For this week’s List it Tuesday post, I decided to talk about something that has really been on my mind lately while I toil away at trying to get my new website ready. That new site is my attempt at greater productivity (and more sanity), as it will be merging all of my sites into one.
I decided to not only tackle the topic of productivity for bloggers, but I decided to only write as much as I could in 15 minutes, including this introduction. I might normally languish away on this List it Tuesday post, as I also wasted time throughout writing it by watch television or checking in on Facebook “for just a minute.” Instead, I’m focusing on this post, trying to be productive, and seeing how far I can go in 15 minutes of writing.(I’m finding a picture, adding in categories, and so on, outside of that 15 minute window. I’m attempting, however, to not spend more than an additional 15 minutes on those things. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to mix things up like this just to challenge yourself as a writer. What would your 15 minute post be about?)
Eight Productivity Tips for Bloggers
1. Turn off distractions, such as the television, while you’re working.
2. When you are determined to really get some work done, try to find a quiet place alone to really work. If you can’t find that kind of time normally, perhaps make arrangements with your spouse for finding that kind of time at least once a week either at a secluded place in your house or outside the home.
3. Don’t try to “just check Facebook for a minute” while you’re working. You know that it’s very likely that you might still be on there 30 minutes later, and you probably forgot the original reason you went there anyway.
Of course, if you really can just check it for a minute and get back to work, then good for you. My experience tells me that’s not what happens for most people, however.
4. Only check your email when you can do something about the emails that are coming in. I know, it can be a habit to check for new messages. However, if you really aren’t going to do anything about emails that have come in, then you’re just spending extra time with each of those new messages. You’re spending time with them when they come in, and then again when you finally do something about them.
5. Keep a notebook or device that lets you take notes (like your phone, possibly) with you at all times. You never know when inspiration will strike, and we have all been in those situations where we say, “I had this great idea, but I just can’t remember what it was now.”
Personally, I love a spiral notebook for that kind of thing when I’m at home. When I’m away (or awaken in the middle of the night), I usually send ideas to myself via email. These are both also great for when something needs to be added to your to-do list.
6. Keep a spreadsheet or notebook of post ideas. I like to have a mind mapping brainstorm session far away from the computer, and then put those ideas into a spreadsheet. That way, when I’m stuck for a topic, I can look at the ones that I have previously come up with.
7. Set limits for social media. When I started blogging in 2006, bloggers didn’t have to worry about pinnable images, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and any other number of social media outlets that now seem to be required of bloggers.
If you find that you spend way too much time on those tasks, or that you start off productive when you arrive on those sites but then quickly start wasting time instead, consider what things you can do to help you remember to limit your social media time.
8. Don’t forget to live. It can be too easy to get wrapped up in the never ending tasks that accompany blogging. If you really want to remain productive, however, you need to remember to have a life away from your computer screen. Not just a life where you are trudging around constantly busy, but a life that’s really worth living.
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