Being a one-man or woman band when blogging is not only exhausting, it is also very inefficient. You can only do so much in the day, yet your blogging to-do list could have you in front of your screen 24 hours a day.
To be a successful blogger, you have to manage your time and be extremely organized. You’ll need to plan out your day, week and month to ensure that you are producing so your blog can grow.
Burn out is very real when blogging and is the reason most fail at it. That, and not seeing results and feeling like your hard work is for nothing.
In this article, I will go over some ways to be more productive so you can get more done in less time. You’ll enjoy the success you’re seeing from your blog and also the free time from your productivity.
1 – Time tracking
To see where you need to be more efficient with your time, you have to know how you are spending your time working on your blog.
Use a time tracker app to segment all of your tasks to see how much time you spend doing each.
You may find that you are inefficient with your time. For instance, you should probably do certain tasks together and others at another time.
When you’ve figured out how you’re spending your time working on the blog, then you know where you can be most productive, as you will see in the hacks coming up next.
2 – Outsource
Let’s look at your content creation process. Let’s say that you spend 20% of your time researching a topic for your post. Then another 10% outlining your post. And 70% of your time writing it.
This would suggest that you can do something about the writing segment to make your process faster. The best way is to hire a freelancer to take on some of the work. You could research and outline an article and then pass that on to a writer to create the content.
If you find you spend a lot of time doing social media and not creating new content, you should look into hiring a social media manager to take on some of the work.
3 – Batch your work
Suppose you are early in your blogging career and don’t have the budget to outsource. You can still do all of the work yourself if you use your time wisely.
For instance, batching your work on certain days or certain times is a very efficient way to use your time.
Using the same content creation example, you can set aside a day where you only do research. Fill up a spreadsheet with article ideas complete with all the keyword research and outline for each post.
Then on another day, do the actual writing. When you do every task one at a time, it is grossly inefficient. Instead of researching, then outlining and then writing, you will find your workflow much smoother by doing each task all at once.
4 – Use your readers to generate content
Getting free content is a great way to grow your blog while doing other tasks aside from writing. Having your readers make content for you is a fantastic way to do this.
It can come in many forms. You can ask questions in your blog posts on the blog itself and encourage people to answer in the comments. This extra content is usually rich in keywords that can be picked up by Google.
Another way is to ask people who have products that you are reviewing to make a short video about how they like the product. You can post the video on your site or make a Youtube channel for a traffic boost without making the videos yourself.
5 – Get some fresh air
Spending too much time working on your blog will actually slow down your progress and limit your productivity.
You need to get outside and go for a walk or run to get the blood flowing and get some fresh air. This will give you a much-needed energy boost to use when you get back to work on your blog.
It can also help you think about things that can help you overcome something that might block your progress. Walking is a great way to clear the mind for problem-solving, so use the time for this instead of looking at a blank screen when you have a writer’s block.