Last Updated March 2022 by Crystallace
So I have been getting a lot of questions about how much work does it take to start and maintain a blogging business?
How to come up with a good daily blogging schedule?
If you are just starting out with your blog, I’m sure you’re overwhelmed with the number of tasks that most bloggers do on a daily basis. I guess what’s running through your head is:
“How do they keep up with all of this?“
Believe me, you don’t have to. All you need is a system that will help you achieve your blogging goals and stay productive throughout the year.
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How to Create an Effective Daily Blogging Schedule
First, let us divide the most common blogging tasks into two categories namely:
1. Admin tasks
2. Content creation
Every blogger’s daily blogging schedule includes a ton of admin tasks a.k.a. what’s going on behind the scenes. Admin tasks are usually the boring stuff, but it contributes to the success of running a blogging business.
Some of these tasks include, but not limited to:
- Sending email newsletters
- Replying to email subscribers
- WordPress website maintenance
Here comes the juicy part. A blogger is famous for creating “awesome content” and doing so requires a ton of work. Therefore, a daily blogging schedule is very important to publish content consistently. To achieve this, every blogger must have:
- Content calendar
- Learn SEO
- Manage different social media accounts
- Create products/services
- Write and publish sponsored posts
- Reach out to brands for partnership deals
Phew, that’s a lot of work.
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How do you make a daily blogging schedule?
A blog doesn’t run on its own. So you have to create a system that allows you to run your business and stay on top of everything.
That’s why it’s so important to have an effective daily blogging schedule. Here are some of the most practical and effective ways to boost productivity.
1. Create a list of monthly goals and divide them into smaller tasks
For example, next month, your top 3 goals would be:
- Get 10k page views
- Earn $1,000
- Get 1k IG followers
To achieve this, you need to create a list of daily and weekly tasks that will help you achieve your monthly goals. These smaller tasks may include but not limited to:
- Create a content calendar for Instagram
- Publish 2 blog posts per week
- Create and sell a product/service
2. Create an uninterrupted work schedule for your blog
What I love about starting a blogging business is the freedom to work anytime, anywhere.
However, freedom is not absolute.
And sometimes, we tend to abuse the flexible work schedule we have, which sadly leads to procrastination.
Thankfully, there are strategies we can do to help us get back on track.
The Pomodoro Technique is one of them. Basically, the concept is to allow yourself to work in intervals with short breaks.
For example, let’s say you need to publish 1 blog post today. Two rounds of the Pomodoro Technique will help you get started.
The first round would look like this:
25 minutes (keyword research, outlining, images) > 10-minute break > 25 minutes (first draft)
Whereas, the second round would look like this:
25 minutes (proofreading and editing) > 10-minute break > 25 minutes (upload and publish on WordPress)
By using the Pomodoro Technique, you’re able to write, edit, and publish a blog post in 2 hours! If you need a timer, here is a list of the best Pomodoro apps for Mac and Android users.
Another effective method is time blocking.
Basically, the concept tells you what to do and when to do it.
This method works because it allows you to prepare your daily blogging schedule ahead of time. The only downside is if something goes wrong, the entire system will collapse.
So, how does it work?
The perfect example would be similar to a college class schedule. You select a time and day to attend a class, when to take a break, and then proceed to the next class.
This is probably one of the most difficult but practical advice on this list. Imagine pushing yourself to finish a blog post today, only to realize that you need to run a few errands, reply to emails, and get ready for an IG story.
Your to-do list never ends.
So you’re going to need to prioritize. For example:
- Writing a blog post first, then check your emails
- Instead of cooking, order take-out instead (do your meal prepping and grocery shopping during weekends)
- Create and schedule your IG content, then browsing and connect with other IG influencers later
Knowing what’s important will help you focus on tasks that require immediate attention.
4. Learn to say No
This tip goes hand in hand with number 3. You see, it’s really impossible to say Yes to everything. Mind you, I learned it the hard way.
Eventually, you will realize that you don’t need to have everything to be someone.
Focus on your goals, follow where it leads you, and eliminate the rest.
5. Create habits that you can stick to
Lastly, an effective daily blogging schedule needs a set of good habits.
For example, if your blogging schedule starts at 8 AM, you can wake up at 6 AM to get ready. That’s two hours that you can spend journaling, prepare breakfast, get a nice cold shower, and dress up.
Good habits don’t have to be extravagant and expensive.
As long as it helps you stay productive throughout the day, you’re all set.
In the end, an effective daily blogging schedule will depend mostly on the lifestyle you have, and how much work you want to be accomplished at a given time.
A mom blogger’s schedule is different from a travel blogger.
Meanwhile, a part-time blogger’s work schedule is different from a full-time blogger.
Prioritize, say no, and create good habits.
How are you struggling with your daily blog schedule? Let me know in the comments.
Really love the idea of taking breaks in between. Sometimes blogging can become overwhelming and that could really help.
This is something I need to still work on myself. Sometimes I am stuck to the screen but when I do take breaks it really helps.
I definitely needed this!! I struggle with blogging and being consistent. As much as I love it, I have too many thoughts lol
I understand! I keep a ton of planners and notepads to jot down ideas and I get to them eventually.
Great tips I needed to read since I have only been blogging 6 months. I have found starting with monthly goals is key as well.
Yes, goals are everything!
Learning to say no is the hardest for me!
A good way to change that is to start committing to yourself first!