Are you a blog owner with limited time? You know you have to post regular content to keep your blog fresh and interesting, but when you have a full-time job or kids to look after (or both), where the heck are you going to find the time to write?
Now there are workarounds for this. There’s ‘Dragon Naturally Speaking’, which is a software which will convert your words into text, but it’s clunky. You have to train the software to interpret your voice, which takes time. If you have an accent, well good luck with that!
I have really tried to use Dragon, but found I wasn’t saving much time. Because I kept forgetting to say, “full stop” or “new paragraph”, I ended up with a big block of text which required a lot of editing. I found the extra commands Dragon required tended to block my writing flow too.
Then there’s good old ‘time management’. I’ve spent a lot of time reading about time management, in fact I would have been better off spending that time on my writing. Nevertheless here are some tips I’ve picked up from my research:
- Prioritize your to-do list and do the most important things first
- Create a routine for your daily tasks and stick to it
- Do the hardest task first – the others will seem like a breeze
- Don’t multitask, concentrate on one thing at a time (this is good advice)
- Get up one hour earlier in the morning and write (this actually works for me)
- Schedule in rest time. After around an hour, our concentration begins to lag
- De-clutter your workspace (essential! And one I’m still working on)
These all work and they may buy you some extra time. The thing to know is, how much is your time worth? Given that time is most definitely money, why not work out your hourly rate? It will help you make decisions as to what to do yourself versus what you could delegate to others. If your time is spent writing blog posts when you should be managing your business or enjoying some family time, is it really worth it?
Maybe you can save some time by posting less frequently? It’s not necessary to post every day. A quality post once a week may be the way to go. As long as you do this consistently, your blog will still be popular with your readers and with the search engines.
Alternatively, why not hire a freelancer to write your posts? Comparing the worth of your hourly rate with the cost of an article may help you decide that it’s well worth outsourcing this task to those who actually enjoy it. This will give you the freedom from that never-ending need to be writing, and also give you back your quality of life!