My friend, timethief, has done it again with “12 Time Management Tips for Top Blogging Performance,” the inspiration for this blog exercise.
Scheduling enough time for creating original content, promoting it, answering comments, reading and leaving comments on other blogs is not an easy feat. Few bloggers I know are able to blog full time. They have active offline lives to live so they want to make the best possible use of the time they spend online.
I find that time management practices like setting SMART goals and effective scheduling helps me cut through the maze of distraction, and keeps me on track doing what I need to do next to become a productive blogger.
She highlights using an editorial calendar to keep you on track, making appointments with yourself and self-assignments to keep the flow flowing, and fine-tuning your blogging work flow to keep on track.
The SMART method she offers is one based upon the acronym “S.M.A.R.T.” that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
We are all guilty of overstepping our expectations when we set goals. Timethief explains:
It is important to set goals that you can achieve. Setting goals that are too high, means you may not appreciate obstacles, or understand how much skill you need to develop to achieve a particular level of performance.
It is your turn to really examine how you manage your blogging. If you have been keeping up with these blog exercises over the year, you should have a basic handle on the writing and blogging bits. Now it is time to up the game as we head towards the end of the year.
Work to be better. Better organized, better at self-management, and better at managing goals and expectations.