Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 07:00 pm
When I first started this blog, I didn’t create a blog schedule. Instead, I found myself trying multi-task, which we know doesn’t work if you want to achieve any real results.
As bloggers, we know there’s always something to do in our business.
If we let it, blogging can take up a lot of our time, especially, if we don’t learn how to manage our time.
Setting up a blog schedule can be the difference between your blog becoming a success or not.
Our blog duties can be never ending. I know that I can literally spend hours on my blog throughout the day and still find myself needing to accomplish things. There’s always more to do.
Write another post. Create a new YouTube video for my channel. Write and edit another Kindle book. Edit another image and pin it on Pinterest. The list could go on & on.
My blog could literally take over my life, if I let it. I’m sure that you feel the same way about your blog.
This is why I’ve decided to get on a blog schedule. It’s definitely made my life better and the best part is that I am now taking more time off from my blog.
Getting On A Schedule
Since creating a schedule, I actually feel better. Yes, I still work hard, but the difference is that I am actually getting things done on a regular basis.
My daily blogging schedule helps me minimize stress. Plus it’s allowed me to get off my blog and network with others.
It’s important to have a consistent schedule that can maintain. Don’t try to create a tough blogging schedule that you can’t stick with.
Many bloggers make the mistake of comparing themselves to other bloggers. Then they feel bad when they can’t post 3x per week. Just because other bloggers are posting 3x per week, doesn’t mean that you need to do it.
Create a schedule that you can live with. Here’s how mine looks like.
My Blogging Schedule
Even though I don’t have a JOB anymore, I still find myself waking up at 5:00 AM everyday. I’m such a morning person, so I get more accomplished in the morning.
As soon as I get up in the morning I’ll spend some quiet time before I even start working. I’ve found this to be an important part of my morning routine. I actually started doing this once I started reading The Miracle Morning.
Once I’ve had my quiet time, it’s time for me to make my morning coffee and start working. I’ll spend the morning writing a brand new blog post.
Yes, I love scheduling my blog posts in advance. At the time of this writing, I have over 23 blog posts queued up and ready to post in the coming months. (which is great because the holidays are right around the corner)
Around 7:00 AM I’ll have a new blog post written that I’ll either use for my blog or give away for a guest post. If I’ve had a productive morning, I may have even completed my blog commenting routine for the day.
After breakfast, I’ll get back online and either finish up my blog commenting or create new pins for Pinterest. I’m actually taking the time to redo some of my older pins.
In fact, I just started using the images from Deposit Photos because they look great.
When 9:00 AM rolls around, I’m ready for a big break. At that point I’ll grab my JayBird earbuds and head out the door for my 5-mile walk.
My walk is the perfect time to just unwind and relax. I may even listen to a podcast during my walk. I love this podcast episode and listen to it at least once a week.
Most of the time, I am just listening to one of my playlists on Spotify.
Once I’ve completed my walk, I’ll shower and run any errands that need to be done. I love going to the grocery store during the midday.
Most people are at work and I can get in and out without having to wait in long lines. It’s nice being able to do things during the day while the rest of the world is at their JOB.
What My Afternoon Looks Like
When noon rolls around, I’ll make sure that I don’t have any freelance work to do. (I still have one freelancing client)
I’ve made it a point to not take on anymore new clients. I want to spend more time on my blog business.
Yes, I still have some freelancing work, so I still can’t work full-time on my blog.
Calling It Quits
Working from home is a blessing and a curse at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, I love working from home.
However, I have a type-A personality. I find myself always wanting to work or do something to help me grow my business.
I’ve gotten better about calling it quits and shutting down for the day. In the past, I would be sitting on the couch watching television and spending quality time with my family.
But I wasn’t actually watching TV. I would be inside of my head going through the blogging tasks that I need to do or forgot to do during the day.
Then I’d jump up from the couch and get back online to do that task. No matter how small it was.
I was never able to really relax and enjoy my time off.
When I worked at the post office, I never once thought about what I forgot to do at work. If I forgot something, I would get to it the next morning.
That’s the attitude I now have towards my blogging business.
I love my blog. It’s nice to know that I’m working towards a better future for Karen and I.
However, I refuse to let it consume my life.
Maybe you’re feeling the same way. You want your blog to grow and make money. Yet, you have a life offline that can’t be ignored.
Here are a few of my favorite tips…
Stop Multi-Tasking and Work on Specific Tasks
Maybe you make Mondays the day that you reach out to new bloggers for guest posting opportunities.
Tuesdays you could sit down and you can batch videos for your blog or YouTube channel.
I don’t know what blogging tasks you work on a regular basis. Only you know which tasks are helping you grow your business.
Make it a point to work on specific tasks each and every week.
Don’t do anything else, just focus on your daily tasks. Once they are done, you’re done.
Don’t Ignore Your Life Offline
As bloggers, it’s so easy to sit in front of the computer for hours. We’re working towards a better future, so we become consumed by learning and growing our blog.
Your offline life is extremely important. Take a break, your blog won’t go offline just because you walk away.
Schedule enough blog posts so you can take a weekend off. You don’t have to take every weekend off if you don’t want. (at the beginning, I worked through the weekends)
Once you’ve gotten into your blogging rhythm, you’ll find it easier to take time off from your blog.
However, I do believe that we shouldn’t work 7 days a week. We didn’t work 7 days a week when we working a JOB. Most of us started our blog because we’re looking for more freedom.
You’re In Charge
Don’t let your blog control you. It’s your blog and you can run it anyway you want. No one can tell you what to do with your blog, especially, if you’re on a self-hosted blog.
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
It takes time to grow a blog. You’re going to make mistakes, heck I still make them. If you let every little thing stress you from moving forward, you’ll never achieve your blogging goals.
Enjoy the ride, it’s going to be a long one. What you don’t know today, you’ll figure out tomorrow. Keep learning and growing and before you know it, you’ll achieve the things that you want to achieve.
Final Take Away
I don’t know about you but I started my blog to pursue what I love to do. Yes, I have some hefty goals of replacing my freelancing income and becoming a full-time blogger.
If I hadn’t slowed down and created a blog schedule that gives me more time off. I probably would’ve gotten burnt out by now.
I don’t mind working hard to reach my goals. I’m sure you don’t either 🙂
The truth is that it’s going to take awhile for you to grow your blog. I don’t care how many overnight success stories you’ve read. That’s not the norm.
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Do you have a blog schedule that helps keep you sane? Are you running your blog, or are you letting it run you? Let me know, I’d love to hear about it.
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