Recently, someone expressed to me that she didn’t have enough time for blogging. And I have to say, I completely understand her frustration. Blogging is actually a pretty big time commitment. But when you’re on the outside looking in, it can be hard to see just how demanding of a job it can be. It’s even more challenging to keep up with your blog when you have a day job and other priorities in your life. When I first started blogging, I was actually working Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and I was definitely spending some late nights creating blog content in order to fit it all in. So, I get it! I’ve been there. But I want to make it easier for you. I want to help you make time for blogging so that it’s as stress-free as possible. So, could you use a little help when it comes to fitting blogging into your life? If you answered yes, I have a few suggestions that will allow you to manage all of those blog tasks with ease. Never again will you feel like you aren’t able to make time for blogging. My first tip is to make blogging a priority. Before we go any further, there’s one crucial tip you need to keep in mind. If you’re serious about your blog and you want to make time for blogging, it needs to be a priority in your life. When you fail to make your blog a priority, it will take a backseat to everything else. And when that happens, you won’t find the success you’ve been wishing for. Make a commitment to yourself right here, right now to prioritize your blog. When you do, everything will start to fall into place. You’ll be willing to fit in those blogging tasks wherever you can. You’ll stay motivated and push yourself to get things done. It’s going to make a huge difference in the long run, I promise you. My next tip is to schedule your week in advance to find free time. So, there’s a good chance you have a pretty busy schedule as it is without fitting in all the work you have to do for your blog. You might have a 9 to 5 you go to every single day. You may even have a family you take care of. And all of those things are probably eating up every last bit of free time in your weekly schedule. And right off the bat, you’re probably thinking, “Rachel, I can assure you that I don’t have any free time. There’s no way you’re going to help me magically find some.” However, I’m gonna prove you wrong. You just need to be willing to use any bit of time you can find, even if it involves early mornings, late nights, or weekends. Because, let’s be real… There are times when you just have to fit in that hustle if you want to build a successful business. So, my advice is to make time on Sunday evening and look at your schedule for the week ahead. Then, use a digital calendar to start blocking off time in your day for all the things you have to do. Make sure you block off the hours you’re at work, how long it takes you to get ready in the morning, and even your commute if you’re someone who has a day job. You can also block off time for dinner or workouts and anything else that’s important. This way, you’ll start to see your schedule taking shape and you’ll begin to notice where your free time is hiding. You might discover that you actually have an hour in the evening where you normally watch television and you can now use that for blogging instead Fit it in wherever you can. I actually have a blog post all about how to plan your week if you need more help, so I will link that down below. Tip number three is to take advantage of the times when you’re most productive. Now, if you already have a full schedule on your plate, it may be a little hard to take advantage of this tip. You might find that this one isn’t easy to fit into your lifestyle. However, I’d really encourage you to figure out when your productivity levels are the highest. Are you more of a morning person or a night owl? Or perhaps you really thrive in the afternoons? By knowing when you’re most productive, you can try and plan your blogging tasks around those times. This way, you’ll be fired up and ready to tackle whatever is on your plate and this will ultimately help you get more done in a short period of time. If you’re someone who loves waking up early, but you don’t have free time in your mornings, you might want to consider waking up an hour earlier on certain days to make time for blogging. The same goes for those of you who are night owls and love to stay up late. You can stay up a little later and start plugging away at those blog posts. Tip number four is to plan your blog posts in advance with a content calendar. So, if you aren’t already planning your blog posts ahead of time, you really should start. By having a content calendar in place, you’ll always know what needs to be posted and when. And it’s going to help you easily make time for blogging. Here’s why… First, you won’t waste time wondering what you should be posting because you’ve already planned it out. And because you’ll know what your blog posts are weeks in advance, you can actually get them written earlier. No more waiting until the night before they’re due to go live. This means you can fit content creation into your schedule whenever the time allows. Trust me when I say that using a content calendar is a game changer for bloggers. Make good use of it and you’ll be thanking yourself for it later. My fifth tip is to batch write your blog posts for maximum efficiency. So, this tip kind of goes hand-in-hand with having a content calendar to plan your blog posts. And the reason for that is because when you have all of your blog post topics planned out, you can write them well in advance. And that’s pretty crucial if you want to start batching the writing process. For those of you who aren’t familiar with batching, it’s where you block off time to do multiple sets of the same task. So for example, you can batch your blog post writing by creating all of your posts for the next two weeks in one sitting. There’s no switching back and forth between tasks. And you’ll be writing multiple posts at a time instead of writing one per day. This is a great way to make time for blogging in your schedule because it’s going to boost your efficiency. Think about it, it’s much easier to churn out multiple blog posts once you get into that writing groove. So, you should take advantage of it and write, write, write, and write some more. Begin batching all of your blog posts by writing multiple posts back-to-back. From there, you can then edit each one on a fun little editing spree. Next, create the graphics for all those posts and then and get them all scheduled for publication. And my sixth and final tip is to use tools to make blogging easier. Luckily, there are plenty of tools out there that can help you make time for blogging. I love using Evernote to stay organized, which prevents me from flipping through notebooks for ideas that I jot it down. Everything is in one place and it’s easy to access, no matter where I am or what device I’m using. Trello is also a must-have for storing my content calendar and breaking down larger projects into manageable tasks. The list goes on here though. I actually share all of my must-have tools and resources for bloggers in this free download that I will link to down below. You can grab that and check out the tools that I rely on on a daily basis. Alright, friends. I hope you found this video helpful. I hope these tips will help you make more time in your life for blogging. If there’s a tip that you absolutely loved and are planning to try out, let me know in the comments down below. 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