On top of that, you must organize your time for maximum efficiency, especially if you have a full-time job as well (or kiddies!).
There are so many tasks and elements that go into a blog, some more important than others, but when the H are you supposed to do them and in what order?
The biggest things I struggled with when starting this blog was knowing what to do, how to do it and when it should be done.
I got the ‘WHAT’ and ‘HOW’ sorted as I took a course from Create and Go called Build and Launch Your Blog. This course takes you through setting up your blog with WordPress and getting your first 10 posts written so that your blog is ‘launched’.
Just a note: C&G recommend Bluehost as the hosting platform for your blog but I decided to go with Siteground after doing my own research. (They’re both similar in terms of pricing and what they offer, I just preferred Siteground).
To be honest, no one really needs a blogging course, I genuinely believe that where there is a will there is a way. If you want something bad enough you will find a way to do it.
On the other hand, if you have some money to invest in your business, buying a course can save a lot of time and frustration. It gives you a great roadmap to follow, so you don’t get completely overwhelmed.
Without trying to sound like a spammy salesperson, (and I’ll shut up about the course in a sec!), I looked at a lot of courses and I chose Create and Go for 2 reasons.
- Most other blogging courses are the complete package and are priced north of $500. I liked that the Create and Go Launch Your Blog Course was for complete beginners and around $100. That meant that if I didn’t get on with blogging, I had lost some money, but not $500 kind of money.
- They had built a successful blog themselves that wasn’t about blogging or how to make money. Their first successful blog was Avocadu which is about yoga and weightloss.
I am now working my way through their Make Money Blogging course, they also have courses named Pinterest Avalanche and Six-Figure Blogger depending on your needs, you can check them out here if you are interested.
Anyway, enough of that. On to the point of this post!
Should you write blog posts in the morning or the evening? Should you get up at stupid o’clock to work on your site?
- What should I work on first?
- How do I make time for everything?
- How much time should I spend on each thing?
- What time should I wake up?
- What should my routine look like?
- How much time should I spend writing?
- How many hours should I spend promoting social media?
- Do I really have to work an 80 hours week to be successful?
Aargh, can someone please just tell me what to do?!
So what do the successful bloggers do? There are all different types of bloggers, ones who still have day jobs, those who blog full-time, and those who have one or many children.
They can’t all be following the same schedule yet they are all successful in their own right. So, how do they plan their days?
How six-figure bloggers plan their day
BLOGGER WHO ALSO WORKS FULL-TIME
This blog is run by Meagan, a writer, and mum to 5 kids!
It’s all down to personal preference and circumstance, however it is helpful and reassuring to see the actual schedules of people who are doing what you want to do.
The key points to consider how much time do you have and how productive are you being?
Side note: it’s important to be honest with yourself, I know I could be more productive by canceling Netflix, even if I am tired I could still be pinning on Pinterest rather than watching Jessica Jones drink some more whiskey.
Once you know how much time you have, are there ways you can free up more time?
How can I make more time?
- Decide what is more important, your blog, or the other thing you are about to do
- Get up earlier – only do this if you are a morning person and will actually use the time productively
- Save time by cooking simple meals or cook them in advance. $5 meal plan is a great resource to save even more time as they send recipes and grocery lists to you each week
- Stop reading other people’s blog posts (apart from this one!). If all you do is consume other’s content, you are wasting time when you could be writing your own
- Stop watching TV
- Listen to audiobooks while you exercise
- Delete your social media apps (I have actually done this if I need social media for the blog I will log on to my laptop)
- Say no to dinners out, brunches etc
- Stop checking your emails (turn off the alerts on your phone)
- Use your lunch hour if you work full-time
- Set a time limit for tasks
Here are some other blog posts that you may find useful:
- 22 ways to simplify your life to make time for your business
- 44 free tools to start your online business with no money
How can I be more productive?
- Do the hardest tasks when you are at your peak work time. For me, it is the morning before I start anything else
- Listen to podcasts while getting ready for work
- Use your commute to listen to podcasts, read books, write blog post drafts (I sometimes write posts in the notes section on my phone)
- Write blog posts in your head (this always happens in the shower for some reason, ha!)
- Create an editorial calendar so you know which posts you will publish and when
- Set yourself a routine, it doesn’t matter if you tweak it, just see what works best for you.
- Don’t multitask
- Listen to focus music while you work – this has really helped me concentrate when writing posts. Just type in ‘focus music’ in youtube and pick one.
- Use a planner. Natalie uses a Productivity Planner from Intelligent Change. I don’t think you need to actually buy one, you can get a free sample page from the website that you can print out for each day and use.
Learning about WordPress, affiliate marketing, Pinterest, Youtube, the list is endless! The only way to do this is to eat the elephant one bite at a time.
Apart from getting up at 4:30 am like Natalie Bacon did, that would kill me 😉
Here are some more posts that might help!
- 35 best motivational quotes for women who want to start a business
- 9 inspiring women who found success in their 30s
- What does starting a business really look like?
- 15 powerful reasons you should start a business in your 30s
- 10 reasons you haven’t started your business yet