Time Management for the Blogger
Blogging can easily become a time eater, consuming a large majority of your day, week, and life. Thankfully it doesn’t have to be. Here are my tips to blog maintenance so I can blog and still have a family life.
- Take the time to unsubscribe from all the emails you DO NOT NEED. These include emails from people you seldom open, spend time just hitting the delete button or read and don’t gain anything from. Streamlining your email to only receive what you need has been one of the best things I could do. Every email I get (almost) is one I open and read. If I find I have gone a week or so “saving” opening an email for a rainy day I unsubscribe from that list because I obviously don’t need it cluttering up my screen space or taking up my time.
- If you are self-hosted using wordpress.org you can easily go into your share settings so that each post you make is automatically shared to your favorite social media outlets, like Facebook and Twitter.
- If you are like me and generally do reviews pick a single place or two like Goodreads and Library Thing to be an active member. Signing up to more than a handful of these places will quickly eat up your time as you go from one site to the next to advertise your thoughts and posts. Places that offer widgets for your blog like Goodreads tend to be most familiar to readers.
- Create folders and use them in your email. I personally have one for my hobby’s like photography, one for invoices sent, one for bills paid, and one for invoices that have been paid in full. I choose to keep it simple. Stick with one main email account and separate my receipts and other documents as soon as I open them.
- Use one source of payments sent and received. I use PayPal. It documents all invoices I sent all invoices paid, and I am able to pay my blogging bills to GoDaddy directly from them as well, keeping all of my expense reports in one location, making it easier to find what I need when I need it. This also offers m y clients the ability to keep their own receipts and invoices in a single place if they so choose.
Blogging started out as a hobby for me, but when I started to bring in the odd dollar here and there I realized I had to keep records, especially if things were going to take off. I am so glad that I have this “paper” trail all accessible and in one area.
How do you make the most of your time online?
Keep family and friend emails to a separate account so when you open up your email to work you are actually working and not getting caught up in baby pictures or family announcements. When you are done with your blogging business for the day you can hop over to your other email and social networks and know you got everything you needed to get done finished for the day. Always treat blogging as you would any other job, especially if you plan to make money!