Be A More Productive Blogger – Guest Post
I am thrilled to have a Guest post today by my friend Steve from Pinnacle Balance.
Being a blogger means you have to produce good content on a regular basis. Many times good bloggers are not very productive so their blogs suffer. You may have a lot of ideas but unless you can get them out of your head, through your fingers, onto the keyboard, and published on your site – your ideas are worthless. Here’s Ten tips on How To Be More Productive
Imagine Your Possibilities – One of the best ways to increase your productivity is to imagine what you will become when you have reached your goals. Who is doing what you want to do? Look at where they are and know that you can get there. Nothing is more motivating than seeing your future.
Establish a Routine – Much of what we do is habit. We sit on the couch and watch TV because it has become a habit. We use certain words out of habit. Establishing a blogging routine will help you break bad habits and start new ones. I use MiniTask to keep my routine in front of me. I leave it open on my desktop to show me my blogging routine everyday. Unless they have changed the program you can check off what you have done but it doesn’t erase it so at the end of the day I can uncheck everything and it is ready to go the next day.
Brainstorm – This is a hard one because it requires time many of us don’t think we have. Take the time every couple of day and brainstorm Ten posts or series you can begin working on. Get away from the computer, turn off the TV and come up with some ideas. They don’t have to be perfect they are just ideas to get you started.
Use your Draft Posts – In WordPress you can customize you dashboard to show the drafts you have started. Once you have brainstormed on paper start forming Ideas and keep them as drafts. Many days have been saved by completing drafts that I had hanging out.
Get Control Of Your Time – If you don’t know how much time a task takes, then you will waste more time than you should. I use a free program called Focus Booster to help me stay on track. It runs in 25 minute increments with 5 minute breaks. Once you know how long it takes you to write a post you can focus on other things you need to do.
Read – This may be one of the most important things you can do not just for your blog but for your life. Most of my blog posts come from what I am reading. Whether it is a book, magazine, or another blog, you should spend at least an hour a day reading.
Stop Changing Your… – This is a time killer. Stop changing your theme, plugins, sidebars, widgets, or anything else about your blog, Facebook or Twitter pages. Unless you are a website designer and you are building a blog for someone, you need to STOP changing stuff. This is nothing more than busy work. Don’t get caught up being busy or you will never get anything done.
Only Check Your Email Three times A Day and Never First Thing – Okay that is a long title but worth the space. Email is not the be all end all for your life. There is no reason you can’t wait until 10am to check it. No one is going to die because you didn’t check your email at 8am. I will allow three times a day checking but it gets checked at 10am, 3pm, and 6pm. No exceptions. Never check your email right before bed because you don’t know what little monster is waiting in there to keep you up until 2am.
Capture Your Thoughts – This idea comes from Karen’s husband. When you are reading you need to have a scratch pad or and electronic device to get your thoughts onto. If you are reading blogs you need to use Instapaper to capture the page. Once you have captured the page or thought, transfer the good parts to Evernote so you can categorize by folder and tag what you have. Once in Evernote you can use the ideas to write your posts and brainstorm new ones.
Pay The Price – Nothing is free. When you expect things to just happen for you, you’re acting like you shouldn’t have to pay a price. Dr. John Maxwell said, “Everything has a price. You can either pay the price now or later, but you will pay the price.” When you are sitting on your couch expecting to get paid for not taking care of your blog remember this saying and get up and do something.
You have heard all this before so what are you going to do with it.