We all know that blogging takes time, and time is money, so it makes sense that we bloggers stay as focused as possible on our work. When we are productive, we are efficient at multi-tasking and can get a lot of blogging done.
The key, then, is to make sure that you blog in such a way as to be the most productive. Certainly everyone has specific ways they get stuff done, so don’t feel as though you have to follow these tips exactly; however, I feel as though everyone can benefit in some way from thinking about these ideas.
Work in a Set Workspace
Working in a specific workspace every time you work on your blog can do wonders for you ability to stay focused. Just as our bodies are used to sleeping in bed and eating in the kitchen and relaxing on the couch, so too do our bodies get used to working in an office. This is why so many doctors advise against reading in bed! If possible, try to purpose one part of your house for your blogging work. Make sure you can close it off from other parts of the house so you can get right in the zone and avoid distractions.
Follow a Daily Routine
After you’ve got your work area set up, you should make sure that you get into a blogging routine. Depending on your other commitments and priorities, you should try to follow a similar schedule every day. For example, I like to answer blog-related emails and write new blog posts in the morning, and then around lunch I brainstorm long-term ideas for how I could monetize my writing and work on advertisement ideas. You don’t have to follow this schedule, but you should follow a schedule. Consistency will help you stay sharp and focused.
Create Blogging Goals
Consistency without goals, however, can be bad news. You must have some long-term goals and objectives towards which you can aim your blogging work. Take some time to make a list of goals that you’d like to achieve. These goals will always keep you aware of how your blog could grow in the long-term and it’ll keep your spirits up during some tough moments.
Make Lists of Tasks
You should try to connect your blog goals to the tasks you have to complete in order to reach your goals. For example, if your goal is to increase traffic by a certain percentage, then you should calculate how much content will bring in that increase. Likewise, if your goal is to improve ad revenue, then you’ll have to ask yourself what sorts of tasks you need to do in order to make that happen. Keep these task lists organized, and make sure you keep them with you as you go through your work routine.
Review and Evaluate Your Progress
Finally, you should try to review and evaluate your process whenever possible. I regularly check my progress against my goals, as this helps me identify what areas need more work. You can combine this review process with a look at your blog’s analytics dashboard. All good review sessions will help you determine how you can tweak your to do list to help you get closer to your goals.
Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to mariana.ashley031 @gmail.com.