You are a blogger or maybe an aspiring blogger. You work either part or full time and countdown the minutes until your lunch break so you can catch your breath and maybe zone out a little bit while you scroll through your Twitter account. Maybe you sit in your car and eat your peanut butter and jelly sandwich as you bemoan the time you spend in your cubicle compared to the time spent creating something and working on your great work.
It’s time to make your lunch break work for you.
3 Ways to Blog on Your Lunch Break
Outline Blog Posts
Did you know that I came up with the content for Three Sixty-Five: Ideas for Blog Posts, Scrapbook Layouts, and Art Journal Entries during 2 lunch breaks? If I can come up with 365 blog post ideas in less than 2 hours, you can take time during your lunch break to brainstorm some posts for the week. In fact, I have so much faith in you that I’m going to challenge you to go a step further: take your blog posts ideas and write an outline for each one. Personally, I use a yellow legal pad and my Evernote to plan these sorts of things out, but maybe you’d prefer to email the drafts to yourself or write them in a Composition notebook.
Taking the time to outline your posts now will cut down on your actual blogging-at-the-computer time when you get off of work. This is how I am able to write all of my blog posts for the week each Sunday night.
Draft Email Responses
I have about 10 emails sitting in my draft folder right now because I started responding – or at least emailed myself notes for a response – to several emails. Like outlining your blog posts during your break, making notes on how you want to respond to emails is a great way to spend your lunch break! Maybe an exciting offer landed in your inbox and you want to make sure you are able to quickly respond when you get off of work – the notes you send to yourself now will help you write your response more quickly!
The best example I have of this is when I get flooded with customer service questions from new 30 Days of Lists participants – working from my phone feels a little cold and I’d rather not spend my lunch hour responding to the same complaint from 10 different people so I draft the response to one email and when I get home that evening I can copy & paste my response! It’s fantastic.
Respond to Blog Comments/Social Media Messages
I loved using Disqus on my blog before moving away from Blogger because I could respond to blog comments straight from my email! It was magical and I was able to have a better conversation with readers that way. I’m not able to do that via Google+ with the communities I’m in on that platform. I like using my lunch time to respond to those kinds of messages…they’re usually shorter and do not require a fully articulate answer!
Responding to messages during specific points during the day helps your followers establish the expectation that while you will respond, it may be later rather than sooner. Set aside a few minutes to respond to your messages!