I can’t be the only one who feels like blogging has become crazy busy as of late, right? All you other bloggers have got to know what I’m talking about, right? Sometimes I feel like people who don’t blog, don’t understand the amount of time, effort, and work that goes into each and every blog post. I take approximately 50-100 for each blog post that goes up on this blog, sometimes those photos are of recipes which take even more time to create, I edit each of those photos, upload them to my blog and I take about 30 minutes to 1 hour to write each blog post. After the post is live, I promote each blog post over my social media channels and continue to try and share my day-to-day life over my social media channels as well.
Blogging is just hard work.
But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Before nursing became my career path, I wanted to be a journalist and when I was younger I wanted to be a book author or a poet. While I absolutely love nursing, writing has always been where my true passion lies. Blogging gives me an outlet for my creativity through photography, writing, and everything in between. I’m so grateful that it has also become a source of income for my family. But, with income comes more work!
Along with the work and time that goes into blogging, organization has to take the lead as well. I’ve been trying to streamline my writing, photographing, and blogging process in general as of late to help make my time spent on blogging a little more productive. Since most of my blogging is done during the weekend, this is absolutely crucial so my weekends can also be spent with my family and not just staring at my computer screen. I know I’m not the only one trying to beef up my blogging productivity, so I’ll share my 5 Tips to Boost Blog Productivity with you.
1. Eliminate Distractions: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, they’re all so incredible distracting. When you sit down to do your work, turn them all off. End of story. There’s nothing that will suck your creativity and productivity more than social media and the distractions that come along with them. Just shut ’em down and your productivity will certainly increase.
2. Manage Your Email with Unroll.Me: E-mails are a very big part of blogging. I absolutely love all of the emails that I receive from readers (thank you) and I try and respond to each and every one of them. That’s one task on my to do list I absolutely love to complete. However, the one thing I don’t love about e-mails is all of the e-mails from subscriptions I’ve signed up for or have been automatically signed up for when making online purchases. It’s a huge time suck having to go through and delete each of those emails. However, I just started to utilize Unroll.Me and have been amazed with how much less time I’ve spent on emails. You log into this website or through the app that was just released on November 5th, and select each subscription your signed-up for that you no longer want to receive emails from. Simple as that– you won’t receive those emails anymore! If there are emails that you would like to receive, but would make more sense to just get in one batch, you can also consolidate emails into one email and save lots of time that way!
3. Make a List and Stick to It: This is the one thing I always have troubles with. Sometimes the number of items I write down on my list overwhelm me, but if I don’t write things down they don’t get done. I write out each item in chronological order. What needs to get done first gets put on top of my list. For example, for each blog post that needs to get done, I write down “Take photographs, edit photos, write and schedule post, schedule social media promotion.” Because those are all things that need to get done with each blog post that is written and posted on this blog. If there’s something special that needs to get done in addition to those tasks, that is added as well. Having it all laid out and seeing each task that needs to be done to complete one major tasks helps keep me organized and helps me complete tasks faster knowing what’s to come.
4. Find Your Productive Time of Day: I know for a fact that I am so much more productive during certain times of the day. Some people are night owls and they hammer out blog posts like nobodies business after 10 o’clock at night. I am not one of those people. I am the person that downs 2 cups of coffee in the morning and my fingers just type away! Find the time of day you’re most productive and schedule as many of your important tasks around that time of day as you can. You’ll get so much more done when you’re in the “get things done” mindset.
5. Call in the Troops: There’s absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help with tasks that someone else can manage for you. Cory’s asked me a number of times what he can do to help me with my blog and it’s just a matter of sitting down, figuring out what takes you time and then deciding whether or not you can assign that task to someone else.
I hope these tips can help boost your blogging productivity as well. It’s not easy being a full-time mommy, a full-time nurse, and a full-time blogger. Life in general has a tendency to stretch us pretty thin, but if you work smarter and not harder, you’ll feel less stressed and more at peace with all of those tasks on your to do list!
How do you boost your blogging productivity?