Time Management Tips for Bloggers & Those Working From Home

This post is sponsored by TP-Link, but the content & opinions expressed here are my own.

As a social media & blogging professional who makes money at home, I need to maximize my time without getting distracted. I can't waste time hopping from room to room searching for a signal, pleading with the Internet faeries to do their magic. I can't waste time using old, slow equipment. I can't waste time moving back & forth between tasks because I didn't plan out my day. I've come up with my go-to time management tips for bloggers & those working from home! Check it out!


1. Use Quality Equipment

My laptop is less than two years old. My camera & lenses are around the same age. My iPhone 6 is from 2016. I need all these things to function as a blogger. I made sure to invest in myself in order to create a better business. I remember how excruciatingly slow the photo editing process was with my old laptop. Eliminate the struggle with quality equipment.


2. Upgrade Your Wi-Fi

Picture this: you're sitting at home working on a deadline, furiously typing away on your laptop. Your Wi-Fi signal flickers weakly then disappears into the abyss. Connection lost. How are you supposed to get your work done now?


I recently installed the all-new Deco M5 Wi-Fi system from TP-Link which covers my whole home with an interactive Internet access, allowing me to surf the web, stream to my devices, & download on a safe, reliable connection. Yippee! Set up was super simple using the TP-Link Deco app. After all, they're the word's #1 consumer Wi-Fi brand.


TP-Link HomeCare has robust parental controls. You can manage & monitor allowance & access, regardless of the application or URL, even when you aren't home. Genius. Although I don't have kids, this is perfect for when Fred's 7-year-old niece comes to visit. Her mom can feel comfortable knowing we can apply the same house rules to our home too. Deco M5 is a whole-home Wi-Fi!


3. Plan Your Day

Write a list of everything that you need to do. Organize it in order of importance. Identify your goals for the day. Write everything out so you can keep yourself accountable. I jot down tasks in my planner as soon as I receive an email, get a campaign update, or follow up with a client. I noticed that since investing in a planner, I've been more efficient & less all over the place.


4. Time Block Your Tasks

What is time blocking? Time blocking is a strategy to help maximize your time, increase productivity, & give you better structure by blocking out specific sets of time for each task.  I like to do 30-minute or 60-minute blocks, depending on the amount of work or concentration needed. This allows me to set time aside to work on a variety of things without feeling like I missed something. I can always go back & apply another 30-60 minute chunk of time when needed.


5. Batch Similar Tasks Together

My work from home time usually revolves around one of the following categories: writing, photographing, editing, coaching, social media, & sending emails. That said, I can use my planner & time blocking skills to get these tasks done in batches. I'll send out follow up emails to my coaching clients for a 30-minute block of time. I'll edit photos for three different blog posts in a 60-minutes block of time, etc. When applicable & feasible, batch similar tasks together.


Quality equipment & a fast Internet connection are the cornerstones to my time management. Without those, planning my day, time blocking my tasks, & batching similar tasks together wouldn't even be possible.


The Deco M5 Wi-Fi system gives me seamless & secure internet, so I can spend more time actually working — rather than trying to reset my Wi-Fi, unplug the router, & again, beg the internet faeries to do me a solid.

What are your time management tips? :]

* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by TP-Link. As always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure. :]

27 comments

  1. I love the concept of the TP Link modem! I lease one, which is so dumb and not cost-effective.

    Also-I've been trying to time block and tackle similar tasks together, which keeps me focused. Since I'm easily distracted (by my phone, sigh) setting a timer really helps!

    www.insearchofsheila.com

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  2. These are all great tips! Thanks for sharing :)

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  3. I need the planner....I reaaaaallly need the planner..right now my day is scattered trying to finish everything I WANT to accomplish. Thank you for this post.

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  4. Great posst, I see that your new wifi system is working :)
    You write here some good tips, thank you for sharing.

    http://beseenbepopular.com

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  5. Having fast and reliable internet is so important! And I think a dedicated office helps too. I used to work in the living room which was filled with distractions but now I moved into the spare room and get lots more done.

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  6. great tips! time blocking and batching save me!

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  7. I need to start time blocking more often, it really does help! Planning is a must, too. I keep a running list of "to-do" items that I repeat weekly, monthly, and quarterly. It keeps me sane lol!

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  8. Great tips! I always plan my day out the night before! And quality is always better than quantity when it comes to my blog!

    Briana
    http://beyoutifulbrunette.blogspot.com/

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  9. I use a bullet journal to plan my month, week, and days out! I find it's the best thing to use when I'm working from home. xx

    Meggan
    www.cardiganjezebel.com

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  10. You're so right about quality of the equipment you're using... UGH
    Literally right before this I was trying to upload and edit photos and it was SUCH A PAIN!!! It took me well over an hour because my computer kept freezing -___- I think I have too many files lol

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  11. I REALLY need to start time blocking. I get distracted so easy!

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  12. I really need to work on batching! These are all great tips.

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  13. I'm like the dog in UP that sees a squirrel. LOL. I definitely need to try some of these.

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  14. so detailed, you're awesome. i'm newer to working from home and the struggle is real. i need to get back to time blocking and planning my day. sometimes i feel off the back before i get going!

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  15. Time blocking and using a planner is a must for me... You are correct about having the proper tools. I always say "You always win when you invest in yourself and your business." Great post, thanks for sharing.

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  16. Great ideas!! I love the idea of blocking time and batches. Thank you!

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  17. I also love to batch my work. Seems to help so much!

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  18. These tips are very useful. Batching tasks is something I haven't used, but I will. Having aims for the day and planning when to achieve them will get more of the right thing done for sure.
    Thanks

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  19. I'm definitely need to update my laptop, not only for blogging but for university as well. She is 4 years old, so every day I'm shocked when it keeps going (no other laptop my family has owned has lasted this long). Unfortunately upgrading is just that bit harder when you are on a student budget.

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  20. I wake up late so my breakfast tends to be most people's brunch of lunch, but I do usually eat it! Some of my favourite breakfasts are acai bowls with spelt granola or some kind of bircher muesli or porridge :)

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  21. These are great tips! My to-do lists are always extremely specific because I don't think I would ever get any work done unless I made it as easy as possible for myself ;)

    Kim / Simply Lovebirds

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  22. All of these are great tips! I was just saying how we needed a new router since ours is pretty old and slowing us down, so I'll have to look into this one! Thankfully my computer is alive and working almost like new despite being 5 years old! Fingers crossed she stay that way haha - got to love a mac!

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  23. I love my MacBook Air, I don't think I could live without it. Typing is actually a pleasant experience. What camera do you have?
    Kate || www.katerattley.com

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  24. These are all such great tips! Definitely think fast wi-fi is a must!

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  25. Great tips! I agree about investing in equipment, you have to be able to have up to date equipment to get the best out of your photos and any other work, as well as any software you need to use

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  26. These tips are useful. Awesome

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