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!
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!
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?