Creating a blogging routine for yourself can be a little challenging for both novice and veteran bloggers. After all, there is just so much to do: write posts, create images, promote your posts on social media, read and comment on other blogs, network with bloggers in your niche, and then write guest posts to connect with new, potential readers. I was struggling to balance it all, particularly as a work at home mom.
That was until I found Suzi from Start a Mom Blog‘s post about creating a Blog Vision Board and Editorial Calendar. With her engineering background and blogger-savvyness, Suzi is a Google Docs wiz. I’m not sure why I hadn’t before considered using tabs to add all of my blogging routine to one Google Doc that I can access anywhere. As much as I love having a tangible planner, it’s so refreshing to be able to check my blogging schedule from my phone, my desktop, a library computer, or when I’m at my grandmom’s in the country, and the wifi isn’t working on my laptop so I have to use her old school PC.
So you’re probably wondering what’s so different and awesome about Suzi’s template. Well, let me just give you a peek at what her’s looks like and what I’ve been able to create as a result.
Here’s what I was able to create as a result:
It was just incredibly helpful to not have to use my (limited) time recreating a wheel she had already fashioned. Click here to sign up for her newsletter and download your own Digital Blog Vision Board template. The download also includes a catch spot for all of your blog post ideas and a full editorial calendar where you can plug in your posts and keep yourself on schedule.
I can’t tell you how much this resource has streamlined my blogging process. Now instead of getting lost in a web of reading, research, and learning that can trap me for hours and hours, I check my vision board (I set it to open in a tab automatically when I open Chrome) and see what I need to accomplish for the day.
The fact that you can color code by time each task will take really helps me plan what I have time for.If I’m feeding my daughter a bottle, I know she’ll want to relax for a little bit afterwards, so I have a good 15 minutes to do something quick for my blog. When she goes down for a nap, I know I have at least 30 minutes to accomplish something and I might even get a full hour. If she’s gone to bed for the night, I know I can devote larger, more solid blocks of time to writing posts and creating images.
When you learn to manage time as a work at home mom or create a SAHM or WAHM schedule, it truly changes your productivity. As a mommy first and a blogger second, it’s also important for me to set a limit on how long tasks will take and cut myself off at that point so that I can spend valuable time with my daughter. Sometimes I even set a timer for 15 minutes so I know that I need to wrap up my social media time when it goes off.
I hope you check out my blogging friend Suzi’s awesome resource and that it helps you simplify your blogging life. What are other ways you’ve found to save time and to keep yourself in a routine. Please share your tips in the comments!