How to Write a Blog Post When You Have NO Time

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If you are like me, you have absolutely no time! It seems like the moment I wake up, it is time to go to sleep again.  So it is really difficult to actually sit down and write a blog post. Sometimes my posts stay in draft mode for weeks. So...Cat Rose from Cat Rose Design has some great solutions and tips on how you can write your blog post when you have NO time! 


1. Adjust your sleeping pattern

Let me get this straight: I do NOT mean sleep less! In fact, this is the time you need to get as much sleep as humanly possible, because (1) you’re likely stressed and therefore (2) you need more sleep!

What I do suggest is figuring out when you are most creative. We’re not all early birds, so forcing yourself to get up earlier isn’t necessarily the answer.

Experiment if you aren’t sure, but basically shift your typical sleeping pattern forward or backwards by 30–60 minutes and use this time to write. Go to bed earlier if you’re getting up earlier, or get up later if you’re staying up.

For me, I’m super creative first thing in the morning - so I write. I know others who get their creative juices flowing at midnight. Do what you can do honour this - even if it’s just for a few days.

2. Record yourself

Ever get all your best ideas at the most inopportune moments? Unless you’re in the shower (literally my favourite place for idea generation) then you probably have your phone nearby.

Record your genius idea! Then, when you sit down to write a blog post, you can run it through a transcription service like Transcribe.wreally, and you’ve got a good chunk of it written.

Most of us can speak faster than we can write, so it’s worth experimenting with this in general. Google Docs has a transcribe function - it isn’t perfect - but it could save you loads of typing time.

3. Write a list

We all know how clickable ‘list style’ posts are. It's also a quick way to get ideas down and in an organised way.

I actually realised this while practicing James Altucher's technique to becoming an ‘idea machine.’ It's simple: write a list of 10 ideas every day. They don't have to be brilliant (most will be terrible at the beginning) but ultimately you get better at creative thinking.

Soon I realised that some of my lists could be turned into blog posts with very little effort.

Try it: at the very least you'll become a pro idea-generator in as little as 10 minutes a day.

4. Use a template

A template takes the guess-work out of structuring your post, and saves time formatting and rearranging paragraphs.

Michael Hyatt has deconstructed the perfect blog post for us, and outlines his template here. With over a million views on his blog per month, I guess he knows what he’s talking about!

5. Keep images simple

I can easily burn hours trying to find the perfect images to illustrate my points and bring my posts to life. Oh and then there's the typography! (Enter the font-nerd in me...)

Whilst it is important to attach an image or two to your blog post, it doesn't need to be super fancy every time.

I recommend Canva to pretty much everyone I know. You can whip up a perfectly sized image, with text and all, in next to no time. In fact, some of the simplest images I've posted have received the most repins on Pinterest.

6. Trade-off

As painful as it is to admit: we do waste a portion of our day. I don't even have a TV but I still find myself falling down Youtube rabbit holes more often than I'd like to admit.

I'm not saying to never watch Netflix again, but I do think if you're trying to get a blog post written and feel limited on time... get honest with yourself. Identify a time-suck in your day and trade it in for some time spent writing, until you get it done.

7. Get a helper

This is why I'm here! The lovely Rekita herself put it out to us to contribute guest posts for her blog, and I jumped at the opportunity to write for a new crowd.

It's likely you have readers who would be very happy to do the same. Put it out there (as well as your posting guidelines) and see who runs to your rescue. l bet you be pleasantly surprised!

8. Just START!

The worst thing you can do when you're struggling to get a blog post written is to give into overwhelm and not write at all.

It might take you longer than you thought, it might not be the best thing you've ever written - you'II never know until you just start.


Rekita Nicoletips, guest post