Set A Timer & Use Time Blocking
The Pomodoro Method
This may sound a little weird at first, but a lot of bloggers have found it extremely effective at managing their time. Developed in the late 1980s by Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro Technique helps you eliminate burnout, manage distractions and use time effectively. It also helps you create a healthy work/life balance.
Choose a blogging task which needs to be accomplished. Set a timer for 25 minutes. Work on that task, ignoring anything and everything else, for that full 25 minutes. If some other task or idea pops into your head, jot it down and worry about it later. Take a 3 to 5 minute break, and repeat the process with another task. Once you have completed 4 Pomodoro sessions, enjoy a longer 20 or 30 minute break.
(If you don’t have a timer, OnlineStopwatch.com is a count-down, count-up, stopwatch website which is free to use.)
You may have noticed that some blogging activities require more time than others. This is where time-blocking can help. Rather than multitasking and putting out fires whenever they pop up, schedule blocks of time for certain activities. Be very strict with your time block management, and only work on those tasks scheduled for that time-frame. Examples of blogging tasks to work on in a time block:
- Write a blog posts
- Research new post ideas
- Update social media
- Answer emails
- Tweak your pages
- Create a sales page
- Write an email sequence
- Create an opt-in freebie
- Create blog graphics
- Update your blog
- Learn new things – ALWAYS have time in your blogging schedule for taking courses and reading blog posts just for the sake of learning
This is a short list – but hopefully it gives you some inspiration for how to block your blogging hours!
Today’s Task: Block Your Blogging Time
You should have an idea by now of what your blogging hours will be. Take a look at those hours and determine how you can break them into 25 minute tasks chunks. Then, fill in those time chunks with the tasks you need to be working on in your blog. I like to rotate my tasks up a bit to keep blogging fun. Working on creating blog graphics, when it’s not your favorite thing to do, seems a lot more manageable when you know you only have to do it for 25 minutes that day! Remember, too, try to tackle your hardest tasks first thing – so they’re not hanging over your head all day!