How to make sure you blog each day
If like many people, time is a precious commodity, your blog can be the one that takes the hit.
How many times have you visited a blog, only to read the words ‘Sorry I haven’t blogged for a long time…’. Many blogs languish because our daily routine becomes overwhelming. This has both an effect physically (we literally have no time) and mentally (we never find ourselves being creative after another exhausting day).
Of course, we can’t create extra time either so in order to make sure that you keep your blog nice and fresh, there are a few things that we can do to make sure that you get at least one blog post up each day (or week, depending on your schedule).
Keep a notepad on you
Great ideas come to us when we least expect it. But like those dreams that vapourise when we wake, these great ideas can all too quickly disappear. Carrying a notepad (or a simple list on your phone) can really help. Jot down ideas and themes as they come to you. This will create a rich list of ideas that you can refer to when you come to sit down and write a blog. Remember – your blog posts don’t have to be particularly long or embellished. What you are looking to do is keep your blog ticking over and reminding people that you are still here. Keeping a note of your ideas and thoughts will pay dividends when you turn on your computer and find yourself sat at an empty screen.
Get up early
Many people aren’t fans of getting up early but you’ll be surprised how productive you can be, even if you get up an hour earlier than you usually do. Of course, this is dependent on many factors – you may have a small family that you’re looking after, in which case, any sleep would be a bonus. But if you can do it, just set the alarm for 45-60 minutes earlier and make the most of the quiet before the hustle and bustle of your day. Make yourself a drink. Load up your blog and check your notepad. Then get writing!
Allocate a specific time
In many cases, bloggers can find that they’ve run out of time by the end of the day. Allocating a specific time will put you in the frame of mind to get a blog post done and published. Even if it’s 30-40 minutes of solid work, you’ll be surprised at how much you can get done. It’ll also sharpen the mind and help you focus.
Set a timer
Using a timer creates a fantastic amount of focus. There are many apps that you can use to run a timer or you can simply set a time that you’d like to finish and get writing! Why is this so effective? Well, it creates a bit more urgency, a sense of deadline. It’s likely that you’ll be blogging alone so while you don’t have anyone cracking the whip, you’ll need to take control of your time.
Turn off social media and phone notifications
Ping. Bzzz. Pop. People are often clamouring for your attention. Social media sites also are constantly reminding you that they need attending to. People will suck the time out of you, taking away any chance that you have of getting a blog post done. Conversations about last night’s TV or the latest bit of gossip have their place – but not when you are trying to get some work done. Turning off your social media creates less distraction, promotes clarity and increases productivity. You’ll be amazed by the difference it makes. And when you turn it all back on, you’ll realise that the world hasn’t ended.
Finding time to blog CAN be done but you need to take control of your own time and make it happen. Learn to find out what times of day work best for you, be aware of the constant demands on your time and remember that you important too – and so is your blog. Make it happen.