How To Make More Time For Blogging

Time is a nonrenewable resource. You get 24 hours a day and you get to decide every day how you will spend those hours. For many of us, in addition to blogging, we have jobs to go to, a boss to report to, children to care for, and other obligations that need our time. None of us are Beyonce, which is to say, we don’t have the luxury of delegating certain tasks to this assistant or that employee. We’re here by ourselves hustling, trying to make the most of our 24 hours. So, in this post I want to talk through a few ways you can carve out more time for your blog.

Reduce your TV intake. Research shows that the average American watches more than five hours of live TV every day. That’s a lot of TV watching if you ask me. I know after a long day of at work and/or school you’re tired as hell. All you want is to take off your bra, grab a bite to eat and de-stress in front of the TV. But, if you want to take your blog to the next level, you may have to cut back on the amount of TV you watch per day. Rather than watching back-to-back episodes of [insert your favorite TV show here], watch it later On Demand, DVR it, or watch the rerun when it airs on the weekend and spend that time scheduling blog posts on social media, responding to blog post comments or emails, or drafting a new posts.

Turn off your phone. This may sound drastic and perhaps impossible if you’re someone who checks her Instagram feed incessantly or tweets constantly throughout the day. But I am here to tell you, this trick works! A couple times a week, especially when I have deadlines to meet, I put my phone on ‘Do Not Disturb’ and then throw it inside my desk drawer for hours. Initially, I feel angst because I’m worried that I’ll miss an urgent email or text but honestly, I rarely miss anything. In fact, when I check my social media feeds, emails, and texts after I’m finished, I haven’t gotten a single notification. If you’re looking for more time to complete blog-related tasks, I suggest turning your phone off or just silencing it for a few hours until you accomplish one task and see if you miss anything super important. You probably won’t.

Use your weekends wisely. After working all week, many of us want nothing more than to sleep in, hang out and do the fun stuff that we typically can’t do because of our jobs and other adult obligations. But the hard truth is, when you have a blog or any side hustle or passion project, you have to be willing to sacrifice your time and energy — often. Sometimes this requires skipping that party you wanted to turn up at or waking up early on a Saturday morning to write a week’s worth of blog posts. Certainly this is not fun or pretty, but it is necessary if you want your blog to grow and be successful.

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Do you think these are realistic/applicable tips that you could use to make more time for blogging? How do you make time for blogging? Any tips or tricks you would add to this list?

Author: Drea Hall

Drea is a Chicago-based freelance writer and lifestyle blogger at The Drea Daily. She’s obsessed with coffee, books and blogs, handbags, and lipstick. When she’s not blogging, you can likely catch her tweeting about something on Twitter @DreaEHall.

  • Great tips. Sometime I try to blog while the tv is on but I get distracted lol!! I try to get some blogging in on a day off or if I know I will have some free time.

  • That’s a great idea to move the app icons from the front screen!! I find myself subconsciously clicking on sm apps just because they’re readily available! Lo

  • I love the idea of social media breaks. I think I’ll start this weekend. I have found that logging out of my sm accounts makes me less tempted to keep checking, as does removing the icons from the front screen of my phone. Instead I have icons for my productivity apps to remind me to get to work. I’m defo going to start putting my phone on silent from tomorrow as I know when I do I get so much more done.

  • Thats a great idea…I think I am going to schedule SM breaks into my month. Disconnecting by practice could be freeing (imagine).

  • lol @ “decaying in front of the computer screen” – so true!

  • Oh yeah! Watching other people live life as you start decaying in front of the computer screen!

  • YouTube can be a time-suck, too. Especially if you get into vlogs!

  • TV is awesome; there are so many fun shows, but I find myself getting sucked into YouTube videos. I love watching other content creators…

  • Thanks, Brittany! Like you, I find that I can be really productive on weekends. Actually most of my Saturdays are consumed by thinking of and writing posts for this blog. I will admit that I don’t wake up as early as you do on weekends… I gots to get my sleep, lol.

  • Every week I attempt to spend at least one day away from all social media channels. (This day is usually Saturday.) It helps me to rejuvenate my mind and not be consumed by what other people are thinking and doing. Thanks for sharing, Cianni.

  • Yes to binge-watching! If you work Mon-Thurs hardcore and then use Fridays to watch all the TV you missed, that would be welcomed, once-a-week luxury.

  • Good point about the benefit of having DVR! We just got that feature installed and it’s the best thing ever. I hate sitting through commercials.

  • I love sleeping, too. In fact, weekends is when I get to catch up on my rest. I think there’s time for both, though. Sleep in on Saturdays and spend Sundays writing. Happy blogging, Stella!

  • Cianni

    It’s amazing how turning the TV off and hiding your phone frees up so much time in your day. I put myself on a social media break for two days — I was tempted to click those apps so many times — and I was able to use the time on more productive activities like planning out my blog posts and reading.

  • Your Friend Brittany

    Such great tips! Especially using your weekends wisely. I personally haven’t been able to sleep in for years and I realized how productive I can be before noon on a Saturday or Sunday when I get up around 7-8 am. I also like to write a bunch of posts at once then go back and edit. I’ve found that when the mood strikes I usually have at least 2-3 different ideas and I just write them all out and save them as drafts.

  • Your Friend Brittany

    It really is crazy how much time you can save by not watching things live. I like to DVR a bunch of things then binge watch a few during nights with no TV or weekends. It saves me so much time on weeknights.

  • Drea you make a good point about TV. I love too many shows but I make sure that I DVR them that way I am saying about 15-20 mins by eliminating commercial time. That means I can add that valuable time back into my life for writing or catching up on SM. Every little minutes counts.

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  • I can relate to the weekend point. Gosh I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to write but sleep was just calling my name. It’s something I’m working on and I think persistence will help me through. Thanks for the tips ladies!