As many of you know, the launch for The Fearless Book Blogger Workbook is coming up! I’m ridiculously excited to be sharing it with you. One of the big parts of The Fearless Book Blogger Workbook is about time management and the power of getting organized. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, so I’ve decided to share ALL the strategies I use to save time blogging.
I used to be a really disorganized book blogger. I was terrible at tracking ARC release dates, I never had time to schedule posts, I took forever to reply to emails, and I made countless other mistakes.
When it came down to it, I just didn’t feel like I had the TIME to get everything done.
Am I perfect now? No way! But I’ve learned a lot about getting the most out of my time, and I want to share my strategies with you today.
1. Use blog post graphic templates
See that image at the top of this blog post? It was created using a blog post graphic template. That means I have an image template saved and whenever I need to create a new graphic for a blog post, I just type in the title, upload a background image and voila, it’s done.
Blog post graphic templates are such a lifesaver. I used to spend 10+ minutes on each blog post graphic, playing with fonts, trying different sizes and text placements, and often starting from scratch every single time. Now I use a template (I save mine in Canva!) so every time I need to create a new graphic for a blog post, it takes less than two minutes!
2. Set a blogging schedule
No, I don’t mean choosing theme days for your blog posts (e.g. “Thursdays are discussion posts, etc). Instead, I like to create a schedule for myself when blogging.
That means that I have specific tasks that need to be accomplished on each day in order to keep the blog running smoothly. Here is a preview of my Wednesday tasks:
- Reply to blog comments (10 mins)
- Do Etsy maintenance (10 mins)
- Fulfill Etsy orders (30 mins)
- Write 1 blog post for Bookish Serendipity + schedule it (30 minutes)
- Total: 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Wednesday is one of my busier days, but you can see how it works. Having a schedule has helped me a lot.
3. Write on the go
You can work on your blog even if you aren’t in front of the computer! Personally, I tend to have a really long commute to school each day, so I try to spend a bit of that time each week working on blog things, like replying to emails, drafting blog posts in Evernote, or interacting on social media.
Think about your own schedule. Where could you squeeze in some extra blogging time each day?
4. Write in a distraction-free zone when possible.
I used to love writing blog posts sitting on the couch in front of the television. Unfortunately, that totally wasn’t the best way to go because I would constantly get distracted by the TV, the doorbell, or people wandering through the room.
Now I work in the home office, sitting in front of the computer. It’s a much quieter room and although it isn’t as cozy as the couch, it allows me to get more done without being distracted. What is distracting YOU?
5. Keep everything neatly organized
This is really vague advice, but think about it. How much time do you spend looking through your emails to check something in an old email, or spend panicking because you forgot an ARC was going to be released tomorrow, or trying to find photos on your harddrive?
In The Fearless Book Blogger Workbook, there is an entire section dedicated to staying organized. It includes all the charts, spreadsheets and files you will need to get organized and spend more time on what matters. Organization is so, so important.
There you have it! There are a few of the most important strategies that I use to work smarter, not harder. If you feel like you’re spending so much time on your blog without results, it is probably because you are doing a lot without really getting anything done.
Getting the most out of every minute you invest in your blog is so important. I talk all about it in The Fearless Book Blogger Workbook, so don’t forget to stop by for the launch next week!