Time is valuable to all of us, and a blogger is no exception. It doesn’t matter if you are a part-timer or a full-timer there is nobody who can say that he has enough time to spare each day even after giving up his best.
All of us is bound by time; there is not a single day which goes without you complaining to yourself about not being able to complete a task or a goal on time.
We all know that time is crucial for us, but still, we waste it knowingly or unknowingly. Managing time is very vital to any individual if he wants to be more successful in his efforts.
If you blog alone, then it becomes almost impossible to manage everything from writing, promoting, strategizing to answering to hundreds of emails.
There are hundreds of ways of managing time – you can make notes, create checklists, download apps, and make a sleep schedule.
But if you don’t understand the need for you to manage time then it won’t be possible to follow any of the above. You need the motivation to follow these things diligently.
We have for you 21 Time Management Hacks for bloggers which you can follow to save precious time.
#1. Stay Organised
Staying Organised is very essential. You need to know exactly what are the tasks, which are up for that day, after waking up in the morning. You need to figure out how many posts your readers want and plan your week schedule accordingly.
An editorial calendar such as the CoSchedule will help you to do the same efficiently.
CoSchedule is a Marketing and Content Calendar for Blogging, Marketing, and Social Media. It is trusted and used by over 10,000 bloggers and marketers. It can be used by everyone, it maybe you alone or by a small team.
An easy to use tool helps you to communicate with your team member and helps to complete tasks on time and even plan ahead.
You share a lot of your posts on different social media sites then CoSchedule is there to save your back. It helps to save a lot of time with Social Media.
You can also schedule all your social media stuff and can also organize all your posts on a single consolidated editorial calendar.
You also make use of the online services such as Evernote to take your notes.
This also might be helpful if you have a team because you easily share your notes across the members. You can even use a pen and paper to do the same.
#2. Set Goals for your blog
Setting up goals is critical in life. It doesn’t matter if it is long-term or short-term. If you have specific goals for your blog, it helps you concentrate more on your blog.
You will be able to cut on the useless stuff which you might be doing apart from blogging.
Let us you have a goal of increasing the social media traffic from Google Plus then you should spend more time on Google Plus rather than liking the posts on Facebook.
You need to focus on your goal to make it happen. If aren’t serious about your goal then it as good as not having one.
It also helps you to understand if you are moving on the correct path or not. It will help you waste less time over unnecessary time.
So if you don’t have a goal for your blog. Make one now.
#3. Automate Social Media Promotion
Social Media Promotion is important for any blog or business. But it is not wise to spend few hours every week after every new blog post gets published.
All the promotion which you do manually can be quickly done by using few web services.
You can schedule your posts on Facebook or tweet on Twitter for a specific time of your choice. Some services are given below-
This way you can save a ton of time going all through the tedious process of promoting all of your posts on the social media.
The time so saved can be easily used to write epic content which gets shares automatically without you be involved.
Focus on writing good content which your users engage with and share again and again.
#4. Don’t check your stats again and again
Every blogger loves to look at his stats and analyze if his blog is growing and running as he had desired it to be. Checking your stats is not a bad thing if you do in once in a while.
Regardless of your stats being great or not, you need to understand that nothing drastic will happen to your blog in few days. It takes days and months for a blog to grow.
Don’t see your blog stats each and every time you open a browser. Schedule it for seeing it once daily or once in 2 days. The stats won’t change if you see it over and over again.
You need to work hard and use this time to do the same to see changes in your blog.
Set a particular date every week to analyze your stats to see which posts is bringing you traffic and other things which you care about.
This is more than enough to make changes to your blog for the coming week, so you start seeing results.
#5. Outsource stuff whenever possible
If you are earning a good income from your blog, then it is not necessary for you to do each and every work yourself. You may say what about quality?
I agree that maintaining a good quality of your posts is very necessary and can’t be compromised, but you can find good writers or assistant after dealing with few of them.
Things which you are not comfortable with can be easily outsourced for some cash.
This way you save a lot of time which you can use doing other important stuff which you are a pro at. You can hence relax and be free of worries.
There are tons of sites on the web for outsourcing your work.
Fiverr is a great place to get things done cheaply for few dollars. Others include Upwork, FreeLancer, iWriter, etc.
#6. Password Management Tool
Bloggers utilize hundreds of sites each day to get their work done. While using then they log in on these a couple of times each day.
Even if you manage to remember all the passwords for your account it is very tedious to type your password again and again.
Blogger spends at least half an hour in just logging in to sites each day.
LastPass is revolutionary plugin to help you save time and free you with the hassle of remembering hundreds of passwords.
All you need to know is a master password, and you are good to go. They have both a free plan and a paid one. According to your usage, you choose your plan.
It helps you to auto-login onto sites and even syncs it into the cloud so you can use it easily on any supported device.
A few more features worth mentioning –
- Save login usernames and passwords
- Add credit card details and shopping profiles
- Add images, PDFs, documents and much more
- Manage everything using a password vault
- Add, edit, view, delete and organize your sites
- Generate secure passwords to replace weak ones
This tools should be used by any person who deals with lots of sites. You can easily share passwords with your friends and families.
#7. Accept Guest Posts
Bloggers sometimes become very strict and moody in accepting guest posts. Many are greedy, and all they reply back is “We only accept paid posts.”
This attitude won’t be beneficial for you in the long run. It’s no harm if someone is getting a referral traffic from your blog,
Guest Posting is a win-win situation for both parties if the guest post is of high quality. This helps you gain the time which you would otherwise spend in writing that post.
It even lets you build a relationship with another blogger which comes in handy later on in your journey.
So next time when you get a guest post request don’t say No.
#8. Create an Outline of your Post
A post outline is very useful in helping you completing a job quickly and efficiently. Try to jot down all ideas in a notepad or any other text editor of your choice.
Using the ideas seek to create an outline of your post and also write the subheads which shall be included in the post.
This framework helps you not get off the track and also contributes to keeping your flow going.
You need not think in between the post as to what to write and waste hours doing it. This helps you save a lot of time and energy.
#9. Turn the Do not Disturb Mode on your Phone
A smartphone is a huge necessity for people these days. They can’t stay away from it even for few seconds let alone few hours.
While the smartphone comes very handy in some situations, it also accounts for eating up your precious work time. If you are serious about blogging, please try to stay away from your phone during working hours.
All phones come with a Do-Not-Disturb mode which should be activated during your work hours. This way you don’t break your workflow and work can be done much quickly and efficiently.
#10. Work when you Love or Feel like
The coolest thing about being a blogger is that you can work anytime you like. You can work late nights or early morning there will be nobody to stop you.
It is critical to work when you love doing it. It should be a pleasure to you and not a pain.
This way you will be able to perform better, and the best will come out of you.
When you work, please keep a continuous flow.
Don’t check other non-related websites or see your news feed on Facebook. These actions will tempt you to move away from your job.
Be serious and respect what you do. This will help you to be more successful in the future.
#11. Deal with one thing at a time
You must have often heard this advice from your elders. While it seems to be true and applies to bloggers as well.
While working on your blog, you can easily be distracted by other activities running in the background. These may be social media sites or maybe your favorite TV series are playing.
You may think that you are multitasking, but you are distracted.
Please try to focus on thing at a time. This will help you to increase your productivity. It is an effective time-management strategy which helps you to be disciplined.
This will help your mind not to wander somewhere else and lose focus. Don’t be carried away by unnecessary things which just kills your time.
#12. Sort your priorities
As a blogger, you might have different plans and projects for your blog.
If you want everything to be done in the right way then you must draft out a plan. Most important thing is to prioritize stuff.
There will be some tasks which will be more important than the other one. Hence try to figure out what is more crucial and try to complete that first.
This way your blog will grow the right way so need not waste your precious time later.
#13. Use a task management Application
To save your time you must be aware of things are exactly is planned for the day. Not only this you must be reminded of it after some hours so you don’t forget about it. You can easily keep track of your tasks by a task management application.
Few task management applications for your smartphone –
These apps can be easily installed on your android or ios device.
You can easily create reminders and to-do lists on your smartphone on the go. This way you easily monitor your tasks anytime and everywhere.
#14. Complete big tasks by dividing it into small parts
Do you know how people are so much successful and how do they do big things easily? The reason behind their success is how they execute the task.
Their execution begins with dividing the big task into smaller tasks. You may think that this will make things even worse, but it will help you in doing the task easily.
It doesn’t matter how many days you are given to complete the task, but it is how you use each day strategically to get things done.
One of the few advantages of completing small tasks which are a part of a big one is that you need to put a little effort, and you are never afraid or feel lost.
#15. Review the past to become better
It is not that always what you will plan will be correct, and the execution will always say what you had hoped to be.
People make mistakes and even learn from it; there is nothing wrong it that. But is more important not to repeat it again.
In your free time try to analyze your past one week or a month.
Try to figure out what are the tasks weren’t successful and the reason behind it. This the reason why people review projects, work deliverables and habits regularly.
Let’s take an example you always run out of ideas while writing your post which may have remembered before. To solve this try always to jot down the ideas and points the moment you think of it.
This way you will save a lot of time which you otherwise would lose.
#16. Set a deadline
Setting deadlines is very important for any task. This the reason big companies give their employees a deadline to complete their projects and assignments.
They do the same because they know the importance of tasks being completed at its respective time and not being delayed.
You need to follow deadlines to get results and not by ignoring it or manipulating it because you set one.
Even if you have set a time limit and not your boss, it is very important to respect the date and diligently work to complete the work on or before time.
#17. Take small breaks in between work
People say that it is important to work, but it is equally important to take a break off for some time. This is because we are humans and robots.
Humans need a break to freshen up their brains and thoughts.
You should take a brain of 5-10 minutes every hour to feel energized. Sitting all day on the chair is not good for your health. Only getting a glass of water or stretching for a few minutes will do wonders for your body.
You can also play your favorite game or respond to unread messages on Facebook.
#18. Learn to say “No”
It is immense courage to say “No” to someone. You may feel that it might hurt your relationship or make it weak. But that is not the reality. There is nothing wrong in saying “No” to something.
At some point in life, you need to learn to decline opportunities that come your way. The earlier you learn to do this, the better.
For example, a friend is telling you to go for a party when you have an important exam the next day.
You should have the courage to tell your friend you can’t come and also be confident in doing so.
This is because you are not doing a crime by telling him “No,” this for your benefit and future.
#19. Sleep for 8-9 hours
Some people may think that it is beneficial to work in sleep hours. The myth is that this way they will be able to increase their productivity. But it is not true.
Make sure you have enough sleep every night so that you are energized to work during the day.
On the other hand, if you don’t have enough sleep then you feel sleepy all day, and you won’t want to work.
#20. Wake up early
You might say that Tuhin, you contradicting to your earlier point. But that is not the case. Waking up early doesn’t mean that you need to reduce your sleeping hours.
Everybody hates to wake up early. But honestly, I have found it to be true. This the reason why most CEOs wake up bright and early.
#21. Cut out negative influences where possible
You might think of negative things like what will happen if it goes wrong. These thoughts will only make matters worse for you and will cause things to slow you down.
Things like the mainstream media present a disproportionate view of the negative to positive ratio of the world. Swap out these sorts of influences for ones that will inspire you.
I hope these time management hacks were useful. Try to implement some of the hacks above to save on more time. I would love to know your results.
If you know of any hacks which are not mentioned above, please share it with our readers. Don’t forget to share if you find the post worth.