A couple of weekends ago we took the kids to visit their Grandad at his caravan in Hastings. I hadn’t really planned on taking a break from the blog for the weekend, and in fact I had every intention of keeping up with my usual blog schedule while we were away. This might sound crazy, but in reality my blog schedule isn’t overly huge at the weekends anyway. I only post on weekdays, and usually keep the weekends free for family time.
What actually happened, though, was that all my usual careful planning and preparation went completely to shit, and I basically lost a whole week! When we got home on Sunday there was too much to get sorted in the house ready for work and nursery the next day that any thoughts of blog planning went out of the window. When I did eventually sit down at my desk, I had literally no idea where to start!
So I have finally decided to create a blog schedule and stick to it. If I’m honest, this wasn’t the first time that I’ve sat at my desk and had so much to do that I’ve ended up finishing nothing! It’s so easy to get bogged down with all of the stuff that comes with blogging; scheduling posts, keeping up with social media, creating and editing images, promotion, and actually writing posts!
It’s All About You!
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably read a whole bunch of other blog posts with invaluable advice on how to successfully run your blog. I’m often asked for advice on this too, and while there’s lots of advice that most of us can offer, in all honesty it is very much dependent on you and what you want to achieve. This week I have stuck to my new schedule, and it has honestly made such a huge difference, but that is not to say that my schedule would work for you. I suppose it depends very much on what you want to achieve with your blog, and your own personal time constraints.
Having a schedule is an amazing way to keep yourself focussed and to relieve the pressure when you feel like you have a thousand things to do in 20 minutes! I’m the kind of person who only really works well when I have a list to start with, so my new schedule is working wonders for my productivity!
What Is Perfect Anyway?
I must admit, being a bit of a perfectionist, I’ve found it hard to write and save posts without any images attached, because I feel like I’m half finishing a job! Knowing that I have a set time in my week to create, edit and upload those images has made it much easier to do, though, and I have found that sticking to the schedule a meant I’ve actually been getting to bed at a sensible hour too. Result!
Breaking months, weeks, and even days down in to manageable portions is great for productivity and stress. But even more than that, when I sit down at my desk I know exactly what the task at hand is. Knowing what I’m going to be doing each day has helped me to judge how long I need to be at my desk for, rather than feeling like I need to be in front of a screen for an entire day or night just to keep things going.
Freeeeeee Blog Schedule Downloads!
As well as my own blog schedule, I’ve also included a post blank schedule (click the image for a printable PDF) that you can use too. I’d love to hear how you guys keep up with blogging, life and kids! Do you have a schedule that you stick to, do you only blog at certain times? Or would having a schedule make it feel too much like work? Let me know…