6 Time Management Tips for Content Creators

misty   •   March 01, 2013   •   13 Comments
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ClockPublishing articles on a regular basis can be very taxing especially if you have a million things on your to-do list.  Most people just give up leaving their blogs without fresh content because they just can’t find the time to write.  For websites and blogs owners, this is not a good thing. If you want to be searchable you need to be consistent in publishing fresh content on a regular basis.

There are a lot of bloggers that have made it their New Year’s resolution to write more in 2013 but; if time is an issue, here are six time management tips that we hope will benefit every content creator.

1. Have A Place To Store All Your Ideas 

No matter how small or big any idea you may think of, you need to have a place to save those ideas. We usually use notes on our iPhones or iPads or store them in our Dropbox for quick reference. Even a plain old paper notebook is good. What’s important is you are able to jot things down quickly and be able to go through your notes once you are ready to write.  You don’t waste time getting your thoughts organized.  The biggest hurdle any writer will encounter is the writer’s block.

2. Keep A Content Calendar Ready 

Writing a good article takes a lot of time and preparation. That means taking the time to do the proper research and planning as part of the writing process.  In order to cut your writing time in half, I recommend you keep a content calendar. The best practice is to create an outline of what you want to publish first. Have at least three articles written and ready to publish prepared ahead of time.  You can always adjust as news and conditions warrant.  As you think of ideas, write it down on your calendar and add a publish date to keep yourself on track.

 3. Stay Away From Distractions 

Distractions are a writer’s worst enemy. You will need to set aside time each day to write and commit to it. It’s good idea to allot at least two hours a day or more depending on your capacity and skill level. Go to a place where you can focus. If you’re someone who loves talking on the phone or hanging out on your favorite social network, eliminate the temptation by silencing you phone and closing your browser. Everyone is different so check yourself and identify the things that distract you and stay away from them when you sit down to write.

 4. Be Disciplined – Avoid Multi-tasking 

Do one thing at a time and you will get more done. Some people think that they can solve their time problem if they do everything all at the same time.  We are often tempted to check our emails, watch a video or chat using your instant messenger, or surf the web when we sit down to work on our articles. Doing your research also ahead of time and concentrating on your piece is more efficient.  Discipline is important character every writer should learn to possess especially if you do it for a living. If you master disciplining yourself to stay on track then you will never miss any deadline.

 5. If You Use Video On Your Articles Upload in Private Mode 

If you use multi-media on your blog, one tip to save time is once you finish editing your video, upload it in private mode and watch your video again to check if it plays properly. That way you still have the opportunity to go back and fix any issues before making your video public. Once you are satisfied, then embed your video in your post and publish your article. Making all the changes before you publish will save you the headache and embarrassment of correcting once it is embedded on your blog post.

 6. Edit Your Work Only After You Finish Writing 

In order to be really efficient with your time and still have a well written masterpiece, I recommend you write the entire article in full before you edit. Just let your thoughts flow. After you’re done then you do all the necessary spelling and grammar checks.  I would also advice you to read your article aloud and see if your statements makes sense or if the ideas flows exactly the way you want it to. This is also a good time to do your fact checks and choose the appropriate image for your material.

There you go, the six tips that can help you manage your time.  Do you follow a different work flow or do you have tips that I might have missed, please share with us, i would love to hear your thoughts.

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  • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

    Awesome article Misty! I like to “write for the bin” it helps me blast out an article, without the pressure of it being perfect. So basically, in the first draft, I assume that my writing is going straight to the trash, and I don’t have to worry about the quality. Just getting words on paper :)

  • http://www.KieraPedley.com Kiera Pedley

    Awesome article Misty! I like to “write for the bin” it helps me blast out an article, without the pressure of it being perfect. So basically, in the first draft, I assume that my writing is going straight to the trash, and I don’t have to worry about the quality. Just getting words on paper :)

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo 

      So true Kiera, being a blogger for over 5 years now has taught me to just write and let the words flow, this habit has helped me get over a lot of situation where I would criticize my work and end up redoing everything and not get things done. So happy you found the article helpful! :)

  • Rachelle Strauss

    I loved this article Misty; thank you for sharing.

    Eliminating distractions and not multi tasking are two huge considerations in a world that WANTS us to be multi tasking, distracted people!

    I love Kiera’s idea of taking the pressure off too – so often we feel paralysed because of the inner critic that is carping ‘not good enough’ with every word; I’ll be using that next time I’m getting writers block.

    Going back to your first idea, I have notebooks with me everywhere – in the car, in my bag, next to the bed because invariably those great post titles come to me at the most inconvenient of times.

    I recently wrote “How to write a business blog when you don’t have time to write” which shares ideas for the types of posts that are quick to write; I think it works well alongside all the wonderful advice you have shared here – I don’t want to add the link because that looks spammy, but if you’re interested email me and I’ll send you the link :)

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo 

      Thank you Rachelle for all your inputs, maybe you can send me the link to your article via Twitter (@mistygirlph) . Getting tips from fellow writers is always something I look forward to receiving. Improving my craft is something i aim for. I am happy you found the article interesting and helpful :)

  • Rachelle Strauss

    I loved this article Misty; thank you for sharing.

    Eliminating distractions and not multi tasking are two huge considerations in a world that WANTS us to be multi tasking, distracted people!

    I love Kiera’s idea of taking the pressure off too – so often we feel paralysed because of the inner critic that is carping ‘not good enough’ with every word; I’ll be using that next time I’m getting writers block.

    Going back to your first idea, I have notebooks with me everywhere – in the car, in my bag, next to the bed because invariably those great post titles come to me at the most inconvenient of times.

    I recently wrote “How to write a business blog when you don’t have time to write” which shares ideas for the types of posts that are quick to write; I think it works well alongside all the wonderful advice you have shared here – I don’t want to add the link because that looks spammy, but if you’re interested email me and I’ll send you the link :)

  • http://twitter.com/tinksaid Julia Hughes

    Interesting article – I’ve just set up a folder as often a piece of news or random snippet will catch my attention & I’ll think “that would make a great post” and promptly forget about it! I find “google” alerts very useful – setting up alerts on topics that are relevant to your blog or site ensures a constant stream of information in any particular field.

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo 

      Thank you Julie for that awesome tip.

  • http://twitter.com/tinksaid Julia Hughes

    Interesting article – I’ve just set up a folder as often a piece of news or random snippet will catch my attention & I’ll think “that would make a great post” and promptly forget about it! I find “google” alerts very useful – setting up alerts on topics that are relevant to your blog or site ensures a constant stream of information in any particular field.

  • jonbaker

    Great post, thank you. I really understand (in my head) number 6 but struggle to make myself do it! Any tips that would help?

    In exchange, try an addition to number 1. I often get ideas from other web articles, pearltrees (www.pearltrees.com) is a great app that allows you to organise your web clippings and its the easiest thing I’ve ever come across

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo 

      Thank you Jon for sharing Peartrees. I know how you feel about not editing while you work, it took me sometime to get the hang of doing that, but rest assured the more I just wrote and made the words flow and then edit after made me more productive.

  • Leslie Scott

    Content creation is very tedious task in terms of work but when it comes to the management of time on the content creation part then the whole process goes like a train on a track which should progress on the right move. On an over all review if we see then time management stands out better for every other part of the world. And the better management of the same has got the delicacy.

    Coming to the content creators if we talk about how time matters a lot for them then its all the way better to throw the profitable outfit as the timely content delivery. Being a social media activists I am well aware that how better it is for the content creator to manage the time. I works with a whole lot of 4 content writers for social media management and we as a team depends on quickbooks time tracking software for the better management of the same.

    What is your part of time tracking solutions. Let me know so that if possible I can also have a visualization of the same.

  • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo 

    Thank you Jon for sharing Peartrees. I know how you feel about not editing while you work, it took me sometime to get the hang of doing that, but rest assured the more I just wrote and made the words flow and then edit after made me more productive.