You’ve had a busy day at work. You’re going home and looking forward to talking to your boyfriend about your day. Once home, you start chatting with him, cooking some dinner, relaxing a little. Then you sit down, put on a great TV show and start cuddling in the couch. But WAIT- you planned some blogging time tonight! But you’re so exhausted and you need some quality time… Ok you’ll just do it tomorrow.
Does this sound familiar to you? I bet it does. Juggling a blog and a 9-5 is not easy. Creating consistent content with a tired brain from work IS a challenge. But not to worry, I have a few amazing tips that will help you through it. I spent 5 years figuring out how to make the most of my blogging time without sacrificing my entire social life, and I’m laying it all out for you today.
1. CREATE A DAILY SCHEDULE
Yes, DAILY! I used to create a weekly to do list. But that just allowed me to procrastinate. I would postpone my tasks all the time, in the way I talked about in the intro. I’d end up working on my blog maybe 1 or 2 days a week, thinking I’d just finish everything during the weekend. Except when I entered the weekend, suddenly these new events or get-togethers with my friends would happen, and I just did NOT finish my list AT ALL.
By creating a daily to do list, you simply can’t postpone your to-dos until the day after. Of course you don’t have to plan to-dos everyday, but that’s a choice you make BEFOREHAND. That’s not procrastination. In a nutshell: by creating a daily to do list, the window to procrastinate is so much smaller which will result in you actually finishing your tasks that day.
2. FIND YOUR BEST BLOGGING TIME
I want you to think about WHEN you do your blogging work. Usually, we would just assume that we could work on our blogs in the evenings. But there are two problems with that timeframe.
The first problem is your mental energy. If you have a tough job, you get tired during the day, and you simply don’t have that much mental energy left in the evenings to work on your blog.
The second problem is, if you do all your blogging work in the evenings, you don’t have a deadline. If you wanted, you could work all night on your blog. So no need to hurry or to be focused on your blog!
So instead of the evenings, when can you work on your blog? That’s right, the mornings before work! This fixes BOTH problems! You have the energy because your working day hasn’t even started yet, AND there’s a clear deadline: the moment you have to leave for work.
I bet you can finish the same amount of work in one early hour versus two hours in the evening!Working on your blog in the MORNING = more energy & less distraction & less procrastination. whoop whoop!Click To Tweet
Prioritizing instead of multi-task. I used to multi-task like crazy, not finish anything and end up totally frustrated. Here’s why.
When you multi-task, your brain needs time to switch from task 1 to task 2 all the time. Let’s say you need to write a blog post and finish a couple of social media posts. You start writing the post, switching over to social media, then again to the post, etc. so you waste SO MUCH time losing focus.
Imagine you could finish the blog post and finish half of the social media posts. If you start with the blog post and continue until it’s finished, then afterwards start on the social media posts, you will at least have finished the blog post.
If you multi-task both, you’ll probably end up finishing 70% of both the post and the social media. And you don’t get that awesome fulfilling feeling afterwards!
This also means checking your phone all the time or getting distracted by something else. Getting distracted equals losing focus and forcing your brain to refocus several time equals just a loss of time in general.
Basically, multi-tasking is a no-go. If you don’t multi-task, you will work in a sequence. Hence, the need for prioritizing. When you start creating your planning, think about what you want to achieve and which tasks are necessary for that goal. Plan those in first, and the less important tasks.
4. TIGHT DEADLINES
This one is for all of those who procrastinate! DO NOT GO EASY ON YOURSELF. You want to force yourself to focus, and easy deadlines will allow you to be distracted. Give yourself a bit of a tight deadline so you need to “hurry” while you’re working, and you’ll get it done!
But be realistic. Don’t try to fit 5 blog posts in one evening, that’s too tight and will get you frustrated and demotivated! A realistic but fairly tight deadline will optimize your blogging time.
This tip has been huge for me. A couple of months ago, I hired my own business coach, and the accountability I got from having a coach has helped me enormously. Having someone to check in with you means you have to finish the tasks you set out to-do.
With my coach, I tell her every week which goals I commit to for the following week, and in our next session she asks me if I finished those tasks and how it went. If I don’t finish the to-dos, I feel guilty. The possibility of that guilt leads me to achieve my goals every single week.
You don’t have to get a coach in order to be accountable for your goals and blogging time. If you have a lot of self-discipline, you can hold yourself accountable with your own planning. Most of us do not have that much self-discipline and need someone else that knows about our goals and sees if we finish them. That could be a friend, your husband, whoever you choose. But you have to choose the person, otherwise it will feel like they’re checking up on you, and you don’t want that negative vibe when it comes to your personal goals and dreams.
Juggling a blog and a full time job is not easy, but you CAN do it and achieve your goals! The key is making the most of your blogging time. You need to create a daily planning to avoid procrastination, find the right time to work on your blog when you can focus, prioritize instead of multi-task and find someone to hold you accountable (or hold yourself accountable if you have the self-discipline). Implement these 5 tips and I’m sure you’ll finish A LOT more to-dos in the following weeks!
What are you struggling with when it comes to time management? Do you have any tips that have been helpful for you?
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