When blogging is a hobby or side-hustle that takes place evenings and weekends when you aren’t at your day job, it can be difficult to manage. There are plenty of other tasks that need to get done when you get home from work, and it can be difficult to make time for blogging. Are you struggling to make time to blog? Then this post is for you! Here are my best tips for making time to blog each day.
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HOW TO MAKE TIME TO BLOG
Create Systems and Workflows
For at least the first year I was blogging (and probably longer) I was basically reinventing the wheel with every new blog post. I would start from scratch when it came to my images. I didn’t have any sort of workflow I would follow for each blog post. I was devoting way too much time to things that could be streamlined.
Now, I have templates created in Canva for my blog images, and each new blog post takes me about 5 minutes to create images for. I also write my posts ahead of time in Google Docs, where I have a template saved for the layout each of my posts follows.
There’s a lot less time and thought to go into those workflow tasks, leaving more time and thought for the content itself, and the promotion that comes afterward.
Use Tools and Automation
It didn’t take me long to learn that while writing blog posts can take a significant amount of time, promoting those posts can take even longer! It got to the point where I was spending so much time promoting blog posts that it was no longer really sustainable.
Luckily, there are tons of tools that can help you to automate your blog promotion! Here are just a few of my favorites:
- Tailwind – If you can only afford to invest in one tool to help you grow your blog, make it this one. Tailwind is the tool I use to schedule pins on Pinterest. It’s super easy to use – check out my full tutorial here! Basically, it takes me about an hour to schedule all of my pins for an entire month, making the small investment MORE than worth it. Plus you can sign up for your free Tailwind trial here to figure out if it works for you before you commit!
- SmarterQueue – It’s taken me a while to find the perfect scheduling tool for Facebook and Twitter, and I finally found it with SmarterQueue. Not only can I easily schedule social media posts to promote my latest blog post, but they also have evergreen promotion. Meaning I can add a post once, and it will share it again and again! This is perfect for getting old content in front of your audience again. Plus SmarterQueue is WAY cheaper than most of the other evergreen scheduling tools (it’s only $19.99/month) and you can try it for free before you commit!
- Planoly – If you’ve been blogging a while, you know that Instagram is SUPER important these days. Planoly is by far my favorite tool for keeping up with Instagram. They have a drag and drop scheduler so you can figure out the best order for your Instagram posts. Then you can write your captions on the app OR on your desktop. The best part is, you can now schedule IG posts to go live automatically with Planoly, rather than getting a notification and having to still manually post! Planoly is great because it’s free as long as you’re sharing fewer than 30 posts per month, and still super affordable if you’re sharing more than that.
Take Advantage of Small Pockets of Time
Think of how many times per day you have a pocket of five or ten minutes where you really don’t have enough time to accomplish much. What do you usually end up doing? I’m guessing something along the lines of scrolling through social media. What I like to do instead is keep a mental running list of tasks that I can get done in just a few minutes.
For example, as I mentioned above, it only takes me about five minutes to create my graphics for one blog post because of the templates I’ve created. That means I can use a super tiny pocket of time to actually accomplish something productive.
If you’re someone who finds yourself hopping on social media in those small pockets of time, there’s still a way to use that time more wisely. You can spend a few minutes engaging with those who following by liking and commenting on their posts, or you can respond to comments your followers have left on your posts! Responding to comments is super important, but I feel like for many of us it slips our mind or we just feel as if we don’t have time, but you can get through quite a few with just a few minutes!
Trade One Activity for Blogging
Try finding one single activity in your day that you can trade for blogging time. For example, trade your lunch break for an hour of blogging mid-day, whether this means blogging on your work computer or bringing your laptop to work to pull out for an hour. For me an easy one was TV. I still do watch TV, but I watch significantly less since I started blogging.
I used to just come home from work and have the TV on all evening, sometimes sitting and watching, sometimes having it on in the background when I worked on other things. Now I really limit the amount of time I watch to make sure I have time to get all my blogging work done.
Make It a Priority
At the end of the day, time management is really about setting priorities. We make more time in the day for the things that are most important to us. If blogging is truly important to you, then sometimes that will mean putting it before other things. It might mean skipping a night out with friends to stay home and blog, or sacrificing an hour of sleep each morning to write a post before work.
I’ve passed up spending a lot of time on other activities in the last three years to blog instead, but I don’t regret it. Blogging is super important to me, and I don’t mind prioritizing it ahead of other activities.
BEFORE YOU GO
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