Are you struggling with your time management? Are you finding that the same jobs are put on the backburner every day? If so, you are not alone. In this article discover how to find time to blog for the busy artist.
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It is a challenge for most people to get all of the jobs done that are necessary for a day. Artists also tend to have big dreams. Having big dreams means that there will be more jobs. The problem that arises is that there are still only twenty-four hours in a day.
I have that problem; my mind is always coming up with new ideas. I have learned, or should I say I have come to accept that there are only so many projects that can be done in a time frame.
There are ways that you can be more productive with the time that you have available. I am going to share some tips that I have learned along the way.
How to Find Time to Blog
When you sit down to write, you want to know exactly what you are going to be writing about. You should also have the resources that you need for the articles that you are writing.
Be prepared for when you are going to write. Have your post ideas and research ready for you before your writing time.
How to be prepared.
Use thirty minutes to brainstorm topic ideas; you will be surprised how many different ideas you can come up with once you have found the rhythm.
Write them all down and store the list in a place that will be easy for you to access when it is time for you to write.
You might like to organize your thoughts on your computer, an app such as Evernote, or even paper and pen. Whatever is the best for you, use. I prefer using Excel. Excel allows me to keep easy track of my post ideas and when I am done writing the post I add the date it was posted and add any other relevant information next to the post title.
Take another thirty minutes and gather all of the resources that you will need for the posts that you have come up with. File this away with your master list of post ideas.
Once a week spend thirty minutes to add new ideas to your list. By doing this, you will always have ideas for what you would like to write about. When it is time to sit down you will be mentally prepared, and you will make the most out of your time.
I have about 75 post ideas ready for me at all times. I post five times a week; this gives me about 15 weeks of material.
Besides being proactive, you will find that there will be times that you will be motivated to write specific topics over other subjects. Your list will give you plenty of options to pick from. This will also make your writing easier and more productive.
Many writers use the same layout or formula for their blog posts. What I mean by that is that they have an outline of ideas for the article. You should have a layout for your posts as well. Having a layout will make it easier for you to stay focused and keep on track with the information that you are trying to write.
Here are some key points that you will want to include in your posts and what I use for my basic layout.
- A short paragraph that describes what the article is about. This allows the reader to know if the content is going to be valuable for them.
- The next part answers why the post is important and how it will benefit them.
- The middle section goes over in detail about the post topic. It answers how to accomplish the particular topic.
- The last part is the conclusion. A summary of the article.
- You can already see that there will be structure to the post when it is written.
- Having the layout of the post will make your time more productive.
Find your best time
Everyone is different and will have times that they will perform better at different tasks. You need to find what will work best for you. When you figure out your best times, you will then need to schedule the writing into your day.
I do my best first thing in the morning. With all of the jobs that I have, I need a set schedule.
My daily schedule:
6:30 – 9:30
- I start my day scheduling my social media posts.
- Revise one old post
- Write new post
- Create two videos
9:30 – 1:30
Draw commissioned drawings
1:30 – 6:30
6:30 – 8:00
Engage with social media and any other odds and ends.
That is a basic day for me. I found what times that I do best for each project. For me, this helps me keep track of everything that I need to get done in the day. If I didn’t stick to the plan, I know I would miss something important.
Set a time
Set a specific time to accomplish what needs to be done. As you can see from my list above, I have specific times for each project. I even go deeper with the times I allow for each specific project. I have a set time for writing, videos, and revising posts, are just a few examples. Knowing that I have a set time for each project helps me stay focused, motivated, and pushes me to accomplish what needs to be achieved.
After you have found the best time for your writing, schedule writing times in your week. It will take about three weeks for this to become a habit for you. After three weeks it will be part of your daily routine.
How to find time to blog:
- Be prepared
- Have a post layout
- Find your best time
- Schedule your writing time
By Ann Handley
By Ann Handley
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