3 Tasks That Waste Your Blogging Time

How much time are you wasting each day doing non writing related tasks? If you really take an inventory of your online time, you will find that much of your time is wasted completing tasks that technology can manage for you. While we would all love to have a virtual assistant, until we can afford one we must utilize the tools available to us. Therefore we must find creative ways to use our time efficiently.

How to get more done in less time.

  • Automate your blog. If you write recurring post, consider installing a post template plugin. This type of plug in will allow you to create posts on a regular basis which have the same structure such as this one. This will help you to spend less time rewriting the same content over and over again each week.
  • Automate your email. The easiest way to do this to use a Gmail account. Gmail has features that allow you to cause certain mail to skip your inbox and be sent to specified folders. You can set up canned responses that work similar to a post template, only it’s a pre-made email response. This is especially helpful for sending out responses to emailers interested in advertising. If you don’t  have a Gmail account you are already behind the eight ball. The easiest way to learn how to set up and implement a Gmail account is to download and print The Ultimate Guide to Gmail for FREE. It’s a 30+ page guide that will tell you everything you need to know about Gmail and how to make most of it.
  • Automate your social media accounts. One of the biggest time sucks can be social media and trying to keep your account statuses updated can be a headache. For this reason I suggest adding a feature that will update for you whenever you publish a new post. A great plugin for WordPress owners is “Twitter Tools, which can be customized to send out all of your post as they are published or just the ones you designate. If you use the Feedblitz email service, you can also access this feature in your administration dashboard. You can schedule your posts to be sent to both Twitter and Facebook.

I publish over fifty posts a week, in roughly 25 hours, with no virtual assistant. I am a full time wife, mom and homeschool teacher. It is no small feat to stay on track but by tweaking little things here and there I am able to accomplish more in less time.

What activities do you find are cutting into your blogging time?

Comments

  1. says

    what an inspiration your Alexa rating is to me and your tips are valuable. So happy to have found you Alexa hopping! 🙂

    Love,
    Me

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    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    @dj Goddessa,
    I’ve been really working at lowering it for the last 6 months and just broke 100K. 😀 My next goal is to get it below 80K!! Thanks for the encouragement and for visiting.

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  2. says

    I’ve been feeling so overwhemled lately…I needed to read this. I have to admit: Some of my time blogging is well…online shopping, personal Facebooking, etc. Thanks for refocusing me on what is important & serves a purpose!

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    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    @Heather@BecauseMoreIsMore,
    It can be challenging trying to stay focused online because there is just so much that we have access to on the internet. I find that making a intentional effort to refrain from the distractions helps me get more done in less time. Sometimes I lose focus, but reading posts like these helps me remember what I should be focusing on. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. says

    I find that the actual writing of my posts (when I’m focused) takes only 10-15 minutes. It’s the formatting, hyperlinking, etc. that all adds up. I use LiveWriter to draft my posts, Wylio to find pictures and give proper attribution, and Hootsuite to semi-automate my social media accounts.

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    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    @Ashley Pichea,

    Great ideas Ashley. I am a huge fan of of LiveWriter. It allows me to focus on writing without thhe added temptation to visit facebook or twitter. 🙂

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  4. says

    This is EXACTLY what I needed today! Thanks, I’ve been looking at more ways to make better use of my time without taking away from my family.

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    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    @Kristie,

    It’s a hard balance so every little tip helps. If have some more ideas, feel free to share them.

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  5. says

    Great tips! I really need to automate more. Scheduling posts is a MUST. I wouldn’t get at much done without that neat feature!

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    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    Hey Annie,

    I’m always looking for ways to shave time off my blogging tasks. I love the Editorial Calendar because it helps me plan and track post for months away. There are so many neat plugins that help us blog more efficiently.

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