Are you hungry to feast on proven blogging tips for time management?
After polling bloggers for their most aggravating pain point I was stunned to see time management issues rank near the top of the list.
If you’re beyond frustrated to watch time vanish into thin air right before your eyes you’ve come to the right place.
Bloggers tend to manage their time poorly because they have no set strategy in place.
If you’re like the newbie blogging me you shot from the hip, saw what worked pretty well and followed an undisciplined, poorly planned approach to managing your time.
I finally managed my blogging time effectively some 6 years into my blogging career.
The benefits of effectively planning your blogging day are limitless: increased traffic, greater blogging income, a bigger email list and most importantly, you won’t be running around like a chicken with your head cut off just to finish your online tasks for the day. Alleviating the feelings or panic, worry and anxiety may be the chief benefit of being a time management master.
Blogging Tips for Time Management
Do 1 Thing at a Time (Nix Multi-Tasking)
Where you place your attention and energy grows.
Or, doing 1 thing at a time generally ensures you’ll do that thing well in a minimum amount of time.
On the flip side, multi-tasking guarantees you’ll do a poor job across multiple tasks and you’ll take a longer time to do a crappy job among those tasks.
Example; right now I’m devoting 100% of my energies to writing this guest post. I’ll likely finish the 1000 word or longer post in 40 minutes. Add in 30 minutes to add links, to format the post and to proof read before submitting it and you’re looking at 70 minutes to publish a quality guest post.
If I attempted to jump back and forth between writing this guest post, tweeting, checking my email and responding to Facebook Likes I’d finish 5 hours from now. If I was lucky. I’d also do a poorer job because my attention and energy would be spread in 4 different directions.
Do 1 thing at a time. Get the job done more quickly. Do a better job in the process.
Work in Chunks (Pomodoro Is Not Just a Pasta Sauce)
Have you heard of the Pomodoro Technique?
This concept is based on the fact that if you work in short bursts mixed with brief rest periods you’ll manage your time effectively.
Example; after working on your blogging tasks for 25 minutes you’d take a 5 minute break.
Following this strategy keeps you on task. Taking frequent breaks alerts you to when you’ve moving off task or when you’re not spending your time wisely.
Improve your focus. Save time. Pom it.
Drop the Hot Potato
I’ve spent 8 hours on 2 hour tasks.
I’ve spent weeks on day-long blogging projects.
All because I didn’t drop the hot potato.
This tip melds nicely with the prior Pomodoro tip. Release any 1 blogging activity after a set time expires. No matter what.
The road to blogging failure is paved with poor time mis-management. If you can’t figure out what WordPress plugin to use after 30 minutes of research, drop it. Return to the task tomorrow. Spend the next hour doing something fundamentally important to your blogging campaign. Begin writing a blog post. Comment on a high profile blog. Manage your time intelligently.
Glide through Email First Thing in the Morning
I know, I know; this tip flies in the face of conventional thinking.
Those who didn’t turn their tomatoes into Pomodoro sauce can fire those tomatoes at my head. Right now.
But if you devote 100% of your energies to engaging your email inbox to start the day you’ll likely manage your time more effectively.
Here’s why: most successful bloggers, questioning readers and potential clients treat email sacredly. Meaning, if you want to get bang for your engagement buck – and make the most money through prospering partnerships – the business usually flows through email. Engaging in profit-building activities is about the most time effective thing you can do.
I spent 10 minutes first thing this morning responding to a potential client. If he signs up for one of my coaching packages I’m helping someone who requires my services and I netted $500. Sounds time effective to me.
Ditto for the expert round up I replied to this morning. The response helps expand my reach quickly. Sounds like smart time management.
The problem: most bloggers don’t know how to sift through emails. They spend precious energy responding to time-sapping emails. Email is not a time waster. Choosing to spend your time and energy on time-sapping emails is the time-waster.
Respond to every email possible but reserve longer responses for potential clients, for expert round ups and for anything that expands your reach or grows business in time effective fashion. Respond with 1-2 line emails to everybody else to respect both parties’ time. This is the most polite, thoughtful, helpful, time-saving thing you can do.
Focus on 3 or 4 Core Tasks
For me, these core blogging tasks are:
- publishing 1 long form post each week to my blog (maybe a 2nd shorter travel blogging post)
- writing 2-3 long form guest posts weekly
- commenting on 5 blogs daily (maybe less)
- Spending 10 minutes on Twitter, Facebook G Plus and LinkedIn daily to respond to Likes, questions, etc.
I focus on 4 core tasks on most days.
Sometimes the number drops to 3 if my blog post and guest posts are done for the week.
I don’t fill my day with blogging duties. That’s time mis-management.
I do 3 or 4 core things for a set time then I retire for the day.
This helps me complete these core tasks in minimal time.
Try it. Focus on 3 or 4 chief blogging tasks daily. Let go the time sappers.
Go Flavor Flav
Or, if you have not the gumption to wear a clock bigger than a dinner plate around your neck, surround yourself with 2-3 clocks wherever you are.
Here in the Istanbul apartment a large clock adorns the wall. I also peep our cell phone a few times hourly.
If I need a kick in the time-saving tushie I fire up my KitKat tablet and open the screen to the world clocks option. NYC time, Istanbul time and any time zone I wish to peep pops up on the screen.
Time seems to get away from clock-less bloggers and the folks surrounded by clocks always know what time it is…..boyeeee!
Shut off Your Cell Phone for Most of the Day
Since my wife Kelli and I wish to be in the moment to enjoy our world travels we own a cell phone from 2011 purchased at a 7-11 in Phuket, Thailand. No smart phone. No iPhone. Little tech.
Keep in mind that following such a tech spartan approach led me to write 126 bite-sized blogging eBooks in one year. The strategy of not having a smart phone – or if I had one, I’d shut it off most of the day – has helped me create an almost miraculous ability to manage my time compared to the average blogger.
Shut off your cell phone for much of the day. Life will go on as it always does. Unless you’re working in emergency services you’re not in a life or death field.
Study Prolific Bloggers
Zac is a fabulous study in time management. I recall during our lunch meeting how he was publishing up to 15 guest posts weekly at a time. Impressive stuff.
Study him. Analyze how he goes about his blogging campaign. It’s impossible to publish 15 guest posts weekly unless you are ruthless with your time.
Use the 5 Hour Rule
Employ the 5 Hour Rule used by icons like Oprah, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
The billionaire empire builders set aside 1 hour daily for 5 days a week for reading, reflection and experimentation. Your time management skills will improve dramatically if you’re continually learning about your blogging niche, if you take stock of what works and what doesn’t, and if experiment/tweak your blogging campaign.
Expect to shave minutes if not hours off of your workday by following this rule.
Billionaires are master streamliners. Billionaires read to learn, think things through and tinker to make a maximum impact in minimum time. Set aside this power hour every day.
After following the 5 hour rule for just a few days I realized my frequent posting strategy on Blogging From Paradise wasn’t the best use of my time. Now I post once to twice every week but write 2-3 guest posts weekly. My email list grew 200% compared to prior weeks.
Are you frustrated with how you’re managing your blogging time?
Do you use these time management tips?
What powerful tips can you add to this list?
How Much Traffic Do You Need to Make Money Blogging?
But I do know this; if you ask this question you think like employees. Bad mindset for a blogger. Employees think putting in set amounts of work or reaching some specific goal results in receiving income. 100% of the time, this is NOT true as a professional or amateur blogger. Nobody has any idea how your traffic behaves. Is it targeted, or general? How did you attract your readers? Drilling deeper, it is impossible to surmise that a specific amount of traffic leads to some set amount of income.
Traffic and blogging income are only related in that, if you drive titanic amounts of targeted traffic to your blog, you will make some coin. But other than driving monstrous amounts of traffic – and any blogger asking this question is 10,000 to 20,000 hours away from this type of traffic – you need to understand that making money blogging is about generously helping people, building bonds, creating value, trusting in the process and developing your money mindset diligently, vibing abundance.
Do you want to make money blogging? Stop looking at traffic stats. Nobody pays you like an employer if you register 100 visitors daily to your blog. Stop thinking like an employee. Begin thinking like an entrepreneur. Help people generously. Make friends. Trust in the blogging process. Trust yourself. Think abundantly. Keep helping people. Develop your money mindset. Open multiple streams of income. Money will flow your way if you focus less on traffic stats and things, and more on generously helping human beings. Help people generously, patiently and persistently. Make money. This is the secret to successful blogging. But most bloggers fall lost in a world of stats and employee-level thinking, falsely believing generating a specific number of daily blog visitors results in some blogging employer paying them a set salary, a paycheck, for a goal achieved.
Do not fall prey to this common blogging mindset error in error. Money flows to you based on your generous service and based on your trust in the blogging process. Money can and will arrive but only after you relax, detach, help folks and give little or no thought to money, traffic and other blogging outcomes. The less you think about making money through your blog, the more you help people. The more you help people, the more money you eventually make. Successful blogging and making money is simply about helping tons of people for free to increase your blogging skills and exposure. Open multiple streams of income through which to prosper. Eventually, money flows to you.
Do not get distracted by ideas consistent with the blog post title question. Do not get caught up in blogging money and traffic outcomes. Stop looking for your blogging pay day and get busy helping people freely to learn the secret of effective blog monetizing. Money finds generous servants and money sprints away from bloggers routinely obsessed with making money. Sure you want to promote yourself at every turn. Goodness knows, I am always promoting my 100 plus eBooks and 2 blogging courses in all I do. Plus I promote my audio books and paperbacks, too. But my intent is mostly about helping as many bloggers as possible through guest posting, posting to my blog and via podcasting and broadcasting live. Prospering grows easier the more I help folks freely.
How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog
Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.
New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.
I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.
Follow these tips.
1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog
Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.
2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers
Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.
Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.
3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens
Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.
If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.
4: Do Energy Work
I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.
Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.
Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?
Ask yourself that question and you will get an answer that best suits you.
I went with the blogging tips niche for people who want to circle the globe. But I did not go for this niche to be new, edgy or different. I had lived that life for many years. This made sense for me. I was being genuine, honest and as authentic as one can be. Perfect match. But if I chose a new niche from an energy solely of financial gain, being popular or some other fear-based driver, I would have fallen flat on my blogging face.
Why would you ask someone for new niche ideas? What is the energy or intent there? Do you want the fast track to success? Or are you in a creative space, wishing to do something different? I see searching for new blogging niches as being a waste of time considering the endless, established niches we already have at our disposal. Why waste time and energy searching for some niche if you have all the niches you need right before your cyber eyes? Toss in the fact that you need to research the niche inside-out if you have no prior knowledge and you invest a significant amount of time just to get the blog off of the ground. Makes no sense to me.
What do you love talking about? What is your biggest passion? Start there. Select that niche. You already have an ample supply of information in your noggin and the confidence to discuss the niche in clear, cogent fashion. Who cares if the niche is new or old? The blogging tips niche – my main niche – has been around for a few decades. Who cares? There is nothing new under the sun blogging-wise but thousands of new bloggers join our ranks daily. I also find that I seem to be converting people to blogging the more I persist in creating and connecting, keeping at this gig, being present, helping spread awareness about a pretty cool blogging niche, and, about a pretty cool way to help people and to free yourself.
Go with What You Know
When it comes to picking a blogging niche, go with what you know. Pick a niche inside of your blogging and knowledge wheelhouse because being armed with knowledge, experience, and a pulsating passion for discussing the niche makes you stand out from the blogging crowd in a major league way. I created this blogging course in under a day. Imagine that? 6 hours of recordings and oodles of blogging knowledge, packaged into a course that I created in under 24 hours. Imagine how much I needed to know about blogging and how confident and clear I had to be in myself, to ship in 24 hours? I go with what I know; sure doesn’t hurt me.
But when you pick a new blogging niche you have no knowledge of, it takes you 2 months to create and ship the course. Not good. There is the quick, and the dead, in the blogging world. We need be patient, persistent and generous to succeed online but in the same regard, adding years to your learning curve by deviating from what you know is a foolish blogging idea. Why? Go with what you know to prosper mightily over the long haul and to hit the ground running.
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