Whether you’re a SAHM (Stay at Home Mum) hustling to make a break on your blog or a day-job’er looking to quit the 9-5 you know there’s just not enough hours in the day to get it all done. Fitting content creation into everyday life can be both overwhelming and necessary.
If you’re like the rest of us, you’re struggling to find a balance between your work, home, friends and social lives, not to mention your love life and self care. You’ll know the pull of a million different directions. On top of that, you’re looking to make name for yourself on the online world, too. It can be tricky to block out time on a daily basis to fuel your passion. Which is why it’s extra important to fit writing and mundane tasks into your daily routine.
How to Find Time to Write or Film
Creating content for your online business or personal brand can be tough. We live in a demanding world with all sorts of responsibilities and obligations. Starting a new venture is like bringing home a new baby. It’s extremely time consuming, requires exhausting amounts of brain power and sacrifices, and is extra rewarding the more work, hours and love you put into it.
Fitting content creation into everyday life might seem awkward at first, but once you get the hang of it you’ll find yourself creating all day long. Opportunities that you didn’t even know existed will start presenting themselves and you’ll become more organized and on track for your long- and short-term goals.
Start with a change of mindset
By thinking of your blog, etsy shop, YouTube channel or podcast as a business from the start will force you to use every available minute to make a go of it.
Track your expenses so you’re motivated to make that money back. This is how it will go from a hobby to a full-fledged business.
Write down your goals and make them quantitative. Just remember, as essential as these numbers are, it’s more important that you have quality followers, clients, and community members.
Time block and use that time wisely
Yes, you’re likely already stuffing your “free” time full of biz stuff, but are you using that time wisely for fitting content creation into everyday life?
For me, the hours when my kids are sleeping are full-bore blogging time. I use those 6+ hours in the day to do things I can’t do when they’re awake. Then, the rest of the day is for my homemaking duties, as well as whatever I can fit in with the little ones running around.
Bottom line? Save the mindless tasks for noisy daily life and the more thoughtful jobs for when you have total concentration and quiet.
Unique ways to squeeze in mundane business aspects
Fitting content creation into everyday life isn’t just about the big things. Blog posts, videos and opt-ins are super important, but they’re only a small portion of what goes into running an online business.
The following is a list of less mind-consuming tasks you can do throughout your regular day. Technology has made this a whole lot easier with the use of smart phones and tablets. You can literally do these from anywhere!
- Research brands and apply to brand deals
- Check email
- Stay up-to-date on socials
- Use pen + paper, voice recording, voice to text or the notepad on your phone to outline ideas you have for blog posts, freebies, videos, etc. Keep a notepad and pen with you at all times
- Read and comment on other blogs
- Create an editorial calendar
- Reply to comments on your posts, videos or socials
- Create a to-do list
- Outline your goals
- Keep track of expenses, receipts, invoices and income
Fitting content creation into everyday life can happen in the least likely of places
Let’s be real. Most of us have our phone on us 90% of the day, right? How much time do you spend scrolling through pinterest or instagram or watching cat videos on YouTube? Why not put that time to good use by applying it to your business.
Whether you have a day job or other real-life obligations, there are tons of opportunities to fit content creation into your daily life.
- Waiting in the vehicle for school pick up/drop off
- While you’re driving (voice commands only please)
- In the bathroom – don’t look at me like that, I know you take your phone in there, too
- During meals (try keep the phone out of this one, I use this time with my kids to be present and use a pen and paper)
- On the bus/train/other public transport
- Lounging on the couch for 10 minutes
- Walking to the mail
- Whenever an idea strikes
- In the shower – probably just voice commands here
- Your lunch break or down time at work (just don’t get fired for it!)
Gadgets like amazon’s echo can help in so many ways. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without one.
The point I’m trying to make
When you make a big deal of fitting content creation into everyday life, it’s going to seem insurmountable. If you break things down into smaller, more manageable tasks, you’ll be able to cross a lot more off the “to-do” list and reach your goals a whole lot sooner. Not to mention stay motivated and inspired.
You’re doing great. Remember that.
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