Unless you work or study from home, then you probably have a bit of a commute each day. When I started working full time, the hour long commute to work and back was a pain – eating into my spare time when I could have been blogging! For a while, I kept up with daily blogging but exhausted myself with way too much screen time. Around November time, I started using those 2 hours each day to work on my blog. You can be productive while stitting in a car, so I’m going to share my tips on making the most of the time you have
Whether your commute is a 2 hour train journey or a quick walk away, there is something for everyone here! I’ve started looking forward to those 2 hours to myself, when I can better myself and my blog.
At the end of last year, I discovered podcasts properly. I now barely do a day without listening to one! Listening to a podcast is the best way to be productive if you are either driving or walking – both of which you cannot be looking down at your phone. I love getting into my car and listening to my music, but sometimes it feels like I have heard all the songs too many times. Does anyone else get that? This is when you need a good podcast to plug into. It’s completely up to you which direction you take and how to use this new knowledge to work on your blog.
Sara’s podcasts are THE best when it comes to upping your Instagram game. In Hashtag Authentic, she chats through the latest algorithms, how to find new people to follow and answers some amazing questions, often with a guest star. If you want to improve the aesthetic of your blog, give these a listen.
The SheerLuxe Weekly Highlights podcast is my favourite of all. It is like sitting down with friends for coffee and a chat about what you’ve been watching on TV, your blog, the latest trends, often with a special guest too. From babies to fad diets, I am always left feeling inspired, with a new blog post idea once I have listened to one of their podcasts. I haven’t missed one yet!
Edit your photos
This one is more for those of you sitting on a bus (me!), a train, a car passenger or even a plane – anyone who can look at their phone. I edit all of my photos on the bus! Even photos taken on my DSLR get edited on there – I tranfer them to my phone ready to edit in line with my theme. I use the app ColourStory and will never look back. Honestly, my Instagram has grown so much since I started using a more consistent filter on my photos.
By editing on the go, the time you spend at home can be focused on the blogging tasks that require more concentration. It’s a real time saver. With the app, you can now batch edit. You could stick with the free filter packs that the app offers, but I’ve bought quite a few myself too – ‘Seasons’ is my favourite.
Draft / write a blog post
I’ve found that once I’m settled on the bus and listening to my music, I can actually write blog posts. In fact, this ‘testing beauty products‘ post and ‘the importance of me-time‘ were both written whilst sitting on the bus. If you have a wordpress blog, the app is so handy – you can literally write and publish a blog post on the move if you wish! I tend to just get the copy written, ready to edit, add photos and sort out the SEO once I’m in front of a computer screen. It doesn’t get much more productive than that!
For those of you who need to be sat at your desk, on your laptop to write a blog post, then just use your time to draft out the content you’ll include. This blog post is a good example of that! On the bus on Friday, I saved a draft post called ‘make the most of your commute’ and the only content was ‘write blog, reply to emails, edit photos’ – I just added the headings I’d like to use, ready to fill in once I get home.
Reply to emails
I always spend five minutes when I’m sat travelling just checking through my emails. Even if I don’t reply to them right there, I’ll star any collaboration, business or PR emails, saved ready to be replied to later. I delete any emails that aren’t relevant or I don’t need to keep my inbox tidy. There’s nothing worse than having to search through lots of spam to find that email you actually need! Make folders if it helps, such as ‘to reply to’ or ‘to store’ etc.
Work on your Instagram & Twitter: posting and scheduling
So, you’ve edited your photos – now time to post! I quite often post on Instagram on my way home, which is about 5.30pm – prime Insta viewing time for other commuters. But I also use the ‘Later’ app, which lets you plan out how your feed will look and which photos go best where. Its a free app, really handy and you can’t go wrong with it. Again, spend a bit of time on twitter. Engaging with other bloggers helps put you on the map and will help you discover new websites to read.
Scheduling tweets is a slightly controversial one! Too much will be annoying for readers but I think it’s fine to get a few posts planned out. I use Tweetdeck – a free and easy way to schedule tweets. Its the little, time-consuming tasks that are easy to do as you travel, saving your vaulable blogging time for the proper stuff.
I hope you found this one helpful! Do you ever work on your blog on your commute?