Do you have trouble finding the time to write posts for your blog?
I do. In fact I spend so much time training others on how to write great blog posts I forget to take my own advice and make time for my blog.
When you’re running a business its hard to find the time to write about it.
Hopefully by the end of this post you’ll have discovered some new ways on how to become more productive at blogging and don’t forget to post your ideas in the comments below.
Keep a few posts on the go
Have around 4 or 5 posts in draft mode at any one time. This will help keep the post flow going on a regular basis and the job of writing a post will never have to be “start at the top and finish at the bottom!”.
You’ll be able to add to these posts whenever you have the chance and over a short period time they will turn into decent articles that you can edit and publish.
Leaving a post for a day or two can sometimes help to bring a new perspective on the subject.
Have a writing tool with you ALWAYS!
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; a notebook and pen, back of an envelope, smartphone or tablet will do, just make sure you have something to take down ideas when you think of them.
A lot of time can be wasted trying to think up new blog post ideas so always make sure you have somewhere to write down the ideas. I frequently think up ideas for posts when walking the dog or waiting at the post office and I have a specific app on my phone that’s used to take down blogging notes.
It doesn’t matter what you use, just use it and you’ll never have to waste time again thinking up the next blockbusting post.
Set aside a blogging day
I do this every now and then, spend a whole day planning and writing new blog posts.
Going mad at blogging gives me the chance to plan brand new posts, get a few drafts up and running, write a few and schedule them for later.
Pick a day when you’re not going to be busy and shut yourself away.
Write at the coffee shop
Another favourite of mine. Whenever I want to just write I nip down to the local coffee shop, steal their WiFi and get going. Most of my training manuals were written at my local coffee shop.
I find a coffee shop one of the best places to write and my mind is more creative without the phone and office walls looming in on me.
There’s also the chance to sneak a cookie!
Switch off email & social media
I manage the social media side of things OK but I’m really bad with email!
If, like me, you get distracted far too easily then just switch the whole lot off. You many want to keep checking Twitter, Facebook or have to look at your email every 5 minutes (me) but be strong and set aside some time to just write.
Set a timer on your phone for half hour, dig up some will power and leave all the distractions behind you until the timer goes off. You’ll be amazed at how much you can write in half an hour without distractions.
What are your ideas?
Hopefully these tips will help you find the time to get writing and you’ll produce some great articles for your blog.
The key for me is not having to start and finish a post in one go but to keep adding to what I’ve got until its all done.
I’d love to hear your tips on finding time to blog so fire away in the comments below.