Last Updated September 2021 by Crystallace
7 Time Management Tips for Bloggers
Do you feel like you’re never able to keep up with your blog? Are there days where you’re working on it for hours and still feel like you’ve got nothing to show for it?
When I first started blogging, I felt like that on many days. If this sounds like you, there’s a very good chance that time management is the culprit.
Good old-fashioned procrastination might be the reason why you haven’t had the time to manage your time properly.
If you want to do more in less time, here are 7 time management tips that will help you get on top of yourself:
1) Start Small
Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking about everything that needs to be done at the same time. Break it down for yourself – start small and you’ll find it much easier to get results.
As a blogger you wear a lot of hats. In addition to being a blogger I have to play the role of social media marketer, graphic designer, writer and content researcher. These tasks have to be done in order to take your blogging from a time sucker to a money making business.
Start by doing just one thing each day until you get into a manageable groove. Have one day for writing, one day for keyword research, one day for scheduling social media, etc.
2) Schedule Time for Blogging
Just like you schedule time for any other job or appointment, set aside blogging time in your planner and stick to it. It will help you stay focused on the task at hand and may even stop those pesky bloggers’ block sessions where you’re confused as to what to do for your blog today.
Use the tools at your disposal such as Google Calendar, Trello, Asana, etc to help you manage all your blogging tasks on a daily and weekly basis.
I have a planner just for my blog.
3) Set Goals and Make Plans
Most newbie bloggers set themselves unrealistic goals that they never manage to achieve – it’s one of the main reasons why so many blog projects fall by the wayside. So don’t take this step lightly, sit down with a pen and paper (or your favorite planner app) and come up with SMART goals:
Specific: What are you trying to achieve?
Measurable: How will you know when it’s done?
Achievable: Is it realistic?
Relevant: Is this goal appropriate for your blog?
Time-Bound: When will you have it done?
One SMART goal might be to write two blog posts each week and schedule all the accompanying promotions necessary for them. Then, using the tools at your disposal, break this weekly task down into smaller, more manageable goals.
4) Early Mornings Are Your New Best Friend
If you are a new blogger, you may find that the demands of your day job and other commitments will limit the time you can devote to blogging.
Make a list of all your daily tasks and then make a plan that will allow you to fit them all in while still leaving time for blogging. Remember, successful bloggers are organized — early mornings work best for many successful bloggers so set your alarm to get some work done early when your house is quiet and your brain is firing.
The sacrifice made now will pay off later as you will be able to get more done in less time making it possible to spend your evenings with family and friends.
5) Start and End on Time
Do what you can to make sure that you start and end on time. Schedule regular blogging sessions each day – or at least 2 or 3 times a week. Try to stick to your schedule, you’ll be amazed how much this simple trick will take off your daily stress levels.
Knowing that 3 times per week, you made the effort to put in 2 hours’ worth of solid work, will see your efforts start to mushroom and motivate you to keep going.
6) Write Quality Content
Writing quality content is the foundation of any successful blog and it can also help you save time in other ways. If you don’t have enough time to write high-quality posts for yourself, give out free guest blogging opportunities. It is better to spend more time writing quality content than churning out blog posts just for the sake of it. This will leave you wondering why you’re not getting the results you’re hoping for.
Here is an example of a guest post I did for another blog.
7) Schedule Social Media Posts
This step is not always necessary but if you feel like social media takes up too much of your precious time, schedule specific times to tweet, pin and share on Facebook. Use your social media management apps where possible – once scheduled they can post automatically which means no more wasted time.
If you’re one of those bloggers who feels like they’re not getting anywhere in terms of keeping up with a blog, it’s probably because you are working against yourself by not managing your time properly. So next time you feel overwhelmed, take a step back and think about how to make your blogging life easier on yourself.
Which one of these time management tips are you going to start using? Let me know in the comments.