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This week, because of a lack of time, I threw up a very short and to the point post. I asked visitors to share their biggest blogging frustration. And then I left the post up there for 2 days rather than create another daily one, because of a lack of time. I also thought it was an important question and leaving the post there gave it more attention.
So, guess what the biggest blogging frustration is for those who chose to leave a response? LACK OF TIME. The same frustration that caused me to post the question was the frustration it seems many of you share with me.
People also expressed a large frustration with the behind the scenes technological side of blogging, as well as motivation to come up with post ideas, or to blog at all. But lets face it. I can share here for you on Fridays as many helpful blogging tips that I've learned, but if you don't have the time to read them or implement them, they aren't very helpful - and not a good use of my own time.
So now I am curious how to cure this time management frustration. As blogger Cinn @ A Journey of Books said in a chat earlier this week - "we need to stick a GPS on Time and see where it goes." I couldn't agree more. But since I can't seem to find a way to attach Andy's Garmin to Time, I created a little time tracker worksheet instead.
I'm going to take stock of my blogging related activities for one day at some point in the next couple of weeks and figure out what I'm doing and how long each piece is taking. First, I'm going to write down my blogging priorities in order of most important to least. Things like researching, plotting, posting, commenting, feed Reading, forums, online chats, and e-mail conversations, etc. Then I'm going to track the time of my blogging activities and compare them to my priorities.
If you are looking to improve your blogging time management, join me in this little experiment. Print yourself a copy of this Time Tracker Worksheet and take stock of your own blogging time. Then come back in 2 weeks for my next Tech Tips post to see if I've come up with any bright ideas about how to manage it! No more excuses. Instead of blindly following Time's GPS, lets tell it where and when to go for once.
The above worksheet link requires a Google account to view. If you do not have and do not want to have a Google account, let me know in the Comments or send me an e-mail and I will e-mail the worksheet to you instead.