8 Easy Tips to Increase Productivity for Bloggers

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1. Start Each Day with a To-Do List

    Having a list of tasks that need to get done will keep you from wasting time figuring out what to do next. Create the list based on your own preference – some choose to rate the tasks from most to least important. Others arrange them from easiest to hardest, so by the time they get to the more difficult items they have some momentum going.

2. Take Breaks – and Take them Seriously

    Give yourself a few minutes to relax for every hour of work. Move away from the computer and try not to think about what you need to do during the break. Go outside and get some fresh air. When you come back to the work, you’ll be rejuvenated and ready to get more tasks knocked out.

3. Figure Out Your Most Productive Time of Day

    Some bloggers work better early in the morning, fresh out of bed. Others may need to wait until the evening, when they have been able to spend time with family and friends to really knock out their to do list. Experiment with different schedules to find out what times are best for you, and then work during those hours as much as possible.

4. Schedule Social Media Time

    Perhaps the biggest time waster for a blogger is sitting too long on sites such as Facebook and Pinterest. Going to share your latest post may turn into an hour of checking up on your entire friends list or daydreaming over the beautiful bedroom pins. Give yourself blocks of time to be on social media, so it doesn’t eat into your productivity.

5. Forward your Emails to a Single Account

    Bloggers with multiple sites or clients may find they have several email inboxes. Using a single account and forwarding all address to that inbox will greatly improve your productivity, as it cuts down on the time you spend logging into each email. Alternatively, use a program such as Windows Mail so you can see all of your inboxes in one location for fast checking.

6. Hire a Virtual Assistant

    Getting someone to take care of the mundane, time-consuming tasks frees you up to be more productive on the rest of your to-do list each day. VAs can reply to emails, promote blog posts and giveaways, pitch companies on your behalf, and create and edit images for your blog. Find a VA who is effective so your money is well spent and you are truly benefiting from the arrangement.

7. Use an Editorial Calendar

    This can be a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, the WordPress Editorial Calendar, or a planner that you write all of your post ideas and deadlines inside. No matter your style, having a calendar will help you stay on track and make sure you get things done on time. It will also allow you to keep all ideas in one place so you never run out of ideas for posts.
Content Brew is an excellent course for coming up with an editorial calendar system as well as hundreds of post ideas!

8. Try Not to Multi-Task

    Though it seems like it may be more productive to work on three things at once, it takes most bloggers longer to complete any one task this way. Putting 100% of your focus on a single item on your to-do list allows you to cross it off much quicker. And seeing your list being marked up will help keep your motivation, and productivity, high.

Let’s Discuss:  Which one of these tips would help to make you a more productive blogger?

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Comments

  1. You make me feel like a sluff off. I have been taking a lot of time off from blogging. Kind of getting burned out.

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    Making a to-do list is really helpful for me. If I don’t write it, it doesn’t happen.

  3. I would love a virtual assistant! I hope I get to the point where my blog makes enough money to hire one!

  4. Tiffany Steadman-Collins says

    These are great tips! I really should take more of a break but instead during my breaks at my day job I am on here doing blog stuff LOL. Maybe it is time to look for a VA might help eliminate the stress:)

  5. I feel like I’m always multitasking. Maybe that’s why I’m so disorganized!

  6. I notice when I do take breaks it hurts my traffic. I usually only take breaks on the weekend because that is when my husband is home and it is family time.

  7. Create a tracking notebook or Excel spreadsheet that documents where and when certain posts are shared to. Blogging is tough, especially when you are a WAHM. There are constant distractions and Netflix.

  8. I think trying not to multi task I think will make a big difference for me. Thanks for the list

  9. Taking breaks does work from me. I’ll tell you though, I have to mentally assert myself to get up and get out of the house sometimes. Seems there’s always one more thing to do. 😉

  10. Not multi tasking is the hardest for me to not do.

  11. Great tips! I sure could use this today especially. I need to increase my productivity very very much. I will be sure to keep all of these in mind!

  12. I totally agree with these tips, they surely will add to that productivity many people need!

  13. Is till don’t have this all figured out. I’ll never be the best at multitasking so I need to learn to use a to-do list and focus.

  14. Right now, with my Mom with a broken shoulder and me having to drive back and forth to her apartment-scheduling is kind of out of the question. I wish I could hire a virtual assistant at least until she is feeling better–but money is a definite problem. I generally set up between midnight (when my cat wakes me up cause she is hungry) and 3 am–then go back to sleep for about 3 hours. I try to read in-between everything else so I can get up posts. I conk out sometime mid afternoon then wake up and comment on others posts and finish tweeting etc. And this too shall pass——————————-

  15. I feel that breaks really do help. Otherwise, my brain starts to turn to mush lol!

  16. My problem comes in with that multi-tasking. I tend to flit from this to that to this and before I know it, the day is gone.

  17. Those are great tips. I cannot function without a to – do list. It helps me stay focused

  18. I need help with number 4. I get sucked into social media.

  19. I would be lost without a to-do list. When I don’t have one I feel like I’m running myself ragged.

  20. I love the “not multi-tasking” tip. As much as moms are good at multitasking, it’s not an effective way to run a business.

  21. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says

    Ugh, I need all this help, and then some. My productivity seems to be waning – I definitely need more early AM work sessions, that seems to be when I do best!

  22. These tips are so vital to a blogger. I really need to look into getting a VA. I would be able to do so much more.

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