Sometimes blogging brings a lack of motivation. I've had several moments of struggling to get my head into writing a post and several periods of procrastination. In an effort to be more productive on here, I've found a few things that help.
Planning just makes everything so much easier and prepping your posts in advance really gives you structure. Keeping a notebook or two is ideal for writing down post ideas or topics you want to write about. Its also great for keeping ideas flowing too.
2. Make Checklists
As well as planning posts, keeping a to do list makes everything blog related that much more manageable. Prioritising your work helps you to get things done swiftly, though its best to avoid adding too much to your checklists as this can be overwhelming. Limit your to do lists and tick everything off when completed - it will make regular blogging that little bit easier to accomplish.
3. Organise Your Time
Organising your free time and figuring when you work best are two key ways to help boost your productivity. Maybe make a timetable to help you figure out when you can spare time for blogging. I always seem to work better in the evening, so I try to work my time around that. Even if its just for an hour, I can usually get a blogging job done, whether its content or admin.
4. Bookmark The Pages You Need
Struggling to find what you need when you need is extremely frustrating. Keeping the sites you need, such as photo editing sites, google analytics and blogger/wordpress bookmarked frees up some time and allows you to be more productive and focused.
5. Schedule Social Media
Scheduling things like tweets for blog posts is less time consuming and ensures your still getting your posts 'out there'. I usually use hootsuite and feedburner to publish my tweets but you can also link bloglovin to your twitter and facebook accounts so that your recent posts are published to your social media.
6. Turn Off Social Media
Turning off your social media or phone when your blogging is a godsend for getting productive. You could also try turning off the tv but personally I find I work better with a bit of background noise. Try and see how you work best and adopt it into your blogging routine.
7. Go At Your Own Pace
When you've sussed how you work best and established a routine, its important to work at your own pace. Having a checklist and prioritising your workload is great but it doesn't have to be achieved all in one go. Rushing things can have a negative impact on your content. Don't worry about taking your time to blog, in the long run it can help with your approach to blogging.
8. Have A Break When You Need One
Blogging can take up a lot of time and commitment. Don't be afraid to take a step back when you need to. It important not to push yourself too hard and maintain a balance to avoid blogging burnout.
Do you use any of these methods to increase your productivity?
I would love to know your hints and tips!
*I've had a little blog makeover but I still need to fix a few things so apologies in advance if things start to look a little strange whilst your reading*