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How to Become a More Efficient and Productive Blogger

Today’s episode is about how you can create more time to create great blog content by becoming more efficient in the way you manage your blog.

In This Episode

You can listen to today’s episode above or in iTunes or Stitcher (where we’d also LOVE to get your reviews on those platforms if you have a moment). Today we talk about:

  • 7 steps to becoming a more productive blogger
  • 3 simple tools I use to manage my time
  • How to analyse how you’re spending your time
  • How to design your ideal schedule and learn how to stick to it

Further Reading and Resources to Become a More Efficient and Productive Blogger

  • The to do list app I mention – wunderlist
  • The calendar I use from my phone, computer and watch – Fantastical 2
  • The tool I use for writing and sorting content – Evernote
  • The tool I use for team communication – Slack
  • The social media management tool I use – Meet Edgar

Also – here is the ‘ideal schedule’ that I developed for my own situation earlier this year. It has already evolved a little since this point but hopefully it’s helpful to see. It was created in a Google Calendar.

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Lastly – as promised in the episode here is my process for creating podcasts (created in wunderlist)!

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How did you go with today’s challenge?

Have you got a weekly schedule? What systems and tools do you use to increase your productivity? What’s something new you might try?

I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below. Don’t forget to share a link to your blog.

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  • Gee Darren, these 7 steps almost feel like I’d be working in a straight jacket (you know, the jacket doctors use to put on people to control them)! I don’t disagree with you. I just think I would have to start with more white space on the schedule, add a few routines and ease the rest of the “To do’s” in a schedule. I do have a one but admittedly, it’s probably a bit too flexible! By the end of the week, I can see that I didn’t always accomplish what I had in mind. Thank you for the suggested steps, it’s a nice map on how to get started.

    P.S.: I’ve been working on writing “deep” post content and am seeing GA bounce rate really drop, longer time spent on my site and some readers going to other posts via the Further reading list. Again, thanks so much for the 31 blog challenge.

    • I think my own weekly schedule pictured above is a little too rigid – I certainly got a lot done when I started using it but needed to add some more white space in 🙂

  • natalie briney

    Brilliant! you are so informative and helpful Darren! Thank you xx

  • Edgar

    Thanks for the shoutout, Darren! Glad to hear that Edgar has been so useful for you.

    Also, in case anyone is interested in checking it out, we now offer a completely free 2-week trial. 🙂

  • Stephanie Boon

    Spontaneity is my modus operandi – I loathe routines! But I also recognise that being responsive to the environment means I don’t always achieve the things I want to. This has been a great podcast, thank you so much for sharing – it’s not easy to find out how other people with a similar creative pattern overcome the planning of schedules (it’s very difficult to plan to be creative!). I often write a schedule and don’t stick to it, then it disappears altogether: I think building in more flexibility with the ‘white space’ blocks might really help with that. After your earlier recommendation for Evernote I’ve been using it daily, I love it! It really is such a spontaneous way to make notes and keep them all together. Off to check out Wunderlist now!

  • It was good to see your schedule. I recently did something similar to organize my time. One idea I didn’t implement but will try is the alarm before each change. I recommend folks do something similar. The time blocking can help.

  • Sandra Chen Lau

    This is my 4th time listening to this particular podcast, and every time I listen, I glean something extremely valuable and applicable. Darren, THANK YOU. You have no idea how much I’m listening and re-listening to you all day.

    I’ve been seeking to create an ideal schedule for quite a long time now, and it’s perhaps even harder because I work full time from 7am – 630pm every weekday. Do you have any tips for full-time employees like myself, seeking to create content only on week nights and weekends?

    I found your schedule image and podcast flow particularly helpful. Thank you so much for sharing that!

  • Sandra Chen Lau

    Quick question, Darren. What exactly do you do in each of those “Social” times? Thank you.

  • This is a great podcast! I love seeing your schedule and hearing about how you manage your time! Thanks for sharing!

  • This is great article, thank you for sharing. It’s always hard to schedule your time, especially when you’re a solopreneur.

  • I hate this so much… not because it is bad…. but because I know I HAVE TO DO THIS to get anywhere… I am super creative and sometimes spend days just writing… but then I burn out and don’t write for a week and am soooo unproductive…. I take years to do anything…. need to build in these systems and just follow them with alarms until I can do them without alarms like you! THANKS DARREN!

  • Hey Darren, great to see you also use Wunderlist. I started using it as well about a month ago for organizing blog related plans, workflows, and tips and strategies I learn from sites like yours. Thanks for your podcasts.