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For all those who love to write, blogging can be an alluring, engaging, not to mention lucrative endeavor. It lures you in with its promise and glitz, but as soon as you dip your toes in, you realize that a successful blog is actually the product of days of hard work, meticulous planning and is equivalent to running a full time enterprise.
So, for all newbie bloggers here are some useful tips to enhance your productivity:
Capture Your Creative Ideas:
One commonly found attribute in bloggers is creativity. Ironically, our minds are more creative when we’re tired. Therefore, be prepared! Keep a notepad with you at all times and note down ideas as they pop in your head.
Additionally, a true virtue in blogging is to plan as much as possible prior to its execution. As Einstein said, ‘if I had an hour to solve a problem I would spend fifty-five minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions’.
Therefore, as you work on a project, in addition to your dedicated work hours, capitalize on any ideas that pop up during the rest of the day. You will find that this can be most useful in drafting an innovative outline for your project, so that once you hit the desk; you’re already on top of things.
However, since in today’s day and age it is not easy to carry around a writing pad and pen, so try substituting it with a note writing application on your phone. Most of these are available free of cost, but be sure to use a simple one, so that you can easily jot down ideas and then get back to daily activities. Evernote is a good app because it can sync online and is accessible from any device.
Blogging is a demanding job, which requires a lot of things to be done simultaneously. Consequently, you may find yourself distracted from the main thing which is actually writing your blogs. Fret not, as the solution is quite simple.
First up, clean up your work space and remove any extra stationery items. It was for this very reason that Steve Jobs had all the walls at his company painted white with no wall hangings. Secondly, while writing obliterate distractions by minimizing all other windows on your system and putting your phone on silent mode.
Moreover, the mind is only capable of functioning at an optimum capacity for a limited span of time. Therefore, a good productivity hack is to use the Promodo Technique and work in short 25 minute intervals followed by a 5 minute break to let your mind breathe. This will motivate your mind to remain focused solely on work during the 25 minutes and you can rejuvenate in the resting period.
Capitalize On Graphic Templates:
Using graphics is a big plus for blogs, however, soon you will realize that compiling images for a blog post can be one of the most time consuming activities. Therefore, leverage on pre-designed graphic templates by compiling a bunch on Adobe Photoshop ahead of time. You can even find free ones online. This will allow you to compete blogging projects quickly and conveniently.
Maintain A Schedule:
There are only have 24 hours in a day and multiple things to be managed – a career, a blog, a social life, a personal life, volunteer work etc. So, be sure to divide your time wisely among all necessary undertakings so that nothing gets ignored. This can be done by devising a weekly or daily schedule. Following are some considerations for you as you plan:
Chunk Related Tasks:
It is helpful to chunk related tasks together such as drafting blog posts, compiling graphics, taking photographs for your posts, etc. You can then divide your week amongst your key activities. Every task requires a particular state of mind and therefore, focusing on one or two related tasks in a day will allow you to develop a productivity rhythm and consequently reap its benefits.
Set timelines for work hours and personal time. This will enable you to save time by avoiding over-emphasis on activities. Use time tracking tools to time your work hours as well as the time spent on each task. Most time tracking applications, such as Minterapp, are free of cost and will allow you to remain in constant control of all the activities that you are performing.
Plan Your Posts In Advance:
Most professional bloggers plan their posts a month in advance. Follow in their footsteps and schedule your posts in advance, as it will allow you to remain on top of your game.
Optimize Social Media Management:
An active and engaging social media presence is essential for a successful blogging career. However, updating social media is time consuming. Updating Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr and other accounts is enough to drive you up the wall. Therefore, it is imperative that you automate this process. There are several online tools available to help you schedule and optimize your social media accounts. As your blog progresses, make things easier for yourself and hire a freelance virtual assistant. You can find options on Fiverr, Freelancer, Upwork etc.
Have An FAQ Section:
As you step into the field of blogging, you will eventually find yourself struggling to accommodate several queries and requests from people. So, prepare in advance. An easy way to do this is to invest time in a detailed FAQ section, as it will relieve you from spending time answering simple and common queries.
Even if you love what you do, human beings have an inherent tendency to skip the schedule and take some time off. For these times, a useful productivity hack is productive procrastination. You can use your desire to procrastinate to your advantage. Read other blogs, do some yoga or work out.