You know there is more you could be doing for your blog. There’s always that other something. You also know that in order to just keep moving forward, you have to prioritize where your attention goes.
We all want to do more, and we want to do it faster so we can spend our time doing other things we love. Use these tips to help you add more time to your day. In time, they will add hours to your day.
Tip 1: Keep your blog ideas in one place
Find one place that is easy for you to access. Maybe it’s on a phone or a notebook you keep handy. Bonus points if you can write down a few thoughts or a quick outline. That way your future-self knows what current-self was talking about.
Having a single place to house your awesome ideas will give you peace of mind. You can depend on a system when you are ready to write, or plan out your editorial calendar.
Try this: I personally have a Trello board that houses all of my blog content. I have a single list for ideas.
Tip 2: Write every day
No, you don’t have to publish every single day. The key with this is to not overthink it. Set a timer, and just let the words go. You don’t have to use anything you come up with during this period. And don’t edit yourself either (as tempting as it may be). Your best ideas may spawn off of an incomplete thought. Practice does make absolute perfect, right?
Tip 3: Swallow your frog first
Weird expression, I know. You know those days where it is suddenly the evening and you have no idea what happened? Yeah. I hate those. Swallowing your frog means sucking it up and completing the most important task of the day. Only one.
That way, when you go to sleep at night, you can at least say you got one thing you planned complete. We all know we plan to get so many other things done, but the day goes on and other things are required from you.
Completing this one thing allows you to free your mind of it for the rest of the day.
If, at that point, you want to tackle some other to-dos, by all means.. Go for it! If you’d like some help mastering your to-do list, check out my free mini challenge to get your to-do list organized.
Tip 4: Conduct a weekly review
This is great for both thinkers and doers. I myself, am a thinker and unfortunately. it leads me to wanting to over plan everything. By forcing myself to plan my tasks for the week in a given window, I can prioritize exactly what needs to be done.
For doers, it's easy to continue on your merry way without direction. If you fall down this path, you might end up down a path that isn’t anywhere near where you wanted to be.
You need to exercise both a holistic view of how you are spending your time and time doing. (More time doing things, of course). A weekly review is perfect for this.
Tip 5: Streamline your posting process
Have you written down your posting process? Is there part of you that while working on finishing your post is already thinking about what you need to do next?
You can streamline your posting process by writing down the exact steps you take to publish and promote an article. You will be able to confide in referencing this list when you need to take your next step, and not have to be multi-tasking when you should be completely focused on the task at hand.
Tip 6: Batch tasks and automate things you do all of the time
By sticking to one mode of working, you reduce the cost of switch-tasking. Write down all of the things you do in a given week. See if you can combine similar things into one time-block. Can you outline all of your posts at once? Can you create all of your graphics at once?
I sure hope you aren’t posting to your social networks manually all the time. When sharing other people’s content.. an easy win for your own productivity (and to be sure you’re consistently publishing the same number of articles in a given day every day), is to schedule sharing of other people’s content. Use a tool like Buffer or Hootsuite for this.
Tip 7: Say no to distractions
Easier said than done, right? It takes a lot of willpower. Here are a few tips:
- If you find yourself distracted by your phone, turn it to airplane mode. You won’t receive any notifications.
- Netflix in the background dying for your attention? Go to another room. Right now.
- Chrome user? Try the StayFocused extension to block websites you want to stay off of.
- Here’s a Mozilla plugin that does the same thing.
Tip 8: Stop thinking and start doing
This very moment, I know there is something else you could be doing. Something that you absolutely have to do. You’re probably thinking about it right now. When you’re done reading this article, I want to challenge you to go do that very thing.
If you’re caught in too much research because you have a serious case of fear of missing out, schedule specific times, or allow yourself 10 minutes of research in between good spurts of work. I struggle hard with this. You are not alone.
Check out your to do list, and just go for it.
Tip 9: Take breaks
Breaks prevent you from getting bored. A brief shift in thought allows you to remain more focused when you go back to working on what you were working on. Sounds crazy, right? Try it and see for yourself!
Tip 10: Schedule time for yourself
Because you deserve it! This goes along with breaks. But you can’t be working 24/7/365. You need time to not think about your work so when you come back to it, you’ll be even fresher than before. (You know.. A mini vacation of sorts!)
Which productivity hack from this list will you be trying?
By Alyssa Smith
Hi! I'm Alyssa Smith. I have been designing and developing websites for more than 10 years. I am crazy passionate about teaching others how to make websites easy to use with the most efficient process possible.