How to Blog if You Don’t Have Time

If you want your message to reach the maximum number of people, a blog is hands down the best means I know. But who’s got time?

How to Blog if You Don't Have Time

It doesn’t matter if I’m speaking with someone just starting to blog or someone who’s been building their platform for a few years, the No. 1 struggle people face is finding enough time in the day to do it. Maybe you can identify.

I definitely can. In fact there have been times I’ve wondered if I even have what it takes to keep up the pace with any sort of consistency. But I’ve found seven strategies that help me make and maximize my time for blogging.

1. I Own My Schedule

This is foundational. Nobody has more time than anyone else. We just have different commitments and demands on the time we have.

The important thing to remember is that we have agency when it comes those commitments and demands. We don’t find time so much as we make it. It’s not accidental. It takes intentionality, determination, and the willingness to make tradeoffs.

That means I have to take responsibility for my time. If I don’t prioritize my life, as Greg McKeown says in Essentialism, “someone else will.”

2. I Set My Schedule

Armed with this determination, I act on the responsibility by setting my schedule. I cordon off time in my week to work on my blog.

Whatever the activity, the principle is the same: What gets scheduled gets done. I’ve tried different things, but right now I’m working in concentrated periods on more posts. I’ve done it differently in the past, and will probably switch things up again.

The point is that I carve out dedicated time to work. If I relied on fitting things into a few unclaimed hours each week, you’d only have something to read about once a month from me.

3. I Use a Timer

One of the world’s greatest productivity tools is a deadline—and that goes for micro deadlines like setting a timer for writing. If I have ninety minutes in which to finish a post, I set myself an alarm and work as intently as possible toward that goal.

Part of owning our schedules is making them work for us, and setting a timer forces me to stay focused, get to the point, and keep the schedule I’ve set for myself.

4. I Write

I know, sounds obvious. But do you know how much time I don’t actually write in the time I have set aside for writing if I’m not careful? The humorist, P.J. O’Rourke, has a funny passage about this. And plenty of other professionals say the same.

“Let me tell you about writers,” says John Podhoretz. “Writers sit. Then, after a while, they stand. They pace. They sit again. Sometimes, they talk on their telephone. Or they surf the Internet. At some point, they generate words.”

Here’s the truth: It’s hard to stay focused and write. While coaching another writer, Flannery O’Connor said she thought the person spent too much time reading during their writing time. And of course research, social media, even fiddling around with formatting can slow us down.

Now when I write, I write—at least when I’m being good. I try to have all my research ready to go when I start, and I learned MultiMarkdown and use Scrivener to stay drilled in on the work.

5. I Stay Close to My Subject

I read somewhere that writing is like wrangling a horse. No matter how well you did yesterday, you have to saddle it again today if you want to ride. The trick is not letting the horse get too far from you.

I try to stay as close as I can to my audience and the topics I cover. I’m thinking, talking, reading about them all the time. The benefit is that when I sit down to write my head is already in the right space. The horse is already saddled and ready to go.

6. I Keep a Notebook

Part of staying close to my subject is keeping my subject close to me. I have an Evernote notebook where I keep research, quotes, post ideas, anything that will keep me present to the work. I never have to work from scratch because I can always pick up an idea and get started.

7. I Use a Template

I’ve identified the key elements needed in most of my posts. That list has become a template that offers me a simple, straightforward guideline as I get started.

I’ve written about my blog template before, and you can read more about it here. But the big idea is that there’s no point wasting time reinventing the wheel if you don’t need to. I don’t, and the template has saved me countless hours over the years now.

We all know that blogging consistently is crucial for building our platforms. The question to ask yourself is, How much influence do you want to have? How far to do you want your message to go?

If you get connected to what’s at stake, it makes the decision to blog consistently a no-brainer. And it doesn’t have to be torture. Like anything, it just takes commitment and a little help from a good system.

Question: What are the biggest obstacles you face to blogging consistently? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Sam Smiley

    Great post – I tend to wander when I sit down to write… really frustrating especially because I always USED to think I could focus well. It’s been helpful at times to turn off the computer and use paper or turn off the internet connection!

    • Michele Cushatt

      I’ve done the same. I’ll start a blog post in a simple spiral notebook, just to get the ideas flowing. Then, once a rough, rough draft is done, I’ll start writing it up on WordPress, making it better.

    • Chandler Crawford

      It’s really hard not to wander, because it’s easy to justify surfing the net as research for an article. Distraction free writing is different for everyone, but committing yourself to doing it is the first step. Once you develop a routine it feels weird to not follow through with it.

    • Pamela Burke

      Sam, I relate to this. I too have turned to the methods that you, Michele, and Chandler have mentioned. I find that my thoughts flow easier when I take pen to paper. I do not get as caught up with realizing my spelling errors. That means more time is spent writing rather than on hitting the back space button on the keyboard.

  • Kim_Avery

    Great tips, Michael. As you suggested, I block off time, schedule it and show up with fingers poised to tap out wisdom. I can turn out good content that way about 50% of the time. But my biggest obstacles remains, I just write better when I am inspired, and inspiration doesn’t always show up on time.

    Any suggestions?

    • Michael Hyatt

      I don’t always feel inspired either. My experience is that inspiration shows up about 50% of the time I show up, but 0% of the time I don’t show up. ;-)

    • Pamela Burke

      Kim, I noticed the same issue with inspiration. One way I have thought to work with this is to start noting when I am the most inspired. I have found that there are certain parts of a month when I much more inspired than others. When that flow of thoughts time of the month happens, go on a writing frenzy.

      I also noticed that more thoughts come to me when I am working out. I cannot explain it, but it works.

      Another time when ideas spark for me is in the bathroom. I know it is weird, but there is something about when I step in the bathroom. The bad part is that I have yet to figure out how to not lose my thought by the time I walk out of the bathroom. So, note your key thinking location and let your ideas flow. Hopefully, you will be in a location that will allow you to do that.

  • Larry Carter

    Setting m schedule

    • TorConstantino

      Making time is a critical step – way to go Larry!

  • Karen Jeannette

    I recently took on the experiment to see if I could commit to writing thirty minutes per day. I found that I actually prefer longer stretches, and that I am really budgeting time to do more than write (see Journaling this process is helping me be realistic about how much time I should write, compared to thinking, connecting, researching etc,…, but has also given me a chance to think through how to get under 500 words (which I’m still working on). I’m glad I ran across this and your blog template post this morning. Very timely and helpful!

    • TorConstantino

      Good for you Karen! Journaling is a great discipline. I really like how you’re also shooting for a specific word count as well as a specific period. That’s a habit!

  • Lawrence W. Wilson

    My biggest obstacle to posting consistently is perfectionism. I want every post to be a home run. I’ve had to accept that not all posts are created equal.

    • Michael Hyatt

      That’s the truth. I have found I am a pretty poor predictor of what will work.

    • Michele Cushatt

      Yup. Me too. Ironically, the posts that become “home runs” are rarely the ones I spent the most time on.

      • Linda Ranson Jacobs

        Me too. I swear when I throw something together, feel okay about it and let it go, those are the winners. The ones I labor, research and am a perfectionist about it just do okay. It baffles me!

  • Lausanne Davis Carpenter

    Hard to “set your own schedule” when you are tied to a cubicle in a 6/days/week – 11/hrs/day day job. I have ONE discretionary hour per day. Talk about the need to focus. Oy.

    • John Richardson

      When I wrote my first book, Lausanne, I was commuting to a job that resulted in really long 11 to 12 hour days, and I found myself working weekends to get caught up. Yet I always had an hour or two in the morning before work, when the house was quiet. I just set a timer for 48 minutes, turned off distractions and started writing. Having that compressed time was actually a blessing. I knew it was the only time I could work on the book. It became gold for me. Now that I work for myself, it’s actually been much harder to find that consistent time. Having eight hours to divvy up often relegates book writing to the next day. A strange dichotomy, but my last book took much longer to write than my first, because I didn’t have to be as focused.

      • Lausanne Davis Carpenter

        Thank you, John. That is encouraging. I know I am not alone. Just when you think you are pretty good at time management the pressure increases. I now have to look at every 10 minute interval and ask myself “what are you doing? What should you be doing?” Even if the answer is sleep or look at the sky. I hope that when I do have more control over my time again I can retain some of the discipline. I have been self-employed for most of my life (technically still am) so I know how easily tasks can expand to fill that time allotted.
        Time to log into the computer terminal.

      • Michael Hyatt

        I have found the same thing to be true, John.

  • John Richardson

    One thing that you are a master of, Michael, is your blog schedule. I know when I log onto your site on a certain day, there will be a post or a podcast there. This is so key to your success. I’m in the process of streamlining my blog activities and focusing on writing a new book. One of the main things for me is to create a sustainable schedule that I can keep for the next year as I build a tribe for the book launch. I’ve really struggled with this over the years, but I realize it’s really my missing link to success. After reading Essentialism, I realize my posts need to be focused on my goal, delivered on time, and written in such a way as to draw readers in. As I have outlined the material for a book proposal, the chapters and sub-headings have created a natural blog schedule for months in advance. Now I just need to create a buffer of posts to start, and set a doable schedule.

    Thanks for being a great blog mentor for all of us.

    • Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome, John. Your plan sounds great!

  • Grant Porteous

    The first challenge I face is external – keeping the time I block for writing mine. I am working on being more intentional about this in general. The second challenge is internal – I’m inspired until I sit down to write. Then the “second-guessing gremlins” show up. But I’m working on that, too, and they’re getting a little harder to hear.

    • TorConstantino

      I fully understand that part about the “second-guessing gremlins” interrupting the flow and undermining confidence. Personally, I strive to just write and get the general concept down on paper as quickly as I can – not giving the gremlins a chance. I don’t try to edit or clean it up at this point, just getting it captured.

      Once the gist is there. I get up and walk away for 5 minutes to get coffee or a brief walk to clear my head. Then I come back for the first edit pass, in most cases the gremlins are nowhere to be found….

      • Grant Porteous

        Thanks, Tor, for the thought about just getting up and taking a break. I have trouble disengaging once I start – so I’ll try putting some space in between drafting and editing.

  • Wesley Wiley

    So good Michael. Loved the quote from McKeown, “If I don’t prioritize my life, someone else will.” This one hit home for me. Thanks for sharing!

    • Michele Cushatt

      It’s a great quote.

  • Steve Lee

    The hardest thing I have found so far is when you start you have low readers and thus have a motivation problem.

    • Michele Cushatt

      True. It helps when you know you’ll have readers. It brings both accountability and incentive.

  • Gene Cornett

    Thank you so much for this whole post, especially for the great quote about writers. Here’s one I found this weekend in the Books & Culture podcast (relative to writing novels, but I think helpful to all writing):

    “Write privately, not publicly without fear or timidity, as if it were never going to be published. Before starting, rehearse in your mind what you are going to tell, something interesting, your story, but don’t rehearse too much, the story will develop as you go along, especially if you write to a special friend, man or woman, to make them smile or laugh or cry. Remember not to think of the reading public, it will put you off.” Muriel Spark

    • TorConstantino

      That’s a great tip Gene. Back when I was a reporter, one of my news director’s told me early in my career to write every story as if I was explaining it to my grandmother. That tip helped make my writing more crisp, clear and concise. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Mark L. Volz

    Yes, great post – I’m not sure about the “timer” though. Where you talking about a timer with some leeway? I know if I’m under a strict timer (ie. 20 minutes means 20 minutes whether done or not), I tend to cut corners and skimp… especially toward the end of writing… just to make that deadline… I’m not sure if it’d be a good idea, as a beginer, to “skimp-out” on contents that readers read.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I’m talking primarily about the first draft. You can polish after you get that.

      • Mark L. Volz

        Ahh, now it makes perfect sense… thanks.

  • Dave Shrein

    From the list above, I am focusing on the concept of number 1. I own my schedule. Making appointments with myself have helped, but I need to take more liberty with this.

    Absent from the list, altering my expectations for what I write has helped me find time. Rather than writing 350-450 word articles, I began to focus on 200-250 word articles. Changing my expectation has allowed me to succeed in meeting my expectations and therefore has provided fuel to my fire.

    • TorConstantino

      That’s interesting Dave. I typically strive for a word count between 400-700, because I believe that’s the optimal range for the content to be found via search engines. Have you noticed any difference in traffic with the condensed blog posts you’ve been writing? Just curious…

      • Dave Shrein

        @torconstantino:disqus I don’t have enough analytics to support any conclusions. I will say that when I am writing a post which is more authoritative than contemplative, I will write more for SEO and, therefore, make them longer. The 200-250 word articles are more for my benefit of writing regularly in a way that is sustainable. I would say it’s more of a description than prescription, if that makes sense.

  • Lynn Briggs

    I struggle with staying on task and am actually thankful to read that it’s not just me. Thanks for the tips, they will definitely help!

  • Julie Sunne

    My difficulties: Having the ideas when it is time to write (inspiration) and interruptions by family demands–even during the scheduled times. I do believe blocking time is crucial and am trying to be better at that.

    • Michele Cushatt

      Interruptions by famly? I have no idea what you’re talking about. ;)

      • Julie Sunne

        Indeed…! I’ve been thinking about you lately, Michele. Hope you are doing well.

  • John R. Meese

    Great advice here! When I first started blogging, I just wrote when I “found time” and barely got anywhere, then I committed to one post a week but still wrote here and there, so once I was done I’d probably spent a total of 5-6 hours on the post.

    Now I dedicate Monday nights each week to blog-writing, and the difference has been incredible. Now I can knock out 1 post from start-to-schedule in less than two hours, and starting tonight I’m aiming for two posts! Creating my own template (based off yours), has helped.

    • Michele Cushatt

      Good idea, John! Thanks.

  • Michele Cushatt

    Time is my biggest obstacle…complicated by my infernal perfectionism. I spend WAY too long writing a single post, because I want to get it just. right. If I don’t have a big enough block of time, I don’t do it. It’s a never ending cycle of crazy. :) When I lower my perfectionism bar a bit and just write for the joy of it, both the words and enjoyment come.

    • John R. Meese

      Totally with you here, Michele. And honestly, my most popular post to date is still one of those ones I just wrote for the sake of writing, and wasn’t perfectionist-proud of. Yet it worked!

      • Michele Cushatt

        Same here. Some of the posts I thought were “terrible” ended up being the most popular ones. Perhaps we’re overthinking things. Haha.

        • John R. Meese

          Seems like it!

    • Julie Sunne

      Oh yes, perfectionism. You are definitely not alone on that one, Michele. Being an editor, I can’t seem to get past the grammatical “mess” to just let the ideas flow. Every comma must be correctly placed, every sentence formed well. Add to that the fear of having someone misunderstand a phrase or word and it’s a wonderful I click publish on anything.

  • Owen Hemsath

    What kind of timer- iphone? And does scrivener overlap with evernote in functionality?

    • Michael Hyatt

      I just use the timer on my iPhone. There is some overlap in Scrivener and Evernote, but not much. I use Evernote for storing random ideas. When I get ready to write, I move it over to Scrivener, which is truly a writing tool.

  • Joshua Rivers

    My schedule has changed in the past month, and I’m still trying to figure out what it’s going to look like over the next few months. I’m procrastinating by waiting for the “ideal” time/situation, but then weeks can go by with just random writing. I just need to look at each week and determine to make time. “If we never stop to make time, how can we ever expect to have time.” (heard this on the Matrix, not sure if credit goes somewhere else :)

    • TorConstantino

      Great point Joshua, we have to be intentional regarding what’s important while also being adaptable to situational change. A senior executive I work with uses the phrase “relentless prioritization” to capture the idea being nimble yet intentional with his schedule. It’s something I’m striving for in my life as well.

  • TorConstantino

    The idea of a template is great and is very useful as a starting point when staring at a blank page. One of the challenges I face deals with your #5 point about staying close to the subject.

    While I don’t suffer from ADHD, my interests do vary quite a bit. As such, I find I get inspired to write about something that’s not perfectly aligned with my blog. I’d be curious to hear how others deal with that?

    • Casey

      I usually just write a rough draft of the unrelated post and leave it sitting in Evernote. It doesn’t take long to get the general idea out on “paper”, and writing it down clears out my “mental RAM” for other projects. Besides, you never know when it might come in handy later.


    Hey Michael great post! I find that time is an issue as well as what to write about, but if I keep an ongoing list of topics that is helpful. Knowing what to write about before I sit down is very helpful in getting the ball rolling.

  • Jason Allen White

    Another valuable and appreciated blog post. Thanks Michael!

  • Oumar Dieng

    Michael, thanks for tackling this issue! Boy, do I identify with this! My biggest challenge is that I am chasing too many horses at once. I have my writing projects (as an author) then there’s blogging. Add a hint of social media engagement work, interviews, promotional planning, family, work and time runs out on me. I am working on committing to only a few things at once but it is not an easy task.
    Maybe I should actually find the time to install the “Get Notice” theme I recently purchased from you so I can do mini posts?

  • Casey

    It really seems like a lot of these principles can apply outside of just blogging. If there is anything you really want to do but feel like you don’t have time for you can make the time using a lot of these same principles. Even something totally different, like excercise, can benefit from things like a “template” and using a timer.

  • Chetan Mohan

    Time management is my biggest problem. I am an entrepreneur and whenever i start writing, i have to focus on something else, which makes me lose interest. But now i will follow the tips, will block atleast 2 hours everyday just for blogging and research. I am building a blog on Tumblr. Niche is Mobile Apps

  • kimanzi constable

    I love to write and could do it all day long especially now that this business the supports us. Since moving here to Maui I’ve been fighting the urge to constantly go to the beach or a hike or something outdoors. I’ve been getting better by giving myself clear goals and the reward being beach time after I hit those goals.

  • Christy Largent

    What keeps me from blogging (doing my work)? Three words. Amelia and Graham. :)

  • Anastasia Howell

    Great Advice! I created my blog a year ago and ever since then, I have always had trouble finding the time to write. As a young student, school usually get’s in the way of my writing time. I have learned over the past year that planning my time and organizing a time to write is important. My dad also gave me the advice to (during spare time) write “back-up” posts so that if anything ever comes up where I won’t have the time to write a post, I can always turn to a saved “back-up” post.
    Also, I’d have to say that my favorite piece of advice that you shared with everyone in this post, was to create a schedule and to finish what you planned to finish. I believe that making a schedule will really help me (and many others) organize and plan their time correctly.

    Thanks, Anastasia.

  • Dave Hilgendorf

    I love the quote on how writers waste time . so true. I’ve used your timer idea and will do more of that but I think your best idea is to set aside blocks of time to write. Simple but so easy NOT to do

  • the Old Adam

    Great tips here.

    Thank you.

    My blog is easy. I just post the best sermons around for others to listen to (after all,” faith comes by hearing…”).

    I get lots of people listening. But rarely comments. And that’s ok because I don’t have a lot of extra time for interaction.

    • Joseph Lalonde

      I love your mindset on comments. It’s easy to get caught up in getting the most comments or interaction yet you’ve said it’s okay not to. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Camilla

    Editing. I free write but then I need to edit it down to 500-700 words. I tend to re-write my blog posts a zillion times which eats up way too much time. Currently I’m only able to post once a week. I would like to get to the point where I can post two or three times a week. I would love to get to the point where I can write and edit a blog post in 90 minutes!

  • Dale L.

    I really needed to read this. I’m way off goal right now. It’s so easy to stray. thanks. Dale L

    • Joseph Lalonde

      The great thing is we can always get back on goal Dale. Hope you get back on the desired track!

  • Metz

    One practical way to blog if you don’t have time is to bring a notepad and a pen wherever you go, even if you’re on a vacation, a meeting or anything. By doing so, whenever an idea popped up in your mind, jot them down.

    As soon as you have your computer with you, type it, proofread it and publish.

    There is no excuse if you want to be flourishing like other bloggers who are earning big bucks.

    Well, I must say your tips and guide here are useful. Scheduling and following your schedule is difficult to do if you’re a lazy blogger.

    I found this post shared on, the Internet marketing social bookmarking site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.

  • Ann07

    Time is essential and it is required in blogging. Well, perhaps some bloggers are struggling with their time management, but thanks to this article for the brilliant solutions.

    These tips shared above will surely help you make and maximize your time for blogging.

    As what I’ve learned from the article above, you should know your schedule and then set it.

    The next thing to do is I think, challenging. As what is said, use a timer and start to write. It would be effective, but I guess it would depend on the traits of a writer. Some can write under pressure, and some are not. This may affect the quality of your writings, I guess.

    I must agree with the rest of the tips shared. Thanks for the post! This is indeed helpful. :)


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  • Joseph Lalonde

    Thanks to the advice you’ve offered previously, I really haven’t struggled with finding time to blog. So thank you Michael!

  • Muba Mi

    Hi Michael
    This is one of the most worrisome problem most of the part time bloggers have. Especially of those who want to earn part time with their blog. Obviously they have to post great contents with good keywords to bring traffic and then sell their products. That is why they remain in mess for what to do and what not to do. They take everything most important and can’t priorities their chores. You mentioned well that one has to develop his schedule and stick to it religiously to do smart work to maintain his blog.

  • Jan

    Michael, you have probably answered this question elsewhere on your blog… How long, in how many words, should a good blog post have? Thank you.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I typically shoot for 500-750 words.

  • Evelina

    What a great post – thank you!

    Just starting out in the blogging world here myself, and it’s proving to be difficult to find time to write in between everything else that needs to be done.

    Will definitely try these tips out and make sure to schedule some time. I imagine early morning might work great – no distractions is always a bonus!

  • Philip Verghese Ariel

    Hi Michael
    Very interesting and informative post,
    Fixing the time schedule is a bit difficult one, since it break always!! LOL
    The other tips are worth trying though I do practice some while writing
    especially the consistent writing is much needed in the blogging sphere.
    The timer fixing is really a worth trying thing, I never tried this.
    Keeping a notepad ready is a good idea and I used to do this and jot down
    when some good thoughts come to my mind, if I do not do this at a later stage
    I may not be able to remember the same again, this practice helped me a lot in many times.
    Thanks for sharing these valuable points to your fellow writers and authors of blogs.
    Keep writing


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  • Eduardo Souto

    I listen to your podcasts every day at the gym Michael!

    To be honest with you, the content of your blog is just perfect :D

  • Ron N. Sullivan

    Time is definitely my biggest blogging obstacle. I have two blogging
    sites and I’m working on three manuscripts. My writing definitely has to
    be scheduled. Like Michael has mentioned, putting a timer on your
    writing times is the way to go. I wrote a post for my blog called The Write Schedule. The post explains how I schedule my writing in a one week period.

  • Kibkabe Araya

    Good tips! I’m going to use a timer to help me stay focused on writing my posts.

  • Chad Fos

    Awesome post. You already answered the reason why I don’t post enough. It’s because I’m not strict about blocking out the time in my schedule to do it. I just hope that the time will somehow appear out thin air. Like a little bird will fly through and drop me a ticket that says “God has given you an extra 30 minutes today” then I’ll use that for blog post time.

  • Raweewan M.

    Great point, I’ve never done blog template for myself. I think your suggestion is great starting for me and many reader. I’m usually blogging every week, but it’s depend on my schedule and projects that I’m working on that time. Thanks for your great suggestion.

  • Denis Smith

    Writing my own content is mandatory to my business and till now I wrote several hundred articles. But I found it to be time consuming and at times boring. Your tips are helpful. Thanks.

  • Todd K Marsha

    Time used to be a big one but these days it’s more about motivation. I just don’t ‘feel like’ writing a lot of the time. When I finally do, I realize how much I miss it.

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  • Bobbie Cole

    My downfall seems to be the time things take – if I start something I’m loathe to stop in the middle. I keep on. However, the 90 mins – or whatever – I’ve allowed are always insufficient.

  • Sam Andrews

    Your blogs aways hit me right square between my eye. “We don’t find time so much as we make it” Regarding #4 Elizabeth Gilbert has a wonderful TED talk “Your elusive creative genius” She talks about the Daemon. I would recommend that talk to anyone who has been up against the wall. It’s fun.
    I need to read you blog more and all those things keep me from it.
    Good stuff Thank you!!!

  • Daniel Decker

    I’m working on realigning my priorities so that I can write more (and actually scheduling that time in so that I don’t lose it). Keeping an Evernote folder has been extremely helpful to me as well for saving ideas, etc. I have no shortage of things to write about as a result of using Evernote on the go to save ideas as they arise. I also use voice notes (and Dropvox – Audio saved to Dropbox) to record audio messages of ideas if I am driving so that I can revisit them later.

  • John Gallagher

    Content… And, not that I don’t necessarily have it, but that I don’t cultivate it. Ideas come in and I don’t write them down and they leave.

  • ConnieBennett

    Michael, this post is so apropos for me right now since while writing my next book, I haven’t been posting often enough.

    This is just the post I needed to read! I now commit to blogging more often!

    Interestingly, though, writing recently about you and the NSA debacle is how I got back to blogging over the weekend. (Ironically, it’s off topic!)

    See my latest post —

    Rooting for you.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Connie, I did see that post. Thank you so much for championing my cause! At the instruction of my attorney, I can’t say much publicly right now. I hope you understand. However, I am very grateful to you.

  • Pamela Burke

    This is a much needed post for me. I have struggled, mentally, to get my blog up and running. I feared not having content on a consistent basis. The idea of staying close to your subject, I believe, will help me change that. In fact, getting back to reading in the area close to my subject has helped me to note topics and write stories that will eventually go in my blog. Thanks.

  • weldinganswers

    With a full-time job and a big family its hard to schedule time to write. The second challenge is taking complex topics and breaking them down into posts of aroudn 500 words, but still having the posts be usefull on their own (not having the reader waiting for the next 2-3 posts to get something useful out of it)

  • Neha Mehra

    it is so tough to write articles on, blogging is really difficult and not easy like it looks. The best way to sit down and do something productive is to use get out of your home, leave your phone and just think.Simple things are really productive.

  • Nerdy Creator

    Hey Michael, knowing that you can blog consistently despite having a full time job previously gives me the confidence that I can do it too. :)

  • Dania Shah

    I recently found you on the web Micheal and am actually glad that I clicked on one of your blogs, from there I found more interesting blogs by you, I want to learn about the template, how do you do that?
    Secondly, I need to know what most writers mean by narrowing the subject?

  • David DeWolf

    This is great advice, but, I’m not convinced that all leaders are gifted writers and can be as efficient and committed to it as you are, Michael. I’m a halfway decent writer, and while I prioritize it highly, it’s really hard for me to stay consistent no matter how much I follow this advice.

    For me to be consistent, the best way is to create leverage. All of my blogs are my own thoughts and are in my own voice, but, I don’t always craft the exact prose. I write about 50% the actual blog posts the other 50% are written for me based upon raw content that I produce. I write notes, share presentations, do interviews, and record quick audio clips that my Editor/Content Manager converts into the actual blog post.

    Of course, it’s important that this is not only my content, but, my voice. That’s easy enough to accomplish.

    I highly recommend that senior executives try this approach to help “blog if you don’t have the time”. Considering most surveys suggest that only about 30% of CEOs engage in social media (never mind blogging), I think it’s time we suggest ways to help them create more leverage.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I agree, David. This can be a terrific way to get it done.

  • Mathew Young

    As a full time Student Pastor I get a lot of flexibility when it comes to my schedule and most of my roasts and responsibilities are self initiated, but I often feel guilty if I spend time during my 8:30a-5p work day writing for my personal blog. I often spend time early in the morning or late at night writing. Sometimes I will even carve out my lunch for writing. My biggest struggle is choosing to be disciplined to write when I have opportunity versus wasting that time with Netflix or scrolling social media.