Blogging Time Management: The Main Tip

When it comes to blogging time management, we talked about the main question and the main hurdle. Now I’ll tell you my main tip that, when followed, works like a charm.

blogging time management tip

Do not sit down at your computer without a plan.

If you don’t know exactly what you’re going to work on, the time will inevitably disappear into social media and internet neverland.

What will you spend your time doing? Do you have a list of tasks you’ll tackle? What needs to be done?

Not sure how to come up with a plan? This is how I organize my blogging time. (That is, when I take my own advice.)

That’s it. Simple.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Amy,

    I don’t have a lot of free time to spend on my business. So I know what you’re saying.

    If I don’t have something that I know that needs to get done, then I don’t start working….otherwise I find myself wasting time on other tasks that are not profitable.

    This definitely makes common sense, thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    Hi Amy

    I agree entirely, this is sage advice. I used to blog randomly and I found it became a chore because more often than not, I would get writers block.

    These days I sit down at my blog:
    Join Utility Warehouse and I have an excel spreadsheet with the scheduled topics and bullet points to prompt the content before I even hit ‘login’ to WordPress.

    Have subscribed to your newsletter, great blog, keep it up!

    Best regards,

    Jonathan

  3. Julian Adorney says

    Great post! I like the idea of only going on my computer with a plan, because it’s too easy to get sucked into social media and email. Hop on and quickly check my email, then go on Facebook, re-check email, hop on Twitter, check Reddit…..

    This is especially the case since I’m helping launch my first ever company this month, so I really can’t afford to procrastinate!

    I read your linked article on planning your blogging time, and I’m curious about the “Tweak” part. How much time do you normally spend on writing a blog versus promoting it, connecting w/ readers, etc? My last article for a magazine got written in 2 hours flat, but then I spent 6 hours marketing it. Is this….ah…normal?

  4. says

    Wow, some people are simply awesome,I was hoping to read a lengthy piece, but you came up precise and hit the nail straight in the head, Keep up the good work,Amy.

  5. says

    Hi,
    When we talk about blogging then planing is must do thing otherwise you can’t get you way of success in blogging and that’s why I have write a detail post on why planing is necessary in blogging. Thanks for sharing your knowledge about it.

  6. says

    Boy, did I need this! Today!! My blog is almost 4 months old and I am fighting the ‘shoulds’… sometimes my stomach is tied up in knots because I can’t seem to get it all done. I continually remind myself that CONTENT is my number one priority!

    BTW, Amy, I used your blog as my main resource when starting up! Invaluable!!

  7. says

    Amy, your blog has been so incredibly helpful to me. I’m just starting out and I’m finding that blogging takes ALOT more time than I ever anticipated. This is just what I needed to hear right now, because I’ve been getting lost in the “million things to do when you have a blog” and it’s eating up way too much of my time. Time to make a plan and stay on track!

  8. says

    Wise advice! Thank you–social media is a huge drain of my time. Ensuring that I have a plan before turning on the computer is such a simple suggestion, but essential. I just signed up for your newsletter.

    Deb Weaver
    thewordweaver.com

  9. says

    My favorite thing here: You can only do what you can do.

    I can’t get to every blog I want to read, nor can I write all that I want to or spend infinite time on social media. So I break it up throughout the day by busting my day into three-hour increments. I set goals for those three hours, and if they aren’t met, they’re shuffled back.

    At midnight, my head hits the pillow – what’s done is done, and the rest will come after dream time.

    I sleep well, by the way.

    Love your site here. I think I’ll stick around.

  10. says

    So true! My big question for myself is always “What’s next?” whether I’m at the computer or just dealing with life. Keeps me from spending way too much time sucked into Pinterest, FB and Twitter :)

  11. says

    I realized this week that I really need a written checklist of what I want to do each morning on the computer – there’s just too many distractions. Thanks for confirming that.

    Also, yesterday I listed to the time management panel audio from Killer Tribes. It was great!

  12. says

    Ha! That’s exactly why I’m reading this post right now…following the rabbit trails for a “few minutes” after getting my kids down for their naps. Those few minutes often turn into an hour or more, at which point I can’t believe what time it is and have nothing to show for my time.

    Happy to have followed this rabbit trail, though, and appreciate the good reminder. :-) Thanks, Amy!

  13. says

    I keep working at my blogging plan in the background, all the time.

    Whenever I find something that strikes me as blog-worthy or interesting, i throw it into my blogging planner. Then, when I sit down to blog, I open up my planner, and most of my thinking is done for me, and I can hit the ground running.

    This is my planner.

  14. says

    I was expecting to come read a long(er) post, but this is all that you needed to say! I love just flying by the seat of my pants, but that tends to lead to nothing more than time wasted online. When I spend even just 10-15 coming up with a plan, I get SO much more accomplished! Thanks for the reminder, because sometimes I just need to hear things like this from other people to get my butt in gear :)

  15. says

    Yes! My product is digital design and not blogging, but this tip works well for me. I use pen and paper during the day to jot down ideas and plans. Then in the evening, when kids are in bed (or sometimes when I just plop them in front of the tv in the afternoons, LOL) I can hit the computer running and start designing.

    Your other Blogging Time Management tips are perfect for me, too. They really help get to the main goals of what I’m trying to accomplish with my online ventures. I’ve had to cut way back on my online social interactions, whether it’s with family or professional, but I’ve been happy with that decision overall.

    Thanks!

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