One question I get asked prrrrobably on a daily basis is 'how do you find the time?'. I'd love to tell you I'm some sort of super woman with incredible skills that could never be taught, but unfortunately I'm just a mere mortal with a few organisational skills to help me stay (remotely) sane. So you know, since we're being all Tip Tuesday and all that (I swear the weeks just fly by these days!) I thought I'd share some of my favourite ways to keep on top of my work load, both in the blog life, and real life!
Use an editorial calendar
An editorial calendar is pretty much just like any other regular calendar, only this one is reserved purely for your blog (or business, etc.). I use one on my iMac when I remember to, but that's just it...I rarely remember to. I don't know about you guys but I like to actually have something physical to write on, so every month I print out a little editorial calendar for myself. I just fill in all of my blog post ideas and when I'm going to schedule them. This way I'm never stuck for ideas last minute! Speaking of last minute, just as I was about to publish this post I decided it'd be pointless me talking about an editorial calendar without giving you your own! I've literally mocked this up in ten minutes, so for now it's just for next month (sorry!). But! Be sure to check back tomorrow when I'll have uploaded the entire thing for you to download, so you'll be good to go for the rest of the month!
- DOWNLOAD YOUR 2015/2016 EDITORIAL BLOGGING CALENDAR ! -
Do things in bulk
Over time I've become a bit of a whizz when it comes to typing, but no matter how skilled you can be at photography, it all takes time. Because of this, I tend to take a bunch of my photos in advance. In fact, sometimes I'll spend an entire day doing just that, alongside filming Youtube videos. I do the same when it comes to outfit photos too, just so I never run out of things to post. Something that works for me is dedicating various days of the week (or various evenings a week) to different things that relate to my blog, such as taking photos, writing blog posts, queuing tweets etc.
Which leads me onto just that, scheduling tweets! Now I haven't done this in a while, purely because - ironically enough - I've actually been pretty crap at organising myself lately, but man does this baby work. Hootsuite basically allows you to schedule your Tweets in advance, so it's the perfect partner in crime if you've planned a bunch of blog posts in advance too. You can just tweet some links and rest assured your content will be buzzing around the interwebs in no time! A few other great scheduling tools are Viralwoot (Pinterest), Instawoot (Instagram) and Facebook's own scheduling tool. It's like the closest thing to time travel.
Learn to prioritise
What's more important, uploading a blog post at your desired time or watching the latest episode of Pretty Little Liars? I know, I know, it's a toughie (I wish I was being sarcastic) but sometimes, if you want to ensure your blog is ticking along nicely you'll need to prioritise it over other things. If you're already like four months ahead, go ahead and watch the entire box set, but if you really wanna get something up there and then, do it!
Stick to a routine
This kinda links to what I was telling you about earlier, when I mentioned about having specific days for different tasks. Once you get into a routine you won't even have to think about what you're doing, and you'll get faster at it too! Which means you can get even more ahead in your editorial calendar.
Jot down your ideas
The amount of times I've had an amazing idea in the bath or on the loo (TMI?) and then forgot about it ten minutes later is just...I don't wanna talk about it. So now, whenever I'm out and about I'll always make sure I have a notebook or my phone/iPad handy. If I get a great idea for a blog post I'll simply jot it down and add it to my editorial calendar later. That good ol' calendar just keeps on poppin' up, don't he?
Hope some of these tricks and tips helped you! And feel free to let me know your thoughts on creating more downloadable content. If ya'll like it, maybe I'll do it more often!