When it comes to blogging, being consistent can be quite a challenge. There are lots of areas to cover: making sure your posts are updated on a regular basis, maintaining the quality of your content, keeping yourself updated with the latest trends, moderating feedbacks, and more. Because you need to keep up with your readers’ expectations, you need to effectively use whatever time you have available. At this point, what you need is sound time management.

For that reason, we’ve listed a few simple yet effective tips for managing your time. These are just suggestions, and some may prefer a less rigid approach to time management when writing something creative and original. Some of you may prefer putting the art above delivery, while some would go for balance between spontaneity and structure to make sure they still keep up with the deadlines for submitting entries.

Whatever your need, I hope these tips can help you in some way.

Apply Ideas As Soon As They Pop Up

Like how writers and influential people like to keep journals to jot down their life experiences, feelings, thoughts, and ideas, bloggers can also follow such practice to get ideas for their blog material. Aside from providing you with creative and unique ideas for your next piece, jotting down those ideas as soon as they pop up will save you a significant amount of time in the brainstorming process.

By the time you settle down to work on your article, you’d have quite a number of ideas in hand to work with. Our mind works best by means of association, so it’s easy to flow from one idea to another when you already have a few good leads for starters. Also, this is the best exit strategy from when you’re faced with writer’s block. Instead of starting with a blank slate, you can continue on from what you’ve already gathered from your jotted ideas.

Create An Outline Before Writing

After gathering all the ideas in your head and on your notepad, you should start by making an outline of what your post will be about. Doing a simple outline allows you to make changes or add ideas easily. You can also link all sorts of random ideas together to make a comprehensive, coherent, and compelling piece.  With this basic structure of how your piece is going to flow, all your thought processes will have a clear direction, which is important to keep your writing flowing smoothly. It will be much easier to churn out the final piece, overcome writer’s block, and can prevent or minimize the possibility of double work where you’ll have to start on the same project from scratch.

Establish A Routine

Humans are creatures of habit. Once you’ve started with a set of routines and follow through it every day, you’ll find that it’s not easy to break the chain. That’s good for you as a blogger because that means you have a concrete system, and that system will help you finish the work right on schedule.

The great thing about systems is that you can pick the best time of the day to write, then build your routine around it. It takes a bit of experimentation to get the right period for the right task. Maybe you’re a night owl who prefers to write during the wee hours of the night. But it doesn’t matter; what’s important is that you fix a schedule for your tasks, then it will be harder to procrastinate.

Habits may take some time to get used to, but once formed, it’s equally hard to break them.

Focus On One Thing At A Time

While working on your piece, it’s often too easy to get distracted by other activities running in the background. You may have social messengers and video-streaming websites to check out, or emails to attend to. You may console yourself by thinking that you’re multitasking and getting everything done simultaneously, but you’re just distracted.

Consider focusing on just one thing at a time. It’s an effective time management mindset because it instills discipline in your tasks. Additionally, this ensures that your mind won’t wander from one task to another, and that you won’t lose your train of thought.

Every time you get distracted, your mind needs to trace back to where you stopped to resume the thought process. It’s quite time-consuming when every distraction adds up.

Learn To Prioritize

Creating a priority list is one of the most basic ways to manage time. In a priority list, you get to rank the order of importance of each task so that you can pay attention to the most important and urgent ones.

The list comes to be, based on the weight you put on each task. Do you need it completed earlier? Do you need more time with it? Put it higher up the list. Can you skip it or forgo a certain task? Then, put it lower down the list.

Simply put, you need to focus more on tasks that need to be completed as soon as possible. For this to work, you can’t choose to do things based on how easy it is to complete or based on your personal preferences. Prioritization benefits your time management by first highlighting to you what requires your attention first.