4 Ultra-Easy Time Management Tips for Bloggers – Kelan From the Savvy Couple

kelan the savvy couple time management tips

If time is our biggest asset, then Kelan from The Savvy Couple (a dad-gum impressive blogger on track to make welllll over six figures this year) is here to make us rich.

Time-rich 🙂

He shares 2 things:

  1. Why it’s vital to get your spouse on board with your blog/biz
  2. 4 simple and easy-to-start-doing time management tips!

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Here are Kelan’s simple time management tips:

1 – Batch process tasks.

Group common tasks together, and complete them at once.

Woot you’re welcome!

Just kidding–there’s quite a bit more that goes into it–and luckily I already wrote about this in GREAT detail.

Check out this post (featuring Meredith Marsh from VidProMom), where we cover batching–or batch processing–in detail.

This method requires a bit of pre-planning and organization–but it’s WELL worth it. I do this with every step of my podcasting process.

2 – Use a focus timer.

In my chat with WordPress creator & CEO Matt Mullenweg, he specifically mentioned this as one of his go-to time management processes.

He and I both use Tomato Timer, and Kelan mentioned that he uses a Mac app called Be Focused.

The hard part with this?

Once you hit “start” on this sort of work timer, you must follow-through and commit to working for the allotted time, AND for committing to a break!

The second you abandon it, the pomodoro technique is useless.

That’s the challenge.

3 – Write out tomorrow’s top 3 tasks–tonight.

My Asana dashboard

This is a GREAT way to stay focused on what needs to be done the next.

Some tips:

  1. Keep a notepad (even a sticky pad) beside your bed
  2. Only write down the BIG things you really, really NEED to do
  3. When you wake up, take that note with you as a reminder.

Focus = time better spent.

4 – Use a project management tool (Trello or Asana)

I use Asana, Kelan uses Trello.

Both are free project management tools–and when used to organize your blogging efforts, content production, marketing to-dos, etc–can save you a TON of time.

  • Content planning
  • Braindumping a list of content ideas
  • Managing day-to-day to-do lists.
  • Assign tasks to VAs/team members
  • Showing tasks on a calendar

Project management software was built for this. And–these are 100% free tools.

Note: I spent 15 minutes looking for a “how to use Trello for bloggers” sort of article, and never found one. Comment below if this is something you’d be interested in, and I’ll just make a guide 🙂

Question: I’m a new blogger Pete–do I really need this stuff?

  • You have a full-time job
  • You just started
  • You’re just blogging as a hobby
  • etc

Back when I was completing my one-stop-shop guide to starting a blog–I remember specifically deciding to NOT talk about productivity.

I figured I’d overwhelm people then…

…but not now.

Yes, newbie bloggers should sacrifice the time needed to create time management systems–right off the bat.

Yes, there are approx. a billion things to learn when you’re just starting out–and gets overwhelming really quick

Throw ya hands in the air if you’ve ever felt that ?‍♂️

That’s precisely why I think some of the simpler productivity tips (like the ones Kelan lays out) are important–especially batching and using free project management tools.

An example I wish every new blogger would do:

Have a living-breathing “one place” to house EVERYTHING.

I.e. use Trello or Asana or SOMETHING that allows you to organize all the overwhelm, and sort through it.

“I just discovered I need to learn SEO now.”

Put that thought in Trello.

“Oh and XYZ other shiny object.”

Put that thought in Trello.

Oh and I have another idea for a blog post.”

Put that thought in Trello.

“Googles “best ways to drive traffic to blog” and opens up 164 tabs in Chrome.”

Put those in Trello.

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When bloggers start–of course they don’t really know that need this. That’s part of the problem of course–but hopefully we can change that together 🙂

Over to you–do you use any of these techniques? Which ones?

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