Managing time perfectly as a blogger can be challenging. Are you with me?
If yes, read this article till the end, and you can have my top 10 Time Management Tips.
Why managing time as a blogger is important?
There are several reasons why you should manage your time effectively as a blogger. Here are some vital ones:
- Succeed faster – Managing time efficiently helps you advance your blogging career sooner. It has been found that bloggers who spend 6+ hours in blogging report strong results by 31%.
- Maintain consistency – Consistency is the most precious asset in blogging which you can earn by managing your blogging schedule.
- To blog and earn passive – If you are running a blog as side gig then it is super crucial you manage your time to grow it to the earning level eventually.
1. Work only when you feel productive
Sometimes it is all-important you know when to work hard and when not to.
You may not be productive throughout your time. So blog only when you feel you can give your 100%.
For example, I create content either in the morning or afternoon, when my creativity plays at its peak.
2. Have a to-do list
Having a to-do list can nudge you to prioritize your blogging tasks. It sets you off on the productive path each time you blog.
I use the notion to create a productive to-do list.
Add all blogging tasks you want to achieve in a day, and as soon as you accomplish a task, tick that box.
This way, you can get more done and be ready for another great day.
3. 80/20 rule of productivity
The Pareto principle states that roughly 80% of consequences come from 20% of causes (the “vital few”) for many outcomes.
Watch the following video to know more about the 80/20 rule.
The point is to focus only on the tasks that could drive you results and cut off the unnecessary ones.
For example, I was madly addicted to checking my website’s speed, which I feel fritter now as I realized.
Here’s how I optimized my website for better speed:
- I use the super light Kadence theme and WP Rocket on my website.
- Making the most out of my host ‘Hostinger’.
- Regularly cleaning my website’s database to remove bloatware.
- Using Cloudflare.
I now minimized the habit of checking website speed often to focus more on critical blogging tasks such as content creation, writing guest posts, etc.
Along with that, the following are a few ineffectual things bloggers need to avoid:
- Checking mailbox frequently.
- Overspending time on social media.
- Spending more time in planning over implementing.
Also read, 22 Ways to Speed up your WordPress Blog
4. Use POMODORO technique
POMODORO is a time management technique in which you break your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. These intervals are referred to as pomodoros. After every 3 to 4 POMODORO slabs, take a 30 minutes break to avoid burning out.
I use this technique to increase my focus and get ample relaxation to rejuvenate myself.
I use the Clockify tool to make POMODORO slabs. The tool is free to use.
5. Have deadlines
Deadlines are an effective way to cap your blogging work. It’s my little secret!
Here’s how I usually set a deadline:
Sign in to Trello, make your board, and add the tasks you want to accomplish there.
After that, click on any listed tasks, and set a deadline.
I’d like to warn you not to make deadline too rigid as it can reduce the quality of your output which I think is not worth it.
6. Reward yourself
Have you created a super in-depth SEO-friendly blog post putting a great effort?
If yes, then it is time you reward yourself with something which would help you get back to work with 2x the passion.
Let me share with you some inspiration:
- Eat sweet (P.S. I’m a hardcore sugar tooth).
- Chill with the Netflix.
- Get on to the gadgets like headphones, gaming controllers, etc.
- Take a walk.
- Go for a long ride.
- Spend happy time with your family.
Doing such small things helps me restore blogging passion and avoid burnout.
7. Plan a blog schedule
Let me be to the point – Building and managing a successful blog without an efficient blog schedule is impossible.
You may create the template including tasks like content creation, updating and republishing blog content, blog design, interlinking, outreach, link building, social media, etc.
With that in mind, I suggest you use Evernote to help you reach your blog goals. The tool is absolutely free to use.
Using Evernote, you can create and manage notes related to your blogging.
8. Overcome distractions while working
If you’re struggling to stay focused because of the distraction, you’re not alone.
Distraction can lead to poor blogging outcomes. Giving a 100% focus on your blog work can be challenging, but you can slowly master it by forming habits that minimize distractions.
If you can learn to sidetrack distractions while working, you can perform more in less time.
Here are a few quick tips:
- Turn off the cellphone notifications / put personal gadgets aside.
- Create a schedule and to-do tasks for each day.
- Declutter your work place.
- Batch each big task.
- Unplug and take frequent breaks.
- Get comfortable with your mind fears.
9. Take effective breaks
Taking frequent breaks is clearly essential to come back recharged and give your best. After all, the human mind has its limits too.
Here’s how you can wisely use your breaks:
- Do Cardio exercises – Some bloggers spend the most time of their day in front of computers which can lead to body pain and eye stress. Its important we do a little body stretching and wash face with a cool water in breaks.
- Take a Coffee nap – It has been found from a study that consuming coffee before a nap helps in improving overall productivity. Doing so, you not only wake energized, but also feel awake because of the presence of caffeine levels in your blood.
- Go for a walk – There are several reasons going for a walk can positively impact your productivity. So you must consider going for a walk in your breaks even better do meditation. It also reduces your stress levels.
What else you can add?
10. Don’t just set goals. Do this instead!
Goals alone are overrated!
In this world of excess positivity, you may be told to have big goals in life as if they’re everything.
My personal observation is that goals can be good for the short term but fail miserably when you try to pursue them for the long run. Instead of setting just goals, make a system too for each task you wish to accomplish.
For example, if your new year goal is to read two books every month, you might do that for 1 to 2 months, but after that, you would lose your motivation and fail.
That is the reason why most of our new year resolutions don’t last for a longer time.
However, if you make the process for each task, you are more likely to do that in the long run. Take the above example; if you set the strategy for reading 5 pages of the book every day, it gets easier and more fun.
I use this technique in my personal and professional life, which works great, and I recommend everyone do so.
My point is to make short processes instead of big goals.
FAQs – How to manage your time as a blogger
Q1. How many hours should a blogger work?
It doesn’t matter how long you work but what really matters is how long you get the quality work done.
Q2. Does building a successful blog take a lot of time?
Blogging indeed takes a lot of your effort and time, but it is worth all of it.
Many successful bloggers manage their blogs alongside their full-time jobs. The key is to manage time effectively and blog consistently.
I hope you now understand productivity’s importance in related to time for a successful blogging career.
Tell me which one you like the most from the above-mentioned Time Management Tips for bloggers in the comments.