You work a full-time job, but you want to start a blog. Maybe your goal is to quit that 9-to-5 and become a full-time blogger working from home.
That’s a great goal, but how do you find time to write (blog) and how do you get it done fast?
Hack #1 – Use a Timer
Some will call this the Pomodoro Technique, which was started by Francesco Cirillo, but it’s just using a timer when you write.
Whatever you decide to call it, you can download a free timer app for your computer or just use the one on your smartphone. Set the timer for anywhere between about 20 minutes and 90 minutes, depending on how much time you have. Now, write!
The timer creates a sense of urgency and causes you to get right into writing without really thinking much about it. I use a timer right on my computer and often go for 55 minutes of uninterrupted writing before taking a 5-minute break.
Since I do quite a bit of writing for myself and my clients, I do this three or four times in a row most days to get through tons of writing. Before using a timer, I would write about 1,500 words per hour. With the timer, I top 2,000 words every hour, easily.
Now, this is just writing. It doesn’t include the research and editing, which need to be done, too.
Hack #2 – Wake Up Earlier
You have to be to work by 8am or 9am. You have kids to get off to school. The dog needs to go out and it seems like everybody else is dominating your morning.
It’s time to reclaim some of that time!
Finding time for writing (blogging) isn’t easy, but the early morning can be your best friend. Wake up one hour earlier than you normally would and use that time to write (blog).
Do this five days a week and you’ll have 5 hours to blog, which could translate to 2-5 excellent blog posts per week! Imagine what your blog would look like if you could keep this up for a year!
Hack #3 – Drown Out the World & Kill Distractions
There are so many distractions getting in the way of you starting your blog and quitting your day job. It’s time to drown out the world and get down to writing, but your 4-year-old wants to play, your spouse is ready for dinner, and your dog needs to go out, again.
Once you’ve figured out where you can set aside time for writing (blogging) you need to drown out the world. This can be done with a few simple tips:
- Create a Work Space – If you have the room, create a space for your blogging with a door that shuts and maybe even locks. When you’re in this space, it’s your time, nobody else’s.
- Inform your Family – Tell those you live with when you will be writing (blogging) and make sure they respect your time. If they don’t, tell them it’s your time and if it’s not a real emergency, it needs to be handled by them or someone else.
- Get Noise-Canceling Headphones – My Noise-Canceling Headphones are one of my best tools. They allow me to throw on some classical music or Christian music (my two favorites) and get to writing. I didn’t break the bank buying mine, either. I think I spent $50 and here are some very similar to the ones I own.
- Shut off your Phone – There’s nothing worse than getting into a writing project only to be distracted by a text message, social media alert, or phone call. Shut it off while you’re writing. All your messages will be there when you’re done.
- Close Email & Social Accounts – You don’t need more distractions on your computer during writing (blogging) time. Close your email and social tabs until you’re done.
Drowning out the world is all about getting rid of the distractions and getting to work. Shutting a door and throwing on some music is a great way to get yourself into your own space to do your writing (blogging).
Use these three hacks to get into your writing faster and keep going longer. I use all three every single time I write and I get so much more done now than I ever did in the past. My productivity has skyrocketed and that’s why I can bring you this great blog post!