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If you’re a blogger, you don’t need me to tell you how much stuff goes into blogging. We have so many tasks to get done – and a lot of them are very repetitive. You kind of do the same thing over and over again, with some other, different tasks mixed in.
Do you ever start the day off with a mile-long to-do list, full of a lot of the same things that you did yesterday?
Or do you end the day with a good chunk of your to-do list not done?
Do you ever wonder how you managed to get so little done when you were so darn busy all day?
I know just how you feel!
Yes, blogging is a busy job and I know that you’re a busy blogger. But busy doesn’t always equal productive.
But hopefully, you find this post helpful because today I thought I’d share some of my best tips for becoming a more productive blogger!
1. Automate social media.
I save time every week by automating my tweets for Twitter and pins for Pinterest. The tools I use for these are Buffer for Twitter and BoardBooster for Pinterest. I cannot tell you how much time they save me – especially BoardBooster. I used to spend SO MUCH time on Pinterest, but BoardBooster not only makes things easier so I can just schedule pins as I find them, but it also pins at exactly the right time so I gain new followers pretty much on autopilot. It’s pretty freaking awesome! I’m planning to do an extensive post on BoardBooster in the near future, though. With Buffer, I can schedule my tweets ahead of time too. I only use the free version though, so I can only do about 3-4 days at a time.
2. Outsource some of your tasks.
Okay, I’ll be honest with you (because I’m always honest). I don’t outsource anything on my blog at the moment, but I see a lot of other bloggers talk about how awesome it is. If this blog were ever to grow bigger, I would definitely hire a VA. Because obviously, hiring someone to do some (or all) of the tasks that you don’t want to do, or can’t do, would save you LOADS of time. If you’re curious about outsourcing some of your tasks, here’s a list of 6 blogging tasks that you can outsource from The Cafe Wordsmith.
3. Create an editorial calendar.
I wrote a post about this (with a free printable) here. Creating an editorial calendar (or content calendar) can save you so much time. Have you ever sat down to write your blog post only to find that you have no clue what to write? Yeah, this can help. Plan out a month’s worth of blog posts ahead of time so you don’t have to brainstorm for ideas so often. Click here to read more and print out an editorial calendar!
You can also take it a step further and order an awesome blog planner like Epic Blog (created by the awesome Regina Anaejionu) or The Badass Blog Planner (created by the awesome Sarah Morgan) to create an even bigger editorial calendar and plan for your blog.
4. Always use a planning system.
Okay, so I’m one of those people who doesn’t really understand how other people can function without some sort of planning system. I’m sort of obsessed with planners and journals and they help me get so much more done. I use the Bloom Daily Planner right now and I love it since it’s so small and functional. I used to use The Happy Planner, which I also loved. But next year I’m planning on just using my bullet journal for everything – for all of my planning needs and other random things. Having some sort of planning system (whatever works for you) can save you time and help you get more done because you’ll always know exactly what to do!
Also, if you are more of a digital person, there are tons of apps and websites where you can do your planning and to-do lists.
5. Learn good time-management skills.
Learning tips and tricks for managing your time better (like time-blocking, one of my favorites) and being more productive will definitely help you get more done and have more free time! I’ve done a few posts on this topic if you’re interested:
- How to Be More Productive While Working from Home
- How to Get More Done Every Single Day
- 5 Fun Ways to Increase Your Productivity
So scour the internet and books for good time-management tips!
What’s your best productivity tip for bloggers?