Note: The following is a guest post from WP Radius client Tor Refsland. Tor is a time management expert, and in this post he shares 5 essential tips on how to use your time wisely to make your blog successful.
Want your blog to be a success?
We all do.
But few actually achieve that success.
One of the main reasons: bad time management.
But relax. I’ve got your back.
Let me show you how to best leverage your time to achieve blogging success.
1. Find the right experts to follow
As mentioned before, you don’t have time to try and fail with a gazillion different experts.
They say that a smart person learns from his own mistakes, while a very smart person learns from other people’s mistakes.
Since the clock is ticking on your blog, you need to SAVE TIME and learn from other people’s experience.
The worst thing about all the so-called experts out there, is that some of them are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
I have encountered some of them, and to be honest…it actually ALMOST KILLED me. True story. I have already done the dirty work for you, identifying 33 experts that are safe to follow.
So if you were to spend 40 hours reading the best blog posts from the right experts, you could actually save MONTHS, if not YEARS (yes, you read correct).
That is indeed a great way to leverage your time, right?
That being said, if you really want to leverage your time, you want to…
2. Get a Coach
Few things can improve your success, shorten your learning curve and SAVE more time than getting a coach.
Almost all successful people have coaches, even top athletes.
Because they want to become the best that they can become, and they want to leverage their time by learning from experts in a specific area.
So, do you want to achieve blogging success slow or FAST?
Stupid question, I know.
You want it FAST!
Then you should get a coach.
It is definitely money well spent learning from those who have already succeeded.
Another great way to leverage your time is to…
3. Get a support group
Yes, you may be thinking that it sounds like an AA (alcoholics anonymous) group.
You are 50% right.
It’s really an BA (bloggers anonymous) group.
I am a part of two blogging forums. Yaro Starak’s EJI (Entrepreneurs Journey Insider) and Jon Morrow’s SBO (Serious Bloggers Only).
I have gotten really great advice, which has saved me a TRUCKLOAD of time.
But more importantly, I have connected and got to know many great bloggers.
Another great way to leverage your time is to join a mastermind group.
Nothing is better than to be able to get input on your business problems from successful bloggers, and in return give advice on their business problems.
I am a part of two mastermind groups. Mastermind group one is with Sue Anne Dunlevie, Andrea Beltrami, Daniela Uslan and Jane Tabachnick.
Mastermind group two is with Anthony Metivier, Sarah Peterson and Bryan Collins.
Remember the part about me participating in two blogging forums?
I got to know Sue Anne through EJI, and I met Anthony, Sarah and Bryan through SBO.
How do you get more friends?
Like in real life. Be polite and present. Don’t focus on what they can do for you, but WHAT YOU can do for THEM. Then it`s all about genuinely reaching out to people to get to know them.
Want to become more successful?
Hang around other successful people.
The three bullet points above should have covered the acquire knowledge part.
Then it’s over to the hard part…
4. Work on your most important tasks
Research has shown that the majority of people are the most productive the 2 first hours after they get out of bed.
This means that you SHOULDN’T spend your two first hours planning your day, looking for funny animal videos on YouTube, or checking out what your old classmates are up to on Facebook.
You should spend your first two hours every morning working on your most important task: writing.
Try applying the 80/20 rule to identify other high value tasks. The 80/20 rule (AKA Pareto’s Rule) dictates that 20% of your tasks result in 80% of your total production.
Related to your blog, that will be the activities that will bring in the most traffic, subscribers and sales.
That is pretty awesome, right?
To be honest, the best way to leverage your time is to…
Outsourcing and getting other experts to actually DO THE WORK FOR YOU, will save you a tremendous amount of time.
You don’t need to spend time learning the skills yourself and executing the tasks.
The downside is that it will often cost you a lot of money to get the experts to do the work for you.
If I were to hire Jon Morrow to build my blog for me when I was a beginner…I would probably have to sell my apartment and BMW…
…leaving me to live in a tent and use the apostle’s horses as my only way of transportation.
Good for my blog, but bad for my little family.
The successful online entrepreneur Neil Patel actually paid Jon Morrow a king’s ransom to help him build his blogs.
I have been using WP Radius to handle the technical issues with my website and WP customizations.
I have saved about 5-7 hours per week on outsourcing those tasks to Brandon and Todd from WP Radius.
And to be quite honest…I only paid $67 per month.
That is insanely cheap.
That means that it costs me $67 to save 20-28 hours per month.
Okay, so you now have a few tips on how to leverage your time, so you can free up MORE time to spend on your most important blogging tasks.
That being said, it’s USELESS, unless you actual apply it.
So start levering your time and build the successful blog you deserve!
What To Do Next…
What is your experience with leveraging your time?
But more importantly, what do you SPEND your “saved time” on?
This is a guest post by Tor Refsland. Tor decided to leave his six-figure job in order to follow his passion – to help online entrepreneurs SAVE TIME and INCREASE RESULTS. Want to become more productive? Download his free eBook and learn how to DOUBLE your productivity in 7 days.