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!
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!
Post sponsored by Vaseline Spray & Go