You think about how great your life would be if you turn your blog into a business, but you have no idea how you’re supposed to do it.
Everybody tell yourself you’ll be successful if you work hard. But you also need to work smart. Especially if you still have a full-time job.
You can dedicate just a couple of hours/week for your blog and that’s why you need to get the most out of your time.
Let me show you how to do that.
How to be a more productive blogger:
I know how blogging feels when you’re a beginner.
You have no clue what to do after you set up your website. You just read a bunch of articles and do what you think it’s right. There’s too much information out there and nobody shows you how to organize everything.
And if you’re anything like me, you just write down and finish random tasks just to feel the satisfaction of doing something. This will keep you busy but it won’t bring you results.
Fortunately, I know a better way.
I’ll give you a list of 20 tips that’ll increase your productivity.
Sounds good? Let’s get into it.
1.Set your number #1 goal:
Running a blog can be overwhelming. There are many things to do.
As a blogger, your job includes:
And so on. All of these requires different skills. That’s why it’s impossible to do everything in the beginning.
The good news is you can focus on just one thing and ignore the rest.
So, what do you want? More email subscribers? More money? A better design?
Decide what’s your priority and move all your actions towards that. This is better than doing everything.
2.Create a weekly schedule:
Do you work ‘’when you can’’?
Then I’m hesitant to say it, but… it’ll take you 10 years to grow your blog.
Why? Because blogging requires a ton of time. If you do it just when you feel like it, you might as well give up.
Now, I’m not saying you should ignore your life. I’m just saying that you should create a schedule and make sure you work at least around 20 hours/week on your blog.
Please don’t tell me you don’t have so much time. You can give up Netlifx and wake up earlier and work in evenings and in weekend(and you won’t even need to do all of these if you work just 8 hours/day).
Maybe you don’t like this idea. But the alternative is to waste months and years on your blog without going anywhere. The choice is yours.
3.Use lists and notes:
Your blog can make you feel stupid.
Why? Because you need to remember too much information.
blog post ideas
And many, many other things. However, we both know you’ll forget almost everything.
The best way to deal with this problem is to create lists and notes. They are a great way to organize your thoughts. Keep as many as you can in Evernote or another similar app.
And check them later when you need it.
4.Aim for done over perfect:
Blogging doesn’t requires perfect work. It requires consistent work.
Too many people waste their time trying to do it right since the beginning. That’s not possible. You’re still on your early stage.
High expectations from your work are great but they can also lead to many problems.
You will waste more time preparing to work on your blog instead of doing the work. You will overthink everything. And you will procrastinate because you won’t like the idea of not being able to perform at your best.
To avoid this, aim to do things ‘’good enough’’. Set deadlines and respect them, no matter what. You can adjust everything later, when your blog becomes successful.
5.Study your industry:
I know what you thinking. How could that make you more productive?
Well, think about it this way: When your blog doesn’t grow, you can’t come up with content ideas and you just stare at your homepage because you don’t know what you’re doing, that happens because of two reasons:
You don’t study your audience
You don’t study your competitors
On the other hand, if you would do these, most of your problems would be solved.
When you know your audience, you also know what they want to read, where to find them and what to sell to them. In fact, all of these will become much easier to do.
And when you know your competitors, you can learn from them and differentiate yourself.
So, do some research for a couple of hours/week.
6.Adjust your writing process:
When I want to write something, the first thing I do is to close the door.
Then, I open a document and I write on fullscreen. I keep a countdown timer activated in another tab and I set it for 120 minutes. I know when I finish because I hear the sound.
This system works like magic. Writing with distractions is a waste of time.
7.Prioritize your tasks:
Even if you apply my first tip and decide what’s your biggest blogging goal, you’ll still need to work a lot.
To be more efficient, prioritize your tasks after this matrix:
As you can see, you have 4 categories.
Urgent/Important: These are the tasks you need to do first.
Important/Not Urgent: These tasks are important but you can decide when you do them.
Urgent/Not Important: Delegate these tasks to someone else.
Not Important/Not Urgent: Delete these tasks from your schedule. They don’t have any value.
If you organize your work this way, you’ll know exactly what to do and when to do it.
8.Use 2-minute rule:
Do you procrastinate?
Then, you probably feel overwhelmed by work. What can you do about it? Use the 2-minute rule.
There are 2 ways to do that:
1. If a task takes less than 2 minutes, then do it right away. You don’t want to deal with it later.
2. When you start a new habit, it should take you less than two minutes to do. No, I don’t want to say you’ll work just for 2 minutes. The purpose is to start something for 2 minutes.
Then, you’ll find yourself doing your task for a long period of time.
I’m sure this rule will make you take more action.
9.Take more breaks:
Breaks won’t make you lazy. On the contrary, they will increase your productivity.
There’s no exact way to take breaks when you work on your blog. However, I recommend a 10-minute break each hour. And a 30-minute break after 4 hours. Or after 2 hours of intensive work(like writing, editing, etc).
It takes too long to do everything from scratch.
Create templates for your blog posts, emails, landing pages and so on. It’s better to work after them.
They can save you a lot of time. Also, you’ll produce more quality work consistently.
11.Spend money to buy back your time:
You can always use money to buy back your time.
Pay someone to clean your house, do dishes or take care of your kids while you work on your blog. Most people never do this. They prefer to complain and use their lack of time as an excuse if they fail.
Be more serious and you’ll have more chances of success.
12.Turn your cell phone off to stay focused:
Notifications are your biggest distraction. It’ll be impossible to work if you check them each 5 minutes.
Messages and calls will keep you busy. That’s why it’s better to turn off your phone and leave it in another room.
13.Plan, write and edit in different days:
Outlining, writing and editing requires so much energy that it’s almost impossible to do them right on the same day.
So, let’s try something else. Monday you can outline everything you need to write for the week. Two other days you write everything. And two other days you edit.
Believe me, you’ll create better content if you do this. Writer’s block is a serious problem. But you can get over it using this tip.
14.Be patient when you work:
Imagine two bloggers.
Let’s call them Jon and Antonio. Jon post 5 times/week. Antonio post just once/week.
Which one is more productive? Most people would say Jon. He writes more posts, right?
But how about the quality? If Antonio spends 20 hours on a blog post and Jon spend only 3 hours, which post do you think will be of more quality?
Of course, Antonio is the winner here. And you know what? When you have quality content, you can promote it much easier.
By spending 10 times more on a blog post, you can get 100 times more results.
So, be patient. Focus your actions to create quality content. Posting every day is not a good strategy. You will waste your time anyway because nobody is going to share anything.
15.Create a blogging schedule that match your energy:
I always feel productive in the morning. That’s why I use this part of the day for writing and other difficult tasks. I keep afternoon for what’s easier.
Now, if you’re not a morning person, that’s fine. Maybe you’re a night owl. That means you have more energy after midnight.
In this case, you should do your most important task at 12 PM. You get the point. Set up your day in a way to take advantage of your best working hours.
Multitasking doesn’t make you more efficient. By multitasking, you actually wasting more time.
It takes you around 25 minutes to get back on track each time you switch between your tasks. So, don’t do research while you write.
Don’t post on Instagram while you answer emails. Set a timer for each of these activities and do them one by one.
17.Block access to your favorite websites:
Do you browse different websites for no reason?
Me too. Sometimes I see an ad, I click on it and I waste 30 minutes of my life. Other times I just enter an URL because I’m bored. In both cases, I lose a ton of time.
Fortunately, I learned how to overcome this. Depending on your browser, you can find an extension to block your access to different websites.
And if you find a new website or something interesting, you can bookmark the page and come back to it later.
18.Do what works for your situation:
Do you try to copy big players, expecting to get the results they got?
Well, you need to stop doing this.
First off, you can’t copy other bloggers because you don’t know what happens behind the scenes.
Secondly, if your business is new, you should not waste your time doing A/B testing or optimizing your copy.
That’s advanced stuff. Do what works for your level. You don’t have a team, big money to spend on ads and the same skills someone with 10 years experience have.
So, don’t worry about such things. Experiment beginners strategies and do what works for you. Avoid what doesn’t.
19.Get more done in less time:
If you just started blogging, you probably think you need a lot of time to finish some of your tasks.
But the truth is, you actually don’t. Start to schedule more in less time. This way, you’ll force yourself to work faster and get more things done.
20.Review your progress:
Most bloggers are proud of their Instagram followers, or number of comments or shares.
But almost no one talks about customers and revenue. Why? Because it’s easier to hide your real progress behind fake numbers.
Even traffic could be a false indicator of success.
News and magazines have millions of readers but their traffic is of low-quality and they don’t make so much money. Make sure you track just the right metrics.
Blogging is complicated.
Especially when you still have a full-time job. However, you can learn how to use your limited time well.
Implement these strategies for the beginning. And if you found the article useful, feel free to share it on Pinterest.