Are you struggling to get out a post every week? Do you want to blog more than once a week but can’t find time to bang out your post? If so, you aren’t alone because most bloggers struggle with this question.
Over the last 7 months, I’ve ramped up my blogging big time. I’ve gone from writing once a month to weekly. Soon, I will be moving to daily posts. At first, this scared the beejesus out of me since I’m time-starved like most people. But even with 3 little boys and a full-time day-job among other stuff, I realized that I still have more than enough time to blog.
Sounds crazy right?
Well,here’s a list of tricks that I’ve used to consistently kick out decent content . Take a look and see if these will work for you…
Give These 7 Time Management Ninja Tips a Whirl
1. Get Up Earlier:
Over 30 days, I gradually moved my wake up time up by 90 minutes. The extra time in the morning allows me to grab a cup of coffee and kick out a 300-500 word post. Why 90 minutes? Well, I always build in a bit of a fudge factor in my goals. 90 minutes gives me 30 minutes to hit the snooze button!
2. Go to Bed an Hour Later
Pick one night that you can hit the sack an hour later. Use this time to either write or outline a blog post. I’m naturally a night owl, so this works great for me. The key here is to write when you have the most creative energy. If you burn the midnight oil then write then. If you are charged up in the morning then use the extra hour at night to outline a few posts for your morning writing session.
3. Record Posts During Your Commute
If you have a daily commute then buy yourself an inexpensive digital recorder and tape your posts. I like to ask myself a question, and then answer it on the way to work. I act like I’m giving a phone interview! It’s super easy to do and will give you some great posts that sound natural and authentic. Now all you have to do is transcribe your recording and clean up the post. Easy.
4. Write over Your Lunch Hour
This is one of my favorite times to write. Grab a quick-lunch and write flat-out for 30-45 minutes. You don’t have to do this everyday, but you’ll find that this is a great way to sneak in a blog post. This is also a good compromise for folks who love their beauty sleep.
5. Write Shorter Posts
Sacrilege right? I know that social media paparazzi considers 2000 words to be the minimum for a serious blog post. I think this is bologna. I’ve seen 300 – 700 word posts kick some serious “content is king” butt. Your goal should be helpful not long. Writing shorter posts help you to write quality posts more often.
6. Write in Spurts (weekend marathons)
Set aside time on the weekends to write 2-3 posts at a time. Just relax, grab your favorite beverage, put on your headphones and rock out a few short zingers. Don’t worry about quality – just get your creative juices flowing. You’ll find that you’ll quickly pump out some quality work in no time flat.
7. Timed Writing
I’ve discovered that having too much time is as wasteful as having NO time at all. For some reason, most people do better when they have a deadline looming. If you suspect that you are a thrill junkie, then set an egg timer for 33 minutes and start writing. Push yourself to finish your post in the time allotted. When the timer rings – you’re done. You’ll be be shocked by how much you’ll write.
Even if you use just a few of these suggestions you can easily ramp up your blog posting to a few times a week – easy. You’ll find, like I did, that time isn’t the problem. The real problem is getting started.
Am I Full of It?
Do you think you can pull this off? What is your biggest obstacle to finding time to blog?