Blogging and Time Management

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

One of the common concerns I hear from people about Blogging, is that they just don't have the time.  Seriously though, we live in a world where Starbucks offers drive-thru coffee for those who don't even have time to sit and enjoy it.  Everything in life seems to be go-go-go!  So maybe Blogging and Time Management really is a valid concern and important topic for many!?!  I just Googled Blogging and Time Management, there really wasn't much out there.  So maybe there is no answer?  If you did find the answer, would it be right for you?

Defining Blogging - Is Blogging just writing an article, banking on search engines, waiting for comments, hoping for calls and emails, and wishing to close on the sale of your product or service?  I think Blogging encompasses much more than that.   Sure, creating a great post loaded with valuable content and information is important, but Blogging ends up becoming more, a part of life, and a part of you.  Blogging includes reading, commenting on posts, learning, sharing, connecting with others, engaging in conversations, exploring tools, researching technology, meeting new people, discovering new ways... etc. Much like what we already do in the off-line world.

We learn quickly that Time Management is important.  I've also learned that Blogging and Social Media Networking are really one in the same.  Your Blog IS your Social Network.  Having an acceptable "liveable" balance of time on your computer vs the time you spend having a life is crucial to both your Business and Personal success.  For me personally, it has helped me define and refine my daily actions and activities, my time, and my focus.  Thankfully, some time management strategies have assisted me in reaching some of my desired goals, and in less time.

So what is the "Best Blogging Time Management" skill-set?  Will it work for you?  How many hours a day, week, or month does it take for you to be a successful Blogger and to be an effective Social Networker?  Will you still have the time and balance to seek your other business and personal goals?  Is there a Time Management manual, program, or a person out there that can define the Best Time Management program for you?  NO.  I mean YES, but it's YOU!  You have to create it.  Everything you do, your experiences, and your rewards and successes WILL BE UNIQUE to you, and will happen because of YOUR own personal time management system or strategy!

You've learned to Manage your email and VM, your Blog is no different.  Somehow, we find a way!

          

Having had the chance to moderate Blogging panels, interact with AR members all day everyday, and read thousands of Blog posts all over the country, I've managed to learn a great deal about some of the things that make a successful Blogger "tick" (pun intended).  We'll define "Successful" in another post, but I think we can all agree that success is "to each his own."  Well, so is "Time Management."

Here's a few of the things I've learned and heard suggested...

TIPS & TRICKS:

  1. Understand and agree that your Time Management and others Time Management will not be the same.
  2. What works for you as a Blogger, may or may not work for other Bloggers with the same rewards.
  3. Your Goals and Dreams are unique to you, so your Time Management and efforts will be unique also.
  4. Except the fact that you will never learn or know it all.  "Focus and Willpower" are critical.
  5. Realize time is precious and valuable and it should be spent focused on items related to your goals.
  6. Don't let others try to convince you of what is the "right" or the "wrong" way to do something.
  7. Believe in yourself, be passionate about the things that work and that bring you desired results.
  8. Find a mentor or someone who has like-minded goals, see how they manage and achieve them.
  9. Resist the temptation from every invitation that comes your way to be on every social network created.
  10. Create a "Blogging and Social Networking" Commitment in your Business Plan, then stick to it!

IDEA & SUGGESTIONS

  1. Set aside 1-2 hours everyday to utilize Social Networking and Blogging.
  2. Consider using your Blog to respond to questions and consumer emails.
  3. Write a variety of content, just like a newspaper, cover a "rainbow" of topics.
  4. Create 2-3 posts per week, then build or reduce the amount based on results.
  5. Look into your email sent folder for topics and ideas to write about and share.
  6. Set aside time to research tools and sites that SAVE time, and money.
  7. Automate your daily tasks and utilize technology that's gives you a ROI.
  8. Analyze what sites you're on that just consume time and deliver no value.
  9. Use mobile technology to maximize your Social Networking and Blogging during down times.
  10. Watch less news and TV, write and create more of your own. Localize through your eyes.

Your Blog over time can and will become a great library of content, and will also be one of your greatest resources.  Blogging will actually save you time in the future.  What you Blog about today can be used again tomorrow without the time spent recreating it.  So what is the best Blogging Time Manager?  It's you!  It's your time, and it's your life, no one can tell you what or how to spend it.  It's really up to YOU. Time is the greatest gift one can ever give to another, so manage and use it wisely with no regrets.

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Rainer
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Anthony Ebright - NMLSR ID #247647 Purchase and Refinance Mortgages
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Brad - I really love reading your post! You are always informative and educational. I don't know what you mean when you said you're not a writer! You're too modest! Your archive of postings are a very strong indication that you're a writer and I'm honored to read your work! Consider this bookmarked! And reposted. You've written a wonderful post that I have to share with my friends in Santa Rosa. Thanks and keep up the great work!

Dec 18, 2009 11:50 PM #103
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Anthony - you are too kind, thank you.  Have a great Christmas and New Year if we don't chat again before then.  :-)

Dec 19, 2009 12:38 AM #104
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John Occhi
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Whats to manage?  You get up you blog. You go to the office - you blog.  Take a coffee break...same thing you blog.  As the day wears on try not to become distracted wtih co-workers, friends or family as you have blogging to do, until you go to bed.   Bloggiing is not a business tool - it is a way of life. :)

Jan 05, 2010 10:58 AM #105
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lol @John - that is so true. It does become a way of life for those who get it, and don't resist.  :-)

Jan 05, 2010 03:40 PM #106
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Valerie Sagheddu
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Val

Time is valuable and it is important to schedule time to blog and read blogs. Limits are important though so you do not spend 10 hours infront of the screen...balance is key!

Jan 17, 2010 06:01 AM #107
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Kevin Cottrell
Austin Real Estate Today - Austin, TX

In coaching agents over the years - Stephanie and I have witnessed agent after agent who hides behind technology and blogging, etc only to get so out of balance that they fail miserably and leave.  There is a healthy balance that is needed to maximize blogging and agents need to realize that they need real-world sales skills to succeed (it doesn't matter how many leads you generate or how much time you spend blogging) if you can't convert them when they come in.

Jan 19, 2010 10:40 AM #108
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Joe Jackson
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Time managment and Blogging . Goggle it and I wonder what you get?

Jan 31, 2010 11:47 AM #109
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Joe - I just googled it and was happy to see that out of 235,000,000 pages, this post landed in the top 5-10 spots. WooHoo!  :-)

Feb 02, 2010 02:57 PM #110
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Patsy Overton
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Brad, this is great stuff.  I'm now more committed than ever to blogging since I just picked up my first job from AR.  (Yippee!)  My problem is consistency, but I'm getting better.  Thanks for the great tips.

Feb 24, 2010 03:33 AM #111
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Hi Brad,

Great topic!!  Also comment # 68, I hope to check out that book!  Good idea!

Thanks,

Tom Davis

Apr 21, 2010 02:14 PM #112
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for your post. I put it on my Facebook business page.

 Blooming for home buyers this summer.

Jun 22, 2010 11:20 PM #113
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Cheryl Johnson
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Well done, Brad!

But I'm gonna disagree with one word in this line: "Watch less news and TV, write and create more of your own. Localize through your eyes".....

NEWS.  Watching/listening to NEWS about what is going on in the world, city, neighborhood, will help you discover even more topics to write about.

Jun 22, 2010 11:56 PM #114
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Cheryl - great point and very true. I think when I wrote this I was imagining the person that just sits in front of the boobtube for 2-3 hours watching the news, then spends the next 1-2 hours complaining about it!  lol~  :-)

Jun 23, 2010 01:45 AM #115
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Thx.  Trying to find the right balance now.  Spending some more time at the beginning to learn the ropes, but soon need to get into more maintenance mode.

Jul 10, 2010 02:26 AM #116
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Cari Anderson
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Brad: awesome post! I agree that over time, your blog becomes a great resource library for clients. I have sent links regarding specific lending issues over the past month and my clients were very impressed. Thanks for all the wonderful info!

Aug 30, 2010 07:41 AM #117
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Debbie - finding balance is the key to success in business, blogging, and in life! Keep searching and working at it, you will succeed.

Cari - yes, time is valuable and the time you spend building will be even more valuable....  over time.  :-)

BTW - I now teach a class called "Control+ALT+Delete" which goes over the details on how you can get your time and Life back in "Control" use "ALT"ernative solutions to increase your personal and business time, and how to "Delete" any and all things that waste your time and prevent you from reaching and obtaining your business and personal life goals. 

More on that coming very shortly....    :-)

Aug 30, 2010 07:59 AM #118
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Brad,

I am new to AR and your tips, tricks and suggestions are just what I need to point me in the right direction!

Thanks for sharing!

-Brian

Jan 18, 2011 03:24 PM #119
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Brian - thanks. 

It's been a while since I wrote this, I had to actually re-read my own post... so thank you. :-)

Jan 19, 2011 04:38 PM #120
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Brad~ #5 under tips and tricks really "spoke" to me. I need to do activities that relate directly to my goals! Thanks for the reminder.

May 22, 2013 12:23 PM #121
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Donna - time management is so important regarding reaching desired goals, but it also helps with personal life goals too. :)

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