Blogging Stress: 3 Simple Secrets to Reducing Yours
We all have days where we look up at the clock and wonder where the time went. Those days where it seems like you didn’t accomplish anything and you know you’re falling behind. Your head starts pounding, your back starts aching and you’re ready to explode because there’s so much you need to get done. Here are three simple secrets to reducing your blogging stress because, after all, the reason you started blogging was to get away from the stress of that job you had, right?
When you work online it’s easy to get distracted, and I’m not talking about Facebook or World of Warcraft. When you’re reading other blogs you see a neat product you’d like to promote or a fancy new opt-in form you’d like to use on your own blog. Or you trip over some new marketing method or a new plug in you want to try. All of these things would help improve your blog and you just have to stop and check them out.
Set clear short-term and long-term goals that you want to accomplish with your blog to help keep you on track. Then, when you see these great ideas, look at your goals to see if these ideas are even necessary. A pretty opt-in form might look nice but if you already have one that works on your blog you don’t need to waste time changing it.
On the other hand, if that new plugin would help you reach one of your goals, then bookmark that page and set aside time later to come back and check it out.
Create To-Do Lists
Along with your short- and long-term goals you should have a list of what you want to accomplish every day. It might sound childish and trivial, or like something you had to do when you had job, but having that list right there in front of you helps you stay focused until you get everything done.
Use your Google Calendar or any other favorite calendar to map out your entire day, week and month. Check stats once a week and ONLY once a week. Check email twice a day and ONLY twice a day. Allow a specific amount of time for writing blog posts, sending Tweets, engaging on Facebook and every other task you need to accomplish every single day.
Remember to keep your goals in mind and set aside time each week to go back to look at those “distractions” we talked about above. Then you won’t feel like you’re wasting time when you check out that new plugin.
You’re always going to have days when you don’t accomplish everything you wanted to. That’s just life. But if you plan ahead they won’t happen so frequently. When you feel like writing, write a couple of extra blog posts and throw them in a file. If you feel like working for an extra hour, go check out that plugin instead of waiting until the end of the week. If you can answer three people with the same email, type it once and CC everybody. Start thinking a few steps ahead and those stressful times will soon be a thing of the past.
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