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Managing Your (Blogging) Time

Being productive can be hard, especially when you have too many things on your to-do list, and have no idea where to start. As a human who likes to pack a lot of stuff into their day, I've struggled with managing my blogging time and balancing it with everything else I need to do.

Here are some tips to help you manage your time (whether it be for blogging or anything else). :)


Figure out what needs to be done

Before you can manage your time, you need to figure out what it is you want to get done. Do you want to write a post, create its graphic and schedule it on social media before the day is over? Or do you want to focus more on growing your social reach? Maybe your site's design needs some lovin'. Whatever it is, take the time you have now to figure out what you want to get done later. Trust me, spending an hour or two planning out your week will save you so much time. I promise.

Create a to-do list - but prioritize

If you're like me, then you probably have a to-do list that's eight miles long. And whenever you look at it, it stresses you out because IT'S HUGE AND IF YOU DON'T GET IT ALL DONE THE WORLD WILL END.

Well guess what, guys. Sometimes I don't finish my to-do list (gasp). And the world hasn't ended!

But how do you avoid that to-do list anxiety?

By prioritizing.

You need to figure out which items on your list will contribute to your current goals. If you have "Redesign header" on your list, but have the goal of producing valuable content for your readers, you need to decide which is more important. Spending your time on your header or your posts.

Set a timer

Reasons you should do this:
  • I find that I'm more productive when I know that every x amount of minutes I'll have a five minute break before switching tasks.
  • If I give myself a time limit, I do the bare minimum for an icky task in less time, giving me more time for fun tasks.
  • Timers pull me back into the moment and remind me that there's work to be done.
  • A time limit focuses me, reducing distractions.
  • Mundane tasks get done quicker.

My advice: set a timer. You won't regret it. Everything will seem to go by faster and you'll feel like a productivity machine!


Reward yo' self

Sometimes it's enough to plop back into your bed at the end of the day with the slight numb of your productivity on your mind.

Sometimes. But not all the time.

That's why you need a rewards system in place. It will not only motivate you to work harder, but it will also make completing a task that much sweeter.

Conclusion: Don't be too hard on yourself

We all have days where, no matter how hard we try, we're tired and just not motivated to get anything done. And it's okay to have those days - it's usually your body saying, "Hey, you've been working hard lately. Why don't you take a break?"

So make sure to take hold of those days and rest as much as you can. And don't be too hard on yourself. Just make sure to get up the next morning, prepared to manage your time.


What do you do to manage your time?


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