As a blogger, you have a lot on your plate. Most of us don't just blog: we work full time, we have a social life, kids, spouses, bills to pay, errands to run, the list goes on. On top of that, blogging can take up a huge chunk of time. We not only write a blog post, we take pictures, share on all social media networks, respond to comments, update old content, host a newsletter, comment on someone else's blog, etc.
So how can you possibly do it all, successfully, without spending all of your time doing so many tedious tasks? Because there are so many blogging tutorials and tips and tricks and strategies out there, here is how you can actually put those into action!
How to Accomplish All Your Blog Goals in Less Time
Break it Into Chunks
It helps to have a to do list, that way you can tick off what needs to be done. I try to squeeze in the small tasks whenever I have a spare minute. Things like:
- Sending a tweet about my latest post
- Like posts on Instagram
- Commenting on a blog post
- Retweeting someone
- Answer comments on my blog
- Share a win (or something going on in my life) on Facebook
- Ensure all my links are working
- Edit a blog post
- Update a graphic on one of my posts
- Reply to a company about a sponsored proposal
- Take a few photos to use on Instagram
When I break it up this way, and I try to fit these tasks in when I have a break, it makes it much easier.
Set Realistic Expectations
We can't do it all, all the time. So before you say "I'm going to write 100 blog posts today." Think about it. Write down the amount of time you have, think about how much time it will take and then create a goal. When you're more realistic you end up achieving more! Make sure to set realistic, specific goals.
Create an Email List
A lot of people are worried to create an email list, my thought? JUST DO IT! You don't have to push it, just have a link on your sidebar. Squarespace makes it super easy to have one, off to the side, where people can sign up if they like. No one says you have to be in their face bout it. Down the road you might be happy that you have a newsletter, and this way you get a jump start on it.
One of the biggest time savers is to schedule things in advance. I love Hootsuite and/or Buffer for scheduling out most of my social media. These give you a chance to schedule on your own time, and then post at the most opportune time to reach your followers.
It's so easy to get overwhelmed, so I wanted to create a FREE, live training to help you reach your goals. I currently run 2 blogs and manage 5 social media accounts. I've also worked full-time and blogged so I know first hand how hard it is to balance it all!
This FREE, live training will take place next Tuesday at 8pm central time. (9pm eastern 6pm pacific). In this session you'll learn:
- How to leverage your time wisely and still make time for the things you love to do
- How to manage social media quickly and gain more engagement
- How to overcome "blogger burnout" and make blogging fun
- My favorite tools for blogging smarter (I'll show you live how I use them!)
- How often should you really be posting per week. + My workflow to write, edit, and publish a blog post.
+ Live Q&A
The training I'll show you live is what people usually pay for. I'm doing it for free!
Here are the details:
When: Next Tuesday, December 29th at 8pm CST // 9pm EST // 6pm PST
Where: Live, online, Register here (I will be the only one on camera, so you can be in PJs!)
How: Once you're registered, I'll email you will all the details
Get pumped: Use the hashtag #BlogSmarterWebinar to share!
I know that the end of the year is busy, so I will be sending out a replay to all those that can't attend. But if you can, don't miss the live session for the live Q&A. For many, that's the best part because you find so many new bloggers to connect with.
Click here or the button below to get exclusive access to this awesome training! Can't wait to chat next week.