Time Management Tips

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When you’re running a business, there are seemingly endless demands on your time. You’v seen books like the 4-Hour Work Week and in theory you think you can make that work… but then you can’t. And there’s nothing more deflating than feeling a hope of having more time and less to do, then finding out you can’t make it happen. 

Of course, the tactics presented in Tim Ferriss’ book are useful and have worked for thousands of people, but I have to be honest, I’m not one of them. 

So I’ve found other ways to work maybe not only 4 hours but more like 5-8 a week and still get everything done that I had planned.  

It all comes down to being intentional with your time. So I’m going to share one of my tactics that has been really helpful for my content marketing. 

As any content marketer knows, making content takes time. Even just getting on IG Live and giving a well informed bit of advice takes preparation. So here’s how I break down my week to get the most out of my time:


Spend 1-2 hours writing your big pieces of content for the week. For me, this means blog posts. I turn off my distractions, set a Pomodoro timer, and settle in for four cycles. I may not get everything done in that time but I can typically get 1-2 weeks worth of blogs done in that time. 

Spend 15 minutes engaging with your social community. 


Spend 1 hour planning your social media posts for the week. Make any graphics you’ll need, download stock photos, write scripts for planned IG videos — do whatever you need to in order to feel like social media can be manageable and not a huge time suck.

Spend 15 minutes engaging with your social community. 


Spend 1-2 hours planning new content. Try out a podcast, maybe you can create an email course, or simple start a newsletter. This will likely require some research which can easily steal hours, so if you timebox this exercise, you’ll only engage with content that is most beneficial to you instead of going down rabbit holes.

If you find a blog you like, bookmark it and visit later. 

Spend 15 minutes engaging with your social community. 


By now, you’ve likely accrued some ideas and tasks that need to get done. This can be answering emails that you’ve been putting off, watching a webinar, or whatever other nagging thing you have had swimming around in the back of your mind. Give yourself the time and space to get that done. Don’t let yourself take more than 2 hours. 

Spend 15 minutes engaging with your social community. 


Spend 30 minutes – 1 hour reviewing your content. Check out your stats, see how you’re doing, and revise your editorial plan. 

Now that you’ve reviewed the data available to you, spend 1 hour planning your ads for the next week.

Spend 15 minutes engaging with your social community. 


Spend 15 minutes engaging with your social community. 

This is how I break down my week, but we’re different people so make this fit your life. My hope is that you can take this idea of giving each day a specific intention and maximize your time by doing so. It’ll also help you cut down on the mental stress of switching gears from writing a blog to commenting on Instagram to learning a new skill, then before you know it you’ve been at it for 3 hours and haven’t done a really good job at any of those things. 

What productivity and time management techniques have worked well for you?