4 Ways To Become A More Organised Blogger

4 Ways To Become A More Organised Blogger

There are never enough hours in the day for bloggers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re blogging full time or part time. It’s a fact.

If you want your blog to be successful, I do believe you have to put the time, effort and energy into it. It’s about taking every bit of time you’ve got and making it count. Getting up earlier, staying up later, squeezing it in during breaks at work. That’s the kind of dedication it takes.

It can be stressful and overwhelming, particularly if you’re trying to balance it with other things like work and family life. So, how can you navigate the world of blogging without running yourself into the ground? You get organised.

1. Plan your time.

My Blogging Schedule

Before I made a schedule, I was winging it. I was doing what I wanted, when I wanted to, and it really wasn’t working. Even lunch is scheduled because I was forgetting to eat until around 3pm. As much as it brought great results, it wasn’t healthy. So, I decided to set up a schedule.

I do usually work beyond 5pm and during weekends, but I have 9-5 on weekdays as my set working hours where blogging is my only focus. This is to keep me in a routine. The rest of the time isn’t set in the schedule so I have the space to do other things, like housework and spending time with Neal. But, you can bet, if there’s nothing else going on, I’m working on it.

This is the 3rd version of my schedule. I’ve tried different things, and found what works, and what doesn’t. I used to check social medias first thing in the morning, but it seemed to harm my productivity. So, I switched things around, and have been using this one for around 2 months. It really works well for me.

As I work on my blog full time, it’s likely my schedule looks quite different to yours. The basic principle, however, is the same. Start by filling in any weekly tasks which HAVE to be done (for example, in my case, counselling). I also included some self-care sessions, and I’d recommend squeezing at least one of those into yours, too – if possible. We all have a tendency to get caught up in our busy lives, we forget to take care of ourselves!

Once that’s done, you can allocate time to blogging tasks, such as:

  • Creating content (the most important one!) – writing posts, taking pictures, creating graphics.
  • Scheduling – lining up your posts across various platforms (you could possibly do this a weekly task – mine is daily because I tend to focus on different ones each day).
  • Research/training – doing e-courses, watching webinars, reading articles.
  • Reading other blogs – commenting, sharing and learning.
  • Social media – replying, retweeting, getting involved in the community.

It’s unrealistic to imagine you’ll always be able to stick to the schedule. What’s important here is having some idea of direction; an indication of what you should be doing and when.

2. Set reminders.

Blogging Schedule Reminders

Once I had my schedule in place, I set up reminders so I knew when to move onto the next thing. Otherwise, it’s all too easy to fall down a rabbit hole (usually on social media) and lose the day. I like having reminders set up to give me a little nudge and encourage me to move along.

It’s particularly beneficial for me because I have an iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch which are all in sync so I can’t escape my reminders. I think a lot of people have their phone by their side most of the time, so setting them up on there should be more than enough.

I will admit, I sometimes ignore those reminders, particularly if I’m really “in the zone” when I’m writing. Again, it’s not the end of the world if some days you have to be a little flexible with things! Sometimes, a few tasks will get sacrificed for the greater good, and that’s fine.

As you can see, I also have a reminders list for Twitter chats so that, whenever I’m free, I can make sure I join in. Click here for days and times of some great Twitter chats.

3. Make lists.

If my head is full of things I need to get done, I end up doing nothing. I have to write it down, to make sense of it and be able to prioritise the tasks. It’s sometimes useful to do this before you go to bed, so your mind isn’t racing as you’re trying to sleep, or first thing in the morning. Whatever works for you.

Generally, I write a weekly list and then daily lists. On a Sunday night, I’ll consider everything I have to get done over the next seven days and make a note of it. Then, throughout the week, this gets broken down into daily tasks (often with additions along the way). I make my list the night before so I don’t lie awake thinking about it. However, I’ve tried doing it in the morning, too, and found it’s a good way to become focused on the day ahead. It’s all about preference.

Every single thing, blogging or otherwise, gets written down. My list usually has all sorts on it – from a simple household task, like changing the cat litter, to things I want research.

4. Use social media scheduling.

Sure, it takes a bit of time to set things up, but I do believe it saves you time overall. I’m not going to go on about this one too much, because I have a post dedicated to social media scheduling, and why it’s essential!

Trust me, though, you’ll feel the benefits of it. I love the fact I don’t have to be on social media constantly to promote my work – it’s being taken care of! This also has a positive impact on my viewing stats. I really notice a difference if I forget to do some scheduling!

Alright, so there are 4 ways you can become a more organised blogger. Don’t worry if you don’t master organising your time right away. There’s a lot to think about in blogging, and it takes a little juggling and playing around to find a system which works for you!

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4 Ways To Become A More Organised Blogger

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41 Comments

  1. 24th September 2018 / 11:15 am

    I love this Ruth! I am the most disorganised person known to mankind and have definitely just been winging it so far – which has had some good results but I know I could work smarter and harder. I never really considered a schedule and breaking down my day into dedicated chunks, but I think I’m going to give that a go and get back to making to do lists!!

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 10:25 am

      Yayyyy! Hope it helps πŸ™‚ I think winging it works for some people, but it just makes me feel stressed.

  2. 24th September 2018 / 11:19 am

    This post is definitely being saved for reference as becoming more organized is something that I need to do. At the moment I’m kind of just going with the flow but it’s really hard to be consistent when doing that. I love the way your schedule is set up, and that you still included time for yourself. I haven’t thought of using the reminders on my iPhone for blog-related activities but you can bet I’m going to now. Thank you for breaking these down so well for us!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 10:26 am

      My pleasure! Good luck getting organised – you got this! πŸ˜€

  3. 24th September 2018 / 11:47 am

    I love your schedule, it’s so brilliantly colour co-ordinated and you can see at a glance what you’re supposed to be doing πŸ™‚ I really need to think about something like this but I blog alongside freelance work and family life so mine is more of a wing it approach at the moment! Your point about setting time aside for self-care resonates with me because it’s something I just don’t do. Other things always seem to get in the way first. I think I need to start saying No to a few things (including blogging ops, eeek) because I’m finding it really hard to juggle everything just now. I’m so glad you’ve found something that works for you, and thank you for sharing something I can aspire to! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 10:27 am

      Thank you, Lisa πŸ™‚ I’m definitely the same way with time for myself – everything else comes first and then, suddenly, I’m exhausted and forced to take some time out. I’ve found a little bit during the week keeps things balanced, and I feel less like “Wow, I need a week off” πŸ˜‚ xx

  4. 24th September 2018 / 3:02 pm

    Great tips. Thanks Ruth.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 10:28 am

      No problem! πŸ™‚

  5. 24th September 2018 / 3:26 pm

    These are great tips Ruth. I’m having a hard time balancing work and blogging. I’ve tried different ways but nothing works so far. I guess it takes time to figure out what works best. I really need to allocate time for my blogging tasks and yes……social media scheduling.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 10:29 am

      Yeah, it definitely takes a little bit of experimenting to figure out what routine is right for you – but you can do it! πŸ™‚

  6. 24th September 2018 / 3:31 pm

    This is super helpful not only for people who want to get alot from their blog but for people like me too who come and go with their blog as they need to. 😊
    I love the little colour coded schedule that speaks to my core!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 10:29 am

      Thank you πŸ™‚ Glad you found it helpful!

  7. 24th September 2018 / 3:51 pm

    For me, it helps to think up some ideas and plan when you are going to post which idea. I like this because, when you are feeling uninspired on blog ideas, you already have an arsenal waiting. However, if something happens during the week or you are inspired by something else, you can save your ideas for another time, so long as they are timely. Great tips, Ruth! Hope you’ll check out my blogger tip post here: https://www.theopinionatedone.com/lifestyle/9-social-media-tips-from-a-marketing-assistant-that-will-help-you-beast-at-blogging

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 10:30 am

      Yeah, I have an editorial calendar, too πŸ™‚ It’s been really helpful lately! Great tip – going to check out your post now. Thank you.

  8. 24th September 2018 / 4:32 pm

    This is the most perfect post for me right now Ruth! Thank you for sharing! I’ve decided to take a week off blogging and completely re-think my schedule. I’ve felt so exhausted with blogging lately and my studies are fast approaching so I need a new plan. This post is just the motivation I need. I really love your colourful timetable and think it’s fab that you have planned self-care time, I definitely need to make this a regular thing in my new schedule too. Thanks again for sharing lovely, definitely a helpful and inspirational read <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 10:32 am

      Awww, I think a week off will do you the world of good (and I can think of few people who deserve it more)! I hope you come back feeling refreshed. Glad I could help to motivate you, I’m sure you’ll figure something out to continue rocking the blogging world and nailing your studies! πŸ’– xx

  9. 24th September 2018 / 5:17 pm

    This is such a useful post Ruth! Thank you so much for sharing!! I love your planning spreadsheet, may just be stealing that one! Ha!!

    Lots of love girlie,

    Molly xo

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 10:32 am

      No problem at all! πŸ˜€ Steal away, haha!

  10. 24th September 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Another helpful post, Ruth! I love your suggestion to set reminders, as well as scheduling posts on social media. Now I just need some extra hours in the day to fit everything in!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 10:33 am

      Thank you, Cindy. I’m afraid I can’t help with the extra hours, though!

  11. 24th September 2018 / 7:30 pm

    This is brilliant Ruth!! Definitely some tip there I will be using!!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 10:34 am

      Thanks Gemma, glad I could help! πŸ™‚

  12. 25th September 2018 / 10:54 am

    Great post Ruth! So helpful. I like to think I can manage my time well. But some days I am useless πŸ˜‚ I try to set alarms/reminders and have a planner in my journal to try and stay organised. I have never used apps to send tweets, I may have to look into this! Thank you for sharing Ruth! πŸ’—xx

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 11:34 am

      That’s how I feel about it, too πŸ˜‚ I say I’m really organised, and then at times, I think “am I?!” It sounds like you’re on the right track in any case πŸ˜ƒπŸ’–xx

  13. 25th September 2018 / 2:15 pm

    If I blogged full time, I would calendar block as well. I use a planner and make sure that I have what I need planned out for the day and week. Great post!

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

  14. 25th September 2018 / 4:02 pm

    My biggest stress would be that if I planned my week out like this, and then didn’t achieve what I wanted to (owing to mental health problems) then I’d feel worse for planning and failing. Do you have any advice for people who want to get organised but have issues with not being able to commit to plans because of brain problems? Do you think it’s better to write lots (when you get in the zone) and schedule it for regular intervals or just post as you go (sometimes a lot in a row or sometimes nothing for months).

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 4:19 pm

      I understand what you mean. I’d definitely write while you can but schedule it across regular intervals. Consistency is important when it comes to blogging, so having content going out regularly is good so your readers know when to expect it and keep an eye out for it. Publishing a lot then nothing makes it hard to catch up.

      My only other advice would be to keep goals realistic and make them small and manageable. If I set my sights too high, I do feel disappointed by not doing what I wanted, so over time, I’ve learnt what I can expect to do in those time slots. πŸ™‚

      • 25th September 2018 / 4:38 pm

        Thank you. Will try to make Mondays and Fridays my reading and posting and promoting days and figure out how much more I can (or can’t) do after that. πŸ™‚

  15. 26th September 2018 / 11:38 am

    This is a great idea Ruth it looks like it works really well, I think it is quite different for people who work full time though, I’m just completely winging it at the moment and juggling work and home let alone blogging lol. I could do with sorting a schedule for work as doing blogging and social media for work and that’s a bit bit and miss with timings too!! πŸ™‚

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th September 2018 / 7:52 pm

      Yeah, I think it’s still possible to make a schedule around existing commitments, but it all depends on the individual and their situation! πŸ™‚

  16. 26th September 2018 / 5:46 pm

    Ruth this came at a perfect time for me! I post 3x/wk so my content is fresh and to get me in the habit of what it’s like to run a magazine, which is my ultimate goal one day. Being organized is best to remain consistent all the time. Currently, I’m the girl who creates content a day or two before it’s posted. It’s not really healthy because I began to feel swamped and overwhelmed. I don’t like spending soooo much time on social media either to the point is ruins my creative content window. I have intentions of opening an Etsy shop but it just keeps getting on backburner. After reading your post, I feel more motivated than ever to create monthly schedules and daily checklists. Thank you for always sharing your wisdom, you are an angel <3

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com/

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th September 2018 / 8:03 pm

      Awww, this makes me so happy, Natonya! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with blogging, and for social media to dampen your spirits sometimes. I think that happens to all of us, but you’ve got it in you to be a superstar, I can sense it. I’ll look forward to seeing your Etsy shop when it’s up and running!!

  17. 26th September 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Great post and really useful! I was already using list (I prepare a to-do list every morning) but guess who just prepared a weekly schedule and will try it from tomorrow?! Meeeee! XD
    Thank you for sharing!! 😊

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th September 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Ooooh, that’s exciting. Good luck with your new schedule! πŸ˜€

  18. 26th September 2018 / 11:51 pm

    I am the winging it pro!
    This! Wow, this is a superb post, with great tips! I do swear by weekly lists, daily to-dos just give me anxiety!
    I am not the most organised, but between my start up, blog, writing and photography, I have formed a system that works for me!

    – Aditi
    http://www.aditispen.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      28th September 2018 / 8:05 pm

      Glad you’ve found a system that works for you! πŸ™‚

  19. 30th September 2018 / 6:37 pm

    This is a great post. I’m a really organised person and I love a list – I use them every day – but I do tend to wing it when it comes to my blog and just work on it as and when I have time. I love your schedule; it’s interesting to get a little peek into someone else’s daily life (I’m nosy like that!).

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

  20. 3rd October 2018 / 10:15 am

    Definitely love a good schedule, I plan and plan and then my kids kind of ruin anything that I commit to paper πŸ˜€ I can’t wait until I’m at a point where I can actually check off a few things on my to do list. For now it’s just about creating good content and getting people to read me somehow πŸ˜€

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      4th October 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Well, you’re definitely doing a great job with your content so keep it up πŸ™‚

  21. 20th October 2018 / 12:39 pm

    This is a great post with some really good tips and ideas. I currently work full time (as a Head of Department in Secondary Ed) so time spent blogging is limited. I also have a four year old! Things get a little hectic. If my blog was to ever become a full time gig for me (I’m dreaming and wishing it will) then these ideas would be perfect! Scheduling time and organising my day would definitely make me more productive!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      21st October 2018 / 11:37 am

      Wow, I can imagine you are kept very busy! I love the fact you are blogging anyway, though – that’s determination. Best of luck to you!

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