I'm often asked how I organize my blogging time.
Well, let me first say I have had a terrible time figuring out a good blogging rhythm, but this dead simple approach seems to be the ticket. I hope it might be helpful to you.
First, if you've read Tell Your Time, you know I'm all about quick and easy-to-implement time management strategies. Basically, this is my "Envelopes of Time" principle and my "Roles & Goals" applied to blogging.
Step One: Determine What Needs to be Done
As I see it, when it comes to blogging there are 4 main things to be done (like Roles):
- Create – This is the regular content I'm creating for my blog whether it be posts, videos, guest posts, etc.
- Engage – This entails all the interaction I'm doing with others such as responding to comments, answering emails, interacting on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Skype, etc.).
- Read – I try to keep up on blogs in my niche or read about topics that I might post about myself.
- Projects – These are special projects that are not included in my regular content. Ebooks, coaching, freelancing jobs, blog tweaks, etc. are included here.
Step Two: Determine How Much Time You Have to Blog
How much time in the day do you have allotted for working on your blog (and related activities)? One hour? Two hours? Eight hours?
Step Three: Divide
This is not hard. To start, simply divide the time allotted by number of tasks. So, if I have 2 hours allotted and I have 4 tasks, I have 30 minutes to devote to each task.
Step Four: Tweak
Depending on your blog, it's likely you won't spend exactly the same amount of time on each type of task so adjust as necessary. Just make sure the amount of time you're spending in total doesn't exceed your time allotted.
And remember, you can only do what you can do.
See? Easy peasy. In theory anyway.
Photo by Chovee.