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?
Should You Use AdSense on Your Blog?
I admit it. I have waffled on this topic a few times. Back in the day I used to call it Ad Cents. But going forward I do see benefits in adding Google AdSense as a low ticket income stream on your blog. Even for newbies. I know, I know. This seems surprising to you.
Think abundance guys. Why not add a few cents here and there to boost your income stream? Please don’t use AdSense as your prime means of income as a new blogger or if you are struggling as a blogging veteran. Cents do not make up a full-time income, as your sole income stream. But if you create courses, coach, and add Google AdSense as an income stream for driving a few bucks each month in the beginning, you are well on your way to seeing steady profits are the channel.
The key is to think detachment. New bloggers in many developing nations see Google AdSense as the Holy Grail of monetizing. Why? Mostly, because it seems easy to make money through a channel involving no creation or human interaction on your part. Think about it. All you do is post the ad and create content. Money should flow to you easily, right? The ultimate wake up call is experiencing one, two, or three cent AdSense months. Then you realize big earnings flow through blogs with a huge amount of targeted, hyper-focused traffic. This is why you need to detach from Google AdSense as your prime income stream. Big bucks flow through the channel after years of generous, patient, persistent effort on your part.
Take the Cents with AdSense
As a newbie, pennies will flow through your AdSense profits for your first few months. In most cases. But take the cents because cents add up to dollars. Dollars add up to hundreds of dollars. Hundreds of dollars add up to thousands of dollars. Think like an abundant blogger. Keep adding small ticket and big ticket income streams to boost your overall blogging income.
Everything Adds Up
I wrote a post recently discussing why wealthy bloggers take the time and effort to add affiliate links even if they earn pennies on the link. Between their ever-expanding presence and abundance mindset, the pennies add up to thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars over the long haul. Think this way with AdSense. Everything adds up. Again, just don’t make Google AdSense your prime income stream because as the pennies add up you’re better off earning more money through channels like coaching, consulting, freelancing, writing and selling eBooks or creating and publishing courses.
Ultimately, successful blogging is creating and connecting generously. Never believe that an income stream makes money. Income streams are passive, completely subject to your command, and pretty much worthless on their own. An income stream cannot do anything, including make money. You make the money with your generous effort. Practice writing, create helpful content and build meaningful connections with top blogger generously every single day over the course of years. No matter the income streams you open, your blogging profits will increase over time if you stick to the fundamentals.
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Why Do People Still Sleep on Blog Commenting?
Chapters 2 and 3 of my eBook:
dissect both my commenting success stories and why to comment on blogs from your niche. I lead in with a clear primer prepping you for the blogging journey, commenting-wise.
Why do bloggers still ignore the immense power of commenting? A few reasons reveal themselves but at the core, bloggers fear nobody will read their blog comments. Seriously; do you genuinely believe folks read all blog comments? Of course not because folks sometimes skip over comments. But a percentage of bloggers and readers do scan comments or take apart comments word by word, getting to know fellow bloggers. At the core though, fear rings strong, guys. Bloggers fear wasting time. I get it. I too have to catch myself, to remind myself of these sweet blog commenting benefits.
Benefits of Blog Commenting
- bond with top bloggers through an underused vehicle, often ignored, but totally free of gatekeepers, unlike trying to reach someone through email or phone
- anybody can comment on a blog; new blogger, struggling veteran blogger, etc
- anybody can impress with comments at any stage of your career; any human being can share their thoughts in genuine fashion
- blog comments are forever; evergreen content
- blog comments serve as branding and bonding vehicles
- blog commenting is a free method for connecting with bloggers
- blog commenting on blogs with raving communities ejects you into the blogger’s tribe
- people who buy your stuff often need to see you are legit, active and social online; enter blog commenting
Those are but a few reasons why you want to comment on top blogs from your niche. Do your best to dwell on these reasons if you want to mail it in, skipping on blog commenting because you feel like commenting on a top blog wastes your time.
I just find it weird that years into me discussing blog commenting as a viable means to bond and grow business, bloggers scoff at it. I do have an idea why, though. Bloggers focus on things over people. Bloggers want links and do not put in the time and energy to develop connections with other human beings. Put in the time, and you will be golden. But if you want to deal with things to manipulate people you will have a terrible time getting traction online because business may flow through things, but business originates in humans. Think that one through for just a moment.
Commenting works if you comment genuinely on blogs from your niche. Nobody likes someone who wants to publish a link, and to leave. We call these guys comment drive-bys. Stick around. Write a few sentences. Be genuine. Be helpful. Be warm. The more you give to blog commenting, the more you get from blog commenting. Do you see how it works? The process is quite simple but you need to be onboard, fully, to be a generous, genuine blog commentor.
Be present. Imagine yourself speaking to another human being, in person. How should that feel? Good, methinks. Bask in that feeling as you publish a few sentences or paragraphs via a blog comment. Feel the fun in connecting with humans. Blogging is 100% in the connections. Never forget that.
Clients, customers, business and traffic find you through genuine, generous, frequent comments. I am living proof. Peep my example if you want to comment but believe commenting will be a waste of your time. Trust me; it won’t.
4 Ways to Respond to Blogging Critics
We all have ’em.
Or, if new to blogging, critics will pay you a visit eventually. Being seen online means being criticized sometimes. Part of your successful blogging tax.
Fools waste precious time and energy engaging critics in some way, shape or form. Avoid doing this. Paying, loyal, loving fans deserve your energy. Go to where you are loved.
Follow these 4 tips to respond to blogging critics effectively.
1: Ignore Critics Completely
If I come across a nasty 1 star review of my eBooks, I ignore the barb completely because miserable, angry, unhappy people cannot think clearly and tell the truth. Why trust a raging, mindless, idiotic bull? Ignore these people. Buy my critics eBook too to begin spotting these fools.
2: Listen for a Shred of Stinging Truth
OK guys; following this step feels uncomfortable but you need take the step to become a successful blogger. Listen closely to critic feedback. How does it feel to you? Upsetting? Embarrassing? Does a critic anger you or annoy you? Do you want to debate or debunk those morons? If any negative emotion feels triggered by receiving criticism you believe some or all of their critical feedback. I did tell you; this step/tip feels unpleasant. But how could you ever sell a bunch of eBooks and help people and make money if you genuinely do NOT believe in the value of your eBooks? How can you become a pro blogger if you believe you will always be amateur hour?
Critics trigger false beliefs you need face, feel and release to reach the next stage of your blogging growth. I never had powerful break throughs until a critic tossed some nasty barb my way, triggering some fear I needed to release to gain enough clarity and confidence to reach the next stage of my growth.
3: Psyche Homework
Critics see you as a mirror. What criticism seems doled out to you, on to you, is a critic speaking of themselves. We are connected; all of us. Critics never seem to see this and choose to speak of self via their criticism of you. Do your mindset homework. See how criticism serves as a projection of individual onto you? Relax. Prep yourself for future criticism. Consider writing blog posts discussing problems critics see in self if this topic applies to your blogging niche. Turn criticism into help and profits, too.
4: Never Gang Up
Ganging up on critics with your friends only shows your weakness. Critics fear. Critics are in pain. Imagine taking time to rile the troops and kick a wounded dog? This is what it’s like to get your tribe rounded up to gang up on and belittle critics. Plus, try getting featured on world famous blogs by building a bully image these days. I dare you.
Relax. Critics have issues. Ignore these folks outright. Leave them be, and you will be happier, healthier and wealthier, too. Never waste your time fighting critics; especially with friends. Do something uplifting and enriching with your time, energy and efforts.
Help people. Do not try to hurt, hurt people. Give your attention and energy to love, generosity, abundance and service to experience the greatest blogging success.
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