Recently, someone expressed to me that she didn’t have enough time for blogging.
And I have to say, I completely understand her frustration.
Blogging is a pretty big time commitment. When you’re on the outside looking in, it can be hard to see just how demanding of a job this can be. It’s even more challenging to keep up with your blog when you have a day job and other priorities in your life.
When I first started blogging, I was working Monday through Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM. And I was definitely spending some late nights creating blog content in order to fit it all in, so I get it. I’ve been there.
But I want it to be easier for you. I want to help you make time for blogging so that it’s as stress-free as possible.
6 Ways to Make Time for Blogging
So, could you use a little help when it comes to fitting blogging into your life? If you answered yes, I have a few suggestions that will allow you to manage all of those blog tasks with ease. Never again will you feel like you aren’t able to make time for blogging.
1. Make Blogging a Priority
Before we go any further, there’s one crucial tip you need to keep in mind. If you’re serious about your blog and you want to make time for blogging, it needs to be a priority in your life. When you fail to make your blog a priority, it will take a backseat to everything else in your life. And when that happens, you won’t find the success you’ve been wishing for.
Make a commitment to yourself, right here and right now to prioritize your blog. When you do, everything will start to fall into place. You’ll be willing to fit in those blogging tasks wherever you can. You’ll stay motivated and push yourself to get things done. It will make a huge difference in the long-run, I promise you.
2. Schedule Your Week in Advance to Find Free Time
There’s a good chance you have a pretty busy schedule as it is without fitting in all the work you have to do for your blog. You might have a 9-5 you go to every single day. You may even have a family to take care of. And all of those things are probably eating up every last bit of time in your weekly schedule.
Right off the bat, you’re probably thinking… “Rachel, I can assure you that I don’t have any free time. There’s no way you’re going to help me magically find some!” However, I’m going to prove you wrong. You just need to be willing to use any bit of time you can find, even if it involves early mornings, late nights, or weekends. Because, let’s be real… There are times when you just have to fit that hustle in if you want to build a successful business.
My advice is to make time on Sunday evening and look at your schedule for the week ahead. Then, use a digital calendar to start blocking off time in your day for all the things you have to do. Make sure you’ve blocked off the hours you’re at work, how long it takes you to get ready in the morning, and even your commute.
You can also block off time for dinner, workouts, and anything else. This way, you’ll start to see your schedule taking shape and you’ll begin to notice where your free time is hiding. You might discover that you actually have an hour in the evening where you normally watch television and you can now use that for blogging. Fit it in wherever you can!
I actually have a blog post all about how to plan your week if you need more help.
3. Take Advantage of When You’re Most Productive
Now, if you already have a full schedule on your plate, it may be hard to take advantage of this tip. You might find that this one isn’t easy to fit into your lifestyle. However, I’d really encourage you to figure out when your productivity levels are highest. Are you more of a morning person or a night owl? Or perhaps you really thrive in the afternoons?
By knowing when you’re most productive, you can try and plan your blogging tasks around those times. This way, you’ll be fired up and ready to tackle whatever is on your plate. And this will ultimately help you get more done in a short period of time.
If you’re someone who loves waking up early, but you don’t have free time in your mornings… You might want to consider waking up an hour earlier on certain days to make time for blogging. The same goes for those of you who are night owls. Stay up a little later and start plugging away at those blog posts.
4. Plan Your Blog Posts in Advance With a Content Calendar
If you aren’t already planning your blog posts ahead of time, you need to start. By having a content calendar in place, you’ll always know what needs to be posted and when. And it’s going to help you easily make time for blogging. Here’s why:
- You won’t waste time wondering what you should be posting because it’s already been planned out.
- And because you’ll know what your blog posts are weeks in advance, you can get them written earlier. No more waiting until the night before they’re due to go live!
This means you can fit content creation into your schedule whenever time allows. Trust me when I say that using a content calendar is a game changer for bloggers. Make good use of it and you’ll be thanking yourself later!
5. Batch Write Your Blog Posts for Maximum Efficiency
This tip goes hand-in-hand with using a content calendar to plan your blog posts. The reason for that is because when you have your blog post topics all planned out, you can write them well in advance. And that’s pretty crucial if you want to start batching the writing process.
For those who aren’t familiar with batching, it’s where you block off time to do multiple sets of the same task. For example, you can batch your blog post writing by creating all of your posts for the next two weeks in one sitting. There’s no switching back and forth between tasks. And you’ll be writing multiple posts at a time, instead of writing one per day.
This is a great way to make time for blogging in your schedule because it’s going to boost your efficiency. Think about it… It’s much easier to churn out multiple blog posts once you get into that writing groove. So, you should take advantage of it and write, write, and write some more.
Begin batching all of your blog posts by writing multiple posts back to back. From there, you can edit each one in a fun little editing spree. Next, create the graphics for all of those posts and then get them all scheduled for publication.
6. Use Tools to Make Blogging Easier
Luckily, there are also plenty of tools out there that can help you make time for blogging. I love using Evernote to stay organized, which prevents me from flipping through notebooks for ideas I jotted down. Everything is in one place and easy to access no matter where I am or what device I’m using. Trello is a must-have for storing my content calendar and breaking down larger projects into manageable tasks.
The list goes on! I actually share all of my must-have tools and resources for bloggers in this free download. Grab it here if you want to see what I rely on each and every day: