Time Management Tips for Bloggers and Aspiring Writers

You might have noticed that recently I’ve been trying to write more.

I shared my short story, For All Time, and on my Instagram (@fairytaleprettypicture) I’ve mentioned my writing progress more than once. As a part time blogger who is employed full time by the biggest retailer in the UK, my life can get busy. In fact I have to be very strategic with my spare time in order to fit my 3 year old hobby of online journalism, family and friends as well as my two needy boys – puppy & hubby haha (*don’t tell them I said that*).

In order not to stress, I organise myself well in advance; something that recently has become second nature. So, I’ve put together this post that’s all about how to save time to do the things we want to rather than need to.

Find time management tips for bloggers and aspiring writers who also want to have a life… 

Infinity* & Roman Numeral Rings* – Happiness Boutique | Notebook – Paperchase | Calligraphy set* – Pen Heaven

1. Write a To Do List

It’s really easy and it’s the best advice too. Simply take a pen and paper or type it into your notes in your phone and jot down a bullet point list of all the things you’d like to do. Make it everything and don’t leave anything small or trivial out to make your list smaller. The reason for that is because those little tasks that you complete will help you with motivation as the more things you tick off your list, the more satisfaction you will have from completing it – rather than feeling down because you weren’t able to finish anything.

Tip: split your tasks out to make them as easy as possible. Take one of my blog posts for example. I will need to have multiple bullet points, such as ‘put together and style my content’; ‘photograph what I’ve styled’; ‘Edit and upload my photography’; ‘write my blog post and schedule’. This means that if I can’t do everything in one go I’ve still accomplished some of my tasks that I set myself!   

2. Prioritise

Once you make your list it’s time to put your tasks into priority order. What do you need to or want to finish first? Can it be completed in one go or is it an on-going project and take your daily life into account. Work around your working hours too and make sure that the priorities are realistic.

Tip: It’s OK to change the list around. If your priorities change so should your list. 

3. Allocate Time Slots

I personally like to split my time into morning, afternoon and evening. I find that it works for me that on a specific day I’m able to choose what to do. If you’d like it to be more granular – perhaps working by hours rather than above then so be it. Do what works for you. An example to what I do is if we take one of my typical weekdays; in the morning and afternoon I have work but I know that in the evenings I have time to cook and write or go to the gym (dependent on the day). On the weekends however, I can split my time out for photoshoots in the morning, meeting family or friends in the afternoon and then editing and writing in the evening.

Tip: I created a Monday to Friday spreadsheet that is broken down into morning, afternoon and evening and like to fill this out once a week prior to it starting so that I am organised and know exactly what I’d like to accomplish. The evenings can get very busy with other things so this is really useful for me, such as going to the gym or having a meal with an old friend or occasionally even seeing a show.

4. Kill Two Birds with 1 Stone

I love to do this and I’m sure you’re guilty of this too. If you’re a blogger and you go to a restaurant why not document your meal and then blog about it later? My classic multi-tasking idea is Instagramming whilst I’m walking the dog or even thinking (of work) or of my next short story when I’m walking around the country parks.

Tip: I find that time to think is just as important as the ‘doing’ part. Socialising for some can also work in the exact same way. It doesn’t only steer us on but refreshes our mind, which is so important for blogging and writing. 

 

5. Make it a Habit

This one is a tough one but so worth it. If you’re an aspiring writer, try and write every day and if you’re a blogger then be consistent when you post. Human nature demands a cycle and we thrive in a routine so make your writing exactly that – a habit. By doing something regularly you forget that it’s something that you once ‘wanted’ to do and it just gets done.

Tip: even one break can throw you off. I always think of it as physically stretching (like stretching the mind!) you have to do it every single day and then eventually you’ll be able to do the splits. For aspiring writers… a year or two later, you have yourself a book!

6. Make Time for You

Sometimes we need to do nothing… or do something but that something must be for us. Be it taking a long soak in a bubble bath, finishing your forgotten adult colouring picture or even catching up with the last episodes of A Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, it’s super important to take a break.

Tip: I add free time into the calendar that I’ve mentioned above, so that me-time never gets forgotten. This keeps me sane 😉

So, these are my tips and I hope they help you as much as they help me. Stick to your tasks and goals and enjoy ticking them off your list as you go through it. Motivate yourself with food, purchases or extra free time and you’ll never find yourself stuck in the daily grind wishing you wrote a book 5 years ago or started a blog.

What do you do to save time?

 

 

 

 

 

Writer / Blogger on The Fairytale Pretty Picture. Currently working in the head office of a large retail company in London, UK and living in Essex.

14 Comments

  • Reply February 6, 2017

    Talya

    The things that changed my time management the most was allocating time slots -revolutionary! Some great tips here.

  • Reply February 6, 2017

    Ana De- Jesus

    I work three jobs , alongside my blog and it can be difficult to manage time but I have learnt to prioritize and not say I ‘will do it later’ because then things get left to the last minute x

  • Reply February 6, 2017

    Jo

    I really needed to read this post! I recently got myself a Stigu planner and it’s been really helpful for me to plan my blog posts and schedule spreading my posts throughout social media. Organisation is key for me as I also work full time and am trying to finish my doctorate.

  • Reply February 6, 2017

    Tereza

    Brilliant tips! Can we also talk about the calligraphy se though? That’s the prettiest one I’ve seen in ages! I really don’t like the ones that I’ve been seeing in shops that look like they’re for kids. This one is beaut! x

  • Reply February 6, 2017

    clairejustine

    Great tips. I get so bogged down with my bad time management sometimes, especially now I was ill last week. I am rushing round trying to do everything this week!!

  • Reply February 6, 2017

    Hannah

    Sound advice. I use a lot of these tips already to manage my job and my blog and looking after a toddler. Too much to do and not enough time to do it.

  • Reply February 7, 2017

    Anosa

    Thanks for the tips! I definitely agree with the last one, take time for yourself, it is truly an important one. We should never take ourselves for granted. After all, that is why we make for a living.

  • Reply February 7, 2017

    Angela Key Milnes

    Such a good tips! I’m planning to have a blog and I need to find a best time to write since I’m a full time mom too

  • Reply February 7, 2017

    Keely's Nails

    I definitely need to be more consistent in my posting! If I plan ahead, I can get two posts out of the work of creating one manicure design – the base swatch, and then the art on top.

  • Reply February 8, 2017

    Fashion and Style Police

    Fab tips. I do all you have mentioned here.

  • Reply February 8, 2017

    Baby Isabella

    Great tips. We always make bloggging a habit in the evenings and have ‘to do lists’. It’s hard to manage time, blogging, work and childcare!

  • Reply February 9, 2017

    Kerry Norris

    Great tips. I have so many lists but I guess I need to actually prioritise rather than write more lists lol

  • Reply February 10, 2017

    Lactatic Mom

    Very practical tips. Before ending a day’s work, I make a to-do list of things to be done for the next day helps me start the day with full vigour.

  • Reply February 10, 2017

    Kara

    My to do list is getting longer and longer – need to focus on crossing things off

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