Each one of us has got 24 hours a day, and how you spend decides how successful you are going to be.
We will talk about some great time management skills that you can apply this year to make more time for work.
Start getting up early
I know it is a little cliched to tell that you should start getting up early to get more time to work, but it works.
You may be sleeping 8 hours a day no matter what, but if your timing is wrong, then you are wasting a few hours because of it.
Like some people, I want to say that sleeping is a waste of time sleeping for at least 8 hours helps you become more productive as you feel energetic throughout the day, but if you choose your sleeping hours wisely, you can be even more productive.
Suppose if you are staying late at night working on your blog, you go to bed late, and you get up late, so even if you slept at 2 a.m, it wouldn’t be before 10:00 a.m start functioning correctly.
Now, if everybody else sleeps at 11, you might get 3 hours of quiet time to work on the stuff you care about, but if you go to bed by 11 and get up by 7, the three hours you get between 7 to 10 a.m. will be more productive.
The morning time is it still quite time with the difference being having full energy after a good night’s sleep. And I am saying that from my personal experience so you can try it yourself and see.
Limit your mobile usage
Smartphones were meant to make humans more productive, and the indeed are helpful in many situations, but when it comes to work, which is outside of your smartphone, it can be counterproductive.
Be it the endless scrolling of the Facebook Newsfeed, Instagram, Twitter, be chatting to someone, or watching YouTube videos, you end up spending more time than you intended to.
The newer versions of Android and iOS have got a feature to limit mobile usage time. Apps like Facebook and YouTube app also has got an inbuilt feature to track the screen time and notifies you when you are past that so that you can limit your mobile usage.
But if those featured do not work for you, then you seriously need to uninstall that he does not want. Facebook still can be accessed from the mobile phone browser if you have to but will be less of a time-waster then the native app, as it keeps sending notifications and keeps leaving you into their system.
I usually give my smartphone silent throughout the day, and I even keep it away from me so that I do not regularly check my smartphone every few minutes or so.
It is not as easy as it sounds, but with a bit of practice, we will be able to do it, and you will see the difference in productivity.
Automate as much as you can
This is something I have talked about in my previous articles as well. It would help if you used automation whenever possible.
One such example is getting the automated social media publisher and scheduler such as Postcron, Buffer, Hootsuite.
These are pretty helpful in sharing your articles and other content on all your social media profiles from one single dashboard. They also let you schedule your posts so that you can do it in batches when you do not feel like doing something important.
Another part of automation is to use Grammarly that can help you to speed up the process of proofreading your articles.
Outsource the stuff you don’t like to do
Finally, some things won’t be possible to automate, and you wouldn’t enjoy doing them either. You can outsource the stuff.
Surely this is going to cost you a bit of money but which can be used in doing things that you enjoy and that matter.
For example, if you are not a coder and you have issues with your website design, doing any graphics, you can get it done by someone else. That’s it like fiver.com can help you get someone do it for as low as $5, so it is also not heavy on the pocket.
If you smartly apply these techniques, you will be able to make more money e then spending on Outsourcing the stuff that you don’t enjoy.
Do not get burnt out
I used to do it a lot, so I learnt it the hard way. Do not try to you work so much that you get burnt out and end up wasting more time.
Your energy levels are up. Sometimes your energy levels are down, and on the days when your energy levels are up, you feel like working nonstop. But if you spend more time working, then you will end up wasting the next day.
Blogging is a game of patience, and you need to keep patience, take baby steps, working chunks, and you will be able to do it without getting burnt out.
Do the only thing that matter
You don’t have to be on every social media platform; neither does your blog. It’s a good thing that we have different types of social media platforms out there, but they are men for another kind of people, so if your blog is about the specific topic, it does not make sense to post it on every platform.
Just pick one or two social media platforms where you think your audience hands out the most and then try to gather your audience on that platform.
Do your best on 1 or 2 platforms, instead of doing mediocre on all the platforms.
So these were the things I want to tell you if you are just getting started or struggling to find time for blogging. I am sure this article will be helpful to you.
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