A simpleton once said: “It takes a genius to live a simple life”!
Just because you are busy and run a hectic diary doesn’t necessarily mean you are productive. The blogging world is no different. Just because you are busy online the entire day doesn’t necessarily mean you are effective and productive.
Between responding to e-mails, checking your traffic and sales statistics, responding to tweets – it can all build up and easily seem like a daunting and overwhelming task.
And yet – you can establish a simple blogging schedule that can help you keep at it, week after week, month after month and year after year!
The question is: how on earth do you establish yourself as a consistent blogger in a world of “dramatic distraction” and information overload?
I’ve compiled 10 easy-to-implement tips that will help you keep on top of things that matter most – ensuring your blog is a content rich, interactive and thriving platform.
1. Organize your life
Your blogging is only a small part of your life. Like Richard Branson says: value your family and friends.
You need to make time for yourself, family, health, friends, spirituality, business partners, etc. All of these are incredibly important aspects of your life that should not be neglected.
It is very easy to get carried away by your blog. Whilst the passion needs to be there, it mustn’t drive you beyond the point of being able to separate your blog from your life.
Take some time out and ask yourself: is my life organized? Am I making time for all the important things and people in my life?
If not, I highly suggest you start organizing your blogging schedule around your life in general.
Remember – your blog is only a part of your life and not your entire life.
2. Plan your week
Planning is one of the shocking truths that people come across online. A successful blog requires serious planning.
Take some time out before the week starts and do some planning. I usually take about 10 – 20 minutes on a Sunday afternoon to browse through my schedule for the week.
You’ll be amazed at how that 10 – 20 minutes can save you hours of wasted time.
Those minutes will:
- help you find time to research your articles
- help you figure out when you’ll do the actual writing of your articles
- assist you to schedule your social media posts
- help you to set aside time for admin – emails; responding to social media messages, etc
- remind you of the meetings you might have forgotten about
- give you an overview of tight deadlines
- help you identify impossible – back to back – schedules
- help you to re-schedule where necessary
Ultimately, you’ll be able to see clearly where your blogging activities fit into your week and thus be able to simplify your schedule.
3. Plan your day
Once again, spend a few minutes each day to think about your day.
List the activities you want to do for that day on a piece of paper. The idea is to make sure you prioritize important activities and avoid losing precious time over silly distractions.
You might not get everything done. And this shouldn’t get you down.
Simply, stick to your schedule as much as you can.
Life will often throw you curve balls on certain days of the week – curve balls beyond your control. Don’t get stressed by things you can’t control.
But, by planning your week and day, you’ll be amazed at how much simpler your blogging schedule will become.
4. Develop a Content Plan
A Content Plan has made a world of difference to my life. Thanks to Jon Morrow at “BoostBlogTraffic”, I have put together a 52 week framework for this blog to help me compile my articles. In my 14 Part E-Course on How To Create Passive Income Online, I share the benefits of this.
The framework consists of 6 themes:
- Threat Headlines: What Keeps Your Readers Up At Night
- Zen Headlines: Promising Your Readers A Simpler Life
- Piggyback Headlines: Riding on the back of a Famous Brand
- Mistake Headlines: Irresistible Teasers From Masters
- How To Headlines: The Oldie But Goodie That Never Fails
- List Headlines: Bite-sized Content That Readers Adore
In any given month, the idea is to post articles from the various themes.
Since the start of my blog on 1 June, I have posted the following articles:
- Threat Headlines: 5 Shocking Truths About Creating Passive Income Online
- Mistake Headlines: 8 Online Marketing Mistakes That Make You Look Dumb
- Piggyback Headlines: Richard Branson’s Top 9 Tips That You Can Apply To Your Online Business
- Zen Headlines: Can’t Keep Up? 10 Ways To Simplify Your Blogging Schedule (the post you are currently reading)
I hope you start to get the picture!
I have a 52 week plan. It’s only a plan and a guideline. I obviously don’t stick to it 100%. I tweak it at will – chop and change the order of articles, etc!
But, this is the point: it simplifies my blogging schedule because it gives me topics to write about upfront and guides me at all times.
5. Steal your content
Now that you are ready to create your content, go ahead and steal it!
Yep, you read right! Go ahead and steal your content from other writers.
The idea is not to re-invent the wheel. The idea is to help your readers by giving them solutions.
The reality is that your readers might not have the skill and knowledge to find the information they are looking for and break it down into sensible, easy to understand chunks.
Breaking things down is your job! You need to do the research and then compile the information in a manner that adds value, solves problems and provides your readers with solutions.
Your job is NOT to waste hours writing content from scratch. Trust me, the likelihood of you writing an article that has not been written before is zilch!
I am not suggesting you go and copy and paste other people’s content exactly as they present it.
What I am suggesting is this: steal it from various platforms, write it in your own words, add your personality to the content and you’ll be amazed at how much easier your blogging schedule will be.
6. Shut down the technology from time to time
This may sound weird. But, it’s important to get offline – switch that PC, Laptop, I-Pad or any other gadget off!
Switch your mobile phone to silent and forget about it. You can respond to missed calls and text messages at a later stage.
During that time, focus on your important activities for the day – especially your writing.
Don’t worry about being offline, everyone will be there when you get back online!
7. Don’t prioritize your admin
Don’t respond to e-mails, blog comments and social media messages early in the day. When you respond and communicate with people early in your day, a lot of them will respond back and you will be tempted to respond again.
Before you know it, you are spending most of your day on your administration.
Leave the admin for later in the day. Start with the important, distraction free, stuff first
8. Be results oriented
Just because you’re busy working all the time doesn’t mean you’re effective.
That’s why it’s important to set some goals upfront.
What exactly are your targets? Have you jotted them down? And are you going to commit to measuring those key driving factors regularly?
Are your traffic, conversions, e-mail-optins and sales statistics improving?
These are the questions you constantly need to be asking yourself as a blogger if you want to avoid making online marketing mistakes that make you look dumb.
Nothing will inspire you more than improving results. Nothing will lighten the ‘heavy weight’ of a blogging schedule like improving results.
Most importantly, by measuring results, you’ll soon know what works and doesn’t work for you. When you start to understand what works for you, you’ll begin to align your blogging activities accordingly and simplify your schedule.
9. You don’t have to do everything
The world will be there in the morning. You don’t have to do everything today. Become a master of priorities, and if it doesn’t get done today, no sweat, tomorrow is a brand new day!
10. Take a break
Lastly, I wanted to mention the one thing that we all need to do, at least somewhat regularly: take a break. You don’t have to quit, or give up, or even take a vacation, but take a short break from your blog.
It’s your job, right?
Think of it this way: you’ll eventually need a break from anything that’s worth doing, at least to get your mind refocused and ready for the next steps. Plan this “break” into your week or month (or year, if you have to wait that long) and then make it worthwhile.
Do you identify any of the above as a barrier to your blogging schedule?
If any of the above is a barrier, you can Click Here to find out how you can simplify your blogging schedule by having a simple, and yet effective passive income business online.
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