* For those who are not from New England and may be unfamiliar with the term “wicked”, replace it with “very” to get the same meaning. Ex: It’s wicked cold outside. Translation: It’s very cold outside.
Sometimes we just get busy. Busy with life, with holidays, with family events, with our day jobs, with moves, with school, with volunteering, with EVERYTHING! So how do you fit blogging into your busy schedule? It can be done! You can use your time in an efficient manner so neither your blog or your other obligations suffer from lack of attention (and you can even have a bit of time left over for yourself!).
Work in Small Spurts
Do you have five minutes? Good use it to work on your blog! It can be as simple as jotting down that blog post idea on a scrap of paper to scheduling a social media post, or even finding the perfect stock image or creating a graphic. You don’t have to write your post, edit it, and schedule your social media all in one sitting. Spread it out throughout the day, when you have time. Maybe that means while dinner cooks on the stove, or the moments you are waiting for your kids (or spouse) to get ready to go. Find those small periods of time where you would otherwise just be waiting.
Use the Right Tools
The right tools for the job make all the difference! If you are constantly on the go, it’s a good idea to make sure your favorite desktop apps are available for your mobile device. Stuck waiting at the doctor’s office? Whip out the WordPress app and write that blog post, or reply to that comment! The second part of using the right tools is using tools that work for you. Don’t get Photoshop or GIMP? Don’t use it! Use Canva or PicMonkey! Whatever tools you choose make sure they work with you.
Scheduling out your social media posts and blog posts can help you manage your time more efficiently. The thing is, you still actually have to put the work in, but that work can be spread out over several days instead of all at once in a larger chunk of time. You can also do more on the days you do have free time to ensure that you are covered when you know you will just be too busy to even think strait let alone post a coherent message on social media!
Let it Go
Sometimes we just can’t get it all done. There literally aren’t enough hours in a day. That’s okay! Give yourself permission to slack once in a while. It won’t completely destroy your blog! Be kind to yourself and remember, your well-being comes first. Your family comes first, the blog can wait until another day.
Revise Your Schedule
Sometimes we think we are busy but when we actually look at our daily schedules we find we have filled our time with things that might not matter as much as we think they do. For example, if you got up 15 minutes earlier what could you accomplish? Maybe get that social media post scheduled? Reply to a few comments? What about if instead of watching your favorite TV shows for two hours every night, you trimmed it down to one and a half hours? Could you fit more blogging in then? If you are going to revise your schedule I suggest taking a look at each task and asking yourself “Is it necessary?” If it’s necessary keep it. If it’s not ask yourself, “Does it make me happy?” if yes, keep it. If not, consider getting rid of it, or doing it less. Don’t waste time doing things you don’t have to do and hate! Also, ask for help if you need it. Involve your spouse, kids, roommates in the household cleaning or other chores.
Just because you are busy with non-blog related activities doesn’t mean you have to neglect your blog. You can still give your blog the attention it needs to help it grow, while fulfilling your other obligations and desires. Sometimes that means getting creative, reevaluating your life, or choosing the right tools to help you do it.