Getting started is simple! What’s hard is keeping that momentum going and sticking to your blogging schedule… BUT, when you do master the art of keeping within your schedule, your work will be
Why Setting A Blogging Schedule is Important?
You cannot be a successful blogger without a blogging schedule. Facts!
How many times you post a week is down to so many factors. I personally post 3 times a week, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday’s. Having found this is a schedule that works for me, achievable and allows me to move towards my quarterly and yearly goals with ease.
I recommend you don’t wait until you feel like it. It won’t really happen, and if it does, it won’t happen enough to create constant, well thought out posts for your audience. I’m here to tell that you need a plan!
Failure isn’t an option!
The failure of your blog should not be an option. However, some people manage to post one or two posts, only to fall off the wagon as soon as their schedules get busy or once they’ve used up the most obvious material.
Others Bloggers fail at the starting block, constantly pushing their plans to start writing.
- You need to ask yourself, how important is your Blog?
- Do you have your yearly goals mapped out?
- And do you want to achieve those goals?
Failure isn’t an option for me and it shouldn’t be for you. I would encourage you to prioritise your time. It is a precious commodity that you don’t have surplus amounts of, so come on, let’s make the most of it!
Do you know what you are sharing, posting or blogging about next Friday?
What about two Friday’s from now? The last Friday of next month?
To be frank, I may not have every day or detail planned out for the year, (nearly, but not quite!) but I do have a VERY good idea of what’s ahead. It makes running my business a breeze. And honestly, it makes my life a whole lot easier too!
Yes, you can use one of the many apps out there that can be helpful. But let’s simplify even further and remove the temptation of looking at your phone or tab clicking. Instead, just grab the kitchen timer which will focus you on the task. It’s amazing how much you can achieve when the time is ticking!
Stick to it!
What happens when your work is flowing, but the timer goes off? What do you do?
You’ve set a blogging schedule for a reason! If you decide to continue, you are deciding to fail and the schedule is null and void. Try your best to stick to your schedule and see your workflow with ease and see how achievable it can be to get your shizz done!
I can’t impress on you enough! It is super important that you stick to it. Both in the immediate (“I will keep writing until I hit my word goal for the day”) and in your long-term goal – keep those goals in clear focus.
Get Niche or Go Home!
Do you not enjoy the kind of content you’re creating? Does something feel forced or unnatural? If so, try to move towards the flow, and make sure you are writing on topics you’re comfortable with.
The more enjoyable blogging is to you, the more interesting you find the subject matter, and most importantly, the more you can help other people, your passions will grow exponentially!
Going niche is vital! Aby, from You Baby Me Mummy has written a wonderful post on ‘How to pick the perfect blogging niche’ which you can read here.
What fits with your life?
When do you enjoy writing, and when
However, if you’ve always been a night owl (unlike me!), you may be more comfortable writing in the evening when things have settled down, and the house is quiet. It’s up to you, your environment and your body clock!
Keep your workspace clear of distractions! For starters, unplug. You can’t write if you’re checking your twitter feed every five seconds or responding to texts. Turn off your notifications and close those distracting browser tabs. Focus on the task in hand and set the timer.
As a writer
Noise is NOT my thing!
The important thing is to find a spot where you feel comfortable and can concentrate on writing, and only YOU can work out where is best.
As a Blogger or small business owner, the fundamentals of using a working schedule are the same. However, there will be areas you’ll spend more or less time than the calendar I am sharing with you. It’s down to you guys to chop and change with what fits your business.
We all want to be able to organise our schedules and have the commitment to maintain them on a day-to-day basis, but how? Often, creating a schedule that’s workable, is typically time-consuming and often results in a frustrating battle with your calendar. Love it or hate it, we all need technology!
How Being Organised Saves You Time and Money
The Biggie… Organisation is beneficial for everyone and can be easily adapted to suit individual needs. And believe it or not, being organised in your everyday life actually saves you time and money. Here are a few of the reasons why.
Efficient and Stress-Free
If you keep your belongings organised, you don’t need to spend time looking for them when needed, or buy new ones. This is especially handy in the case of important yet rarely used items.
The key to keeping things organised is to come up with a place to keep something and stick to it. If you want to keep important mail in a desk drawer, make sure you keep all of your important mail in that drawer. Don’t be afraid of sorting your things too much. The more categories of things you come up with, the easier it will be to find exactly what you need when you need it.
Helps You Remember Important Details
I understand it can be hard to keep track of every detail when you have a lot going on in your life. Sometimes, your business accounts can get lost in the shuffle and go unpaid, or renewals get overlooked.
By keeping all of your activities organised, you can get them done in a more efficient manner and you make sure that every detail is taken care of.
Creating a Schedule that’s Workable and Sticking to It
Creating and following a schedule is the best way to use all of your time as efficiently as possible. Working on a blogging schedule helps you meet deadlines, keep appointments and stay focused on the task at hand. But, following a schedule can be difficult – especially if you aren’t used to planning out your day. Here are some things to keep in mind while making and maintaining your schedule.
Make a To-Do List
The first thing to consider when setting up a schedule is knowing what you need to accomplish. Make a list of everything that you need to get done in a day, as well as a list of leisure activities or other things that you would like to do.
Once you’ve made your lists, you can decide how much time you need for each activity and use this to develop a schedule. Remember to schedule high-priority activities first and work everything else around them.
Use a Planner
Record all of your scheduled events in one organisational tool like a planner. You can use a physical copy or an app on your phone, but it’s important to use the same planner for all your scheduling.
Why? To ensure that all of your appointments and meetings will be in the same place and easily accessible and that no conflicting schedules are made. The simplified scheduling will keep you on track and relieve some of the stress associated with the scheduling process.
Don’t plan out a schedule that you won’t be able to keep. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time between activities, especially if you have to travel from one to the other.
A bloggers life is not a
Also, make sure you allow yourself breaks throughout the day to rest and recharge. Planning a schedule that is too busy will leave you feeling tired, and may affect your performance as well as your health.
Keep At It
Like any habit, good or bad, you have to keep at it in order to truly make it stick. The same applies to
When Things Don’t Go To Plan
More often than not, things don’t quite go according to plan. Don’t be stressed out if things don’t happen exactly like you were expecting them to. Instead, be prepared to make adjustments to your schedule. If something comes up that you hadn’t scheduled for, it’s not the end of the world! Just make sure you will still have time to complete everything on your schedule.
These tips cover the basics of managing your time. However, after you’ve worked out and followed your own schedule, you can adapt your organisational style to suit your needs. Try out different methods and see what works for you!
What’s your favourite form of keeping track? Online calendars, daily planners, or a journal? Let me know in the comments!
As you move forward with your blog and business,