TIME BLOCKING AS A BLOGGER

TIME BLOCKING AS A BLOGGER

Are you a blogger? Do you struggle to find the time to blog and get everything you need to get done finished?

Angela from family lifestyle blog The Inspiration Edit shares with us her methods of:

‘Time Blocking As A Blogger’

Finding the right balance as a blogger can be really difficult. There are so many different tasks to do from writing a post, to managing emails, social media engagement and editing photos. If I’m not careful the workload can at times become overwhelming and I can drop the ball and lose focus on what I am supposed to be doing.

One way I combat the “blogging rainbow”of tasks is to time block.

Time Blocking As A Blogger

I first learnt about time blocking from Aby Moore a fellow blogger over at YouBabyMeMummy. Aby studied psychology at University and she taught me the importance of batching and time blocking in order to get work done.

Given the fact I have the additional challenge of “Chronic Illness” and my health fluctuates from day to day, it’s really important for me to schedule work into time slots and to pace myself and not overdo it or attempt to run faster than I have strength.

How I Use Time-Blocking

My daughter is at school from 9-3 and as a Mother I need to be able to meet her needs in the morning and in the afternoon and evening. I have to rest before my child comes home to have the strength and energy to do the basics as a mother. I guess others who are not ill but have babies and young ones at home have similar challenges.

I get my daughter ready for school and then work 10-12 on a specific task. I have lunch and if I’m unwell and need to rest I will take a nap. I then do another hour and a half from 2-2.30pm and then spend time with my daughter ensuring her homework and reading is done and dinner is prepared.

I then need to rest again from 6-8 during which time I help my daughter to follow her bedtime routine. I then go back to blogging from 8-12pm. This is my weekday routine and I try to stick to it as best as I can.

If I’m unwell I don’t blog, I take the planned session off and simply have to catch up or forgo certain tasks. I find that frustrating, so I do my best to plan for this.

I have 4 slots of 2 hours and so I plan the tasks I need to do for two slots and have a list of projects and extra things to do. I always triage post writing and scheduling as priority and if I need to take a morning off due to being extra unwell, I then have time to catch up in the evening.

So in order to be as productive as I can with my chronic condition, I plan 4 hours of work and have 8 hours to do it. Sometimes I simply cant do anything and some days I can do the whole 8 hours so I make the most of it and try to get ahead but it is a constant battle and one I’m sure many bloggers, healthy or not, are familiar with.

Ideally, If you don’t have illness and are able to concentrate a give your all to a time blocked session, you can get a lot of work done. If I give myself two hours to write 3 posts, I will achieve this. I f I give myself  6 hours, I will achieve it.  I think setting small achievable goals for each session in the day really works well for me and gives me a focus.

The one thing which can stop me from being productive is flipping from task to task. If I do this, I often lose track and then forget what I’m doing and lose my concentration. So, the key is to focus on one task at a time and then move onto the next.

I think these principles can be used by any Mumpreneur, Mumboss or blogger seeking to be productive and to make the most of the time they have. Before learning  about batching and time blocking from Aby, I was all over the place but these days I’m more productive and able to get a lot more done and for that I’m grateful.

Angela blogs at The Inspiration Edit formerly Days In Bed. She is a full time blogger and documents her family experiences, as well as writing about her  life with a Chronic illness. She is on a mission to raise awareness for health advocacy and loves to share  and share the things I feel passionately about.

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Have you ever tried time blocking before? Let us know in the comments below. 

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10 Comments

  1. October 19, 2016 / 9:46 am

    Thanks for sharing my post 🙂 Angela x

  2. October 20, 2016 / 9:19 am

    That’s so interesting! I ought to do this too, since like Angela, my daughter is at school from 9-3. I usually do any blogging related stuff in the morning, but there are also chores to do! Have to learn how to do time-blocking!

  3. October 20, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    Aby’s blogging tips are fab aren’t they? I do time-block where I can. I need to have structure as I work from home, look after my boys and home school my 6 year old, so things can begin to get pretty hectic otherwise. I totally agree with preventing yourself from flitting from one task to another, I lose track too, if I start doing that.
    Fab post Angela x

  4. October 20, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    This is such an interesting post. I really need to learn how to deal with my time better

  5. October 21, 2016 / 4:51 am

    I definitely need to learn how to block time to do my Job, university and blogging as I am really struggling at the moment.

  6. October 21, 2016 / 9:53 am

    Great post and read!! I am always rushing around trying to fit blogging in here, emails their and don’t even start me on how the hours go by when I get on Twitter, lol. I need a good plan like this one 🙂

  7. October 21, 2016 / 9:58 am

    I have read about time blocking before from Aby at You baby me mummy, I really need to start doing this as I know I will be way more productive. xx

  8. October 23, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    I’ve never heard of this before but it sounds like a great thing! I find managing my time so hard lately.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  9. sarah nichols
    October 24, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    great post hun, i have to say this is something im strugglng with, even now with my kids being at school. Trying to fit everything in to what appears to be such a small amount of time and trying to figure out how to best use that time and where to start gahh as u can see its a stressful thing lol. sounds like you have kind of figured it out now thou hun, i like the idea of spacing things out like 2 hours at a time sort of thing… i always try to take small breaks even if for like half hour after working for a while… as i obviously blog but im also studying IT so lots of time sat at a computer lol can cause extra tiredness. xx

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