Everyone on this planet is on a race against time. None of us are getting any younger, and better managing our time can increase productivity and also help us recharge when we need to. Vloggers, however, have a bunch of challenges to overcome when it comes to time management. First off, it’s important to differentiate between people who upload a video to YouTube, for example, and people who go for live vlogging or streaming sessions, like through YouTube Live or Twitch. For the vloggers in the second category of live streamers, time really depends on when your target audience is most active. If you’re streaming games, for example, you can’t expect a whole bunch of kids and teens to watch your streams if you do it in the morning while they’re at school. So, figure out what your target audience is, determine the hours they’re usually more active online and schedule your work around those hours.
As far as the other vloggers or streamers who record and then upload, time is something you control entirely. Just make sure to upload regularly and stick to quality content, but how you manage the rest of your time is completely up to you. Creating a schedule, however, as part of a routine is immensely helpful, but we’ll talk about that further along in this article.
We’re all social creatures, we need to interact with other people, and most of us have a close relationship with our families. As a vlogger, simply talking to a camera and occasionally replying to comments on the social or media platform of your choice does not qualify as social interaction. But how do you balance it all out? It seems that as a vlogger you should always be on the lookout for the next best thing as far as trends go and if you’re not doing that, you ought to be recording, or editing or uploading.
While it shouldn’t come as no surprise for you, it’s often overlooked that you can actually incorporate some of your social life in vlogs. Sure, there will certainly be some people in your friends group or some family members who would rather you not film them, but they’re likely to agree to take part as long as you blur out their faces. Social events, family gatherings or a boy’s/girl’s night out can be a great change of pace from your solo vlogging sessions. It’ll also offer your viewers a glimpse into who you are as a person behind the often scripted and properly framed vlogs. And most importantly, it allows you to spend time with friends and family members, flex those social muscles and also get some potentially quality content out of it too.
All work and no play makes you a dull blogger. That’s to say that you’ll need to recharge often in order to keep your content fresh and steer clear from coming off as forced. Luckily enough for you, a vlogger’s life allows for much-needed flexibility in the creative process. All creative types will need inspiration to make something worthwhile, and vloggers are no exception to the rule. And you can’t really get inspired while working – you need exterior factors influencing you. Either, as we already talked about, spend time with your family or friends, either you go on a walk, take a short trip or even go on a proper vacation. All of these options, aside from helping you relax and take some time off to recharge your batteries, can and most likely will provide you with inspiration and even some worthwhile shots for your upcoming vlog. You should also already know that as a vlogger, being yourself and being honest with your viewers is high up the ‘how-to vlog’ list. Let your viewers know what’s up with you, be honest about needing a vacation or some time off, entice them with some footage from those outings or trips, and they’ll be more than happy to understand where you’re coming from and support you fully in your quest to relax.
Sure, vlogging may seem like a free, go with the flow, no-strings-attached kind of work. But if you want to be successful at it, you’ll need to set some boundaries too. Up until this point we talked about some of the differences between what a vlogger’s life offers compared to a normal 9 to 5 job. But there are some similarities as well, and taking them into account can help you stay focused and remain productive for longer periods of time before needing a break.
First off, you’ll need a dedicated work space. This is the place where you’ll probably do most of your editing, because as a vlogger you’re not really expected to film in just one specific location each and every single time. If you do, however, go for that style of vlogging, you should also consider dedicating a room to that. Let your family or roommates know that the office is off-limits while you’re working, and that they shouldn’t bother you unless it’s an emergency. Do not use the office to play, relax or do anything aside from working – that will train your brain to get into a work mindset as soon as you step into the office.
Last, but certainly not least, create a routine and stick with it. And you shouldn’t be thinking that you ought to have a routine for actually recording – that is part of the creative process and you should take advantage of inspiration when it hits. The routine should encompass the editing, the social media management stuff, the uploading, the financial and business opportunities side.