15 blogging tasks you can do in 15 minutes (with kids)
Are you looking for ways to be more productive in your blogging business?
Blogging requires a fair bit of time and commitment. There is always something to do, and at times it can be a bit overwhelming. Especially if you’re a busy mom it can be hard to find the time to get anything done.
There are however plenty of blogging tasks that don’t require too much concentration or time. So when your kids are happily playing, make sure to squeeze in a few tasks while you can.
Let’s have a look at 15 quick blogging tasks you can do while your kids are at home with you.
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1. Brainstorm new blog post ideas
To increase your productivity, it’s a good idea to brainstorm blog post ideas when you have a limited amount of time. In 15 minutes write down all ideas that come to mind. If one topic stands out, do a quick brain dump and jot down all points that this post should cover. The next time you sit down to write a post, you’ll already have a rough outline ready, which will speed up your writing process.
If you’re really stuck for ideas, jump on Pinterest and create a secret board with interesting posts that can give you ideas for future posts. Don’t copy some one else’s post but use several posts for inspiration and add your own ideas and experiences.
For more blog post ideas read:
2. Post formatting & editing
I don’t know about you, but to write a blog post I need uninterrupted time. I need to get into the zone. But formatting and editing doesn’t require as much concentration, making this a great task for when your kids might interrupt you any minute.
Add your headings, your images, alt text and affiliate links and read your post out loud to see if it flows. Pick up on typos or grammatical errors. To help you with this, you could use the free grammar checker tool Grammarly.
For more formatting and post writing tips read:
3. Create a Pinterest pin (or 60)
Pinterest loves fresh content, and to get the best results you have to add fresh pins on a daily basis. Creating this many pins in Canva can be time consuming. If you want a more productive way to batch create a whole week of pins (and other social media graphics) in one hour, I highly recommend checking out RelayThat.
RelayThat is another design editor like Canva, but the difference is that it designs the graphics for you. You simply add your headline, colours and images and it creates 122 designs. All you do next is select a design, tweak it and download it. Rinse and repeat until you have a week’s worth of pins.
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4. Improve an underperforming pin
Do you have any pins that get over 1000 views but only have 3 clicks or saves? Pinterest views is the number of people that scrolled past your pin. So if your pin gets a lot of views but not many clicks and saves, it could mean that your pin design or pin title are not clickable enough.
Try redesigning your pin by using bright pops of colour and an easy-to-read large irresistible title.
To improve your title, try the following:
- write down at least 5 options and choose the best one
- include a number
- give a result
- include the word “you”
Let’s look at my post title:
I could’ve called this post: how to be a more productive blogger.
That would’ve been boring. Would you click on that? Probably not.
Instead I called it 15 blogging tasks you can do in 15 minutes (even with kids). This title is way more specific, and more enticing for readers that want a quick fix. With a title like this, they know what to expect.
Spend some time studying other people’s pins. Check which bloggers have loads of Pinterest followers and see what their pin designs look like. Scroll though your home feed and notice what catches your eye, then design some pins in the same style.
5. Network on social media
Have you joined any blogging facebook groups yet? Facebook groups are great for support and connecting with other bloggers. You might be able to help another blogger with a problem and also get some support when you need it.
Follow some fellow bloggers and actively engage with their content. Like a few posts or leave a thoughtful comment. Regularly engaging in facebook groups will get your brand out there and people will start recognising and remembering you. Don’t end up mindlessly scrolling, keep it productive. Maybe even set a timer for 10 minutes and when time’s up move on to a different task.
6. Promote your post on a Facebook thread
Most facebook groups have promo days or share threads where you can share your latest blog post. Before you participate in these, make sure you read the rules of the thread to see how many other posts you need to interact with. These threads are great for promoting your blog but can also become time consuming. Use them wisely by writing down your favourite share threads in your diary and only participating in them.
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7. Website Maintenance
It’s important to keep your website up to date so it’s a good idea to schedule in 15 minutes of maintenance once or twice a month. These tasks include:
- update any outdated content
- update WordPress
- update plugins
- update theme
- backup site
Updates might only need to happen every couple of months, but backing up your site is very important to do regularly. If your site were to get hacked and you have to revert to an older backup you would lose all your latest posts and comments. It’s easy to back up your site with the free plugin Updraft Backup Restore.
8. Create social media graphics
Creating branded social media graphics will make your business stand out in social media feeds. Besides Pinterest templates, RelayThat also has templates for Facebook and Instagram posts, so you don’t need to be a designer to make your social media posts look good.
And to save you time, you can resize a Pinterest pin to a Facebook post in one click.
9. Catch up on emails
Another quick task that can easily be done with your kids distracting you is catching up on emails. Clean out your inbox by deleting all emails that you don’t need to open. Read and reply to important emails and unsubscribe from email lists that you are no longer interested in to minimise your incoming mail.
10. Schedule some pins
To make your pinning more productive and less time consuming, use a scheduler to batch your pinning. Tailwind is a Pinterest approved scheduler that will help you save tons of time. If you have joined multiple group boards, you can create board lists that allow you to upload your pin to 10 boards in one click. Tailwind lets you to space them out, so they won’t all get pinned at once.
11. Keep learning
Being a blogger means you always have something new to learn. Are you in a waiting room at the dentist or at your lunch break and have 10 minutes to kill?
Read a blog post that teaches you something new. Go on Pinterest and use the search function to find a post on a particular topic. Focus on something that will help you in your blogging journey right now. If you find something really useful, pin the post or take a screenshot if it’s something specific that you want to remember later.
12. Comment on a blog post
A great way to get your blog noticed is by commenting on other blog posts. To get the best results you have to be tactical about this. Find a well known blogger in your niche and read one of their posts. Leave a thoughtful comment that shows you read the post. When you enter your name and email, make sure to add your blog name next to your name.
Like this: Lisa | Sassy Boss
This way, the post writer and the readers of the comments will see your business name which increases your chance of them clicking on it to check out your blog.
To make your comment stand out more, make sure you have a gravatar (that little picture next to your comment). If you don’t know how to create a gravatar, read this:
13. Plan your next day
Spending 10 minutes planning your next day can make a big difference to your productivity.
1. Write down 1 main task to work on, make this the hardest task that needs to get done the most.
2. Then write down 1-3 tasks that take about an hour to complete, like:
- Create several new pins and social media graphics
- Schedule two weeks of pins with Tailwind
- Create a lead magnet/optin freebie
3. And to finalise your day plan, add 3 ten minute tasks (from this post or add your own) that you’d like to squeeze in somewhere.
Plan your hardest task that require the most concentration at the time of day that your brain is most productive (blog post writing/early mornings for me) and more mindless tasks for when you’re more tired (designing graphics/later in the day for me).
14. Self care
Technically this is not a blogging task, but to be able to deal with stress and overwhelm, this will benefit your business right now and in the long run.
Spend at least 10 minutes every day on self care (and double bonus points for you if you turn it into 30 minutes!)
Everyone has their own self care routines, but here’s some ideas:
- Find a good HIIT workout on youtube
- Do a yoga routine
- Go for a walk in nature
- Read a book
15. Create a positive mindset
To be able to run a successful business you need a positive mindset. I recently stumbled upon this very simple but super effective way to get yourself in a positive mindset by business coach Brooke Schultz. She swears her business wouldn’t have grown into the six figure business it is now without this technique.
It’s very simple, you could even do this with your kids.
First thing in the morning do these two things:
- Write down 3 things you are grateful for. Try to come up with something new every day. You often already know what you are grateful for but actually consciously thinking it or writing it down makes it more real. Showing appreciation for the good things in your life makes you focus on the positives which will allow you to attract more of it.
- Write down 3 things you want to achieve that day. These things don’t have to be big but you have to be able to achieve them that day.
In the evening spend a few minutes reflecting on your day and write down 3 things that you did well that day, even if they seem tiny. The fact that you acknowledge your achievements will make you feel appreciated and more positive. Just by being kind to yourself you can feel things shifting.
That’s all. Super simple technique but very effective to get you in a more positive mindset.
These are my 15 blogging task you can do in 15 minutes. I hope you enjoyed this post and feel like you can be more productive by squeezing a few of these quick tasks into your day.
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