New Blogger Series – Time Management

I know, I know…. It’s been several weeks since my last installment of The New Blogger Series.


Bad blogger, bad blogger!

Okay, so maybe not so bad, but these last few weeks have taught me that I need better time management so I don’t neglect my blog.  It has just been soooooooo crazy around here!



As you know, the little man has become EXTREMELY jealous of the computer which limits my time on here to just during naps. But, during nap time I like to get some housework done since he doesn’t like me doing that either.  Then we’ve been trying to clean out and get rid of a BUNCH of stuff that has somehow accumulated, reproduced, cloned, had babies, whatever!  We have a lot of crap to get rid of.  This has happened all of a sudden because we started discussing the possibility of moving out of state. If that happens the hubby will go ahead and move (since he’s the one who has to go for work) and the little man and I will stay behind to pack up the house (something I’m not really looking forward to tackling by myself).  So, time management is a TOP priority right now!


For starters I suggest getting ORGANIZED!  Julie from White Lights on Wednesday shares her fantastically organized Blog Notebook! I’m totally stealing this because it really does help having everything in one spot and so well organized!


I’ve always scheduled blog posts to publish at specific times but I never really considered writing them so far in advance before.  This is a great concept for when I get especially busy.  I’ve made up a calendar and have decided what theme I would like each day to be- that way I can plan ahead and see where I need filler posts.  For example, every Sunday the Manic Monday Linky Party begins- so I went ahead and scheduled a whole month of parties late one night.

I’ve also found that it’s EXTREMELY useful to make a template for certain reoccurring posts (like my Manic Monday Linky Party or the Features Post). That way I can just tweak it and change it as needed but the bulk of the work is already complete.

Alas, I have come to realize that as my blog grows I’m just unable to do everything I used to and that’s okay.  When I first started Manic Monday I was able to comment on every person’s links but now with the stipulations of word captcha and the fact that 150+ links are shared every week it’s just not possible to comment on everyone.  It took 2 days to comment on every link up a few weeks ago. So now, I visit everyone but I just don’t always leave a comment- especially if word captcha is on.  We go to my in-laws every Sunday- it’s about an hour drive- so every Sunday on the way home I visit all of the links through my phone- but have you tried leaving comments by phone?!  And if there’s word captcha- forget it!  Auto correct and word captcha are apparently mortal enemies! :)  I also realized it’s impossible to join in on every party every week.  Obviously there are a couple of parties that send me HIGH volumes of traffic (Thank you Tatertots & Jello, New Nostalgia,  and Sugar Bee Crafts!) so I make sure I get linked up to those every week.  But all the rest I visit and link up when I have time and if I miss a party this week that’s okay- I can always join in next week.

So, I’ve had to take prioritization into high consideration:
  
What is important? 
What are my readers going to benefit most from? 
How do I keep my blog fun, updated, and interesting without falling behind????

Through what started it all…. 


my passion for crafting, cooking, and sharing!  

What tips do you have for Time Management?
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Comments

  1. Love the binder idea! I haven’t figured out how to “schedule automatic posts”…Can you share how?
    Thanks for the time management advise!!

    • Hi Nelly! If you’re using Blogger, when you go in to write a new post there is a sidebar to the right. If you click on Schedule and then click the Date & Time radial you can set your post to go up on a given date and time. When you finish writing your post, hit Publish like usual. It will show up as “Scheduled” in your post list, and auto-publish for when ever you set the post to go up. I hope this helps. :)

    • Serendipity and Spice says:

      Thanks Julie for responding! :) It’s been a crazy busy Easter weekend. Nelly- scheduling the posts will save you sooo much time and worry- pretty much all of my posts are scheduled in advance now. :)

  2. Thanks so much for sharing my binder Melissa. I’m glad it’s helping you. :)

  3. Erin Alldredge says:

    I use to get up write my posts and then publish it, but now I’ve worked out a schedule. On Mondays I upload up all the pictures I took of projects and recipes I made the week before. Then I’ll spend a couple of hours typing out blog post. Then I automatically schedule them. I try to have a week worth of posts ready to go. If I have enough time I’ll do more. This week I was able to get 3 weeks worth of posts scheduled. Because I only spend one day a week writing posts I have more time to link up to parties and visit other blogs. Although, I am right there with you, you just can’t link up to every party every week.

  4. Kelley @ Miss Information says:

    I get up an hour or 2 before my kids and I do my linky parties while I drink my coffee then I don’t feel like I’m neglecting my kids, sometimes I will do it at night after dinner as well. I try to limit myself to a time limit and if I have hit that I quite the linky parties, I could go all day if I didn’t

  5. What a great post! I struggle with time management too. I try to write my blog posts once a week and schedule them. If I have time I will link up to parties. I try to do it every 1-3 days. I might have to try the binder idea but I’m not sure I could be that organized lol!
    Christine @ Projectsaroundthehouse.blogspot.com

  6. Restaurants Around Monroe, NY says:

    Thanks for a great blog Melissa! My MOST IMPORTANT Time Management Tip. As a freelance ghost blogger who writes 20+ blogs a week for a variety of clients, I ALWAYS track my time. The easiest Time Tracker I’ve found is from http://OfficeTime.net – it’s literally “click the spacebar” and it’s tracking your time. I have the desktop version AND the app, which easily sync with one another. If I don’t track my time, I end up billing far less than I would AND I lose track of time I should be spending with my family. TGIF! Mary Agnes PS, OfficeTime has a NO cost version of their app (which is only $7 I think) on their website. :)

  7. Randomly Fascinated says:

    Very helpful! Time Management is one of my biggest downfalls. I am working on that right now. I hope to blog about it soon. I never thought of scheduling posts in advance.

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