As a busy mom who works full time from home and still finds time to write for her blog every day I have a lot of productivity tips. I mean when you have more to do than there are hours in a day you have to make the most of your time. I mean honestly, let’s take a look at how I spend my hours in a typical week:
Total hours in 7 days: 24 hours a day X 7 days = 168 hours
Hours spent sleeping: 8 hours a night X 7 days = 56 hours
Hours spent working: 40 hours work at home + 25 hours at the hospital = 65 hours
Approximate hours spent cooking/eating: 1.5 hours a day X 5 days a week = 7.5 (not accounting for time working at the hospital since those hours are already taken)
Shower/giving daughter a bath: 1 hour a day approximately = 7 hours
Cleaning: Approximately 1 hour a day = 7 hours
Workout: 30 minutes per day = 3.5 hours
Time spent blogging: 2 hours per day X 7 days a week = 14 hours
In the end, if you add all this up, that equals 160 hours already accounted for, not to mention any time needed for driving and grocery shopping. or anything else that comes along. Add the fact that I am trying to clean up the house and finish the basement in hopes that we can move soon and every second of my week is occupied.
Because of this I have found the best way to make the most of the time I have and to be as productive as I possibly can. I know that a lot of people struggle with time management, so I thought I would share some of my top productivity tips for bloggers so you can make the most of your time and your blog.
- Use an editorial calendar. I have talked about my goal to use an editorial calendar before and how well it has paid off, but until you use one, you really don’t know how beneficial it can be. I never realized how much time I was wasting wondering what I was going to write for the next day. Often time that was the problem, I would write a post for the next day then spend half an hour trying to decide what the next post would be. I was never more than a day ahead because of this. I found that if I took the time to plan out my editorial calendar at the beginning of the month it made things go a lot smoother and because I knew what I was going to write about from day to day I was able to get ahead.
- Treat your blog like a business. You may have started your blog as a hobby, but many hobbies get pushed to the side when you find yourself busy. If you start treating your blog like a business, you will make sure to set aside time to work on it and make it better. At the same time, you should set time limits. You may be tempted to spend an entire day on your blog, and there is nothing wrong with that, but you need to set a goal for the day. It would be easy to say you are going to spend 8 hours on the blog today, but you can spend 8 hours just on social media and promotions. What you should do is set a goal for, let’s just say, 2 posts in 8 hours, then you can spend any additional time doing whatever else you want, if there is any. You don’t walk into work without a plan, so make sure you have a plan for the day with your blog.
- Write when you can. If you find yourself with a little extra spare time you may be tempted to spend it doing something else, but if you are trying to get ahead, you should use your spare time to write. Once you are ahead you can then start taking some of that spare time to yourself.
- Even once you are ahead though, you need to keep writing as much as you can. Many times people think that once they are ahead they are good to go, but you need to keep it up to continue to be ahead. Let’s say you are a week ahead of schedule, that doesn’t mean you should stop working on the blog for a week. You should continue to write enough to at least stay ahead a week, but if you can get further ahead that is great too.
- Remember that rejected guest post you were so proud of? Use it on your blog! I know how hard it can be, you spend time on a post that you think is one of the best posts you have ever written only to have it rejected as a guest post. Don’t throw it away. Just because another blog doesn’t like the post doesn’t mean it’s not a great post. You spent the time on it, so why not use it on your blog? If you don’t use it anywhere, it was just a waste of time, so don’t waste your time.
- Automate, automate, automate. Before I knew about scheduling posts I spent every day logging on so that I could hit publish at just the right time and write up my social media posts. This usually took me anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how lost I got in the social media platforms. Since discovering how to schedule my posts and social media shares, I spend 0 minutes a day on this. I am able to do this at the same time I schedule the post, which saves me so much time. I suggest you look into it and find the best tool for you.
- Let guest authors write for you, but still be picky about what posts you accept. When you are working with great bloggers, you will waste very little time on editing. On the other hand, when working with those who are just looking for a link, you will spend more time editing posts than you would have spent if you just wrote the post yourself. Typically, I skim through a post and if I can spot spelling and grammar errors with a quick skim, I reject it. Often time this means there are a lot of mistakes and will take a lot of time to edit. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write that day, but you will have one day where you don’t have to worry about scheduling a post, meaning you are one day ahead for every guest post you accept.
With such a busy schedule and so much going on in my life I have to find what works best for me to be as productive as I can be. I am always looking for ways to help get more done in a shorter amount of time and I love sharing with you my tips.
I also love hearing about your tips! Do you have any tips for improving your productivity that I haven’t listed here?