As someone who has been blogging on and off for seven years, I am well aware of the issues of lack of time and motivation that we all develop on our blogging journey. When it comes to blogging, there are times when I’m feeling super creative and motivated and can spend hours crafting posts. While other days, I stare at a screen with weighted fingers.
Other days, I honestly don’t do anything. Have you ever experienced that?
I have tried guilt tripping myself into waking up early everyday before work and I usually end up burnt out and writing that classic “I’m taking a break” post. I’ve tried only being involved when inspiration strikes but then I end up with only two posts published for the entire year.
Life gets busy- health, children and work take a priority and we soon forget our goals. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a way to consistently be involved in the blogging community while still living life and fulfilling our obligations?
Don’t get me wrong, you still have to put in hours of work but here are some ways to develop and improve your blog with limited time.
It’s all about blocking your time according to what works for you.
For some, it is better to wake up an hour early and get to work but for me, having a dedicated time and space to focus has allowed me to be most productive. This year has been full of surprises- medical issues, work issues, family issues and doing things this way has been extremely helpful.
Have Specific Blogging Days
Having designated blogging days has helped me maintain focus without getting burned out.
While I do spend way more time on my blog than two days, it is helpful to know that, at minimum, I have those days allotted to my craft.
One day is dedicated to previewing my week, organizing posts, reviewing statistics and completing any last minute edits. The other day, is dedicated to writing and editing posts only.
Throughout the week, I am writing posts, watching videos and reading books but the previously listed days are my days to sit and focus on the task at hand.
Yes, there are some days where I can’t (or don’t) feel like doing it and there are days where I stare at the screen waiting for an idea to float into my brain but I try to stick with it. And when I can’t, I allow myself the grace to take a much needed break.
I even sweeten the deal by turning on my favorite T.V. show or movie to listen to as I type away. This allows for my brain to associate these activities with something positive even on days I don’t feel inspired.
How did I come up with specific days of the week?
Well, in college one of those days was a school day (or night, in my case) and the other is the day I used to finish my work at the last minute. 🙂
The point is to pick a day that works for you. I suggest picking days that you are already accustomed to being set aside for a different purpose.
What are some ways you keep yourself on track? Share them in the comments or write the answer in a blog. Feel free to leave the link in the comments!
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