The Best Blogging Schedule to Boost Your Productivity

The Best Blogging Schedule to Boost Your Productivity

Every blogger knows that starting and running a blog takes a lot of time and effort. Having a blogging schedule will cut the countless hours spent on your blog. And not to mention you’ll have more freedom and time to devote to other tasks, projects, or just plain family time. My blogging schedule is the only way I get anything else done in my life. And I want to give you a sneak peek at what it entails.

Scheduling Big Blogging Tasks

I consider big blogging tasks to be along the lines of writing and scheduling new posts, creating graphics, and things of that nature. The big-ticket tasks that take up the most time.

Responding to emails doesn’t take a whole lot of time or energy. But when you’re struggling to manage your time, it can be difficult to write a new blog post and let the creative juices really flow.

Creating and sticking to a blogging schedule has really helped me stay creative on my blog. It’s the one things that I know will help me keep the blog going for the long-run.

Developing an Effective Blogging Schedule

This was the hard part. Every time I searched Google or Pinterest for blogging schedule ideas, I was hit in the face with a ton of checklists or blank planning pages.

I needed something more substantial than that though. Especially if I’m trying to plan content months in advance. So I made my own blogging schedule.

It has changed my life, honest.

Every blogger has their own way of doing things, but if you don’t have a schedule set for yourself burnout is inevitable.

The very first step in this process should be deciding how often each week you want to perform different tasks. Here’s an example:

Post 2x weekly

6 +/- hours/week
Pinterest Scheduling (30+ pins/day) 30 minutes/week
Twitter Scheduling (5-6 posts/day) 30 minutes/week
Facebook Scheduling (2-3 posts/day) 30 minutes/week
Facebook Group Participation (2-3 times/week) 2 hours 15 minutes/week
Instagram Scheduling (1-2 posts/day) 2 hours/week
Brand Pitching (2-3 pitches/week) 2 hours 15 minutes/week
External commenting (2-3 comments/day) 2 hours/week
Replying to emails & comments (daily) 2 ½ hours/week
Newsletter Writing (1/week) 1 hour/week

That’s close to 20 hours of work a week. And if you’re quicker at some tasks than I am it’ll take you even less. But don’t panic yet. I’m going to show you exactly how to break it up so that it’s not stressful and you’re not hovering over your keyboard for any more time than you need or want to be.

That list is overwhelming just glancing at it. I’ve been scheduling my tasks but just looking at this is shocking. How do I manage to get all of that done in one week? And still have time to keep my house clean and my kids fed and bathed.

Being a blogger can become overwhelming really fast. But it's time to take back your free time and start blogging in a more productive way. You need a blogging schedule in order to keep your blog on track and avoid blogger burn out.

Deciding How Much Time to Schedule For Yourself

The first, and maybe most important, is figuring out how much time I spent on each task individually. This includes researching your topic, writing the post, creating all your graphics, and if you’re creating content upgrades as well. But don’t forget to include how much time you’d like to devote to promoting on social media and interacting with other bloggers.

Yes, interacting with other bloggers and supporting other bloggers is still very important. If no one learns who you are and what you write, it’s hard to get your work out there.

  • Outlining a new post

Figure out what points you want to touch upon in your post. How are you going to introduce the topic? How do you plan on concluding the post?

Include in here what information you’re going to need to research.

This should only take about 20-30 minutes if you already know the topic you’re covering.

  • Writing a new blog post

I would say that typically, writing up a new blog post took on average an hour. That’s for your 1,500 – 2,000-word blog post. Including researching certain aspects and gathering accurate links for the post.

But don’t forget, if you’re posting multiple times a week you should account for that. So, if I’m posting twice a week, I need 2 hours devoted to just writing.

  • Editing and Checking SEO

Yes, this is important. But I suggest not doing this on the same day that you write the post. So, it is kind of important to have a couple of posts scheduled ahead of time so that you can always be working on content for the future. And dishing out awesome content that readers connect with, share, and maybe even comment on!

Check for spelling errors, misplaced words, phrases you should change, etc. But also, be sure you’re making sure that you are taking advantage of SEO. It pays off, more so in the long-run but it does pay off.

For some posts, this’ll take me a half hour, others I’m closer to an hour. I want to make sure my post is keyword-rich and has a lot of value for the reader.

If you’re posting 2x a week, you’ll be setting aside 2 hours a week for this task.

  • Graphics and Scheduling

I always find this to be the quickest task of them all. But that is also because I have a set template on Canva that I use for every post. This also brings more “brand power” to my Pinterest because my posts easily become noticeable on the scroll.

I’d say, typically, I spend about 30 minutes of my blogging schedule for each blog post. That’s just an hour a week.

  • Content Upgrade Creation

This isn’t on my regular schedule because not all of my posts have a content upgrade. I do like to add an hour or two for the design if I am including one though. Which, if you’re sticking to the schedule, is easy to squeeze in.

One tip, write the post before you create the content upgrade because you’ll be able to add anything you may have missed if you designed it first.

The other tasks I mentioned are straightforward and easy to schedule. It’s sticking to the schedule that can be difficult sometimes. But it doesn’t have to be. You can even download my free Ultimate Blogging Schedule. It’s like a checklist and weekly schedule all wrapped into one page! Yeah, I even use it myself.

Being a blogger can become overwhelming really fast. But it's time to take back your free time and start blogging in a more productive way. You need a blogging schedule in order to keep your blog on track and avoid blogger burn out.

What’s nice is you can laminate it, slap it on the wall about your creative space and just use a dry erase marker to check off tasks, and add on any additional tasks you may have to complete each week.

Related: Plan Your Blog Content Like a Boss

Putting Together Your Blogging Schedule

So now you know how much time you absolutely have to spend on your blog each week to complete the necessary tasks. But how the heck are you going to break it up so you’re not running around in circles trying to do everything every day?

Simple really. Most tasks don’t actually have to be done on a daily basis, especially when it comes to your social media channels. When I first started blogging, I was completely overwhelmed by this aspect. How am I supposed to succeed if I’m spending 80% of my time on Facebook or Pinterest trying to get my blog posts out into the world?

Truth bomb: You’re not.

Utilizing scheduling tools is your best option for succeeding with social media channels. I use Boardbooster for my Pinterest scheduling and Buffer for Twitter and Facebook. For Instagram, it was more difficult to find one I liked, but I found that Later is incredible. And you can do most of the work on your computer. The app then sends the post to your phone when it’s time to post it. Minimal work on your part and if you batch create your posts for the week, all your work is done at one time.

Breaking Up Your Blogging Tasks

What you really want to do before anything is separate the tasks that have to be done daily, the once a week tasks, and the 2-3 times a week tasks. You should make these 3 lists for yourself before actually creating your [blogging schedule].

 

Daily Tasks

2-3x/Week Tasks Weekly Tasks
External Commenting Brand Pitching Pinterest Scheduling
Email and comment replies Facebook Group Participation Instagram Scheduling
Post Outline/Writing Twitter Scheduling
Post Edit/SEO Check Facebook Scheduling
Post Graphics/Scheduling Newsletter Writing

 

Now you know that you absolutely have to do 2 tasks each day. And there are 4 tasks you only have to do once a week (if you do them right). The remaining tasks can be broken up so that you’re not doing all 5 on the same day twice a week.

Follow along here and I’ll show you how you should break down your days. The scheduling is totally up to you, but if you like my schedule then feel free to download my Ultimate Blogging Schedule.

Related: Boost Traffic with a Killer Pinterest Strategy

The Blogging Schedule

Day 1 ·         Dish out 2-3 comments on other blogs that you enjoy reading.

·         Check your email and comments to your blog and write thoughtful responses.

·         Outline/Write Post 1

·         30 min on Pinterest scheduling

·         1 Brand Pitch

20 min

 

30 min

 

1 hour 30 min

30 min

45 min

 

Total:  3 hours 35 min

Day 2 ·         Dish out 2-3 comments on other blogs

·         Check email and comments on your blog

·         Edit/SEO Check Post 1

·         30 min on Facebook scheduling

·         45 min on FB Group Participation

20 min

30 min

1 hour

30 min

45 min

 

Total:  3 hours 5 min

Day 3 ·         Dish out 2-3 comments on other blogs

·         Check email and comments on your blog

·         Graphics/Scheduling Post 1

·         30 min on Twitter scheduling

·         1 brand pitch

20 min

30 min

30 min

30 min

45 min

 

Total:   2 hours 35 min

Day 4 ·         Dish out 2-3 comments on other blogs

·         Check email and comments on your blog

·         2 hours Instagram scheduling

·         45 min on Facebook Group Participation

20 min

30 min

2 hours

45 min

 

Total:   3 hours 35 min

Day 5 ·         Dish out 2-3 comments on other blogs

·         Check email and comments on your blog

·         Outline/Write Post 2

·         Write next week’s newsletter and schedule it

20 min

30 min

1 hour 30 min

 

Total:   2 hours 20 min

Day 6 ·         Dish out 2-3 comments on other blogs

·         Check email and comments on your blog

·         Edit/SEO Check Post 2

·         1 brand pitch

20 min

30 min

1 hour

45 min

 

Total:   2 hours 35 min

Day 7 ·         Dish out 2-3 comments on other blogs

·         Check email and comments on your blog

·         Graphics/Scheduling Post 2

·         45 min Facebook Group Participation

20 min

30 min

30 min

45 min

 

Total:   3 hours 5 min

 

 

 

 

Being a blogger can become overwhelming really fast. But it's time to take back your free time and start blogging in a more productive way. You need a blogging schedule in order to keep your blog on track and avoid blogger burn out.

That’s it. It is actually that simple. You’re spending, at most, about 3 ½ hours a day on your blog. But you’re using that 3 ½ hours to your advantage.

I used to spend close to 5 or 6 hours a night (sometimes more) working on those exact things. Except I wasn’t really getting much done. Most of my time was spent jumping between tasks, trying to figure out how I was going to get everything done.

Not anymore. And if you create your blogging schedule, you won’t have to struggle either.

 

Have any other suggestions for streamlining the blogging process? Let me see your ideas in the comments box!



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