Being a professional Blogger is not an easy job. Unlike other professions, here you would be spending most of the time alone and you need to take care of your productivity pulse.
A typical routine of a professional blogger includes:
- Writing new articles
- Updating old articles
- Replying to comments and comment moderation
- Review and test new products
- Keep updated with the latest in the niche
- Social media marketing
- Email marketing
- Content promotion
and more and more…
Yah, it’s a lot of work but the thing is it’s fun.
It’s interesting to learn new things, implement them and most important make money out of it.
Sometimes I find 24 hours to be too less to get all the things done, and that’s why I ensure that I not only manage my time effectively but also take care of my productivity to ensure I don’t get tired or worked up so soon.
It was not an easy journey to become disciplined when someone is working from home. For me, it tooks years to find that flow state and tricks that ensure I get maximum out of my time and don’t waste my time in useless browsing or less important stuff.
Can you do this as well?
The short answer is yes. If you start applying the techniques I have shared below, you will be able to do the same.
Bloggers generally face many challenges in comparison to working at an office.
If you have any work experience of a big multinational company you better know that these companies follow discipline strictly. They do their work according to the work schedule. This is the main reason behind their huge productivity.
Well, if you already coming from an environment where you are habit of setting priority and doing things time, you are in luck as you can quickly apply these productivity techniques.
And, if you are one of those lucky fellows who never had to work under a boss and is a lone wolf (just like me), you can do really well after applying these techniques, since your life is a clean slate.
Do take these tips seriously, and start applying them one by one. Better make a printout and put it in front of your work desk. Do remember, you need at least 66 days of continue practice to make these your habits.
Now, since you are me are on the same page, lets’ go ahead and learn some hacks that improve your productivity
Handy Productive Tips To let you reach your awesomeness
Time management is very essential for every professional person. On a given day, you need to do the various tasks and by allotting a time frame for everything, it will help you to get all things done.
So, which tasks should you start your day with?
Scientific research has proven multiple times that our energy depletes as we move ahead in the day.
Your first few tasks should be the most challenging and rewarding.
The way I do this is by writing down my top 3 tasks a day before.
Today evening I will write down 3 tasks that I have to do tomorrow. Next morning, I don’t have to decide what tasks need to be done as it is defined.
Ensure, each task should take a minimum of 45 minutes or more to get it done.
One important tip: Don’t start your day with social media or emails, rather use it for creative work, and for us, what could be better than writing work. Here are recommended articles for managing your time like your own boss:
2. Maintain a to-do list:
You are writing an article and you suddenly remember you need to run errands or send an email to your virtual assistant or something else.
How often this happens to you?
Well, here are a few choices for you at this moment:
- Get the task done immediately by leaving what you are doing – (This is definitely unproductive)
- Think you will do it later, but at the same time, your mind is distracted as you are afraid you may forget it.
What’s the solution?
A to-do list.
Using any To-do list app like Todoist or something similar, you can simply add the task in your to-do list and reference it later.
When you write down the task, the fear of forgetting the task is gone and you could focus on the current task at hand.
I have utilized Getting things done methodology to manage my to-do list. This strategy alone has helped me ensure most of my tasks are getting done in time.
This single hack has helped me keep my mind clear when I’m working and never forgot to finish an important task.
3. Disable mobile push notifications:
That sweet voice of phone which could imply a lot of things such as:
- New Whatsapp message
- New SMS message
- New message on Facebook, LinkedIn
- Some random app marketing message like discount
- Some app notification message reminding you to use the app as you have been ignorant.
In the majority of cases, you don’t really need to engage with your phone after every notification, but it happens as we are becoming hard-wired to it.
It is not a complain but a mere fact.
What you could do about it?
Disable all push notifications from your mobile.
I believe it was 3-4 years back I moved my phone to no notification phone, and it has saved me from significant distraction and it will do the same to you.
4. Turn off distractions
While working, get rid of any kind of distraction.
Be it a physical distraction or even an online distraction.
A few things that could help:
- Close all the open tab in your chrome that you are not working on
- Close all the apps on your computer that you are not working on
- If you are writing, enable distraction-free writing mode. This feature is available on all the writing apps these days.
Your undivided attention should be on the task that you are currently doing.
5. Use the Pomodoro technique
Pomodoro technique is the most under-utilized technique by people who work online.
It is a time management technique that recommends dividing the task into blocks of time.
For example, let’s say you have to write an article which could take 90 minutes.
You could break the time into 3 blocks.
35 minutes * 3 = 105 minutes
You can do a sitting of 1 block at a time and take a break of 5 minutes after every block.
This time block could be utilized for various important purposes such as:
- Stretching your body – (I hope you do it every time you work)
- Drinking water or coffee
- Take a quick walk
and anything else that needs to be done in 5 minutes but should not be your email or anything related to another work.
This practice alone will improve your happiness index and helps you to keep your mind and body fit in a longer run.
This is one of my hack that helps me stay productive even after 10 years of working from home.
5. Never waste your time
Bloggers found lots of distracting elements online as well as offline. Try to increase your productivity by get away from these habits. It’s either watching television or playing online games or unusual chatting with friends on IMs. FYI, every time you take a break it takes 45 minutes to get back into active mode again.
6. Prioritize your work
Try to know about your most important work and try to stick with it. Don’t try to do more than one thing at a time.
For example, I had this habit of researching while writing and by the end, I end up reading something else instead of writing. This is a big block in my productivity.
I started setting time, to-do lists and set priorities for everything. Just for info, reading consists of a minimum of 1 hour of my day.
7. Use productivity tools
Tools play an important role in humans life. There are lots of tools, web apps available to help you in blogging. Always take the help of them. Have a look at blogging tools list and the best productivity apps I made earlier.
Also see: Rescuetime review – How it can help you find more time?
Another tip which I would like to give is: Start meditation and exercise. A healthy mind with a healthy body can double your productivity.
Well, these are some of the productive tips which I can think of now, and I will keep extending these tips with things that I will learn with my experience. Don’t forget to share and subscribe to my Email newsletter for more such updates.
I know there is a lot more to say. Leave your comments to add some more productivity tips in this list.