Author: Kathleen Garber-Bailey

Managing Time Effectively – Are You?

Managing Time Effectively

Are you managing time effectively? Raise your hand if you spend too much “work time” checking Facebook, scrolling through Pinterest or spending many, many hours on research?

**raises hand**

Yep, we all do it. It can be all too easy to spend your X hours of work time getting nothing good done. The solution isn’t to work MORE hours, it’s to manage the time you DO work more effectively.

Managing Time Effectively

Managing Time Effectively

So how do you manage your time better? There are different suggestions and they won’t all work for everyone so try them out and figure out what works for you. I mean ACTUALLY try them. Even I’ve been guilty before of “trying out” a time management technique and dismissing it as not working when I really didn’t put my all into it.

Make A Plan And Break It Down

How you plan doesn’t matter as long as you plan. Use a bullet journal, Trello, Google Calendar, or a date book. What do you want to get accomplished and how often? Make a list for tasks that need to be done daily or weekly. Put them in page protectors and use a dry erase marker to check them off every day or week. Plan out your next 90 days including what topics you want to post about, products you want to make, etc.

Daily tasks might include social media but don’t just put DAILY: Facebook. You need to specify what you will do on that social media platform and how long you will do it for. So instead it should be DAILY: Schedule 5 updates to my Facebook page, Check in my favourite Facebook Groups and respond to at least 3 posts each and check my Facebook page for comments I need to respond to.

If you are working on an ebook or digital course or blog post series, write out all the steps you need to do and WHEN you want to do them by.

Knowing what you should be working on, when and for how long will help a lot.

Using To-Do Lists

Again there are different ways to use to-do lists. Try them out and see what works best. Hand written, in a blogging notebook, digital to-do lists, Trello, smartphone apps or whiteboards in your office. Find one you will actually use.

You also might want to set rewards for getting things done. Obviously getting new traffic and earning more money is a reward in itself but sometimes those rewards take time. Most people like small little rewards along the way to keep them going.

  1. Finish the post and you can go for coffee.
  2. Finish the ebook and you can go get your nails done.
  3. Finish social media scheduling and you can Netflix and Chill.

Set a Schedule and Stick to It

A common productivity mistake is sitting down to work with the idea that you will be done working when you finish. When I do that, I end up going to bed at 3am because I can’t keep my eyes open anymore and no – I didn’t finish.

If you know you have 2 hours to work on a post, you will get that post done in 2 hours. If you have to finish that post before you can relax for the evening, then guess what? You will be working on it all night and never have time to relax. TRUST ME!

Set a schedule, use a timer and get things done. Take breaks after periods of intense work. Your eyes, hands and back need a break! Don’t forget to drink water and have a good snack. Walk around a bit, stretch out your back and then you can move on to your next task.

It doesn’t matter how many hours a day you work or if you work in the morning, afternoon or evening. But try to be consistent and give yourself time limits for each task.

Just remember, managing time effectively doesn’t mean that you spend so much time on making your schedule that you forget to just do it.

Final Thoughts

Time management isn’t a one and done thing. There are different ways to handle things because everyone is different. If a schedule or way to keep organized isn’t working, try a new one.  Spend more time on what will bring you traffic and profit and less time on the extras that are fun but don’t really bring you from point A to point B.

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[OVER] BC Stack is Back – $9000+ value for $27!

BC Stack 2017

As a blogger or business owner there are a lot of products and services out there that you can purchase to further your business. It’s a risk each time because you don’t know if you will really get value out of what you buy. Especially if you aren’t yet making a lot of money you might not be able to invest in a course, book or service.

THIS DEAL IS OVER!!

I get it. I am really picky when it comes to what I invest in for my business but I never pass up the BC Stack because it’s only $27 for tons of products worth thousands of dollars.

NOTE: I’ve written a Review and Download Guide that goes over EACH offering and what they are really like.

This post contains affiliate links. I will make a small commission if you purchase through these links. I only recommend what I would recommend even without the link.

BC Stack 2017

The 2017 edition is for over 65 products/services worth over $9K!

There are so many things available this time around that I want but even if there were only two or three that interested me it would still be worth it.

BUY NOW

Some of what I plan to enjoy:

  • Traffic Avalanche Strategy Course
  • Lifetime access to a premium WordPress plugin
  • Stretched Too Thin: 10 Days to Overcoming to Hustle and Thriving as a Working Mom
  • Small Blog Big Income ebook
  • Course from Pajama Affiliates
  • Social Media H.I.T Kit
  • Blogging for SAHMs ebook
  • Convert Kit MasterClass
  • The Unofficial Book on HootSuite
  • Media Kit Smash
  • Google Analytics Training
  • and MUCH MORE!

See What All is Included

BC Stack 2017 - How Much Could You Grow for $27?

How does it work?

Once you purchase you will get 60 days to access/download/signup for each product/service that is available. You don’t have to signup for the ones you aren’t interested in. You will be giving each contributor your email address so I suggest creating a new one just for this stack so it doesn’t flood your other emails. You can always unsubscribe from each of their emails afterwards if you don’t find value in them but I’m sure at least some of them will be worth it.

Make sure you backup any ebooks or digital documents that you save to your computer to a disk so you don’t lose it all if your computer crashes.

NOTE: I’ve written a Review and Download Guide that goes over EACH offering and what they are really like.

Ready to Buy?

You won’t regret it.

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Day Three–June 2017

About the Biannual Blogathon Bash - a FREE ONLINE event for bloggers with networking and prizes!

Hey guys it’s Sunday! Less than 24 hours left of the blogathon!

Don’t forget today is the day Emily from My Adaptable Career will be doing  Facebook LIVE with us at 7pm EDT in the group.

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Deadlines:

  1. Blogathon officially ends 8am EST Monday June 26
  2. You have until 12pm EST June 26 to enter for prizes.

Winners will be drawn Monday afternoon and will be contacted by Monday evening at the latest.  Once you confirm your email will be sent to the appropriate sponsor.

Next Blogathon

The NEXT Blogathon is January 26-29. 2018 and will be our 10th Blogathon Bash!

If you have any ideas on how to make it GRAND let me know!

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Day Two Evening Update

Join the Biannual Blogathon Bash

Hello all. Hope you’re doing okay. If you are participating in the blogathon and haven’t done the following please consider it so we know you are participating and can encourage you!

  1. Done a Kick off Post and added it here
  2. Joined a twitter party
  3. Interacted in the Facebook Group

You’re missing out on a lot of fun!

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GIFs are fun!

Anyways, just a reminder to enter for prizes, check out the mini challenges and join us in the group at 7pm EST TOMORROW for a Facebook Live with Emily.

Anyways go forth and create blog posts and all that.

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