I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I don’t have enough time in my day to do everything I want to do. However, I have found a few tried and true tips for finding more time for blogging, or other money making endeavors.
1. Blog about something you’re interested in. I find that I’m always able to “make” more time if it’s for something that I want to do. But when I have to write about something I find boring, I can find almost any excuse not to do it.
2. Save time by making double batches of dinner. If you work from home, you probably cook your own meals all day. So, save time by making double batches of dinner, and then freezing the leftovers for another time. Even if you don’t eat them for lunch the very next day, you will still have them in there and that’s one less meal you have to cook!
3. Stick to a schedule. Working from home can be challenging because there are always household tasks that can be done. When I started working from home, it was hard not to let myself get caught up in household chores instead of working. Now I like to create a schedule of when work time is, and then treat it like I would if I were at an office. I wouldn’t be able to do chores if I worked in an office, so I devote my scheduled work time to only work related matters. Once I started doing this, I magically found a lot more time for blogging.
4. Get up a half an hour early. If you’re just getting started blogging and still working another job, try to get up a half hour early and get as much done as you can during that time.
5. Get out of bed right away. I know it can be tempting (I had to break this habit myself a few years ago), but when your alarm goes off, get out of bed. Don’t push the snooze button a million times. You’ll have more time for blogging if you actually get up and start your day when you were planning on doing it.
6. Figure out which times of day you’re most productive. I’m personally most productive in the morning, so I try to schedule my work time to accommodate that. I’m not necessarily finding extra time to work, but scheduling work during my most productive hours lets me get a lot more done.
7. Don’t get sucked into the Internet rabbit hole. There are a million things to look at online. Memes, funny Youtube videos, and cute pictures of cats. But all those things are time suck, and once you get started, it’s hard to stop. Reserve your work time just for work. Although you’re online, refrain from looking at other things that aren’t related to work. You can actually get a few different browser plugins to block certain website at certain times of the day. This is helpful if you lack willpower.
8. Take a shorter lunch. I’m not saying to rush through your food, but if you’re strapped for time, take lunch to just eat lunch. Don’t relax for an extra half hour with a cup of coffee after lunch.
9. Don’t answer your phone during work time. When you work from home, a lot of people thing that means you’re available to pick up the phone and have a chat, just because you’re home. Not so. Don’t pick up, and call back when you’re done working.
10. Cut back on television. Everyone likes watching tv, but it’s not very productive. An hour watching a show is an hour that could be spent blogging!