10 Simple Productivity Tips for Bloggers
If you’re having trouble making money with one blog then you probably can’t imagine running 10 blogs, or 12, or even a few dozen like some bloggers do. Where do they find the time to get everything done? Some use outsourcing to handle the load but that’s not an option when you’re just starting out. Here are 10 simple productivity tips for bloggers to help you get more done so you can make more money.
Track Your Productivity For A Few Days
Most people will start off suggesting that you set up a calendar and make a To-Do list, but I’ve found the best way to increase your productivity is to start by making a real study of where you’re really spending your time. Right now you’re thinking that you’re working as hard as you possibly can, but you’ll be surprised.
At the end of two or three days, take a look at your list and see just how much time you spent on Twitter or Facebook, how much time you spent reading other blogs, and how much time you spent on Skype or some other chat program. Now that you see just how much time you really waste, it’s much easier to admit you need to make some changes.
Make a To-Do List
Make a list of everything you need to do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Include writing blog posts and articles, sending and answering emails, promoting your blog on your chosen social networks, and any new projects you’re been hoping to get started. Be sure to include every tiny little thing you want to get done, every single day.
Don’t forget to schedule time for learning a new program or technique. If you’re like me you’re always tripping over some new social network or some new plug-in or some new marketing method you want to try. And when you do it takes time away from the tasks you really need to be working on. Put some time in your weekly schedule for “learning” so you won’t feel like you’re shortchanging yourself.
Get A Calendar
Now, arrange all of those items on a calendar so you can see at a glance what you want to accomplish every day. Are you being realistic? Setting unachievable goals is just as bad as setting no goals at all.
It may not look like it now but there will come a day when you’re all caught up and you’re sitting there wondering what to do next. Plan ahead. Use those extra hours to build up a backlog of blog posts or work on something that you have on your calendar for the next day.
Now that you’ve seen how much time you spend tweeting or chatting on Skype, it’s time to turn them off while you’re working. Turn off all email alerts, turn off the television, close down Twitter and Facebook. Eliminate all distractions.
Check Email Less
Nobody expects you to answer email the minute it hits your in-box. Check your email once in the morning and once in the afternoon and take care of it as you open it. If it needs an answer, don’t put it off until later, that just means you’re going to have to read it again. Open it, answer it, and file it away.
Organize And Prioritize
Set up folders for your email, create folders for blog posts and downloads and articles. Set up files for everything and use them to keep yourself organized.
Write Multiple Posts At One Sitting
On those days when you really feel like writing, write an extra post or two and either schedule them for later publication or stash them in a file for those times you either want a day off or you have a blogging emergency that keeps you offline for a while.
Keep Extra Post Ideas On Hand
Ever have one of those days when you’re ready to write but nothing comes to mind? We all do. And you can spend hours sitting there, twiddling your thumbs, waiting for and idea to pop into your head. Start another file and fill it with blogging ideas so you always have something to blog about.
Use Google Feed Reader
I follow dozens of blogs and if I were to sit here an pull each one up individually to see if they’d posted anything new I’d waste hours every day. Instead of bookmarking your favorites, follow their RSS feed in your Google feed reader. One glance at your reader shows you new posts for each blog you’re following and you can decide by looking at the title if it’s worth your time to read it.