Working in a full-time job and blogging on the side can be tiresome to say the least. But I find that my biggest challenge comes to lacking productivity when blogging. This is often a blocker for many bloggers I speak to and I’m lucky to have a few people to help to turn to and ask for advice. So I wanted to share some of my favourite tips I’ve picked up and learnt from others along the way.
In my earlier post I mentioned preparing the night before. Similarly you should plan your blog and social media content. I try to plan my week ahead on Sunday night by listing out to-dos and goals for the week. This is a great way to start the week too as it gives you a good structure for tasks and allows you to allocate days off too. Because let’s face it, we all need a break now and again.
Set Up An Office Space
Ensure you have a dedicated space for your work and creativity. When you get home after the rush hour commute, the last thing on you want to do is jump back on a computer to blog. But having a dedicated work space will help keep you motivated and productive. You also don’t want to get into the habit of blogging in bed or on the sofa as these are spaces you use for rest. Having a desk or work space will keep you in a frame of mind for working, similar to an office job.
If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room as a home office, then this tip is for you. My personal home office is currently a desk in my bedroom – but it’s a dedicated space for my blog. It also doubles up for my insta office-style photos, complete with a carefully constructed pile of fashion magazines and succulent plant. I’m also really loving brass and copper at the moment. I currently have a copper plate for candles and small bits, which is great for photography. Next on my list is a beautiful desk lamp. I’m loving some of the copper and brass ones from Cox & Cox, check them out here.
It can be tempting to try to multi-task in order to finish a task quicker. But it could in fact actually be making you counterproductive! If your task is to complete a blog post draft, then stick to that. Don’t jump from task to task or you will find yourself taking longer to finish them.
However, if you do find yourself stuck and not sure what to type next – then try taking a short break. Go for a walk, get some water or have a snack. You should then be a bit more refreshed when you get back to your desk and in a better state to get on with your blog.
Lists Are Your Friend
I love lists! There are few greater feelings then crossing something off a to-do list. I recently just bought a daily planner from Paperchase’s new Refresh & Reboot range which I use for my blog and personal planner. Unfortunately I haven’t been too good at keeping to my bullet journal so I find that a daily planner is a lot more manageable.
Lists are also handy for days when you don’t know what to blog about. I try to create lists of potential topics or titles for a blog post. This is quite useful as a starting point for new blog posts when I’m having a mind block kinda day.
This last hack is a bit of an obvious one. But it’s very easy to get distracted if you have the TV on, or even if your phone is nearby. Start by putting your phone on the other side of the room. That way you won’t be tempted to check your phone for every single notification. I also try to stay logged out of my emails when I’m blogging, so that I don’t find myself checking emails when I should be focused on finishing up a blog post.
Do you ever feel unproductive when blogging? Have any of your own tips for productivity?