#1 Hit your goals by creating a goal first.
You can’t hit your goals without knowing your end goals!
Because results matter the most. Not busywork.
Sometimes you can feel overwhelmed by blogging and feel like there is so much to do. To narrow down your focus, set a goal and strive to get that result. Just because you have a lot to do doesn’t mean all of that contributes to the growth or success of your blog.
Don’t set a gigantic, unrealistic, or unattainable goal. If you are just starting out, set a smaller goal. It’s more about encouraging yourself that your actions can lead to results.
For example, if you are trying to double your readership after six months, make that clear to yourself and see which social media outlet you can best leverage to reach your audience and get them to visit your website.
I recommend setting S.M.A.R.T goal so you’ll really take the action seriously.
#2 Increase your productivity by slaying the most difficult project in the morning.
Which tasks and projects require the most brain work?
Which tasks are likely to deplete your brain cells and energy most?
Which projects have the highest ROI?
Which work is the most challenging?
Have you done something similar like this before? If yes, then it’s likely not your biggest challenge.
Do these first.
#3 Increase your productivity by clearing distractions.
This includes any food or snacks. Water, coffee, or a smoothie is okay. And maybe a little music if that’s what you need to get your mind rolling. Find a comfortable spot that you can stay put for at least two hours — for me that is usually at the dining table (Okay, you caught me. There is always food at our dining table.) or in bed with my laptop on a throw pillow.
#4 Hit your goals by setting smaller milestones and rewards.
I’ve always used Google Calendar for work and loved it for setting meetings with co-workers but when I’m working from home, I don’t have a lot of meetings every week. I still have it open and find it useful to plug in my personal and social appointments though. It keeps me motivated when I know I have to block off this much time for Saturday night to go out with friends. Nope, can’t go for that Starbucks coffee run earlier in the morning. “Gotta crank out this post before launch!”
Then going out with friends will be the reward.
#5 Increase your productivity by mapping out your projects with Trello.
I’ve only recently started using this and it was after I decided to launch my blog so you might think this is such a pre-mature review but I’m surprisingly loving and find Trello’s free features very helpful in planning my workflow.
I create columns of work and place them in categories (stages) along the lines of brainstorming, writing, editing, publishing, and completed. This way you have view your progress and having a ‘completed’ column shows you it’s doable! There is a sense of accomplishment when you move your tasks down the assembly line hehe. I love sketching out my workflow on Trello before writing out each individual post or email on Evernote.
The user interface is clean and highly flexible for your to create a workflow that works for you. They have both free and paid plans, but I can get enough use out of the free plan for now.
I know how difficult following through with your plans can be so I created a blogging editorial calendar for you to monitor your workflow. If you still find it challenging to monitor yourself, download the FREE Trello Board Template so you can stay on top of your blogging projects!
Now that you know how to be productive blogging, increase your daily productivity and hit your goals, what’s the next step you’re going take? Leave a comment below!