You Get What You Work For, Not What You Wish For – Unknown
This little series is well and truly on it’s way. I’m loving it each week and hope you guys are to! If one person can take something from these posts then I’m over the moon with that!!
Here’s a few posts of what I’ve covered so far:
This week I wanted to talk about how I Plan my Blogging Week.
I work full-time Monday – Friday. With my job my hours kinda vary but I’m technically 9 – 5. I find planning in advance and having set tasks on set days works best for me to make sure Mrs S. LDN ticks over smoothly.
This post will outline what works best for me and how I carve out my time to my little corner of the world.
My posts have quite a bit off structure to them. I have set days of the week were set series are published, like this one, my newbie post. By having set days for everything I know where I am and what I’m planning / posting for. It also enables me to post 5 times a week and not panic!
I like to be at least 6 posts ahead of myself. This gives me breathing room and if something comes up I’m covered to step away from the blog for a day or two if needed. I mean I do have a life outside of this. Also, some days I’m just not in the mood so instead of wasting hours looking at a blank screen and missing a post slot, I can take my time and know whatever I do post will be what I’m happy with. There is nothing worse than posting for the sake of posting.
During the weekends, at least one morning out of the two I will spend writing up posts. I have a notebook filled with my post ideas that I pull from and I crack on. I tend to write them all up on my mac and then once I’m happy with them all I start formatting them onto the blog and making the pictures and headings. For me, being in writing mode and then moving to format mode after is a big help.
In the past I would constantly swap between the two and I’d lose time like sand through my hands. This is what I have found works best for me! (This formula also goes for my posts, I’ll crank out a couple of WCW then move on to Newbie, then move on to lifestyle, see where I’m going with this?)
Once scheduled and good to go, I log them in my monthly planner to keep up with them all and know what holes / posts are missing. For my pictures, I normally do these in bulk at the weekend. Then I’ll edit them when the post is ready. The picture is my last port of call.
During the week I also have days where I have set tick lists. I find that if I focus on one thing at a time I am way more productive than trying to do everything at once.
By having this set up I know what I’m doing each day and can get what needs to be done completed. The odd time I have had to switch it around or take my break day mid-week but by having Friday free it leaves room for change.
I have been blogging now for nearly a year and over the last 11 months I have found out the hard way what works for me and what doesn’t. This set up has taken a while for me to get to but for now, is what works well for me and my circumstances.
What works for you?