I can’t believe I’ve been at this blogging thing for a little over a year now. Crazy. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around it. It feels like just yesterday that I purchased my domain and hosting and decided that I was ready to take my blog and business to the next level. Since then, I haven’t looked back.
And I’ve definitely learned a thing or two about getting organized and being productive too. Today, I’m sharing 10 tips that I use to get more done as a full-time blogging mama.
- Be consistent – This is obviously one of the most important things you’ll do as a blogger. Set up an editorial calendar and stick to it. Consistency is so important. It helps you to know what to do when you have a few minutes to work as well as letting your audience know what to expect.
- Have a dedicated workspace – I know that not everyone can dedicate an entire room to blogging, but definitely at least give yourself a quiet corner to work. Have an external hard drive or similar device to back up all of your files and photos and make sure you’re only handling paperwork once.
- Stay organized – Print receipts as you make purchases instead of waiting until it’s time to do taxes. Keep your editorial calendar and your to-do list near you at all times. I also keep a separate to-do list that’s more maintenance-type tasks. That way, when I get a chance, I know exactly needs done.
- Stay away from social media – Give yourself a few minutes on each platform and then move on. Don’t let Facebook or Pinterest suck you in. I know it’s hard to do, but the goal is to get as much done in as little time as possible.
- Remember the 80-20 rule – I’m sure you’ve heard it at one point or another. 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts. Figure out what makes up that 20% for you and do more of it. Once you figure out what things on your to-do list aren’t making you money, it’s easier to let them go.
- Small tasks can yield big results. There are a few things I do every day or every week that only take a minute or two, yet they end up accounting for the majority of my page views when it’s all said and done. Go figure, right? One of those things is working through the challenges in SKYROCKET by Kelli Miller and Crystal Van Tassel-Lopez. You can check it out here.
- Batch tasks together – Today, I’m writing. Tomorrow, I’ll work on projects for next week’s posts. You can accomplish a lot more when you’re not getting things out and putting them away multiple times throughout the week.
- Set goals – And then figure out exactly what you need to do to accomplish them. Make sure they’re attainable. If you’ve never linked-up to a linky party, don’t suddenly decide to link up to 100 in one week. Start with five or ten and go from there.
- Only check email once or twice a day – Say what? Yep, you heard me right. Try to only check email once or twice a day. I check mine in the morning and then again in the evening. Email really isn’t much different than social media. Down the rabbit hole, ya know?
- Stick to a schedule – What I mean is set up so-called “office hours.” For me that’s generally 8 PM-12 AM or 9 PM-1 AM. Right now, it varies somewhat because a certain little someone apparently thinks sleep is highly overrated, but you get the idea.
Blogging is definitely time-consuming. There’s no doubt about that. If you can figure out how to make it work for you, though, you’ll be a lot better off. Remember, you can totally do this!
If you have a few ideas of your own for getting more done as a full-time blogging mama, don’t forget to leave a comment and share.
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