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Recently, I asked a group of sweet, Christian blogging friends what their biggest blogging challenge is right now. If you're also a blogger, you may be able to guess their top answer - TIME!
Even though blogging is something we love to do, it can be a challenge to find the time to make it happen. As women, we have a laundry list of responsibilities (including laundry!): working, raising kids, housekeeping, meal planning, running errands, being a wife, serving at church, and so on.
And there's so much to learn about blogging, too! It's not just writing blog posts anymore. There's social media strategies to learn about - Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat. There's website building and brand design to figure out. There's blog post graphics and social media images that need created. And don't even get me started on monetizing! That's a whole other ball game...
So, how do you find the time to grow a blog, on top of everything else God has called you to do? The simple answer, dear sister, is that you'll never find the time to blog - you have to MAKE TIME for blogging.
Today, I'm sharing the simple strategy I've learned, so you can have more time for your blog too.
You probably don't think about it, but communication is essential to our daily lives. We're communicating almost as soon as we wake each day. It's an important part of being human.
It's also an important part of blogging. And I'm not talking just about how we communicate to our readers, but how we communicate to our friends and family. Think about this for a second...How many of your closest friends and family members know you have a blog?
Hopefully all of them! But if they don't, they probably also don't know how important it is to you. Even your spouse or significant other may not understand how much blogging means to you. And because of that, you may often feel guilty for spending time on your blog, when you could be doing XYZ with them.
Start by communicating to them how passionate you are about pursing this call on your life. Tell them in a few words what it takes to write and grow a blog. Share your WHY with them! Then, explain how you need X amount of uninterrupted time each day to focus on blogging.
Chances are, they'll be really supportive and excited for you. And you've just taken step one to making time for your blog.
2) Think in minutes, not hours.
Pop quiz - how many minutes are in a day? Okay, okay. I'll just tell you... There are 1440 minutes per day. When you break it down like that, it seems like a lot! And you're absolutely right, it is. But how you use those minutes is what matters.
Start by changing the way you look at each day. Instead of blocking off hours for blogging, block off minutes. Use those 1440 minutes to your advantage! I recently read an article by Forbes that says the most productive people break down their days into minutes, not hours.
What if our biggest challenge as bloggers isn't necessarily having enough time, but rather setting priorities for our time?
I don't know about you, but whenever I hop on the computer to write a blog post, I inevitably end up distracted for 20 minutes checking my blog stats, Pinterest, email, and Facebook. And then I find myself thinking, Where did the last 20 minutes go?
If you've ever been there, I want to encourage you to try this trick. Grab a piece of paper and make a random list of everything you want and need to do for your blog. Once you've written out every single thing, go back through your list and ask yourself, What is the most important task here? Find the one thing that will get you closer to your #1 blogging goal. That's where you'll start today.
3) Get a planner.
Remember your school days? Yep, I was ALLLL about my planner as a student. Even in college, my planner was what kept me on track with class assignments, activities, and my work schedule.
For some reason, I started going without one when I graduated and began my career. Now, everything is on my phone or computer. But, I urge you, dear sister, never underestimate the power of a handwritten planner!
At the suggestion of one of those sweet, Christian blogging ladies, I ordered this planner today. I can't wait until it comes in a few days! This one is exactly like the most recent planner I had several years ago, and there are a few other options I shared below. What I love most about it is that besides the daily spaces, it has tear-out grocery and to-do lists for every week. For less than $10 on Amazon, you can't beat it. Plus, it has stickers. Who can argue with that? :)
Another great option is the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley. Personally, I am a huge fan of Emily Ley and her dedication to simplicity. I haven't used the Simplified Planner yet, but it's definitely on my list to try. They're so pretty, so practical, and so beautifully designed. Plus, it sells out every year - so grab yours now!
Here's a little from her website: "The Simplified Planner is a beautiful, joyful agenda for busy women in all seasons of life. Designed minimally on purpose, its open pages serve as a fresh start every day. We believe margin matters, and our mission is to inspire women to organize, simplify, and carve white space for the good stuff of life."
Every week, I like to share a quick action step that is designed to help you simplify various aspects of your life or business. This week, you're going to start really making time for your blog!
Your Simplicity Challenge this week is to choose one action step from above to implement. Whether that means you're going to talk to your spouse and kids about giving you 30 minutes each night for blogging, or you're going to make a list of all the blogging tasks floating around in your mind and prioritize them. Maybe it means you're going to order a paper planner right now, so you can get started blocking out minutes, not hours, for blogging.
Whatever you choose, be sure to share below what is your biggest takeaway from today's post.
I can't wait to hear how you're making time for blogging this week!