Simple Blogging Routine for Internet Marketers: Get It All Done!

Are you using your 1440 minutes every day wisely?What is your blogging routine for your internet marketing business?  Do you struggle getting everything done and feel like you’re spending the whole day writing your posts?  I have a few tips to help tackle time management in your internet marketing business and get it all done! (And I promise it won’t take up all of the 1,440 minutes you get each day!)

Blog Writing, Commenting, Video and Article Marketing, there is so much to do, and we all have so little time!  Well actually we all have the same amount of time, but it’s never enough to get it all done!  Right?

Add into the schedule, family activities, another business or job (as many internet entrepreneurs have), household duties, community responsibilities and such…and it can feel like there is no hope of making progress in our businesses.

I struggled so much with this and finally got to the point where the pain of not doing it became greater that the pain of doing it.   It has caused me to sharpen my time management (self management) skills and figure out how to get it all done.

7 tips for a manageable blogging routine for your internet marketing business:

  1. Schedule time to work. If you’re at all like me, you can fill your day full of meaningless jobs and arrive at dinner time exhausted and frustrated because you didn’t get done what you wanted to accomplish for the day.  I have to actually schedule in time to get my work done.
  2. Plan your posts. I like to figure out ahead of time what I’ll be writing about on my blog for the week.  This allows me to spend my time actually blogging or writing an article instead of trying to figure out what I’m going to write about.
  3. Set a timer! Whatever you’re doing, from blogging to dishes, the job will expand into the time you allow it, so use a timer to play beat the clock and get your work done.
  4. Use checklists. I have a checklist for SEO and a blog checklist to make sure I don’t forget something important and have to waste time going back to edit my post.
  5. Automate what you can. Make sure promote your blog links on your favorite sites.  I like to automate some of this with a website called twitterfeed that sends my blog posts to facebook and twitter when they are published.
  6. Re-purpose your content. One last suggestion is to use the “wordpress ezine articles” plug I wrote about last week. I’ve been using it to submit my articles directly from my wordpress dashboard.  It’s a simple way to repurpose your content and it only takes a few minutes to do!
  7. Connect & build relationships. Set aside time to visit and comment on other blogs, and remember to save a little time to answer the comments you receive on your blog, twitter and facebook accounts.

In this video I share my tips for getting things done, what works for me, and how I’m incorporating my blogging and business building into my busy life.

Okay, now you know how to make a plan, and create a simple blogging routine for your internet marketing business and get it all done!  I can’t wait to see all your blog posts, articles, tweets, and facebook updates coming my way!

Like always, please tweet, facebook, and leave a comment if this was helpful to you!  You’ll get a little link-love as a thank you from me!

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  1. Great post Heather. Incorectly managing yourself in time (no body can really manage time itself) can be one of those things that destroys your business.

    Setting a timer and using checklists are great ideas to help keep your focus. Have you heard of the Pomodoro Technique? It is a great way to help get things done. There is a timer that was written to help with it called the FocusBooster. It is very helpful.

    Thanks you for the great post Heather!

    ~ Michael Novak

  2. Heather C Stephens says:

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for the comment! I’ve not heard of the pomodoro technique! I’ll have to look that up! I appreciate your comment and I’m heading over to your blog to read your post!

    Heather

  3. Hi Heather,

    Awesome blog you have here!

    Love the hourglass – such a great visual reminder to use time wisely.

    Like Michael I also use the Pomodoro Technique which works like a charm.

    Two things I believe that are important when it comes to time:

    – Firstly to affirm that one has plenty of it and like magic, one does. and,

    – Secondly, not to try and do too much in the time we have. There is only so much one can expect of oneself. So it is best to find what you love doing the most and make this a priority. This means you’ll spend the majority of your time feeling good and happy doing what what you are doing!

    ~Marcus

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Thanks so much Marcus! I have to laugh because my blog really is my “home” online and I feel as excited to complete a new project on it as I do when we get another room decorated, or a new tree planted here!

      Thank you for sharing your time tips! I especially like your comment about how we should not try and do too much in the time we have. I’m guilty of that!

      I’ve download the pomodoro technique ebook and I plan to read it this weekend. Thanks for the tip guys!

      Heather

  4. Hello Heather

    Excellent tips.

    It is not easy is it, to get everything done for our business when we have so many things tugging at us al day long.

    And Michael, thanks for that Pomodoro tip.

    Nice video Heather.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Peter!

      Tell me about it! My two big girls left today for my sister’s and I’m here with my 2 year old son. I have it so good with a 12 and an 8 year old in the house because they help me so much by entertaining my son. Today he’s a little lost without them, and I’m not getting much done at all. (But I’m getting great cuddles in!!!)

      Thanks for commenting!

      Heather

  5. Great post.

    You are absolutely correct about the time for a task expanding to as long as you let it. This is an important thing people need to realize.

    Loved the Hourglass too Great visual reference to create the sense of “urgency”

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Steve!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

      My hourglass is awesome at helping me keep my sense of urgency lately, and I have to say I’m doing much better with not procrastinating since I bought it! 🙂

      Heather

  6. These are some great ideas, Heather! I know that trying to figure out how long things should take is something that has been difficult for me. I sit down meaning for something to take only an hour, but then it is a lot longer than I thought it was, or it only took 20 minutes and I have no idea what to do with myself 😉

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Thanks for the comment, Steve!

      I’m envious! I never seem to have enough time left over that I don’t know what to do with myself! LOL Must be the 3 little ones in the house. Having a moment like that sounds like heaven!

      Glad the tips helped!
      Heather

  7. Hi Heather,

    These tips are very helpful to me. I have been extremely frustrated lately because I have not been able to get the things done that I needed to. Time management has never been my strong suit, and although I do make lists there have been times at the end of the day when I still had not gotten everything done … which then frustrates me even more.

    Somebody else mentioned using a timer before. I haven’t done that yet, but next time I go to the store I will pick one up. (I believe social networks are a big time drainer for me personally and I definitely have to set limits there.)

    Thanks for another great post!

    Ilka

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      H Ilka!

      Thanks. Have you ever tried creating a DONE list instead of a TO DO list? It’s so much more fun and gives you something to celebrate!

      I love using a timer. I get so much more done that way. Hope it helps you!

      Heather

  8. Hi Heather! LOVE the hour glass idea! Timing yourself is a huge asset to achieving any task through out the day. You had some really awesome tips on time management and I am definitely adding in the two I do not already do!

    One thing I like to do that allows me to achieve more and get my important tasks done is to write my Top 5 To Do Tasks the night before so that I am up and ready to get them done right away the next day. This has helped me tremendously in achieving more in less time and of course getting the important tasks done first!

    Thanks for the awesome post!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      I have my “no-matter what” list as well. I’d be lost without it!

      Thanks for the comment!

      Have a great week!
      Heather

  9. Hey Heather,

    Nice tips! When it comes to writing for my blog, I’ve noticed there are times the creative juices keep on flowing and that’s when I crank out a bunch and scatter them throughout the week. Don’t even force yourself to write when it’s not there. And write multiple posts when you’re the most creative :).

    Janette

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      You’re so right, Janette! When you’re hot, don’t stop! When you’re cold, do something different to get the juices flowing!

      Thanks for the comment!
      Heather

  10. Hey Heather, I know exactly what you mean. If I don’t watch it I’m a master at sitting her doing meaningless tasks when all of the sudden the day is over and I’ve accomplished nothing. lol

    I love the hour glass idea. I’m going to have to get one.

    Thanks and have an Awesome day!

    Nate

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Nate!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We’re all the same, aren’t we? Time is one of those slippery things that if we’re not paying attention can really get away from us.

      Thanks for your comment!
      Heather

  11. Hi Heather,
    Very nice post & video! Thanks for sharing!:) Have a nice day!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Thanks Richard! Glad to have you here!

  12. Heather-
    It’s so easy to become busy and fall out of being productive. This is a great, common sense strategy that you’ve put together. For me, simple and effective works so much better than complex. Thanks for the tips!

    Jamie

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Jamie,

      I appreciate your comment and agree that simple and effective routines are so much easier to follow and stick with. I hope the strategies help you in your business.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Heather

  13. This is an excellent post that really helps to put simple routines into proper perspective. We all get bombarded but it’s truly about focus as Michael mentioned earlier.

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