6 Steps to a More Effective Blogging Routine

Blogging can be a tough craft to master, especially when you’re trying to create a lasting routine- or you just want to make sure you’re spending a little more time on growing your site.

In my experience, at the centre of an effective blogging routine is knowing what you want and need from your blogging day- and knowing how to create an effective, productive system that works for you.

Everyone is different, so below I’ve come up with 6 steps you can follow to create a more effective blogging routine that works for you!

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1. Choose a time to start

I mentioned this in my post about being more productive during the mornings– but I really do think it’s an important part of creating an effective blogging routine! It’s not about starting early if you find that tricky, or about choosing the same time everyday. It’s about choosing your time, and sticking to it.

You can choose the time you want to start from day to day, and it doesn’t always have to be the same time everyday- especially if you’re fitting blogging around your work, studies, or childcare.

2. Take regular breaks

The secret to a more effective blogging routine is knowing when you need to take breaks. When it comes to blogging, you spend a lot of time talking to people online, or staring at a computer screen. Take regular breaks from your computer and phone, allow yourself to talk to your friends and family, and don’t forget to get outside whenever possible.

Blogger burn-out is very real- and it can lead to a lack of motivation if you don’t allow your mind and body to properly rest. If you want to learn a bit more about blogger burn-out, I really recommend reading Jenny’s post here.

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3. Only timetable if it works for you

I see a lot of articles pushing the importance of timetabling your day- and deciding how you should manage each part of your week. If that works for you, that’s fantastic and I know there are some great apps out there that help you maintain a good work/life timetable.

However, I think it’s just as important to understand if timetabling doesn’t work for you! I like to create a vague to-do list, but I find it restrictive to completely timetable my day.

Obviously there will be some jobs you have to force yourself to do, but don’t feel like you have to create a solid, rigid timetable in order to effectively manage your time. Everyone is different.

4. Write whenever you can

This is a big one for me, and it’s been so helpful for fitting my blog around my job. I write whenever inspiration strikes- whether that’s just before bed, just before I run off to work, or in between time with my family.

If you’re like me and writing is your favourite thing about blogging- you need to write whenever inspiration strikes and enjoy your writing time.

If you’d like to understand a bit more about writing for your blog and social media, check out my new ebook ‘The Art of Blog Writing‘ all about coming up with blog ideas, writing posts, and creating great social media content!

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5. Track your time

This is something I’ve started doing in April- and it’s a great way to create a more effective blogging routine. If you know what you’re spending time on and how much time you’re spending on it, you can create a lasting routine that helps you stick to more productive habits.

I’ve found that tracking my time also means I understand which tasks I need to focus on, and it should help me create a better routine in the coming weeks.

6. Know when you work best

One of the best things to do when you want to create a more effective routine is knowing what you want, and when you work the best. For example, I find it hard to get started with work straight away in the morning and so I prefer to start mid-morning, and then I do most of my blogging in the afternoons and evenings.

That’s just me, so make sure you know when you work best and create your blogging routine around this. There’s no point making yourself work during the evenings if you’ll be too tired, or forcing yourself to wake up super early if you know you’re more productive in the afternoons!

How do you create a blogging routine that works for you? What’s your favourite part of your blogging routine? Do you agree with my steps to a more effective blogging routine?

Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

Happy reading x

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  1. My day to day job has been getting in the way of my blogging schedule lately. I really need to set sometime aside each work to focus on writing content. I used to churn out around 2 posts per week, but now it’s more like 2 per month! Thanks for these tips, will definitely put them to use x

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  2. It’s so important to remember to take breaks when blogging, sometimes you get so stuck into it that you forget to take that much needed 5 minutes! But when I’m on a roll, I can’t seem to stop or don’t want to stop! Having a to do list also helps me to get tasks done in my blogging routine x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. So true! Yes I’m the same haha, you get so caught up and you end up losing a whole day to blogging without realising it- so breaks are so important to give your head a break 🙂 Thank you Lucy x

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  3. Yes! A post that I have been waiting for. I have been struggling these days to be hitting my keyboards and making it into one post. Figured that might have to do with my real fatigue with assignments and intern stuff. You are right that I just have to write whenever I can. Timetable might not be the best one to me, but to know when to blog and the amt of time I spend working on it seem necessary. Thanks for sharing this xx

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    1. Thank you! I agree that it’s so important to write when inspiration strikes- especially when you have other responsibilities and you don’t want to force yourself to write at a specific time. Thank you for sharing, good luck 🙂

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  4. Love these tips! I’m always trying to make the most of my time. I try to do some bits on my phone while I feed my baby and he naps on me I usually write blog posts when he’s gone to sleep at night for an hour as during the day he naps on me. Nightmare!

    Corinne x

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  5. These are all great tips! I really need to start tracking better my time as I tend to spend more doing some things more than others and also as you said write when you’re inspired, it’s always the best moment and you’ll appreciate more what you write. x

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  6. I never appreciated how important it is to take regular breaks until I was encouraged to in order to help my development and output. I went from a job where even going to the toilet was frowned upon to one where I’m encouraged to go for long walks when I’m stuck and sign off I’m not getting anywhere. Needless to say, my producitivity and happiness has sky rocketed!

    Rosie

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    1. Yes I think they really help output in the end, and it’s hard to take breaks sometimes when you’re trying to be productive! That sounds awful, I’m glad you’re somewhere more understanding now, you need happiness and relaxation in order to be truly productive x

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  7. These are some really great tips! I think it’s so important to write when you can and have some sort of timetable. What I love to do is have a to-do list each day of blogging tasks so I can work them around my job and other things x

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  8. I’m considering myself a full-time blogger now and I work from 8 am and take regular breaks in between. I don’t always write (maybe every 2 days) every day, I like to plan my tasks so I know which one to prioritize 😀 Thanks for sharing these tips, definitely helpful for new bloggers x

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  9. I’ve definitely been struggling to get to blogging when working around childcare, freelance work and cooking/cleaning/exercise/getting outside. So many things, so little time! I really like your idea about carving out time specifically for blogging and letting the type of day you’re going to have dictate what time you set aside. I should do this every day to insist I stick to my very minimal posting schedule (once a week). Thank you for the advice!

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  10. Great posts! I love how you encourage people to find what works for them! A lot of the blogging routines that everyone recommends you follow, just don’t work for me. I found that the more I tried to force myself to stick to those routines, the less I got done. I had to find one that worked for me. Now I find I’m less stressed and more productive. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you, that means a lot! Yes I am the same- creating a rigid timetable really doesn’t help me but it might help others and that’s okay 🙂 that’s brilliant I’m so glad you’ve found something that works x

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  11. Great article, I’m very conscious of blogger burnout, and I have to take some time to make sure I don’t overdo it. But when the brains firing, it’s a bit tricky to have a rest, lol.

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  12. What a wonderful post with so much helpful information! I’m big into working in the mornings as well as I find it’s when my creative juices are flowing, and afternoon tasks are better suited for scheduling as it’s less creative driven! I love your tip about not blocking your time unless that works, when I first started I read so much about that and that was the key to success but it didn’t fully work for me so I’ve found a way to block some time but also have flexibility as needed. Thanks for writing this and sharing!

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    1. Thank you! That’s great, I’m glad you’ve found the time that works for you- I think if flexibility works better for you then you have to respect that- and I’m the same! Thank you for your kind words x

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  13. These are great tips. It took me a while to creative a schedule around my job where I can get everything done. I always have a to do list on the go so that I know what tasks I need to do. It makes so much better use of my time.

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  14. These tips are so great! Timetabling when works best for you is so key – you need to make sure you’re not getting too overwhelmed! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  15. Good tips. I’ve been trying to add at least one new post a week to my blog. However, sometimes I do more if my weekly motivation is high. It can be a tough balance when you’re working full-time and trying to post regular content too.

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  16. These are all great tips. I don’t have a blogging routine as such, I just have a very long to do list and I try to get through as much as I can on my days off. These tips are super helpful and I will definitely be trying a few of them out hopefully I will be more productive and get more things ticked off my to do list.

    Sarah | http://www.aspoonfulofvanilla.co.uk

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  17. I’ve finally after 3 years of blogging, found a plan which works for me and I’m absolutely loving blogging now. I do little bits at a time and I’ve finally learnt not to put pressure on myself to get a blogpost done all in one go! Little & often is what works for me. These are such great tips! Thanks for sharing Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

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  18. I really needed this. I am trying to find a effective methods for my blogging but unable to stick to anything!

    You are right -I write whenever I get the time, it has been an absolute lifesaver, when a inspiration strikes it’s good to write it down so you don’t forget!

    Thank you for those tips -very helpful🧡 x

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  19. Great post. My big issue is getting distracted and picking topics that appeal to people. I’m very new to the whole thing so I’m keen to attract readers, but feel a bit lost.

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    1. Haha yes distraction is such an issue for me too! I understand that, I recommend reaching out to other new bloggers on social media and blogging sites- knowing others were in the same position as me really helped me feel less lost 🙂 it’s all a learning curve, thank you

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  20. Having a routine and knowing when I’m productive definitely helps! I like to work a bit on the blog in the mornings before I start my job as it perks me up, and I’m also more productive in the mornings. Taking breaks is also definitely important! Great post x

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  21. Lovely tips, Eleanor! I currently am a full-time Content Creator so I don’t have a routine and currently do things when I can and take breaks when I want to but when I get a new full-time job, I’ll need to establish a schedule! Thanks so much for sharing xx

    Lynn | https:/www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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    1. Yes I agree, I think because I have more time on my hands I don’t need to be as scheduled- but I am very impressed by anyone who can manage blogging/creating and a full-time job! Thank you 🙂

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  22. These are some brilliant tips. I agree that we should do works best for us, and what might work for another person may not work for you. Thanks for sharing and feel free to read some of my recent blogs 🙂

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  23. Hi, Thanks for the post. I too have to fit writing in between my job and family time. It can be tough. It’s also hard to take breaks with the time given, so I’m glad you were able to highlight that in this post. Great tips!

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  24. I’m terrible for sticking to routines but generally I try to do commenting in the morning and then again before bed! Writing posts, I do same as you and write when inspiration strikes! I find blogging really depends on my mood, it’s such a social hobby so for me when I’m mentally drained I don’t always have the space for blogging!

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    1. Yes I try to do it in the morning too- and I think at night is something I’m going to introduce in the next few weeks! Yes I think it’s pointless to push myself to write when I’m not inspired x

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  25. Great post! Thank you for sharing! This is very helpful! and I will definitely try out some of these steps! I like to write or make notes when inspiration strikes and I also like doing blogging mid-morning time!

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