This blog post covers a topic that I get asked almost every week. How can one get better at blogging by properly managing their time. There is so many tips and strategies that will help elevate your blogging game. I decided to cover some of the most important strategies that I have developed in the course of the last few months to really get me blogging more efficiently.
- Email, Phone Calls and Social Media can be a distraction when you are trying to focus on blogging. It is important to give yourself time blocks where you do not have any urgent distractions. I became so quick at blogging that a 15 minute time block is all I need to write out one post.
- Balance out your time on research and writing. Over months of practise it takes me 10 minutes to research a topic and even less time to figure out how I am going to position out my blog. Having an opinion comes easy because it is control of my own thoughts.
- Create a task list when blogging and stick to a daily schedule. When I research great pointers I tend to write them down on a list so I am sure to cover them on my blog post. I also have a specific email address dedicated for links I find through the web, social platforms and online on great content that I would like to write about in the future. I call this the content bank and when I am in need of content this is where I go to make a withdrawal of content.
- Avoid doing multiple things when writing. The TV is the worst distraction. I find I write better over a cup of tea, glass of wine or even listening to jazz music. The more relaxed you are the less distracted you are. Just last sunday I wrote out 9 blog posts within a span an hour and a half and a pot of tea.
- It is important to batch your time and really work in allotted work time. Time yourself and take frequent breaks to give your mind a break from writing and thinking. Create rewards at the end of each accomplishment.It is important to assign dedicated time for tasks.
- Do it, delegate it or Outsource. Use your time wisely. If you can afford to dedicate 15-20 minutes a day and enjoy writing then you should be the face of your brand. Blogging should be fun and an outlet. Most of my ideas come through consulting calls, conversations and listening to my clients problems. The use of a mobile phone allows me to capture these ideas in real time.
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- Use an editorial calendar and a whiteboard. A visual will show you where to put your focus on as far delivering and writing out content.
- Will categorize their topics and deliver content weekly on such topics. The use of Evernote, GrowlyBird, Onenote and applications like remember the milk to help them write out content and manage their tasks.
- Dismiss negativity, procrastination and hold yourself accountable. If you are behind schedule you make the time to catch up and see your project through. Blogging is like going to the gym, hard at first but a routine over time.
- Controls writers block by writing for the future and prepping the blogs necessities before the content is written.
- Schedule fun activities and reward yourself for efficiency. It is important to treat yourself right. The healthier you are the more able you are to do more. Look after the body and it will look after you.
- Your workspace should be writer friendly. A messy workstation typically creates chaos and disorganization. Staying on top of your work environment can also improve your productivity.
At the end of the day practise makes perfect. When I first started blogging it took a while but like anything else you find your strengths through determination and experience. Today what took me an hour to do when I first started writing now takes me 15 minutes. Allow your mind to take control and promote dialogue and engagement.