We easily get overwhelmed with situations surrounding us and we tend to lose focus on what is expected of us. Managing time can be one long work but once you can achieve how to segment your activities, you will be on the safe side of the coin.
In this present age, overcoming the pressures of having to deal with too many pressing issues at once can deter you from achieving set goals especially when it comes to delivering your blog post at the right time.
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You might have a hundred and one things to do but once you are able to adequately set your proprieties straight and create a working schedule, you will be able to achieve all you set out to within the shortest possible time. Without effectively managing time, you will end up doing nothing.
Without effective knowledge, strategies and tools, it is easy to see how too many small things can lead to stress and discomfort. It is this feeling that overwhelms us, which leads to not feeling capable enough to deal with many tasks or situations at one time, that leads to chronic stress and fatigue.
However, the secret behind effectively managing your time lies solely in your own hands. One thing about managing time, is that it is a straight process which requires you to strictly and patiently follow through with their plans without delving into other unnecessary side distractions.
As a blogger, maintaining consistency for your blog can be challenging and that is your utmost priority. There are a lot of areas to cover when it comes to blogging, from: having and maintain your content quality, regularly updating posts, keeping up with new trends, making sure you moderate your feedback channel and also keeping to your posting time.
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This is a whole lot of work and once you don’t utilize your time properly, you can miss out on your posting schedule. With the continuous expectations from your readers, you have to effectively use whatever time you have available.
There is much more to blogging than just typing a few words and publishing, it includes: Thorough research of the set article to be sure of the accuracy of the content because am sure blogger wants to give any half hazard information to their readers.
After researching on the topic, then you move into conceptualizing your thoughts into words. Then you can think about editing, adding images to make your story or article more interacting and then you promote through distributing the article across all social media handles available for your use.
This process on its own can be tiring and sometimes, frustrating and one thing you need to know is that the most important aspect of blogging knows how to manage your time for better results. Most bloggers tend to underestimate the amount of time it takes to manage, promote, and build their blogs.
I will be sharing with you some effective strategies for making the most efficient use of your time to help you attract more leads down your sales funnel and also grow more revenue through your blog.
Write down every single idea
For every single article that is posted, it comes from just an idea which is eventually thought through before it is written and published. For most bloggers, ideas come and you feel like this light bulb is being lit in your head but once you don’t jot it down, you might end up forgetting.
For most writers, they keep journals to jot down their experiences, feelings and thoughts, bloggers can also follow this practice to get ideas for their blog material.
Sometimes, you might have this idea in your head and you feel it’s not good enough, that’s underestimating the power of an idea. No idea is wasted, it can serve one purpose at the point you least expect. One thing that has helped me is moving around with a jotter.
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You might just get a flash of an article idea for your next post and you write it down. When you decide to work on the idea, it is usually easy because you must have written all the thought that came with the idea at that particular illuminating stage.
This helps bloggers managing time properly because you already have the topic all you need do is research and keep writing. The time waster is when you go on your laptop or computer and you start thinking of an idea instead of using that time to develop your article.
Trust me, it takes a longer time to conceive an idea than writing it, because you not only think of the idea but also the approach and how useful it will be to your target audience. This will not only provide you with original ideas but it will help you save a significant amount of your time in the brainstorming process.
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Our mind works best by means of association, so it’s easy to flow from one idea to another when you already have a few good leads to start from. Also, this is the best way out from the notorious “writers block syndrome” and instead of starting from the scratch, you already have your ideas, all you need to do is develop on them.
I guess you now understand how tasking and time exhausting crafting out an idea is; so for better time management, i will advice that you have a small note pad or diary where you can easily write down your thought and ideas for future reference or purposes.
Set your target time
One thing about managing time is the power to set time limits for yourself to achieve the best possible results within the shortest time frame. This means that your goals and objectives must be broken down into smaller micro objectives to make them more achievable.
The aim is to strategies properly to know what to do before venturing into something else. With this, your managing time through a step by step timing schedule which will keep you up and going until you are able to achieve set goals.
This doesn’t mean you might not have other distraction by the side but with your timer, you should be able to achieve more than half if not all your objectives. I know it can really be difficult to stick to assigned time target but it really will help you ease writing tension and meeting up with posting time.
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You should endeavor to write a quick write-up on your general goals and plans on how to achieve them, with this; you can meet up to your target time scheduled for a particular activity. When you set goals and target time, you must plan immediately on steps to follow in other for you to achieve your milestone.
Every task and activity must be set around a realistic and achievable time frame. Do whatever you can to accomplish this activity within the time frame you have set.
And once the time has elapsed, you should move immediately onto something else. Don’t waste so much time seeking for perfection while you sabotage other activities lined up.
Create a to- do list to help you in managing time
Making a to-do list can be nerve racking as you have to fix things on basis of priorities. Your to do list should contain all you are looking forward to achieving, I will advice that this should be your first draft or master draft which would subsequently be broken down into a smaller daily to do list.
This is just to specify the major or important tasks you will accomplish each day. As a blogger, this helps you in managing time, because you already know what you are expected to do each day instead of wasting your time thinking about the next line of action.
You know the tasks that are urgent and those that can be done at a later date due to how you have prioritized your task or plans on your list.
So many writers deal with low priority tasks and neglect the urgent activities and at the end of the day, we wonder how we accomplished so little throughout the whole day.
Focus more on the most important tasks before they become urgently needed which will cause you to start rushing to achieve them which can potentially induce stress.
The key is grouping your tasks into similar categories of activities which will enable you be more productive and time efficient. When setting tasks, be sure to specify how much time you will be spending on each of these activities.
Once you don’t specify the time allocated to each tasks, you will get caught up in wasting so much time doing something that will ordinarily take you less than an hour, and working on that for hours. That is not productive.
Focus on one thing at a time
You can’t do all you set out to do simultaneously, some have to take the back bench and the most important move forward on your priority list. Doing everything at once amounts to achieving nothing at the end of the day. So, take your time, map out what to take first, second, third and so on.
This will make your work less stressful and less time consuming with greater results at the end of the day.
Find your work rhythm and be flexible
Every human being has their most productive times and least productive time. Knowing and understanding that part of human build up will enable you save more time than you expect and you will notice that you achieve more when you put that into consideration.
Segmenting your day to fit your working pattern will help you save more time because you might probably supersede your target when you work at your most productive time.
Also, your day might probably not go as planned due to some unforeseen circumstances or emergencies, but your ability to fix that aspect and move back to your major business of the day makes you very professional.
However, you should always prepare within your schedule for such events but be careful not to get lost in the whole situation, always go back to that which is necessary.
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Maybe you are the nocturnal type, who prefers works best at night. It doesn’t matter; what matters is that you fix a schedule for your tasks, and then it will be harder to procrastinate.
Always remember that you need interludes in-between, so once it’s time to rest, take advantage of that period and utilize it and refresh your brain and mind for other future tasks.
Find the rhythm that works for you. We all work differently. Try different schedules and routines to figure out what works best for you. Develop a work flow that blends with the rest of your life.
Identify your bad habits
As you are periodically organizing yourself and your environment, keep a watchful eye on time-sapping habits that may sabotage your progress and success. Identify them and work on strategies to rid yourself off these nasty habits once and for all.
Once you’ve started yourself off with a set of routines, follow through it day-by-day, you’ll find that it’s not easy to break the streak.
That’s good for you as a blogger because that means you have a system, and that system will help you meet deadlines and enable you in managing time for better outcomes.
The best thing about systems is that you can pick the best time of the day to write and then build your routine around it. It takes a bit of experimentation to get the right period for the right task. Habits may take some time to form, but once formed, it is equally hard to break them.
Managing time by starting small
No matter if you’ve been blogging since 1900, you need to understand this: You can’t do it all! It’s better to start small and do a few things with excellence than to try to do everything and end up accomplishing nothing. It’s okay to write fewer posts and not to utilize every form of social media available.
Choose to focus your energy where you have the most results. We all have limited time. Use yours where you will get the best results. And don’t believe the lie you have to do what everyone else is doing.
While working on your masterpiece, it’s often too easy to get distracted by other activities running in the background.
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You may console yourself by thinking that you’re multi-tasking and getting everything done at the same time, but you’re just distracted. Try to focus on just one thing at a time. It is an effective way of managing time because it helps you instill discipline in whatever you have to do.
This also ensures that your mind doesn’t wander from one task to another and that you won’t lose your train of thought.
Schedule social media
If you only do one thing i have recommended in this post, make it this one. Schedule your social media. Set up your posts to automatically post to Twitter, Facebook, and wherever you wan it too.
Also, remember you can schedule beyond today and tomorrow. You can schedule some posts overtime to help you keep up with your audience.
Blogging takes a lot of time but your ability as a blogger to systematically manage your time effectively to achieve set goals is what makes you stand out in your niche.
There are a whole lot of things to do, from conceptualizing the idea, researching, writing, and finally distributing; that is a whole bunch of work load that can cause stress if not managed efficiently.
As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” so am sure with careful and continuous practice using these tips, you will grow to achieve more even without having to write anything down within the best possible time.
Make use of the time you have available in the best way possible and you sure will be feeling fulfilled about how much you have achieved from managing time.
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