& Doing Image Production in Batches
I want you to be able to breathe easier and get back to creating whatever it is you do. Like, get back to your passion projects. Posting to social media and Pinterest shouldn’t be hard. Scheduling your posts ahead of time, while batching your work, will make things much easier for you. Perhaps you’re a writer, artist, designer, blogger, or whatever. Whatever it is that you do best and when you’re in your element, that’s what I want you to be able to do more of.
You might even run a business and it’s your baby. You have to have it succeed – you’ve got kids to support, a mortgage payment to make, rent, utilities, and everything else that goes along with running a business (can I say payroll!?).
Time is scarce. It’s our most sacred resource and we don’t want to waste it. We need to be online it seems – constantly. But we don’t have time to do all that. We can’t possibly be everywhere all the time. Or… can we?
What if we batched our content together, got it done faster, with intention and thought, and have it still be high-quality? What if we got branding set, decided, colors chosen, typography selected, and images chosen for an entire month’s worth of content… and then got it all done in one swoop? That way, on a daily basis, you could be getting back to whatever it is that you do best, and STILL have a daily presence online, boosting your presence and increasing your subscribers. All while you’re focusing on your business or passion project!
Myself, I have to insist on batching my blog posts and images. It goes so much faster getting them all done in a matter of 8 hours instead of spreading them out on a daily basis. I actually save – trust me, I calculated – about 22 hours a month (that’s half a week!) of unnecessary work time a month by doing this. I then use that precious time and spend it writing or designing. I can’t tell you how much this has freed up my time with the kids, as well. It’s made a huge difference and I no longer have that daily pressure of trying to come up with something to write and looking for images – it’s already done, and already scheduled. The only thing I have to do, really, is log into Instagram and Pinterest to post the new articles to get them to go viral.
Now, I know this sounds like a lot of work upfront. Scheduling your posts may seem like it takes longer. But trust me, it’s SO worth it. The amount of time you spend on individual posts is actually a lot longer than if you were to batch. I usually take a Saturday or Sunday to get it all done. During the week while running my business it’s just a little too much to take on and focus. So you’ll have to find some quiet time where you can focus and concentrate. Writing articles in 20 minutes or less is your goal, but so is getting your quality images created. You can handle it. Believe me – I have 6 kids. SIX! Plus a husband. You got this. Try it out and let me know what a difference it’s made in your life, if you noticed a productivity change during the week. I know I sure did.
Bonus 1 – more wine drinking time. Totally NOT an alcoholic, you’re just blurry.
Bonus 2 – more design time. That’s right. Go create.
Bonus 3 – more time with the kids. Which is awesome. Go supermom!
Also published on Medium.