Why good time management is a crucial skill for a blogger
Exactly how you manage your time and prioritize your work will have a huge impact on your output and will ultimately play a vital role in how successful you become as a blogger.
While blogging is a side-project for most people, it is often started with the hope and intention of creating an income stream that will eventually replace the more customary nine-to-five employment, such as office work, etc.
The ability to earn an income from your own home, under your own terms, working the hours you choose is an attractive proposition for a growing number of people. And technology has certainly made that prospect much more achievable than it may have been in the past.
But many give up on blogging after a relatively short amount of time because they do not get the results they were expecting.
And this can happen for a number of reasons.
But one reason I believe is usually overlooked comes down to the blogger’s ability to manage their time well and focus the correct amount of time on each of the many tasks required.
I know from experience that I have wasted ridiculous amounts of time on tasks that did nothing to draw attention to my blog. For example, working out how to customize my hyperlinks or playing around with fonts and colours consumed many hours, I’m sure. But was it a good use of my time?
Almost certainly not.
This kind of activity might make your blog more pretty (to you), but it doesn’t bring visitors and it doesn’t help you grow your blog.
The reality is, nobody cares about whether your widgets are on the left sidebar or the right sidebar or if your hyperlinks glow pink when you hover over them. These things will not make or break your readership.
But they will steal time from you that would have been better used writing another post or two. And it is your content that attracts readers.
And because there are so many different tasks involved in blogging, it is so easy to have your attention diverted away from the important stuff that will grow your business and to find yourself constantly busy with the stuff that really doesn’t matter.
Prioritizing your time and your tasks is a fundamental part of good time management within the context of any business. And I think this is the case even more so in blogging, because not only is it an on-going project with numerous moving parts that each require a degree of attention and fine-tuning on a regular basis, but because also the majority of bloggers are not (yet) full-time, professional bloggers and don’t have the luxury of big chunks of time each day to dedicate to building their blog. So everything gets done in between work and family or personal commitments.
Time is a limited resource, but with some good management strategies, you'll be able to dedicate much more time to your blog than you ever thought was possible.
The flip side of the time problem is that your blog ends up taking over your life, leaving little time for anything else, like family and friends. So the problem then is not about finding time but finding a balance of time in your life.
Either way, the solution to both of these problems is the implementation of an effective time management strategy.
Managing time is something that is relatively simple for all of us to understand, but not so easy to implement on a consistent basis.
And it’s the consistency of action where people usually fail.
Broadly speaking, a disciplined and co-ordinated effort to structure and organize your life on many levels is needed to be successful in this regard.
And that is where Time Management For Bloggers can help . . .