Last week I tweeted a question asking my Problogger followers to share the biggest challenge that they face as a blogger.
Around 50 replies came back and a couple of themes emerged – the biggest one centred around ‘Time’.
Finding time to blog is something that all bloggers struggle with. Whether you are just starting out and blogging as a hobby, blogging as a part time job while juggling work, home, and a social life or even blogging as a full time business amidst other demands such as up-keeping of social media accounts, responding to comments and emails etc. – finding time to write is a consistent challenge.
This issue is so prevalent, we actually published an eBook on the topic last year – BlogWise: How to Do More with Less (featuring 9 busy but productive bloggers such as Leo Babauta, Gretchen Rubin, Brian Clark, Heather Armstrong and more).
7 Tips for Busy Bloggers on Finding Time to Blog
I’m someone who periodically struggles with the challenges of being productive in limited timeframes. Over the last 10 years of blogging, I guess I’ve settled into something of a workflow and routine. What follows is a collection of reflections on what I’m learning.
I hope something in it connects with where you’re at!
1. It Starts with Life Priorities
I feel a bit like a parent saying this but the truth is, time management is a lot to do with priorities.
It’s important to take time out to identify what is truly important to you, as this is a starting point for working out how you should spend your time.
If blogging is important to you, the first step in finding time to do it is to name it as a priority.
Of course ‘naming’ it as important is only half the battle. For many people there is a HUGE gap between what they say is important and how they actually spend their time.
One of the most confronting exercises I’ve ever done, when it comes to time management, was when (as a young adult) I was challenged write a list of my priorities. I then had to track how I used each 15 minute block of time over a week.
At the end of the week I tallied up the different activities and was amazed to discover how much time I was spending on things that did not feature in my priorities list, and how little I spent on