This is a personal system I’ve used for years to help me focus on the various parts of my freelancing business. Though it might not useful for everyone, as someone who suffers from symptoms of ADHD, I’ve found it in extremely helpful in ensuring I remain focused on a common goal—business growth, consistency, and structure. And for bloggers who write within focused subtopics? This system is designed to work well with your content creation plan. Not only is it a multitask synonym, but it is also a better way to get multiple things done in a week without sacrificing focus or quality.
What is DayTasking? Here are the basics.
DayTasking is a system I created for myself to help me tackle all the different elements of my digital marketing strategy that needed to work together to paint a bigger picture. With all the different social media platforms and essential activities I needed to perform to properly market my business online, I found that it was all just too much to tackle in one or two hours. Then, as I worked with this system more, I realized it had bigger applications, especially for bloggers who wanted to create content along multiple subtopics within their broader niche.
It’s really quite simple. And here are the steps:
- Decide how many days per week you plan to work on your blog. I recommend at least three but no more than five to save your sanity. Three days would be great for part-time bloggers, and five would be great for full-time bloggers.
- Break your niche down into three to five subtopics, depending on how many days you identified in step one. So, if you want to work three days, pick three subtopics, and so on.
- Create a schedule for those number of days, filling in your subtopics for each day. This is the start to your DayTasking schedule. If you’re going to write a blog post on each of these days, you can write about the subtopic designated for this day. Keep going—we’re going to fill in the rest of your day with other focused tasks.
- Decide which social media platform you’ll focus on to begin. This is especially essential if you’re just starting out as a blogger because you don’t want to overdo it. Think about your ideal audience and the platforms they’ll be using more than any of the others. (I started with Medium because I knew bloggers who were interested in making money could be found there in droves.)
- Break down those number of days with tasks you need to perform on your social media platform. So, for instance, if you’re focusing on Facebook and working on your blog three days per week, one day could be dedicated to planning out your topics for the week, one day could be for creating your images to go along with your posts, and the last day would be dedicated to scheduling those posts for the week so you don’t have to do it every day.
- Add other marketing tasks to you calendar. At the bare minimum, you’ll also want to create an email marketing strategy. So, if this is your only other digital marketing strategy you plan to use, you can break your strategy into different tasks for those three days: working on your email marketing freebie, driving traffic to your sign-up page, and working on the next campaign you’ll be sending out.
- And, lastly, you’ll want to work on ways to monetize your blog. So, you would create three tasks for that part of your blog strategy as well, focusing each day on a different product or service.
Multitask Synonym—An Example of My DayTasking Schedule
|Day |||Topic (Blogging) |||Social Media Tasks |||Other Tasks |||Income Focus|
|Mon||Editing Hacks||Medium Article||email freebie||Editing Subscription|
|Tues||Making Money||Medium Article||guest blogs||Digital Product|
|Wed||WordPress||Medium Article||guest pitch||Affiliate Marketing|
|Thurs||Medium||Medium Article||Article/blog writing|
|Fri||Blog > Book||Medium Article||blog post||Ghostwriting/editing|
DayTasking Is Everywhere
When I first started using this time-management strategy, it started with business tasks, then flowed into tasks in my everyday life. As a matter of fact, you’ll probably find that you’re already using it if you do your laundry and dusting on specific days, as a couple of examples. It’s used widely in fitness, as well, when you delegate certain days to working on specific muscle groups.
Then I started using it for other tasks around the house because I liked the structure it added into my life from day to day. But, like I mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, this system isn’t for everyone. However, if, like me, you struggle with focus or attention, it can be a helpful system to try if you find yourself more engaged in your business when you get a variety of tasks to complete.
And, just for fun, this is what happens when people screw with laundry day . . . (from one of my favorite shows, Big Bang Theory)