Beauty Blogging Lifestyle

How To Save Time

February 20, 2014
how to save time for bloggers

In the five years of blogging alongside a full time job I have managed to pick up a few tips on how to save time, how to use your time in the most efficient way, where to save it and what to focus on. So this post will be a few tips for bloggers and non-bloggers on ways in which you can save a bit of time and make the most of what you have available each day. Even when that seems like nothing!

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1. Keep a diary – on your phone or in a note pad, whatever works for you. But knowing what you have to do with your time has to be the best way to save it. It will also avoid you double booking yourself and help to plan ahead a little if you’re thinking of doing blog content around things like Christmas/Valentine’s day etc. I have my main diary safely stashed on my phone, but I also use this Parisian paper diary to keep a note of my posting schedule and what posts are going live on what days so I can keep track of what I’m doing on the blog at a glance when at my desk. Keep your phone or notebook handy to make notes of post ideas when out on the go – as writing them down when you have them will help when it comes to actually blogging as your ideas will be ready and waiting for you!

2. Multi-task products – There are some speedy products that I just wouldn’t be without. Bioderma – the quickest cleanser in the land is an essential. Especially for lazy days when you just want to get all your make-up off as quickly as possible. Seche Vite – an absolute essential for painting nails, nothing dries quicker and I would basically refuse to paint my nails if this wasn’t handy. Then there’s Vaseline Spray & Go – something I’ve been using since it first launched (you can see my first review HERE and my most recent look at all three in the range HERE). So much quicker than scooping handfuls of body butter and massaging in, when in a rush this is my go-to post shower moisturiser and my dry skin loves me for not skipping that step!

3. Take a camera to blog events – Not always practical, and if you opt for a big DSLR camera then you might need back support by the end of the day, but I recommend if you can – take a camera. I’ve just invested in a smaller one so I can do just that – but for many an iPhone or decent camera phone is just as good. The reason this is good for saving time is that it’s a great way to capture the product images you need and share them straight away rather than get home and have to either set up a mini-studio or wait for decent daylight – you have the pictures ready to go! Of course for things like skincare, you need to test for longer or you might want to apply a whole face of make-up for the shots. But for many events I find it’s actually really nice to have a nosey and read what someone’s experience was when they were there.

4. Emails on the commute – Emails can easily pile up, and when you read them throughout the day you can miss some or perhaps read and not reply and then they get lost (guilty). I keep all mine marked as unread until I’ve either replied or archived them (or deleted the junk) and find that I like to sit and do this when on public transport. The joys of tech now mean that you can do this and as soon as you have signal/wifi again all those emails you tapped out when in the tunnel get sent off straight away – helping make a bit of use of otherwise ‘dead’ time.

5. Don’t take it too seriously – Ok, so this doesn’t necessarily help *save* time, but it does help you make the most of it. At the end of the day it’s blogging and it’s meant to be fun – even if you blog once a month, have visions of doing it as your job or are lucky enough to have made that leap. The best bloggers are the ones out there living their lives rather than those chained to a computer agonising over pixels and paragraphs. Make sure you prioritise seeing your friends and having your life – when you do sit down to write your blog will sparkle that little bit more for it, I promise!

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22 Comments

  • Reply Emily February 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I would be so lost without my diary:) x

    http://www.thebeautymist.com

  • Reply Zoe Archer February 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I am constantly making lists and Im getting better at taking photos of everything to make sure I have suitable stuff for my blog. Great post, really helpful.

    zoea2812.blogspot.com

  • Reply Laura February 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Some great tips! I really need to start carrying a notepad around with me as I often think of blog post ideas during the day, but have forgotten them by the evening!
    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

  • Reply Dani February 20, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks for the tips !
    I always feel bad when I have a busy week like this one, when I don’t have time to do everything that I wanted :/

    • Reply Jen February 21, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Can very much relate, it can be frustrating. But always remember the last point, make time for things that make you happy!

  • Reply Danielle February 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    This was a nice read, and that last point was such a good one! Sometimes, as a newbie blogger, all I feel like I’m doing is looking at my screen and blogging or networking to help promote it. Thanks for the reminder it’s not the be all and end all! Danielle x

    frontiere-girl.blogspot.com

    • Reply Jen February 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Definitely think the last one is the most important. If you’re not enjoying life then the blog just won’t be as fun to do or as fun to read! x

  • Reply Jenni February 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Such a helpful post :) I really should have a diary as well!

    http://jennihearted.blogspot.co.uk/ xxx

  • Reply Em February 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I’m constantly making lists so i would be lost without my diary!!

    handsd0wn

  • Reply Maria Economidou February 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Very useful Tips!!! Thanks so much!! xxx

    thelittleblackdressblog.blogspot.co.uk

  • Reply it'sChelsea February 20, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Love these little tips! Although I have only just started out on my blog, I have a full time job and part time studying for my accountancy exams as well AND have to make time for friends and family! It all seems a bit over whelming but I agree that if you make notes on your phone or in a little diary – everything will feel more organised :) x

    http://www.itschelsea.com

  • Reply Chloe February 20, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I love this post, thank you for sharing your tips. I need a bit of help in the organisation area so this will come in handy!

    Chloe x
    http://www.chloeandhernotes.com

  • Reply Emily February 21, 2014 at 12:22 am

    A diary and note book are essential! I use my iPhone to respond to emails when I’m out and about! Makes life so much easier!

    http://www.britishbeautyaddict.com

  • Reply Andrea February 21, 2014 at 6:59 am

    these are actually good tips! I tend to take wayyyy too many selfies I should probably focus on taking pictures that interest me too! I should probably start using a diary again too, I just get so lazy with writing everything down

  • Reply Vicki February 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Great tips. I need to get more organised to stay on top of my posts.
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

  • Reply Chlo Lew February 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Love this post! I’m just starting out in this blogging world and these tips are very helpful!
    Chlo xo

  • Reply Leonie February 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    This is a great post! Thanks for sharing your tips. x

    • Reply Jen February 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      You’re welcome!x

  • Reply chloe February 23, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    The fact you can also schedule blog posts is a massive help for me, it just makes it so much easier to be organised xx

    • Reply Jen February 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

      That’s such a good point, I really should have included that in there! Scheduling is a lifesaver!

  • Reply Emma Rose February 25, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Great tips, also, when I have a few days to breathe and relax a bit, I write a few blogs and schedule them. This is great if I am going on holiday or if I know I have a few university assignments deadlines around the same time. This way I am not under pressure to post, but my site is still updating :)

    http://www.thefashion-six.blogspot.co.uk

  • Reply Sarah April 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Great tips! :)

    http://shewasadaytripper.net/

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