Time is a valuable component in our lives and here at LBC, we wanted to create this Time Management series to share some useful tips on how to be more productive while still enjoying what we value most in our lives.
Being an effective time manager is something that takes time and skill to achieve. It is just one of those things that isn’t taught but needs to be learned in order to work efficiently.
Knowing how to handle and organize information effectively is mostly about changing your thought process and concentrating on the results of your goals instead of the constant need to be busy.
Here are 7 tips to help better manage your blogging time.
- Getting started. Organize a daily to do list. If you don’t know what you need to do then attempting to manage your time around it will be useless. Planning out your day can help you see the big picture and accomplish more. Also, keep a schedule to help minimize over scheduling, conflicts and those impromptu projects.
- Stop multi-tasking. Multi-tasking decreases productivity especially when it comes to blogging, it is best to just shut off the noise. Limit distractions, close those open tabs on your laptop, log off social networks, applications, etc. Stick to one thing and finish it.
- Remove those unnecessary emails. Turn off those pesky email notifications on your social networks and unsubscribe to those email subscriptions you signed up for but receive no benefit from.
- Create work time blocks. Blocking out time to blog, respond to email; get on Facebook, G+, etc helps you see where the bulk of your time is going. Dedicate let’s say an hour to just writing (and nothing else), 40 minutes on reading and responding to blog posts, 40 minutes to read and respond to emails, etc. Setup a timer if you need to and create time blocks that will allow you to complete prioritize projects and dedicate time to other things.
- Know your strengths. Schedule your time based on when you are most productive. Whether that time is 6am or 2am, set that time to get creative and to get important work done.
- Learn to just say NO. Always consider your time, goals, schedule and fit for your blog before adding any more work to your load.
- Know when to stop. Burning a candle on both ends only leads to lack of productivity and complete burnout. Improve your focus, attentiveness and effectiveness by getting some much needed time off.