Time is valuable to all of us, and for a part-time or full-time blogger, it might seem there are just not enough hours in the day. While none of us (as far as I know) have the ability to manipulate time, there are things we all can do to keep on top of things. Time management is a skill that anyone can take advantage of, and here are some tips to make the best use of the little time we are given.
A calendar is a blogger’s best friend. I use it to plan out all my upcoming articles. It can also be used to create reminders or other important events for your blogging schedule. Regardless of whether you use your calendar for planning out articles or keeping track of what you have going on in life, it is important to stay ahead of the game. Also, it is better to be able to jump right into the creative process instead of spending time thinking of what to write about. Google Calendar is something I urge all of you to get familiar with.
Create Goals & Challenges
It is motivation and rising to the challenge that gets things done. A goal is a source of motivation — it is something to aim for. It is probably the best sources of motivation for a freelancer. For example: create a goal to reach a certain number of subscribers or daily visitors. Challenge yourself — getting things done lead to better time management. Some of you might not need to create motivation for yourself, but many of you probably do, and there is nothing wrong with that.
Use Reminders & Deadlines
On the line of goals, there is something similar, but much more serious — a deadline. Get into the habit of creating and completing deadlines. It is something that will help you in life. This is even more true when you are left to work for yourself, as the temptation to become lazy constantly lingers. You might not make every deadline, but at least you have a point to measure progress, and that is a very good thing for proper time management (and possibly clients as well).
Take it to the Max
There are certain days where I just feel unstoppable while I am writing. The words just seem to flow perfectly, and it is a great feeling to have. Unfortunately, those days don’t happen every day, but when they do happen, I know to take advantage of them. Get stuff done! I also use this time to write backup articles incase it just happens to be one of those days where I need some downtime. I also use these times to come up with new article ideas for the future. It would be almost insane to not take advantage of golden opportunities, and if you are in the zone, it is time to step up to the plate and swing for the home run.
These tips will serve as a starting point, but there comes a time when you simply need to shift into high gear and get things done. Remember, knowing where you are is pretty useless if you don’t know where you need to be. Think about it.