Finding time to blog is something we all struggle with. Whether you are just starting out, whether blogging is just a hobby, or your blog is a part time job – finding time to write is a challenge.
Even though a lot of people compliment me on how productive I am, the truth is that I struggle with the challenges of being productive in limited timeframes.
Over the last 6 years of blogging, I guess I’ve settled into something of a workflow and routine. What follows is a collection of reflections on what I’m learning.
1. It’s all about priorities
I feel a bit like a parent saying this but the truth is, time management has a lot to do with priorities.
It’s important to take time out to identify what is truly important to you, as this is a starting point for working out how you should spend your time.
If blogging is important to you, the first step in finding time to do it is to name it as a priority.
Of course ‘naming’ it as important is only half the battle. For many people there is a HUGE gap between what they say is important and how they actually spend their time.
One of the keys to finding time to blog is working out whether blogging is actually important to you and arranging your life so that time is allocated for it.
2. Create a sustainable rhythm
There are a lot of people who decide to get in shape, go to the gym, eat healthy, and they go to the gym on a daily basis, give up on sugar, fat, and a bunch of other stuff, and then… a week or so later, they give it all up.
Because they couldn’t sustain the rhythm long enough for it to become a habit.
If you’re just starting out, maybe it’s not such a great idea to blog every day.
Maybe it’s best to blog once or twice a week, to develop a proper habit, to figure out how much time it takes to write and edit a blog post.
In the early days of my blogging it would take me a few hours to write a blog post. Now I can do that in less than half the time.
On certain occasions I can even write a post in 15 minutes or so.
3. You need a schedule
Instead of deciding what to write about each day, create times to brainstorm and mind map blog ideas. Develop a file for each post topic so that on any given day you can sit down and within seconds have something to write about.
Editorial calendars may not suit everyone but I know of numerous bloggers who plan their blogs content well over a month in advance. This not only gives them an idea of where their blog is headed but they also find it useful to monetize their blogs as they’re able to share their calendar with advertisers who may wish to sponsor a relevant series of posts that might be coming up.
4. Break it down
Break down big posts into a series of smaller posts.
Break down writing your post into separate writing sessions. Brainstorm your idea during one session, then sit down and write during another.
This helps you utilize small chunks of time more effectively.
After all, I used to be the kind of guy who couldn’t write unless I had the entire day free. Yes, I just had to have no other plans whatsoever.
I couldn’t write in public spaces, I couldn’t even write unless I was all by myself, at home, in total silence.
Things changed when I forced myself to adapt. To write blog posts from my cell phone, to take advantage of boring bus drives, or when hanging out with friends and everyone decided to stare at their smartphones.
What Are Your Tips for Finding Time to Blog?
I know that this post is by no means meant to change your habits over night. I am no expert when it comes to time management, so I’d like to know your thoughts on this.
How do you find time to blog?