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