7 Essential Time Saving Tips For The Busy Blogger

I’ve been blogging now for just over three years and time flies so fast when I think back to when I first started my blog, taking photos at midnight, barely in focus and with the dreaded flash on. I thought I was the next bloody Zoella or something! What I have learnt is that you need to be damn good at time management and it can be tricky finding the time to blog! So I thought I would share the 7  top tips I’ve picked up along the way that are a lifesaver when it comes to managing your time and making that blogging life easier!
Always have a notebook of ideas!
Ideas come to me at the weirdest time of the day, most often than not when I’ve woke up in the middle of the night for a pee, my brain just pops a good idea into my head! In my half asleep state, I scrawl the idea into my notebook because that way I have it and I won’t forget about it! I couldn’t be without my notebook it’s really helped me in those times that I don’t know what to post!
Create some stock photos
There are a few easy ways to do this! The first could be that off you go outside somewhere that has lots of flowers and scenery and snap some photos that you can use to add text onto at a later date. I always have some flower related stock photos for the times when I’m stuck what image to use in a post! Your next option is to take some photos without the intention of using them in a post. Create some flatlays and blog photos not centred around anything and that you can use anywhere and it’ll save you a bucket load of time when it comes to finding a picture for a post or creating a Pinterest graphic!
Stick to a schedule
I find that I get far more done when I set aside a time slot to get stuff for my blog done. I’d usually do this at times when I feel more productive. For me, it’s the evenings and weekends so on the weekend I type up my blog posts, take all of the images for those and get them scheduled. Then through the week, I’ll set aside 45 minutes an evening to get all of my tweets scheduled in! Do what works for you, though!
Set yourself a deadline
This one might not work for you all but I love pressure ha! I like having an inner competition with myself and setting myself a challenge. I set aside some time to write a post so what I would do is give myself two hours to write, schedule the post and then schedule all the tweets to it. If I don’t beat the two-hour mark, that’s fine and no big deal but I like a mini challenge!
Drafts!
I try and get all of my posts written over the weekend but in the week if I have some free time I’ll spend some time drafting up posts for future use if I ever get stuck for a blog post idea or if bloggers block strikes and I lose my mojo. I still like consistency and I like content to be going up even if I’m having a break! For that reasons, having some backup drafts are a god send!
Prioritise
My weekends always start with a plan of action! I sit down Saturday morning or Friday evening with a blank piece of paper and I write down everything that needs doing this weekend. Usually, it’s write and schedule the following weeks post, schedule social media content, reply to any missed emails, clear out email inbox and organise into folders and reply to blog comments. Sometimes my list changes a little here and there with more or less on there but I always decide what needs doing first and work from the top down! It gives me clear goals and puts an order to my chaos!
At the end of the day we are all entitled to a life and we can’t allow our blogs to take over it so don’t ever feel bad for missing a day but at least these are some tips to help you keep focused and on top of your workload! Do you have any time saving tips?
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15 Comments

  1. 16/04/2017 / 11:56 am

    I’m really struggling to prioritise right now, all I want to do is blog and enjoy the spring weather but I have exams looming and essays to write, yet here I am on this post haha! My schedule had been good but I’m rapidly coming the end of it with no new content planned, eek! xx

    Sophia xx http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

  2. 16/04/2017 / 5:09 pm

    Thank you for the tips! I’ve been so busy recently, and been finding it hard to find time to blog`

  3. 16/04/2017 / 5:09 pm

    I agree on all your tips!!! I can’t even imagine how it’s gonna be when I’m working now with Uni I can dedicate some more time to blogging but when I’ll start a job I know I will have to use all the tips I can get to stay in top of it!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Lea, xx
    http://www.asnippetoflife.com

    • throughthemirror
      01/05/2017 / 5:14 pm

      You’ll do it lovely! 😀

  4. 16/04/2017 / 5:26 pm

    I really need to get more organised with blogging! You’re my blog guru so I’m going to follow this post like it’s the bible! xx

    http://www.fridayfaye.com

    • throughthemirror
      01/05/2017 / 5:13 pm

      Faye your too cute!!! hahahahaha blog guru! You kill me hahah!

  5. 18/04/2017 / 8:51 pm

    These are all such good tips, I have to take loads of pictures in advance otherwise I can get so behind sometimes! I also totally agree with you about the notebook, sometimes I have been out and about and got a really good idea and then I always forget it by the time I get home! xx

    Laura | http://www.mylauralife.co.uk

    • throughthemirror
      01/05/2017 / 3:46 pm

      Yes! I’m always like this! Notes on your phone are good too!

  6. 19/04/2017 / 4:12 pm

    This is so helpful! I definitely find scheduling posts at least a week in advance helps me massively – I used to write the posts about an hour before publishing and it was mega stressful. Get home from work, rush out a blog post, hit publish, schedule tweets. Scheduling in advance actually saves me a lot of time, and stress!

  7. 21/04/2017 / 11:08 am

    Love this post! I really need to start sticking to a schedule of drafting my posts, I end up taking too long to start putting my ideas into a post and then I completely forget everything I was going to talk about. Some great tips!

    Ellie x

    http://www.elliesbitsofbeauty.wordpress.com

    • throughthemirror
      01/05/2017 / 3:34 pm

      This is me sometimes too hahah! I hope they help you!

  8. 27/04/2017 / 2:26 am

    I’ve been really struggling with finding the time to blog lately, so thank you for sharing these tips! I think that prioritizing is so important ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

    • throughthemirror
      01/05/2017 / 3:31 pm

      It really is! Especially when it comes to saving time!

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