#Blogging Tip: Daily To-Do List for Time Management

by Rachel on September 5, 2011

in Blogging Resources, blogging tips

Last month I shared an article on time management tips for blogging to help you blog more efficiently and effectively.  I mentioned my daily blogging to-do list, a routine I use to make sure I give priority to the most important tasks and don’t get derailed while working online.

Today I’m sharing my list for maintaining my product review/giveaway blog.  Obviously everyone’s priorities and to-do list will be different, but this can give you an idea and I’d like to point out a few things which I feel some bloggers aren’t fully utilizing.

1.  Check email.

This can be  a huge source of distraction too, so I only respond to the most urgent messages and reply to comments on my blog, since those can be done quickly and keep the conversation going.   Once my other more time-sensitive tasks are done, then I’ll respond to the rest.

2.  Manage my triberr stream.

This is the lineup of tweets that are scheduled to be tweeted from my account on behalf of other bloggers.  I have it set to automatic, but I like to check in the morning and delete any posts that are now expired or irrelevant.  If you aren’t using triberr yet, check out my introduction to triberr and how it can increase traffic to your blog.

3.  List my giveaways on daily linky’s at other blogs.

I like to do this early on so my giveaways are higher on the lists.  This is an easy way to promote your giveaways, and the linky’s on the more popular blogs are some of my biggest sources of regular traffic.  I’ve organized an up to date linky list organized by day of the week for your convenience. You can also promote your giveaways at my Friday Finds Giveaway Linky every Friday.

4.  Give Klout to other bloggers.

Klout is a website that grades bloggers with a Klout score – a measurement of your online presence and reach.  Even if you haven’t actively signed up for Klout, if you’re on twitter, you are already listed on Klout.  If you think someone is influential in a certain category  (e.g. blogging, reviews, cloth diapering, movies), you can give them Klout to raise their score.  For example, if you think this article is helpful, you could give me Klout in blogging.  PR firms and marketers are taking note of Klout scores, so you should too.  It only takes a minute to give someone Klout, so this is a good deed I do when I have time.

5.  Earn Swagbucks

You can earn Swagbucks daily by doing things like an internet search or answering a one question daily poll.  I’m saving up my Swagbucks to trade in for Amazon gift cards.  I try to do this daily to increase my earnings.

6.  Link to my recent blog posts on my Facebook page.

There are syndication services you can use that do this automatically, but Facebook gives lower priority to links that are posted automatically (such as by Networked Blogs).  I just go in and post them manually, and then I can use that time to respond to any comments and interact with my Facebook fans.

So that’s my daily routine when I have time! Certainly there are many days where I don’t get to this at all, but I find by sticking to a routine I don’t neglect any one area and it’s easier to be consistent.

What’s your routine? Is there anything you think I should add to mine?

If  you’ve found this article helpful, I’d appreciate it if you take a second to share it – you can retweet, share on Facebook, Stumble it, etc using the share buttons below.  Thanks!

 

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susie September 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm

ours day are similiar. I haven’t started on klout. I think i signed up. I haven’t started swag bucks yet either, such a great way to earn so it’s not money out of your pocket.

one tip i have is to join a fb group, so many great bloggers willing to help one another out and learn!
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Rachel September 6, 2011 at 9:59 am

Do you have a specific FB group to recommend?
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Elle September 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Great list. There were some I hadn’t thought of. Stumbled this from the Stop and Stumble hop. Thanks!
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Rachel September 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Thanks for Stumbling!
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Jayne @ Green Country Girl September 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I have an online routine, too. I enter giveaways already listed in my Sweep! program, check the daily list at Sweeps Advantage, email, blog article, blog hop, blog build. Now that I’m starting to run giveaways, I’m going to have to change it up a bit.

Found you on the Stop and Stumble hop and gave you a “thumbs up.”
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Rachel September 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Thank you for Stumbling!
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Diane h September 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Great article. One other thing I do frequently is to check my blog calendar program. If I am in a blog hop I copy the button and the sign up info into a post. I title the post with the Hop/Giveaway title and schedule it be published. This way, I can see all the hops I need to finalize my posts for. I do the same for reviews and giveaways I have set up.

stumbled!!
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Kristen Bobbitt September 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Visiting from Stop & Stumble. I am following you via GFC, FB & Twitter. I stumbled this post, Great tips.

I’d love for you to check out my post, http://www.babygiveawaysgalore.com/2011/09/family-friday-breastfeeding-conclusions.html

Thanks!
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Rachel September 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Thanks for the follows – I visited your site and tweeted your breastfeeding post. I can’t comment on blogger hosted blogs with comments set up like yours, otherwise I would have :)
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Vicky September 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

These are such good tips. I have made this page a favorite so I can refer to it again and again.

I am visiting from the Stop and Stumble Hop. I have stumbled this post. If you have a chance please stumble mine too. http://www.messforless.net/2011/09/foam-window-clings.html
Thanks!
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The Not So Functional Housewife September 17, 2011 at 12:59 am

Great advice! Thanks for sharing your tips with us.
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Lisa October 28, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Great article! I’m relatively new to blogging seriously. I’ve gotten myself in over my head with reviews & giveaways. I sent out tons of pitch letters and couldn’t believe all the places that said yes! :) So…..this post is very timely for me. I feel like there is so much to learn, so much to organize, and not much help for new bloggers out there. Thanks for your help though! I’d love anymore advice you want to offer either privately or publicly. OH, and I’m a new follower! :)

Bye,
Lisa
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Rachel October 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Hi Lisa,

For more advice you can always check out my Blogging Tips category which has all my articles. I’ll go check out your blog now :)
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