Find blogging time
Hello, Mark Ford here. Today I found myself saying, “I am so busy, I don’t have time to blog”. Then I thought, “Hey, I should write a topic on find blogging time,” and besides it has helped me get organised so that I could make space to write more blog posts. You might have a part-time job, a full-time job and a family or you might be running your own business. Don’t let this stop you from getting the life you want. It’s time to share what I’ve discovered on this topic and hope it will help you get organised on how you can find blogging time.
You know what, having little time to do so many tasks comes down to for so many people? You end up multitasking. Multitasking doesn’t help you to get really focused on what you’re doing and makes it worse to find blogging time. Write down your tasks on a sheet of paper. Write down the whole week’s assignments that come up with regards to your personal chores and blogging business; social media, blogging on your website, writing your blogs, topics to think or write about (brainstorming), YouTube, LinkedIn, images for your blog, responding to comments and commenting on other people’s site.
Firstly, switch off all mobile notifications that cause a distraction. You don’t need to see how many likes you got. You will get round to checking your e-mails and messages. You don’t need to do it every thirty minutes. Just imagine the messages, the emails, the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter notifications. That is not helping you find blogging time. If you’re going to write a blog post then, choose only to spend time on writing that day and then take a few minutes daily like you would do in your workweek to respond to the emails, messages and comments.
Keep in down to a few responsibilities in one day, not at one time in one day. Focus is key. Say for example you’re writing a post and you’re focused. You begin your research, the thoughts come into your head, and there you are writing like no man’s business. No distractions. When you get that momentum, just ride with it. This is called being productive. When you find yourself like this, and you have all that time scheduled for that day just to write, go for it. Write out your posts, as many as you can. Maybe you’ve written only one, or perhaps you’ve written three. You’ve basically got close to half of your posts for the week if you are posting every single day. Jumping from one task to the other isn’t productive, especially when it comes to writing. With distractions, it’s breaking your line of thought.
Stick to the schedule once you have one. Checking the tasks you got to do at home, for your job and for your own business must be looked at and then draw up your schedule. Sure, many spontaneous things can take place in one day. That shouldn’t happen every day because you’ve made a schedule. The schedule is protecting you and helping you stick to your commitments so that with time, you can be motivated, hire someone to help you when the results start coming in. Don’t miss anything and write everything down. When you make your list, you will also see where you have been wasting time, have more blogging time and you might find that you can also fit in some “me” time.
Take a look at where you will be doing your work. Maybe you can concentrate more in your room on the bed if you don’t have an inhouse office. Perhaps the family are a distraction after dinner if you’re sitting in the dining area or kitchen table. You need to have space all to yourself and the less noisy, all the better so that you can concentrate. Look, you come back from work where there is a lot of movement and meetings, then you might even come home to a full house after that. The business you’re building is your dream and what a fantastic dream it is. So taking time for yourself is taking time for your passion, and hopefully, that is your business. It’s like taking a bit of “me” time, and it should be pretty exciting. You want to be inspired, which will increase your motivation. You’re doomed to fail if you don’t make it exciting and set things up for success.
Make writing a habit if you haven’t been writing and are new at this. If you’re slow at writing posts, then keep at it. The more you write, the faster you get. Since blogging involves writing, this is the biggest piece of the cake and where most of the value should be. Get this part right, not perfect, because no one is perfect, as this requires consistency and for everything else on your website to work together. Time yourself in the beginning and then multiply that time to the number of posts you’re planning to create on one day if you’re creating posts in batches.
Use a blog framework, especially if you find yourself staring at a blank page or writing something and deleting it again. Make a draft by just pouring all you have to say on the topic on the template and then work on formulating it and structuring it using keywords, your own voice, and moving your paragraphs around. Don’t try to get it perfect the minute you hit the page. Pour your findings onto the page, what you want to say, then create a structure around it if you’re stuck.
When it comes to creating blog posts and planning your work, the best thing to do is to have a bunch of posts a week or two in advance. Maybe two weeks in advance might be too much but having a week’s work in advance helps you when it comes to feeling pressured. Life happens, and at least you bought yourself one to two weeks to be able to handle whatever has come up unplanned also you can permit yourself to go on holiday and have a break whether things come up or not. Rest is essential so that you can gather your thoughts, process things and writer better posts.
You can find blogging time by automating things. I automate as much as possible so that with one click of a button, everything is set to work in a synchronised fashion. When people opt-in to your newsletter, any follow-up information is automated.
So see, finding blogging time is possible if you find the time just review what you’re doing on autopilot so that you can set the course on a more intentional direction.