We’ve got some helpful Time Management Tips for Bloggers that will help you work smarter not harder!
Today we’re taking a little break from cooking and crafting to give you a peek behind the scenes at Home. Made. Interest.. We hear the same question from friends/family/other bloggers over and over, “How do you get it all done?” We have thought about it a lot and in the end it’s all about time management. So, for those of you interested here is a glimpse at a Home. Made. Interest. Blog Day and some tip and tricks for getting it all done.Melinda and I are busy ladies, I work full-time, and Melinda runs a seasonal business and has small children. So, while we work on social media, and writing blog posts daily, we try to schedule two “Blog Days” a month (usually once every other weekend) to make all of our recipes/crafts and get all of the photos done. On a typical blog day we have 7-10 blog posts on our to-do list.
TIP 1: Make Lists…Lots and Lots of Lists
To get it all done we start by making a list of every project that needs to be done before our next scheduled blog day. Then, usually over the phone a couple of nights before the big day, we break down each project into the materials that we will need. We find it is really helpful to keep all of our lists and schedules on Google Drive so that we can access them from anywhere, and also so that any edits that we make can be seen by both of us.
Last weekend we had 3 craft/DIY projects, and 7 recipes on our list. We come up with all of the materials needed and then we divide and conquer. Melinda takes care of the grocery store and I do the Walmart shopping. Before I head out to Walmart I always check Ibotta for any deals. Every little bit of savings makes a difference! Right now they have a great deal on Finish® dishwasher products. You can get $1.00 off Finish® Max-in-One 23ct and higher, $1.00 off Finish® Jet Dry® 8.45oz, and as a Bonus if you buy any Finish® Detergent (23ct and larger) AND Finish® Jet Dry®, you’ll get an additional $1.00 off for a $3.00 savings.
We have A LOT of dishes to do at the end of a blog day so I picked up the Finish® Jet Dry® 8.45oz and Finish® Max In 1 Powerball® . Finish® Jet Dry® was already on rollback at Walmart for $2.96 and the Finish® Max In 1 Powerball® was $4.97 so with the Ibotta deal I only paid $4.93 for both!
TIP 2: Know Your Light
We usually start our Blog Day around 9:30 a.m. I arrive at Melinda’s and we get all of the ingredients together and ready to start prepping recipes. We begin so early because we know that our best light for taking pictures happens from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.. You can see in the picture above that harsh direct sunlight is starting to creep into our work space, that is what happens after 2 p.m.. We have learned to work around it but we do our best to get as many shots as we can before that happens. Knowing when to take pics and how to get the most out of the natural light we have has made a big difference in our photography.
TIP 3: Have a Plan of Attack
With a huge list of projects in front of us and only 1 day to get it all done it is easy to get overwhelmed. We work out a plan of attack ahead of time, grouping similar recipes together and making them at the same time, or prepping 2 things that need to bake at the same temperature and putting them both in the oven while we photograph a different project. For example last week we were making a smoothie, a milkshake, and baking ratatouille. We prepped the ratatouille and popped it in the oven then made the milkshake, snapped our pics and then rinsed out the blender and took the smoothie pics. By the time we were done photographing those recipes the ratatouille was coming out of the oven and we went straight into pictures of that.
TIP 4: Know What You Need
When you are taking all of those pictures it is easy to miss something. On our project list we also make a note of any special photo requirements. Often a sponsor will ask for certain shots and it saves a lot of time to have all of the requirements printed out and in front of you when you get started. We also have a list of photos that we need for everything that goes on the blog. They are: Pinterest (vertical), Facebook, at least 1 content photo, and a Foodgawker pic. We may also decide we need step pictures depending on what we are working on.
On our planning night during the week we also go through each recipe and talk about how we want to set it up for photos to make sure we have whatever serveware/props that we need. This helps us move much more quickly when it comes time to set up the photos. We spend less time fiddling around with things and more time getting the shots we want.
TIP 5: Clean Up and Relax
This is what it looks like at the end of our day. The counters are a mess, and the sink is full of dishes. We are both the type of people who clean up as we go when we’re working in the kitchen but on a blog day we are racing to get as much as we can done before we lose our light. That means after a long day of work we have a lot of clean-up to do.
Melinda’s dishwasher gets a workout and she always adds Finish® Max In 1 Powerball® before she runs it, because who wants to have to re-wash their dishes after they’ve gone through the dishwasher? Finish® Max In 1 Powerball® scrubs-away dried-on leftovers, and cuts through grease stains so the dishes are always clean at the end of the day. You don’t even have to remove the wrapper you just put the Finish® Max In 1 Powerball® in the dishwasher and let it do its thing!
Once the dishes are in the dishwasher, the counters are cleaned off, and the food has been put away we usually flop down on the couch, pull out our pics and go through them to see what we ended up with. We’ve gotten the whole blog day thing down to a science and we are usually wrapping it all up by 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.. It is a long day but it always feels good to get so much done. With all of the photos taken we can work on writing and editing during the week after work, and once the kids are in bed.
That’s it! I hope it gave you some idea how we do so many recipes in one day. If you have any questions let us know!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Reckitt Benckiser. The opinions and text are all mine.