Heidy ho neighbor! Have you missed me? I’m sorry, I know I started this blog off with a bang and left you hanging. Life got in the way. The fact that I haven’t touched this blog in months, however, presents a fabulous topic for today’s not-so-wacky how-to: How to find time to blog when you can’t find time to eat!
We all have days where we’re grabbing a sandwich with one hand while clicking away at our computer keys with the other. (Just remember which is which, or it’s all going to end very, very badly. Ever tried to clean ketchup out from between your computer keys? That’s a wacky topic for whole different blog.) When those days start to bleed into each other and your blog is just a distant memory, it’s time for a change!
So, here’s the scoop. How do you carve out time to blog? I recommend investing in a palm pilot, Blackberry, SmartPhone or other phone with a word processing feature. I personally have Microsoft Office Mobile 2007 on mine, and I never really take advantage of it. All that time I spend sitting around in front of the school waiting for teachers to let kids out-or traffic to actually move-could soooo be put to better use.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Unless you’re writing a corporate blog and actually need to sound like you know what you’re talking about (darn reputation management) that ten or fifteen minutes you spend blowing the steam off your first cup of coffee is a great time to write in your blog. Not only are you still jonesing on the creative jig you get when you dream, your mind is just uncluttered enough to be able to enjoy what you’re doing.
Try saying that by 5 o’clock.
When push comes to shove and that half hour a day just won’t make an appearance, write it into your schedule. Seriously. Block off some time from, say, 12-12:30 or 8:30-9:00 and pencil in “blog”. Not only does this make sure your blog gets updated often enough that it’s not going to get stale, it guarantees that at some point you’re going to take a half an hour and do something you enjoy in a day filled with one “to-do” after another. That’s not only good for you, it helps keep everyone else out of your line of fire while you’re at it!