“I don’t have time to do that.”
Ever say those words? Whether they come from your own mouth or over a text to a friend, I know I say those often. Too often. Below find my top 5 strategies to get everything done during the 28 hour day of a blogger.
1) Set Goals – I know, you have heard this a million times. but the reason you keep hearing this is that it’s really important. I can’t get through a day without a list of stuff to get done, so why would I think a week or month would be any different. Let me tell you, the rules for setting goals are yours. Do not set crazy goals and deadlines. Start small and achieve, the feeling is addictive. Soon you will be completing yearly and year 5-year plans with ease.
2) Prioritize – If you are like most bloggers or writers in general, you probably have about 20 irons in the fire. Figure out which one is closest to the melting point. In other words, do the most important tasks or part of tasks first. Sounds easy right? Just because it sounds simple doesn’t mean that you know which task matters the most. The trick to this is to see if a certain task or element is needed to complete another element. For example, you need to research a topic before you can write about it and you need to write it before it can be edited.
3) Ask for help – Most bloggers started at home with kids running around and spouses needing this or that. Put them to work. Now that my children are older they have a job to help me every day. Whether it is help with the blog or just around the house, this is a great resource that you shouldn’t be ashamed to tap into. Additionally, if you still work a 9 to 5 like I do, ask co-workers for help. Ask them to help you take on tasks at work to ensure you complete it on time. You could even pick their brain for blog content.
4) Focus on what you can control – You can’t stop the sunset, so why waste time getting upset when things happen that are out of your control? I can’t tell you how many times my internet crashes at home. They are adding to our neighborhood so the line goes down a lot. I have to be hyper-focused on saving my work as often as possible. It still happens though, I get up for a coffee and forget to save, the internet goes down and I have to refresh the page to get it back. Don’t let this distract you from your task and certainly don’t bother getting upset, it will come across in your writing.
5) Relax – This can sound counter-productive but I promise it is just as important as step one. If you do not get enough sleep or time to rest your thoughts, your work will suffer. You are not at your best when you are tired and your readers, family or co-workers will pay the price. Getting 8 hours of sleep at night can be tough with everything on our plates but try to get as close to that as possible. Finding “me” time can be a bit more challenging. I am a mother to three “almost” adults and it is hard. Just hiding away to read a few chapters of a new book or take a bath is a fine art in my house. When my children were small I would take advantage of nap time, these days I make the most of the time they are in school or at work.
Follow these simple steps and you will find yourself producing more content and getting more done both at work and home.
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