How to save time writing and publish blog posts

I’m going to share with you how I am saving 2 to 4 hours each time I publish a blog post and how you can do the same.

Recently in a buffer.com post Kevin Lee said “I write a Buffer blog post in an average of 2 hours, 58 minutes. The longest post took 3 hours, 33 minutes. The shortest post took 2 hours, 23 minutes.”

And they (Buffer.com staff) write content frequently. To most people, it takes longer. It uses to take me between 3 to 4 hours to publish an article.

That’s a lot of time that you could be doing other money making activities.

Unfortunately for you, if you do not publish content frequently you will be losing a lot of potential sales. I get it, you do not have time to sit down a write and you might not have the budget to hire someone to research and write content for you. How Do I know? Because I’m in the same boat, I do not have spare time to write new articles, and updates every single day.

That’s why I was determined to come up with a better way for me to publish new content frequently. The first thing I did was to map out the whole process from beginning to end. What it takes to publish a new blog post. This is step 2 on the 8 problem solving steps.

In process improvement, this type of map we call it the value stream map. The VSM is a way to identify your current state and your ideal state. You do this by creating a map of your current process and then you create a second map of how you will like to see the process.

The current stated looked something like this.

  1. Research
  2. Type draft into my website
  3. Edit draft
  4. Add Title and other headlines
  5. Find images
  6. Publish blog psot

After the blog post is published

  1. Share it on Twitter
  2. Share it on Facebook
  3. Share it on LinkedIn
  4. Share it on Google+
  5. Send an email update about the new blog post via Aweber

In my ideal process, I will want to automate and delegate as much as possible. The only thing I do not wish to delegate right now is creating the actual content.

The solution: Create a video

Videos are easy to create and you can uploaded for free on YouTube. You do not need special equipment or cameras, you can just use your smartphone to record, edit and upload your video. Plus as a side bonus, uploading the videos to YouTube will present your content to more people searching for what you offer.

A better process to creating content in your website will go something like this.

  1. Record your video in one take
  2. Edit the front and end of the video
  3. Upload to YouTube
  4. Here is where the automation starts

  5. Have Rev trasncribe your new video
  6. Then have Zapier move the transcription to your blog
  7. Next have FancyHands fancy up and publish your post

That’s it! We are going from 2 to 4 hours to 15 to 20 minutes tops.

Also, that YouTube video it’s been distributed to my Twitter, Facebook page, Google+ and other channels automatically. As well as the blog post. Once is published it will be shared automatically to my social profiles via Buffer.

If you publish one article per week, that’s four hours each week that you can use for other activities. I know I can always spend more quality time with my spouse and my kids.

I challenge you to grab one process, one process that you do every day, or every week and see how you can improve it. Maybe delegating or automating the process.

And if you need help simply reach me via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+.

How to have More Family Time Each week

3772193760_b8573933f7_o“You do what?”

That was the expression a friend of mine gave me today when I told him that I pretty much auto-ship everything, including clothes.

If you’ve been following me, you know that I’ve been exercising quite often. I’ve got to keep my physical health, and it also boosts my productivity. One thing I also do is find ways to create time to focus on the things that really matter to me. Sometimes it’s family, sometimes it’s homework, sometimes it’s business.

The challenge that most of us have is that we want more out of life, but at the same time, we want less on our plate.

In life, we have all these noises going on. School, kids, wife, spouse, all kinds of things. When I told my friend that I auto-ship everything that I can. He gave me this look, and it made me want to share this with you guys today.
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How to improve your problem-solving skills

Do you have time to solve the same problem, over and over again?

Because if you do not you must learn how to solve your problems correctly. Also, if you do not have time to learn or to solve your problems but still want them resolved you need to share this process with your employees, team or organization.

Did you know that many problems do not require you to be a trained lean or six sigma practitioner to solve them efficiently?

Many problems can be solved just by following a simple, standardized process known as the 8 problems solving steps.

When you finish reading this post, you will have the basic skills to use the 8 problems solving steps to make things better for your business, organization, and your life.
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Quick announcement and a favor

I am very close to finishing a long waited training manual. I will be releasing it in the next 30 days. However, before we do, I have to ask you a couple of questions. Can you help me out?

You can agree with me that each and every person will face the same problem differently. Also, you will agree that we all have an infinite number of problems and a limited amount of resources.

Luckily for you and me there is a process people can learn to increase the effectiveness of their problem-solving skills.

Better problem-solving skills can be applied to goal setting, policymaking, daily decision-making just as must as business, organizational, and engineering problem-solving.

You can answer the questions here (and get a little more detail on the problem-solving manual) at this link:

https://angelfanderson.typeform.com/to/RXc2UT

After you complete the survey, you will be redirected to a bonus video page.

Thank you

Angel