Time management. It’s a subject that’s been on my mind lately.
It all started when I decided to rejuvenate my blog. I took a fabulous online class called “Blog Triage” from Cynthia Morris and Alyson Stanfield. When I signed up for it, I honestly thought I didn’t have that much to learn. Ha! And ha! again. Along with content, RSS feeds, sidebars, images, and all the rest, the two “blog docs” emphasized the importance of scheduling a specific time to work on your blog. And of course, it’s one of my New Year’s resolutions to do that.
Still, scheduling aside, it involves a huge chunk of time to write a good post (and some may question the “good” part). There are so many steps involved: choosing a topic, selecting images, finding links, updating sidebar content, to name a few. And most importantly, the actual writing, revising, and editing. If readers are going to follow your blog, you better have something to say that makes it worth their time.
An integral part of blogging is visiting/commenting on other blogs. Becoming a part of the conversation, or as Nathan Bransford calls it in his excellent post on blogging, “Reach Out and Comment Someone.” I’ve been working on this. Wow! This is fun! I could spend hours reading blogs of writers and readers. I set up a Google Reader account, so now I’m subscribed to several. But the downside to all of this: It uses up valuable time.
Although I consider it the most significant one, blogging isn’t the only thief of time I’ve been dealing with. E-mail and social networking are right up there. It’s time for a bold step (no pun intended). I’m just not sure what it is yet.
What I do know is that time is my most valuable resource. Especially early morning. So that’s reserved for writing. I vow to keep it sacred and inviolable.
What are your secrets? How do you make sure your writing time is your number one priority?