You JUST sat down to write this new post and before you know it, the better part of the day is gone and you are left with a bunch of unfinished blogging tasks.

Sounds familiar?

It’s not just you. Blogging can be hugely time-consuming… Just think about all the different things that you need to do.

You have to research the best content ideas, write blog posts, create graphics, promote your content on social media, etc.

Lucky for us, there are a bunch of really helpful productivity tools that we bloggers can use to make our lives easier and to get more done.

Today I’m gonna show you my 5 favorite tools that I use to cut down the time that I have to spend on maintaining my blog.

Maybe you’ll find your new favorite on the list too?! 🙂

Disclosure: Some of these links might be affiliate links. This means when you purchase something through those links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. It’s the cool online-kid way of tipping me – with someone else’s money. Thanks a ton!

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1. Tailwind

If you’ve been blogging for a while, you’ve probably noticed that promoting your content usually takes even longer than producing said content.

Which is why automating some or all of your promotions can give you a huge chunk of your time back.

Therefore I’d like to introduce you to my favorite scheduling tool first. *drumroll* 🙂

Since my favorite platform is Pinterest, I use Tailwind to automate a big portion of my Pins.


What Tailwind is

It’s the official Pinterest scheduler, but you can also use it to schedule your Instagram posts.


How Tailwind helps you

There are lot of features that I love about Tailwind.

It’s not just the fact that it allows you to batch all your pinning instead of having to log into Pinterest each and every day and pin manually.

I mean, yeah, that’s awesome and a big time saver! I’m all for the set-and-forget kind of approach when it comes to promoting content on social media.

But Tailwind does so much more than that!

It lets you schedule your Pinterest or Instagram posts at exactly the times when your audience is most likely to engage with them. More bang for your buck – how cool is that??

Or you can use Tailwind tribes to further your reach. Let me tell you, they are a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Seriously. Pinterest group boards never seemed to do much for me, but Tailwind tribes do.

Here’s a screenshot of one of my tribes:

Increase your reach with Tailwind tribes; example


See this? Through that one tribe alone, I increased my reach by 1.1 million!

So you save a ton of extra work promoting your content when you find a great tribe with awesome tribe members that help you spread the word.

Let’s move on before I get too carried away! 😉

But here’s some more info on how Tailwind can help you optimize your Pinterest/Instagram marketing, in case you’d like to learn more.


Tailwind Pricing

Starts at $9.99/month.

But you can get a FREE TAILWIND TRIAL here.


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2. Easil

The second cool tool that I use a lot and that I think could save you a ton of time, is Easil.

If you’re not a professional designer and are lost when it comes to graphic design and making your blog look pretty, Easil is definitely a tool to try.


What Easil is

It’s an online graphic design program like Canva with lots of easily customizable templates and assets to choose from.

I’ve tried both, Canva and Easil, and personally I prefer to work with Easil.

I use Easil to quickly make blog graphics like this one:

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Obviously, it all comes down to personal preferences and you have to figure out which graphic design tool works best for you.

But if you’ve tried Canva and aren’t convinced but at the same time aren’t ready to buy costly graphic design software, this might be a good alternative for you.


How Easil helps you

Easil will help you create professional-looking graphics in no time at all.

Without needing an expensive designer or spending hours trying to understand complicated graphic design software.


Easil Pricing

Free version available.

Plus plans start at $7.50/month.


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3. Grammarly

Whenever you create content, you’ll inevitably make the occasional spelling or grammar mistake, right?

Therefore you need someone to proofread and double-check your content.

At least you need someTHING to go over your writing. Enter: Grammarly.


What Grammarly is

Grammarly is an online grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection platform. 


How Grammarly helps you

Well, this should be pretty self-explainatory: It checks all your writing for spelling and grammar mistakes.

Thus you don’t have to wait for someone else to find all those typos for you!

Truth be told, it doesn’t always catch all mistakes. But if you’re in a hurry and you can’t wait for someone to go through your posts, it’s definitively much better than not having your writing checked at all.


Grammarly Pricing

Free version available.

Professional plans start at $11.66/month (billed as one annual payment of $139.95 USD).





4. Dropbox

Have different machines you’re working on – say your laptop and a desktop computer – and the file you’re just looking for is ALWAYS on the other machine? #murphyslaw

Don’t tell me you carry a USB stick around all the time and transfer your files…

Here’s the better solution: Dropbox.


What Dropbox is

Dropbox is a file hosting service that lets you access and share your files from any location.


How Dropbox helps you

Dropbox makes it easy to save all your important files in one place and to access them from wherever you want.

No more copying files from one device to another or sending large files via Email. Yay!


Dropbox Pricing

Free basic account available.

Individual plus plans including 1 TB of storage start at €8.25/month.

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5. LastPass

Ok, so as a blogger, you probably have serveral social media accounts.

Plus accounts for keyword research tools, graphic design tools, and a gazillion more websites that you need passwords and usernames for…

It’s shear impossible to keep track of all those passwords without a proper tool, am I right?!

That’s where LastPass is gonna save your sanity.


What LastPass is

LastPass is a password manager that generated secure passwords for you and stores the encrypted passwords online.


How LastPass helps you

As with Dropbox, the beauty of the system is that you can access your passwords from everywhere.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY WITH THIS SIMPLE MINDSET SHIFTYou don’t have to remember all your password and username combinations and you don’t waste your precious time searching for the piece of paper you used to jot down your login-data some months ago… *thank goodness*


LastPass Pricing

Free version available.

The Premium version costs $3/month, billed annually.




Conclusion

Those were my 5 favorite time- and sanity-saving productivity tools for bloggers.

I hope you found something that can help you too!

Was your favorite tool on the list? If it wasn’t, feel free to add it in the comments and let us know why you love it so much. 🙂

Oh and if you love your planners and some awesome extra productivity tips, check out Ultimate Bundle’s productivity bundle:

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Happy experimenting!

Yours,

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PS: If you haven’t done so already, join my free 5-day blogging challenge that will help you to never run out of blog content ideas again!


Related reading:

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY WITH THIS SIMPLE MINDSET SHIFT

STOP PROCRASTINATION – HOW TO BREAK THE HABIT AND BE MORE PRODUCTIVE

Claudia

I'm Claudia from PearTreePond - The Solopreneur Safety Net. My mission is to help moms with no prior experience in the online business world become successful work-at-home moms by starting their own profitable blog.

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