I blog. I used to blog a lot. I’ve cut back, but people still ask, “How in the world do you find time?” Life is busy. If you’re like most bloggers, it’s just something you do on the side. You have a full-time job. You have kids. You have commitments. Presto! Here are 3 simple tricks to make more time for blogging.
As a single dad and a full-time college professor, you may wonder where I find the time to blog. After all, I’ve had several blogs. In the past, I’d post once or twice a week on four different blogs. I’ve cut back, but I’m still operating two websites.
I’m also posting to social media, developing membership programs, writing newsletters, working on podcasts, recording music, writing books, and more. How do I find time? It’s actually as easy as… Presto!
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It’s actually quite simple. First, let me explain something: Being a single dad and a college professor, actually creates more opportunity for blogging. I can’t just go out whenever I please. Who’d watch my daughter? My hours at the college are flexible, and I use blogging for some of my courses. Sometimes your work and family life are no excuse for not being able to do something. It’s just an easy cop out.
Presto! The three simple tricks to make more time for blogging are easy if you have self-discipline:
I’m sorry if that last sentence turned you off, but self-discipline is essential for making more time to do anything in life. If you want something bad enough, you’ll learn the art of self-discipline.
Trick #1: Get Up Early
Some of you may not want to hear this, but there are a lot of benefits that come with being a morning person. Michael Hyatt has written several articles on this topic. I get up at 5:00 most mornings. My daughter gets up at 6:30. This gives me 90 minutes to work. In that time, I can write a blog post, share posts on social media, and do a little networking. Try getting up an hour earlier. You’ll be surprised what you’ll accomplish.
Trick #2: Turn Off The TV
I used to watch a lot of TV. Now, I might watch a couple hours of TV in a month. Instead of watching TV in the evening, I work on blogging and writing. Many Americans watch TV for three to five hours every evening. Just think what you could do if you spent that time writing or blogging? I’m not saying you should blog three to five hours straight, but you can live a more balanced life when you turn your TV off.
Trick #3: You’ve Gotta Love It
Every once in awhile I say I’m going to quit writing and blogging. I claim it takes up too much time and I’m not seeing the results I’d like. In honesty, I’ll likely never quit. Why? Because I love writing. Too many people start writing or blogging for the wrong reasons. They do it for fame or money. That’ll never do. You’re bound to burn out and quit when fame and money don’t appear in a short time. If you really love something, you’ll make time for it.
Presto! Three Simple Tricks
It might not be what you wanted to hear, but those are my three simple tricks to make more blogging time: Get up earlier, watch less TV, and love what you do.
If you practice these three simple simple tricks, I promise you that you’ll find yourself becoming five times as productive as you’ve been in the past. Bottom line is this: You’ve got to want it.
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