If you want to be a full-time blogger, freelancer, video creator, or anything else--you must be productive. Today we are going to chat about some quick and easy ways to be more productive so that you can accomplish more every single day as a blogger.
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1. Create Daily To-Do Lists
To-do lists are really important.
Each night before I go to bed I sit down and create a list of things I want to accomplish the next day.
Sometimes things get moved around and I have to re-arrange an overly ambitious to-do list, but just having one makes me feel better.
You don't have to create this list on anything fancy. It can be on a Trello board, on Asana, or even just a regular sheet of paper. The effects of having that to-do list will be so helpful for you as a blogger though.
Keep your to-do list short and reasonable. You shouldn't expect yourself to create an entire course in one day. On the other hand, don't create a to-do list that is so simple that it doesn't challenge you to get out of your business comfort zone. You shouldn't just be scheduling easy to accomplish task on your list.
2. Use The Pomodoro Technique
One of my favorite ways to keep myself accountable and productive is The Pomodoro Technique.
This simple productivity method has saved me countless times. It is one of the most flexible productivity methods.
So, what makes this so special? This method has built in breaks for you. It works best when doing things like:
- Writing blog posts
- Editing blog photos
- Scheduling social media posts
- Answering Emails
Essentially, it does well with any solo activity you do as a blogger. It wouldn't work well as a group method, unless of course, the whole group was on board with the breaks. So much of the work we do as bloggers is by ourselves, though, so you can use the Pomodoro Technique quite efficiently as a blogger.
With the Pomodoro Technique you have a set of 4 pomodoros. Each pomodoro is at least 25 minutes long. Each pomodoro is followed by a quick five minute break. The fourth pomodoro is followed by a 25-minute long break. So, it goes like this:
- Pomodoro 1 (25 Minutes)
- Short Break 1 (5 Minutes)
- Pomodoro 2 (25 Minutes)
- Short Break 2 (5 Minutes)
- Pomodoro 3 (25 Minutes)
- Short Break 3 (5 Minutes)
- Pomodoro 4 (25 Minutes)
- Long Break (25 Minutes)
Then you continuously repeat this process for as long as you want. Each of these pomodoros is dedicated to one particular task in which you should be extremely focused. If you have set aside a pomodoro to check email, your goal should be to check email until you are finished with the pomodoro. Obviously, sometimes we finish a task during a pomodoro so I would have a back-up activity or two already planned so that you don't have to worry about wasting precious pomodoro time.
My favorite app to keep up with all of my pomodoros is called Focus Keeper. It's an awesome app that helps me stay on target with pretty colors, chimes to remind me of the different pomodoro sessions and breaks, and so many more features.
3. Create Office Hours For Yourself
As a business owner it's easy to be on 24/7. Don't get me wrong, there will be days where you have to grind all day and into the night, but that shouldn't be everyday.
Don't use the entire day for your blogging business. Section the day off. Treat this like a full-time job that you can take time away from. Don't let your blog consume your entire life or you will burn out quickly from it.
Create a 9-5 work environment and make sure that you are at work (aka blogging) when you are supposed to be.
4. Work In A Designated Area
Everyone knows that you shouldn't work where you sleep. The same thing goes for blogging because you are treating this like a business.
Create a designated work area in your house where you do all of your blogging, editing, video creation, etc.
It doesn't have to be anything fancy. I recently finally picked up a desk from Walmart and it was just $44 with tax. It's not much, but it's a dedicated place and it holds all the important things like my computer, my candles, my planner, etc. I also have plenty of space on it to bring up my computer while planning or writing things out at the same time, which was important to me so that I could have space to do what I need to do.
5. Stay Healthy By Eating And Drinking Right
Monday morning I wanted to get so much accomplished but I ended up spending half of my day nursing a cold with vapor rub all over my chest. Not cute.
Nothing dips into your productivity more than any kind of sickness.
As a blogger this is even more difficult because you don't get paid sick days. Anytime that you spend away from your business is time that your business isn't running effectively (unless of course you have a team of people behind you that you have trained.)
Some things aren't avoidable, but eating good and drinking the right drinks is a great way to keep yourself healthy-ish.
Related Reading: 5 Tips For A Healthy Entrepreneurial Lifestyle by Entrepreneur
Being productive doesn't have to be difficult.
If you follow these five quick tips you will be well on your to creating a more productive business life.
As you get more in the groove of your business you can start creating more expansive productivity tips for yourself so that you can grow your blog to the next level. These tips are quick, easy to follow, and get results for your business.