If you are like me it is difficult to find extra time in your weekly routine to squeeze in another major obligation. However, podcasting doesn’t have to be time-consuming. In fact, you can still produce a high-quality show with limited time and budget.
I have about 40-50 hours of other obligations each week. But, I continue to produce a three day a week interview based podcast show. I’m not superman and I don’t have any magical powers. It is all about three things that I do on a regular basis that allows me to pull this off.
Tip #1: Automate
The most important thing is that I always look to make the process of podcasting as automatic and streamlined as possible. For example, when a potential guest is interested in my show, I send them my Schedule Once link. This site allows anyone who has my link to look at my calendar and see when I am available. Then, they schedule themselves and I receive an automated notice by email. No more calling them or having to go back and forth by email. The bottom line is that this saves me time.
Another aspect of automation is that I only interview guests on Tuesdays between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. This way I never have to think about what days and times I need to interview my guests. This leads to my next tip which is to keep a simple schedule.
Tip #2: Keep a Simple Schedule
It’s easy to want to please everyone around you. However, what ends up happening is that you become so flexible with your time that you break. For example, let’s say that you do not have any set days or times to interview guests. As a result, you just schedule whenever they have time. Then a potential guest requests an interview on Friday at noon. And, because you want to be accessible, you say yes. Another person asks to interview with you on Saturday. And, another is scheduled for Monday and so on.
What ends up happening is that you are always guessing when you are scheduled. Also, you have days that could have been used for a short trip or fun activity and instead you have a 45-minute interview in the middle of your day that prevents you from going anywhere.
As you can see it is very important to decide ahead of time what days and times you will be doing certain tasks. Interviewing can be easy and fun or it can be time-consuming and confusing. That’s why I keep it simple. Only conducting interviews on Tuesdays for three hours saves me an enormous amount of time and headaches.
I also use a preset schedule when I complete other tasks for my podcast. Only on Sunday do I create my personal intro’s and write up show summaries. I do at least three each week. I do this for other aspects of my podcast too. And, if I am going on vacation for a few days, I will double up the week before so I do not get behind.
So, remember that keeping a simple schedule will make your life as a podcaster much more pleasant. You will not only get more done, but you will have time to do everything else that you have planned.
Tip #3: Utilize Virtual Assistants
Tim Ferris’ 3 Hour Workweek is a wonderful example of how to get more done in less time. Part of my success can be attributed to the use of virtual assistants. I utilize a site called Upwork that connects me with virtual assistants from around the world. I can post any job on their site at no cost and I will have up to 15 or more candidates emailed directly to me.
What I really like about Upwork is that they show you all the feedback from others who used the VA’s, how much they made in the past year and what their overall performance rating is. On top of this, they handle all the payments to the VA’s. You can choose to pay a preset price for a job or the VA can log in their hours and get paid after you review their time sheets.
I love Upwork and it has saved me time and money. I have a podcast editor, website editor and an SEO assistant that I found on their site.VA’s are located around the world and you can choose only the one’s that speak your language. Their rates are very competitive and it allows me to do the things I love and farm out those tasks that I don’t.
I hope you enjoyed these helpful tips! Be sure to pick up your FREE How to Launch a Podcast Cheatsheet on my website at TimLaskis.com. Happy Podcasting!