY, GIRL HEY!!!! If you make yourself eat everyday, then make yourself write everyday.
3.) Get a vision board- grab a board that you can tack notes and photos too! this helps me visualize my goals and follow through with them. Just glancing at an inspirational saying will help you move mountains. It’s also great for little reminders. If you work from home or even if you don’t, get one now!!!
4.) My Favorite- More coffee please! There’s something about a gal, her mug, and a desk! Make some coffee and get to work. Ideas will start flowing and you’ll have a reason to create. Just because your business is not related to something, doesn’t mean that you cannot post about it. Yes, you want it to be relevant but keep in mind….your blog is your blog. Talk about whatever you wish. Here’s a PRO TIP: if your business is about clothing—-post 10 Ways to Wear A Blouse……something along those lines! You get it! It’s so easy to create topics. It’s just actually getting them written + published. But remember it’s key to your success, so it’s a must.
5.) The 3 Times A Day Rule- If you’re as busy as most of us truly are, you have to apply this rule. It goes hand in hand with social media as well. The 3X day rule. The morning, noon and night trick. If you don’t have time in the morning to attack a post, then attempt in the afternoon. If that fails there’s tonight. If that doesn’t work, there’s always tomorrow. HOWEVER, if you train your brain to think about your blogging at least three times a day, you will start doing it. Time management is all about scheduling, routines and structure. Once you constantly think about blogging/writing articles for your business, it becomes a part of your life.
6.) Passion + Learning- The real struggle with blogging is the fact that you may lose interest or you may not fully understand it, how to tackle it weekly, etc. Think about your passion. It’s probably your business, your life in general, where you want to be 5 years from now, what excites you……If you love art | hustling | connecting | creating | building | growing, then you learn to have a passion for the things that come with accomplishing those things you love! You begin to learn new things and find a way to complete those management tasks.
7.) Give up 1 day- I allow myself one day per week to escape the internet, blogging, networking, cleaning, juggling parenthood and everything else life brings just to have one day to pull back the sanity!! If you need 2 to start, go slowly. By giving yourself breaks in between, you rejuvenate. Just like anything else in life. We manage our time to get our kids to/from school, be on time for work, make it to appointments…….do the same for your websites.
8.) Make it fun- What’s a blog if it’s no fun. Boring posts are gonna have you quitting in no time. Create graphics, take nice photographs, write topics you like. Find the joy in it. Find inspiration by scrolling Pinterest about blogging.
9.) Focus- One thing I always try to remember is focusing on the top things in my life that I want to do to succeed. Whether you’re working more than 2 jobs or not, the priority lies within what’s most important to us. If running a website is too confusing, stay tuned…..we’re going to be offering a ton of helpful tips to get you to your goals.
10.) Sounds Cliche- but don’t give up! Whatever you need to do to get back in the game, relax, rest, clear your mind……and then jump back on board the moment you feel alive and well again.
Bonus Tip: always use your laptop….it’s sooooo much easier to write everything out on a bigger screen!
Coming soon I will have a post about why every business needs a blog and the importance of running a successful website. Stay tuned. Drop a comment if you need a tutorial or tips on anything else. As always, more coffee please!!! XO