Blog Productivity: 10 Simple Tips

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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.

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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.

Plan Ahead

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.

Eliminate Distractions

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.

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  1. Tara

    Great post! I look forward to using these tips! C
    Cheers! Tara

    1. Thanks for the kind words Tara.

  2. Hi!
    I am fairly new to blogging and very new at running an on-line business. I have a question regarding what you were saying about logging time on twitter, FB, etc. You said that logging the time I spend on those sites can help me to see how much time I am wasting, but then you talk about social media sites as part of social networking, too. How do I distinguish using those sites to help my business as opposed to wasting time? Thank you for your help!

    1. Hello Amy!

      Well, it’s up to you to be able to know if you go to these sites just to hang out with friend, play games, check your friend’s profiles, or actually take actions that will help your business grow…

  3. Great ideas. On the “Planning Ahead” one I’d say that people need plan every waking hour. That way that be sure to allocate time for reading, writing, marketing, TV, and even just playing around online. That will prevent from feeling guilty when you do waste time. You always knows that you have highly productive time built in to make up for some of the wasted time.

    1. Thanks for your comment Patrick. I don’t go to this level of granularity in my planning, but I see your point. Planning eases your conscience when you take some time off (since this down-time was planned). It makes sense.

  4. Shannon Baker

    These are really great tips, especially since one of my top goals is to do more blogging in 2013! I just started using a calendar on my blog and it’s helped me organize my thoughts already!

    1. That’s awesome Shannon! Good luck for your year of blogging.

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