The key to being and staying productive is organization. Plain and simple. Well, perhaps not so ‘’simple’’. It is easier said than done, but it certainly can be done, my friend. Deciding on a course of action for your blog or biz and sticking to it – is imperative. If we don’t set actionable and achievable goals, we don’t have a fighting chance in this over-saturated blogging world. If you read my post on how I plan to make a full-time income blogging in 2017, you would know that organization is one of my key focuses this year. Without it, I don’t think I would reach my goals. And I have set some hefty goals for myself and this blog. Working from home comes with challenges. You’re more likely to get distracted at home, for one. Especially if you’re a mom. Which is why I have put together this post to help boost your productivity as a blogger, and hopefully supercharge my own productivity at the same time.
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1)Set Actionable Goals For The Week, Month, and Year.
With Organization being key to boosting your productivity as a blogger, setting goals is the obvious first step.
The first thing you should be doing is making a plan. And write it down. A goal is just a dream if you don’t put it on paper ( or on your computer). Make daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists. And of course, jump on that editorial calendar bandwagon. You won’t regret it.
This is something that I have recently implemented, and have already seen a big difference.
When you know what you’re writing about each week, it keeps you from scrambling to come up with ideas when the time comes.
Prioritize your most important tasks first, and organize your days ahead of time so there are no surprises. I find that if I plan out my work days in advance, I’m more productive and get more done.
2) Focus On One Task At a Time.
This one is a biggie for me. I get so excited by all the projects I’m working on that I forget to complete one task at a time, before moving on to the next. And this is my largest obstacle with blogging so far.
So if I can give you one piece of advice, don’t do what I did/do. Focus on one task or project at a time, and make sure to complete it from start to finish (if you have time) before jumping over to something else. At least don’t work on 3 different blog posts at the same time as scheduling your posts for the week and checking your email. (Guilty, I’m afraid).
You’ll find that you have more time to complete the other tasks, and I guarantee you will feel less stressed.
3)Schedule Your Posts Ahead of Time.
I’ll admit it took me a little longer to start doing this, but once I did – girl, did it ever make a difference! Currently, I schedule my Facebook and Twitter posts on Buffer. You can use it for free and schedule 10 posts at a time, or if you purchase their plan to schedule 100 posts in advance.
I’m sure you know the vital importance of Pinterest for growing your blog, but if you don’t – head on over to this post to up your Pinterest game, then head back to this post.
For Pinterest, I’m currently using both Board Booster and TailWind. I use BoardBooster to loop my pins, and TailWind to schedule them. You don’t need both, but it’s becoming more and more common to have both working together for optimal results.
Scheduling your posts at the beginning of the week (say, on Sunday’s) will save you so much time.
4) Minimize Distractions.
This is another crucial one.
When you’re distracted, you’re not at your best. And if you want to succeed at blogging or working from home – you need to be focused on what you’re doing, so you don’t make mistakes. Well, we all make mistakes. I should say we need to be focused so we can catch our mistakes.
Log off Facebook, and any other social media platform that may divert your attention, and focus on the task at hand.
If Facebook is as distracting for you as it is for me, I suggest downloading the Facebook Groups app, so you can still participate in the blogging and work from home groups, without having Facebook open. It’s pure genius, really.
And of course, make sure (or try if you have little ones running around) you have a quiet atmosphere to work in. I know for me if someone is even talking or if there’s noise surrounding me, I have a difficult time focusing.
So no distractions, got it? 🙂
5) Invest in Shortcuts.
I’m not talking about cheating, but taking a few shortcuts is going to save you loads of time and headaches. I get it, especially us moms don’t always (or ever?!) have extra money. But investing in your business is vital. If you only utilize free tools, you’re not going to see the same amount of growth as you would if you invest in yourself and your business. Don’t get me wrong, there are some killer free tools out there. But in order to boost your productivity, you’ll need a combination of both.
Look at it this way: If you aren’t going to invest in yourself, why should anyone else?
Here are some terrific investments (that I use) that will save you time and your sanity:
- Grammarly. I am obsessed with this program. It automatically checks for spelling and grammar on the free version, and if you upgrade it checks for everything. Sentence structure, writing style, plagiarism, and it gives you suggestions for better words to use. Definitely, a worthwhile investment – since your content is the most critical aspect of blogging.
- Freshbooks. If you offer any type of service, you will need to provide invoices to your clients. Freshbooks is awesome – I use it for my freelance business. You can even get a free month, and after that, they are very affordable. It’s straightforward; you can create an invoice in literally one minute. They also have other neat features, other than invoicing.
- TailWind or Board Booster. As I mentioned before, scheduling your social media posts will save you loads of time and energy. You set them up once a week, and watch your blog grow! I had my biggest spike in traffic yet on my first day of using these tools. You can snag a free month of TailWind here, and your first 100 pins free with BoardBooster here.
- Write Your Way to 1K. I cannot recommend this course enough! It’s a course for aspiring freelance writers that teaches you how to make a full-time income from home. Elna Cain created this course and she was able to start making a full-time income in only 6 months, using the strategies she teaches in this course. It’s one of the best, if not the best freelance writing courses on the market.
6) Have a Designated ”workspace” that’s comfortable.
I realize we don’t all have our own office for our blogging (well, at least I don’t), but anyone can create their own designated workspace.
For the time being, I have my desk sitting right in the living room. It works for now, and I know when I sit down there, it’s time to work. Sometimes I will work on the couch too, but I find I’m more productive if I’m sitting at my desk.
Also, make sure it’s comfy! If you’re going to sit your tush there for hours each day, you need to be comfortable.
7) Develop a Schedule that Suits Your Lifestyle.
I get it. Your life is chaotic. Mine too. Every.Single.Day. We all have ten thousand things to do each day (especially us mothers). But one thing I’ve found crucial is finding your own schedule, and sticking to it.
If you’re only blogging part-time you may only have 2 hours a day to work. And that’s okay, you can make it work. Just make sure that no matter how much time you have to work with, you’re picking a set time to work each day, and being consistent every day.
This will boost your productivity, and you’ll find you actually get more done. Win, win.
8) Track Your Time.
This is a new one for me, but I’ve heard from countless bloggers that this keeps them accountable and on task. And it makes perfect sense that it would.
Something I’m trying out is every night writing down my schedule for the next day. And writing everything in time blocks. So from 7:00-7:15 am I check emails, 9:00-11:00 am I’m writing (blog posts, client work, guest posts), 11:00-12:00 pm I create social media graphics, 12:00-1:00 pm participate in Facebook groups, and 1:00-2:30 pm write some more! (This is just an example, some days my schedule looks a little different depending what’s on my plate for that particular week).
So far I have found this has kept me focused and able to complete more in a short time. You’d be surprised how much this one thing can boost your productivity when working at home.
9) Carry a Notebook Around With You.
If you’re anything like me, then you have approximately 500 notebooks throughout your house. I know, in this day and age there is an app for everything.
But, I like my notebooks. I find this exceedingly helpful when I suddenly think of a mind-blowing blog post idea.
Some of my greatest ideas come out of nowhere. And I’m sure yours do too.
You never know when you’re going to have writer’s block. So keep a pen and notebook handy, because you can’t predict when you may come up with the next month’s blog post ideas.
10) Create Templates.
Sometimes when I’m writing a blog post I will just sit down and write it start to finish, but usually, it happens over the period of a day or two. Something I find very convenient is having a blog post outline ready to go. Then you basically are filling in the blanks and can transfer it to your computer later.
Another excellent time-saver is to create templates for your social media graphics. I use Canva to create my graphics for Pinterest and social media. You can’t save ”templates” with the free version, but you can save your designs and then just edit them. The main reason I pay for Canva For Work instead of using the free version is because you can upload your own fonts, logos, and have your brand colors saved.
Some of the biggest challenges for bloggers can be staying productive and learning time management. If you can get a hold on these two things, you’re golden.
I hope you found these tips helpful!
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