Do you ever tell yourself, “I’d love to start a podcast, but I just don’t have the time?” People frequently say things like, “if I retired or quit my work,” or “if I didn’t have kids,” as a prelude to mentioning things they’d actually want to accomplish. There are as many people who remark, “I wish I had time to podcast,” as there are podcasts themselves.
To be completely honest, you have time to podcast. You just don’t have time to be frustrated when obstacles stand in the way of completing what you want to achieve. There are methods for removing impediments that generate frustration. Let’s look at how you can do it:
- free up some time
- make better use of the time you do have
- Remove any impediments so that you may work on your podcast.
How much time would your podcast take?
Before we do anything else, let’s figure out how big of a problem we’re dealing with. What exactly do we mean when we say “it’s time to podcast”?
It’s a complicated subject that depends on the type of podcast you’re producing and how regularly you want to release episodes.
Some podcasters estimate how much time they’ll need by multiplying their episode length by four. This implies that a 15-minute episode will take around one hour to complete, a half-hour episode will take approximately two hours, and so on. Others advise estimating an hour of editing for each minute of audio every episode for multi-layered sound design.
The most crucial aspect of these figures to remember is that recording is not the most time-consuming aspect of working on your podcast.
To cut a long tale short, your time estimations are not only dependent on episode duration. The good thing is that after you’ve determined how long it takes to produce each episode, you can prepare appropriately.
Be ready to sacrifice
Let’s get the difficult stuff out of the way first.
Everyone has at least one habit that they would like to get rid of in their day or week. Most people have more than one.
Begin by examining how much time you spend watching TV or playing video games. I’m not passing judgment on any of these behaviors on moral or value grounds.
We Happy Few and The Handmaid’s Tale have taken up a large portion of my time in 2019. It should be noted, however, that television and video games are designed to catch and keep you hooked. Downtime is vital because it promotes creative thinking and problem-solving abilities.
However, if you regularly spend an hour every night watching television and reduce that to half an hour, you will have gained between 2.5 and 3.5 hours per week.
To be sure, it’s only a minute here or a minute there. Those seconds add up. Keep in mind that technology corporations seek to keep you hooked. So, what appears to be a minute or two might actually be five.
You might only browse through that never-ending stream of ever-renewing morsels of material when you’re standing in line, taking public transportation, or having lunch. Rather than going through Facebook or Twitter, try on these:
- Make bullet points or create reminders for subjects you wish to study for your podcast using a note-taking tool. Instead of opening up social media when you have “a minute,” or five minutes, open up the notes app and go through these bullet points. Enter these into a search engine to see what comes up. Make a few more notes.
- Make a note with the topic of your upcoming podcast episode as the title. Fill it with short assertions of thoughts that you’d want to add.
- Read through your preferred media host’s knowledge base to learn how all of its features function.
- Subscribe to several podcasting newsletters to stay up to date on what’s going on in the podcast world.
Consider this: is checking social media (or any other habit, for that matter) assisting you in getting your show prepared, written, edited, posted, and so on?
If not, then prune.
Wake up earlier than usual
Almost every productivity expert, thought leader, coach, and so on suggests getting up earlier than normal. It’s an obvious sense, especially for podcasters. You’re less likely to be inconvenienced by other people’s leaf blowers.
Other folks haven’t even entered your mind yet. It’s a good time for sound mixing or editing. If you set your alarm half an hour earlier five days a week, you’ll have an extra 2.5 hours a week to work on your podcast.
Setting objectives and ambitions is made easier by the restricted amount of time (20-25 minutes by the time you’ve taken some coffee and splashed some water on your face).
Don’t expect to do a whole episode’s worth of editing in a single session. Set a goal, complete some work, and save it for later.
As for help when you need one
There may be aspects of producing a podcast that you dislike. There may also be folks who like doing those activities. You might wish to enlist the assistance of a buddy.
Assume you want to market your podcast on Instagram or YouTube but have no idea how to get started. Do you know somebody who is an expert on those platforms? They could be willing to assist. What about show notes? What about editing? You might know someone who can help.
Can you bring in a co-host if you’re actually overwhelmed? Collaboration may promote creativity while also lessening your load. Just be sure to indicate who owns the project. Ensure that everyone’s duties and expectations are clear.
There’s nothing wrong with sitting down with a cup of coffee and jotting out what each of you intends to contribute to and get from the show.
Online groups or blogs around the theme of your program might be useful at times. They may not only know someone who might be interested in doing a task for your podcast, but they may also be able to spread the news.
Again, make sure you’ve properly expressed what you need them to perform and that you understand what they expect in return.
The Fifteen minutes strategy
If job, transportation, family, and everything else are simply not cooperating, consider setting a timer for fifteen minutes a day and working on a modest task connected to your podcast.
You’ll soon be able to increase it to sixteen minutes. You’ll then be able to work on it for twenty minutes every day.
The next thing you know, making time for podcasting has become a habit, people appreciate it, and you’re well on your way.
Treat those fifteen minutes as though a Broadway producer or a record label owner is waiting for you to provide the most recent and finest listening experience. Your audience is also waiting, and they are as essential.
We hope we’ve given you some ideas on how you might develop or better spend your time working on your podcast.
Everyone is different, and we all have our own set of circumstances. Some of the above solutions may not be totally applicable or feasible for you. They may, however, stimulate some useful thoughts.