5 Easy Hacks To Be A More Productive Blogger

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.

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Plan Ahead

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.

Stop Multi-tasking

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.

Notes

Avoid Distractions

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?

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with Cox & Cox.
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9 Comments

  1. 31st January 2018 / 5:07 am

    yes yes lists are definitely your friend! i recently bought a notepad to-do list and it has changed my life haha

    katie. xx

  2. 31st January 2018 / 8:47 am

    Love this, really helped me! Especially the tip about not multitasking – I do that way too often! <3

    Charlotte

  3. 1st February 2018 / 2:05 pm

    I have been a lot more organised and productive this year than I have been in a while. I have a desk but never work at it as it is in my bedroom and my partner now works nights so it has been abandoned a bit! I have a little calendar especially for planning content though which has helped a lot.

  4. 1st February 2018 / 3:27 pm

    I need a little work space! I work whereever i can find… usually lying on the bed or sitting on the sofa!

  5. 1st February 2018 / 5:42 pm

    I’m great at writing lists haha, but I multitask and get distracted so easily! Thanks for the tips x

  6. 1st February 2018 / 10:06 pm

    these are all such good tips, I really need to start implementing these as I am probably the least productive blogger to ever exist.. Its hard to set up an office space when you live in a studio apartment though! Considered going out to coffee shops but the distractions would probably be even worse!!

  7. Emily Leary
    2nd February 2018 / 12:11 pm

    I try not to multi-task… but then I forget that I’m trying not to multi-task!

  8. Helen
    2nd February 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Working and blogging is so hard to balance sometimes isn’t it. These are great ideas, I already use lists but am so guilty of sitting on the sofa blogging with the TV on.

  9. 2nd February 2018 / 10:23 pm

    Lists are definitely your friend! I’ve found that whenever I use a blog planner I am so much more organised than when I don’t. It can definitely be hard to avoid distractions though as I have a 3 year old to juggle blogging around.

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