This blog is very new, but one thing we have struggled with initially is to make more time to blog.. Life is busy! We have a 4 year old, a 2.5 year old and a dog.
There are so many other priorities that come up in life. Whether its mowing the lawn, taking the kids to the playground or doing house projects, the weekends fill up fast! During the week there is work, errands, activities, school. The list goes on. At the end of the day most times I just want to sit on the couch, zone out and watch TV.
Basically, the only real time to work on the blog is at night after the kids are in bed and the house is cleaned up. If I’m lucky I can work on the blog from 8pm to midnight.
Motivation is key. I know its all about momentum and once I get in a habit it will be easier. Its just like anything else. Similar to working out. Once you get into it, its easy, but getting over that hump to get going isn’t easy.
At this time all of that time isn’t just dedicated to writing for the blog as I’m also continuing to tweak the layout, look and features of the blog which all take time, effort and research too!
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Below are are few tips based on my blogging experience so far and what I’ve learned. Even though all of these recommendations haven’t been implemented yet:
1. Brainstorm blog post topics in advance
The first thing we did was to start a list in excel of all of the blog posts we want to write. Whenever we think of ideas we add it to this list. Sometimes ideas come at the most random times during the day so its easiest to just send myself an email. Once I get to checking emails, I add the idea to the excel sheet.
2. Outline blog posts in advance
Having the list of blog post ideas I mentioned is a great start. When you actually sit down to write a 2,000 word blog post just having a title is hard.
Remember those middle school and high school english teachers that taught us all to outline papers before writing? Yup, who would have thought I’d ever use that in real life? Not me. But outlines are useful and I try to create one before starting a blog post. It makes the writing process go more quickly.
3. Use blog post frameworks
To be honest, we haven’t done this yet. The idea is that there would be a handful of frameworks that are always used for blog posts. No matter what the topic is a new blog post always fits into a framework.
There could be a framework for “list” type posts (i.e. 10 ways to make money). And another framework for comparison posts (i.e. fixed versus adjustable mortgages)
I can see how this would save time and its a goal to start using frameworks soon!
4. Break down blogging into manageable tasks
Sometimes all of the things we need to do for the blog can be intimidating. The list of ideas and tasks always seems to grow. Breaking those tasks down into smaller or more manageable tasks can help get over that mental barrier to get things done.
It can also be helpful to break things down time wise. Spending 15 minutes here and 30 minutes there working on the blog can make it seem more reasonable than multiple hours in a row. As I mentioned above, this is hard for me currently. We also don’t use technology in front of our kids. You won’t find me blogging while sitting at the playground watching the kids.
5. Reduce time spent on social media and watching TV
We all know it. Social media is a giant time suck. How much time did you spend this week on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter? Same goes for watching TV. We only have basic cable and Hulu, yet can still manage to waste time watching too much TV.
I know I need to reduce time on social media and watching TV to be more productive. Are you guilty of this too?
Do you have any other tips to make more time for blogging? If so let us know in the comments!