One of the most difficult things to do is to keep blogging when you don’t have any free time. It is something I constantly struggle with and I am sure you are the same. So, here are my top tips on how to keep blogging when you don’t have any free time.
Practising What I Preach
Before we start, I thought it would be appropriate to explain what I do each day so that you know that I am in exactly the same boat as you. I think a lot of people who read blogs think that bloggers have an army of people to help them run their businesses. Some of them do, but I am not one of them.
|08:00 - 09:00||Canva for Pinterest Pins|
|09:00 - 13:00||Online Teaching + Quora Answers|
|13:00 - 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 - 17:00||Online Teaching + Quora Answers|
|17:00 - 17:30||Snack|
|17:30 - 19:00||Blog Post|
|19:00 - 19:30||Dinner|
|19:30 - 01:00||Freelance writing|
This is what I do every day except one evening a week when I go out for a beer. And I am showing you this not to brag but to show you that I’m busy, Busy, BUSY. So, how do I do this every day without going crazy? Read on…
It’s Not Written in Stone
Okay, the above is what I hope to achieve each day, but sometimes it’s just not possible. For example, if I have a full load of teaching, I cannot write Quora answers. As much as I’d like to be able to while I’m teaching, that is multitasking taken too far.
Don’t Try Multitasking
And on the subject of multitasking, don’t do it. It is a complete waste of time and has been proven time and time again that it doesn’t work. The only people who think that multitasking works are bosses who want to give more work to their employees and not pay them any more money.
Do Not Eat the Frog
Many bloggers and ex-procrastinators talk about Brian Tracy’s ‘getting things done’ method of eating the frog i.e. do the worst jobs first so that your other jobs seem easy. While this is a good method if you have a lot of different daily tasks, if you’re like me and have the same jobs each day, do the easy ones first because you can do them more quickly.
Do Zombie Tasks First
So, which jobs should you do first? Well, in my case, I have one hour before I start teaching so I do my most brainless job, which is creating pins for Pinterest. In fact, I don’t need to do one hour each day so if I don’t have to do pins, I’ll do my next easiest job.
Blog Posts Are Easy
Your next job should be your blog post. I’m someone who doesn’t like starting and stopping when I’m writing so if I know I can write a blog post in an hour, I’ll do it from 8am to 9am. This is also the reason you should blog about something you know and like.
Why Choosing You Niche Is Important
This blog is about making money online, affiliate marketing, blogging and so on, which is easy for me to write about because it’s all I do. If it was a fitness blog, it would be a lot more difficult to write a post so it would take me a lot longer. In other words, if you know about your niche, you can write quickly and easily. If you pick some niche you’re not interested in it, it’s much more difficult to bang out a quick post.
Can You Blog at Work?
Because I do online teaching during traditional work hours, and I can write while I’m teaching, it’s not possible to blog at ‘work’. However, you may be able to. For example, do you have a lunch hour? If you do, can you write a quick post while you’re eating? Maybe you can only write down the outline or some ideas. That’s still better than nothing.
Your Leisure Time Schedule
Now, here comes some tough love. If you have a leisure time schedule, then you have enough time to blog, it’s as simple as that. If you’re drinking in the pub, watching TV, sleeping on the sofa, instead of running your blog then you need to change your mindset. Success only comes through hard work, not wishful thinking.
Reassess Your Schedule
Keep a record of what you do all the time, what you do sometimes, and what you never manage to do. After a couple of weeks or so, decide what you need to do to be more successful. This might be shuffling things around or it may be dropping some tasks. You may also be able to do some task only once or twice a week, which will mean slower success, but success nevertheless.
Keep a Daily Diary
Another thing you may want to do to see where you are losing time is to keep a daily diary of everything you do. You may find that there are times when you have time to do something constructive, like when you’re travelling to work. Half an hour each way is an hour in total. You can do a lot of work in one hour and even more work in five hours.
Wrapping It All Up
And there you have it. Some tips to help your blogging when you don’t have any free time. There are many things you can try in your daily life to improve your work output. Some are easy, some not so much, but remember one thing. If you give up blogging, you’re also giving up on whatever desire drove you to start in the first place.
If you enjoyed the advice above, please leave a comment. And if you think I’ve left anything out, feel free to add that below too. Thanks and speak again soon.