Goal setting is great tool to help you get things done. But goal setting in and of itself is not necessarily what’s most important about the process.
What’s is? Making sure you’re doing the right things, at the right time, and in the right order.
It’s about being as productive as you can be with your time, talents and energies. It’s about ending the cycle of going, going, going; and instead implementing strategies that end the exhaustion and moves your blogging business forward.
I didn’t always understand the importance of that statement. But after taking Elite Blog Academy, I more fully understand the time management tips I’m going to share with you. If you’re frustrated because you can’t seem to get done what you want Elite Blog Academy can help you find the system to make your blog a success. It did for me!
But until the doors open check out my time management tips get you off the hamster wheel and crossing items off the to-do list.
Time Management Tips For Busy Bloggers
1. Throw Away The Old To-Do List
Toss your old to-do list because it’s missing one critical element – an end time. If you want to get more done, you’ve got to have not only a start time, but an end time too. By scheduling in the due date or end time it helps you get focused on completing the project by the specified end point. Without it, it likely will stay on your to-do list and never get crossed off. In the end, you get less done because you don’t have your priorities and tasks scheduled with start and end times.
2. Create A Schedule and Stick to It
I keep a schedule and I rarely let anything bump the time that I have allocated in my schedule for things that MUST happen like writing, marketing tasks, creating new series or social media posts.
So here’s what you to do: create a schedule and purposefully plan out your top priorities for the day. Then don’t allow anything to come between you and your schedule. Schedule everything, this way you won’t miss anything important.
3. Protect Your Time
Time is something that once it’s gone you can’t get it back. That’s why it is so important to be deliberate with your time and how you spend it. When you forget to schedule your time, you need to ask yourself this question: ‘What is the most effective use of my time right now?’ Then get into action and use your time wisely, knowing that you are using your time effectively, efficiently and on the tasks that are guaranteed to reach your goals.
4. Post Your Goals
Posting your goals is a great motivator and helps to remind you why your blogging in the first place. Post them somewhere you can look at them regularly and monitor your progress. I like to post my smaller incremental wins on my goal sheet too. It helps me stay motivated and realize I am moving in the right direction.
5. How Much Are You Worth?
Do you know the answer to that question? If not, I suggest you do the following exercise. If you want to make $50,000 next year and assuming you will work 8 hours each day, then you know each hour you work has a value of $25.61 and every minute is worth $0.427. Double it if you want to make $100,000 next year. The reverse is true for every hour that you waste. Let’s say you waste one hour a day each week, you’re losing $6,658.60 on a $50,000 income. Double that if you’re trying to reach a $100,000 income.
My point: wasted, unfocused time is a loss of revenue.
6. Delegate and Follow Up
Some tasks that are part of my blogging business I don’t really like doing; others I enjoy but understand it’s not a good use of my time. Whether its tasks you hate or ones you love, delegating is an effective tool when trying to make the most of the time you have. Along with delegating comes the responsibility to follow-up so tasks are not hanging out there with no resolution. Check in with your team to make sure things stay on track.
Read: It’s Time To Delegate
7. Celebrate Your Success
Each time I reach a goal and complete a project I do a little celebration dance! I know it sounds corny and who knows what I look like when I do my “dance of joy”, but I love to celebrate my wins and success and you should too. Find a way to celebrate your success that feels right to you and go ahead and celebrate.
Keeping on task can be daunting if you don’t have a system. But having a start and end time helps to keep you focused and moving toward completing your goals.
Remember, time cannot be replaced. Once it’s gone, it’s gone so use it wisely. Don’t forget to go and check out Elite Blog Academy and learn the system I learned to become a successful blogger.