So you have started a blog and are wondering what you should be doing now that you actually have a blog. If you are like me, you may have had a similar reaction to the one I had when I started my blog:
“What do I do now? Awwww, my site currently says coming soon! What is a theme? What is a widget?!?! How do I do this? What was I thinking?!?!? I am so in over my head!!! Help me!!!! *posting on Facebook* Anyone? Help? Please!!!”
If you have not started a blog, check out my How to Start a Blog tutorial on how I started a blog using Bluehost! So, to help you avoid this overwhelming madness I have created this post on how to create a business schedule for your blog. What is a business schedule you may ask? Well, a business schedule is a schedule you make for yourself of all the activities that you need to complete to keep your blog running smoothly, to improve your blog, and to watch your blog grow. Below, I will walk you through how to do create a successful business schedule.
- Make some goals
When creating your business schedule, you will first want to identify what you want your blog to look like down the road. This means you need to identify goals for your blog. Personally, I create weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. I find that this helps me to work towards the larger yearly goals if I break the goals down into smaller weekly and monthly ones. If you need some ideas on how to do this, check out my post on How to Set Goals.
- Write down all tasks that need to be completed
The next thing you should do is to write down all the tasks that you will need to complete that pertain to your blog. Here is the list of the tasks that I personally created for my blog:
- Checking Social Media
- Responding to Emails
- Creating content
- Editing content
- Responding to comments
- Locating Pictures
- Editing Pictures
- Networking with other bloggers
- Working on goals
- Blog Design Improvements
- Checking affiliate sites
- Checking referral sites
- Publishing content
- Guest Posts
- Looking for sponsorships
- Renewing my hosting service
- Research and add some more
Once you have created your own personal list of tasks that you may need to accomplish to ensure the success of your blog, I would recommend researching other people’s blogs and adding even more tasks. You don’t want to find out a few months later that you weren’t doing something that could have helped your blog grow more quickly.
- Identify how much time you want to allot to each task on a weekly basis
Now that you have a list of all the tasks you need to complete that pertain to your blog, I recommend breaking these down into daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly time frames. This way you will know what tasks you need to work on each day, and which ones you can work on, on a less frequent basis. This can also help you prioritize when you are stretched for time. Here is what my personal task list looks life after completing this step, but keep in mind you need to make a task list that works for your blog so it doesn’t need to look exactly like mine:
|Checking Social Media||X|
|Responding to Emails||X|
|Responding to comments||X|
|Networking with other bloggers||X|
|Working on goals||X|
|Blog Design Improvements||X|
|Checking Affiliate Sites||X|
|Checking Referral Sites||X|
|Looking for Sponsorships||X|
|Renewing Hosting Services through Bluehost||X|
- Get a planner or digital calendar
Now this isn’t a requirement, but I can personally attest that this is a life saver for me. Ever since I bought a planner I have been able to stay much more organized. Once you have finalized your task list, schedule time in your planner to do each task to help you stay on track. Now there are tons of planner options out there for you, so choose the one that best works for you!
- Develop a routine
Once you created your business schedule, and scheduled your tasks in your planner, I recommend that you develop a routine. Having a routine for when you are going to complete each of these tasks is a huge reason I am able to be as productive as I am.
- Be sure to follow through
This is probably the most important step of creating your own business schedule. Follow through with what you decide is best for your blog! If you do all of this preparation and then don’t actually do the work, you aren’t going to see much improvement. Always be sure to follow through with your goals and tasks if you want to succeed!
I hope you find this post informative and useful in your journey of creating your own blog! If you like it, please subscribe to receive notifications whenever I make a new post and you will receive a FREE budgeting template!
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