Essential Tips For Increasing Blog Organisation & Productivity

Essential Tips For Increasing Blog Organisation & Productivity

Now I know I am not a ‘pro blogger’ and I probably don’t carry as much kudos when it comes to blogging tips but I have been ferreting away at this here blog for the past 15 months or so. All the while, like all of you, trying to keep my one and two-year old alive, the house in one piece and make some time for ya know, life. Balancing everything isn’t easy.  My general free time is from 7.45pm until 10ish. I cannot blog during the day and Mr Tammy get’s mad at me blogging every night, so I  have had to learn to become very organised. It has certainly been a trial and error path, which has become slightly more difficult since running the weekly linky #FamilyFun as that does require A LOT of my blogging time. So, here are few organisational and productivity tips I have honed over the last 15 months for getting my blog running, ticking over and even earning in approximately 12 hours a week, ha.

  1. Use A PlannerThis is a new one to me, but the difference is immeasurable. I am using it as I write this post, a post I would have probably put off and stewed over. My planner allows me to plan my posts – duh. Sounds simple huh? Bear with. Do you ever get it when you are led awake and you all but mentally write a post only to forget it all the next time you sit at laptop? Now I write my ideas down as soon as feasible (probably not during hours I should be sleeping though) not giving myself time to forget or loose the momentum. When it comes to actually typing said post I simply refer to my planner and the writing flows, without distraction, it is a visual reminder. Previously I would stare blankly at the screen, take undue breaks, have mental blanks trying to re-call my mental post. In my planner I use key words, short sentences and bullet points, you might prefer a spider diagram, mind map, colours, random words on paper – find whatever works for you and us it. For the first time ever I have 4 draft posts in my planner waiting to be made into posts.I have this planner, which is great for post planning and has some space for event planning, literal and blogging the only thing it lacks is a space for me to plan my week – such as linkies and commenting etc.blog planner
  2. Batch Work I have been perfecting this for quite a while and there is certainly merit in it. Batch writing has proved golden. In the early days I would write one post hit publish and write the next when I could. Now if I have the time I will sit and write two or three posts in one go. While the creative juices are flowing and all that… It can really give you a head start on the week(s) and allow you the time to get on with other tasks. Tasks such as commenting. I also try to batch comment from linkies I take part in. It is not always possible and it doesn’t always work but if you have half an hour (or so) try sit down and plough through all your commenting in one go. You will feel much better knowing it is another job done. I also find responding to or writing emails in bulk to be a useful tool. This is often my first, or last, job of the night. I don’t have the luxury of being able to respond as they come in and I try not to be on my phone too much with the kids, so ya know everyday. Therefore responding to my mail in one hit often ensures no one is missed and can allow for a continuity in your responses when working with brands/PRs.I know some people who bulk take photos and filter them through their social media daily – I think this is a fab tool, especially for growing your social media following, I am just yet to have the time to do so and still very much wing my Instagram photos and Facebook updates with what we are doing that day. That is why some days I fail to update my insta – we are probably having a boring day. It is on my to do list though.
  3. Plan Your Week & Pre-write Your Posts. Ok so I have a rough plan for how my blogging week looks, which largely revolves around #familyfun. The structure helps to ensure everything gets done in preparation for the linky, linkies I take part in and the blog in general, such as when to publish posts.Pre write – I try to keep ahead of myself when it comes to posts. I like to have a few ready to go in my drafts a few days before they are published. I am not organised enough to be a month ahead, but again maybe one day, it is a work in progress. Nonetheless I find this a great fall back if need be and a great way to keep some continuity going. I read once that continuity is key as your readers like to know what to expect from you.
  4. ScheduleNow I am not saying schedule all your old posts to be re-tweeted, re-posted on Facebook etc, hell there’s plug-in that can do that for you – I use Revive Old Posts. Honestly worth using. I do however try to schedule posts going live and my #familyfun tweets. There is no way I could sit and tweet goodness know how many people every Wednesday. Also a lot of my posts go live of an evening as I find the engagement to be better. You know what evenings are like with kids, dinner, bath, bed time etc having a virtual assistant to do it for you seriously lightens the load.
  5. Write a List This is a biggy for me. I am a list lover, for anything I do. I am forever writing lists of things I need to get done. It motivates me, ensures nothing get’s missed and you guessed it – it means I actually get things done.
  6. Take a break The recent Christmas break has done me the world of good. Toward the end of the year, what with the insane busyness of Christmas and last-minute influx of work I started to feel like I was chasing my tail. Having some complete blog free time helped re-charge and revitalise both me and my blog. Not to mention allowed for 100% family time. I will certainly be doing it again before next Christmas.

So there you have some of my essentials for getting or staying blog organised. Do you have any tips? words of wisdom or pearls of advice? I’d love to hear from you.

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22 Comments

  1. January 23, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    What type of planner do you use? Is it just a note book?! I’ve been using a bullet journal system and swear by it when I’m busy! Right now it’s just an ideAs book gathering dust. I’m in a happy place šŸ˜œ

  2. January 23, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Great tips. I try to take all my blog photos for the week in one go. I do find it hard to get ahead of myself and just tend to write then post. Xx

  3. January 26, 2017 / 8:47 am

    I swear to batch writing when possible. Partly because I have to get them down before I forget what I am writing and then I can schedule. I do need to get better with a planner though! #ablogginggoodtime

  4. January 26, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Brilliant tips my lovely! I don’t have a planner – perhaps I should invest but I tend to write any ideas that pop up in my notes on my phone. I swear by batch writing and scheduling too. And I’m off to look at Revive old posts, does it work with blogger? Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime šŸŽ‰

  5. January 26, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    I would LOVE to be able to batch write but I really can’t! I’m like you used to be! I’d love to know how you do it. Writing one takes a bit out of me and then I need to sit for a few days and maybe write the next one when the mood hits. #ablogginggoodtime

  6. January 27, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Great advice! I think I’ll definitely need to get myself a planner x

  7. January 28, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Brilliant advice. Thank you! I’m trying to batch write, it’s a work in progress though! #fortheloveofBLOG

  8. January 28, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    Really good advice, I am not nearly so organised and batch write now and again, but normally it’s one at a time. Having a planner sounds like a great idea. I have scheduled a little but not a massive amount. All good tips, I think I need a planner. Thanks for sharing. #fortheloveofBLOG

  9. January 28, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    I love writing so much x these are great tips too. I am killed for time these days. How do you make time? #fortheloveofBLOG

  10. January 28, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    I really need to start batch taking my photos and having more draft posts ready. Thanks for these tips.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  11. January 28, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    Brilliant advice. I’ve just bought myself a sparkly new organiser. I really hope it helps me be better organised. I love blogging but I’ll only ever be doing it as a hobby if I don’t start organising my time better. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • tammymum
      January 29, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      It is just hard to do it all though isn’t it. Love the sound of a sparkly organiser! Xx

  12. January 29, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Brilliant tips. I swear by my bullet journal and also use OneNote to keep longer lists of post ideas for some point in the future and for resources like instagram hashtags so I can just copy and paste them. I’ve just started experimenting with Trello too and I’m liking it so far. Batching is definitely key, although I’ve been a bit haphazard with it lately and I still feel like I’m chasing my tail most days, but I’m getting there x
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  13. January 29, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Good tips, little by little I am starting to plan better with my blog. I didn’t at first but a year in and I think that if I don’t then it will stop being fun and more of a chore.
    Mainy
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  14. January 30, 2017 / 12:08 am

    You can get blog planners?! Oh. My. WORD! Thank you so much… I am going to google one right now, it sounds like a god send! xx #fortheloveofBLOG

  15. January 30, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Great tips, I’ve recently started a fitness blog so this article is going to come in really handy for me, thanks x

  16. January 30, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    Great list. I do several of these things too and it has helped me massively. I got a blog planner last year for the first time too and it literally changed my blogging life. I still havent got one for this year and am just feeling so lost without one – must get one asap. Batching is something Ive read loads about, but have yet to really try it properly. Definitely something to start trying soon :-) Another fab post linked up, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

  17. January 31, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Great advice, and all things that I know, but I don’t actually do – ha! I am so disorganised, I think that it’s only when I’m up til midnight to meet a deadline or stressing over having a million and one things on my to do list that I realise that I should plan in advance! #marvmondays

  18. February 2, 2017 / 11:52 am

    This is fab, I just got me a planner as I tend to use notepad in my phone when I get ideas and sit outside the school waiting for pick up talking to my phone! I bulk schedule Instagram (GRUM) and Twitter (Buffer) but Facebook is more ad hock and I need to sort out a regular writing schedule! I am to sporadic with my blog posts and can have 3 ready one day and then the next week only one all week…fab post my lovely #fortheloveofBLOG

  19. February 2, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    I really need to get more organised – I only managed to publish 3 posts last month! I think batch writing could be the thing that helps me the most, thanks for posting the helpful tips! #MarvMondays

  20. February 3, 2017 / 5:46 am

    I try, and fail to be organised. A planner is a great idea. I’ve tried to use a bullet journal, but haven’t quite managed to do it properly. I’ve also started using Trello, have to explore all its possibilities, too. What I really need is an hour or two every evening, before exhaustion sets in, to work on the blog, but I never get that, unfortunately! #ablogginggoodtime

  21. February 3, 2017 / 5:46 am

    I try, and fail to be organised. A planner is a great idea. I’ve tried to use a bullet journal, but haven’t quite managed to do it properly. I’ve also started using Trello, have to explore all its possibilities, too. What I really need is an hour or two every evening, before exhaustion sets in, to work on the blog, but I never get that, unfortunately! #ablogginggoodtime