As a blogger, organization and productivity go hand-in-hand. If you want to increase your output and see better results, it all starts with how organized and prepared you are. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. That’s why we’re providing you with some tangible tips that can be implemented into your daily routines.
Use the Right Apps and Tools
If you aren’t using some of the various apps and tools currently available to you, then you’re missing out on a major opportunity to become more productive and efficient throughout the day.
There are literally hundreds of different apps developed for organizing business activities, streamlining mundane processes, and automating time-consuming tasks. Don’t overlook these options. Many are free or cost just a few dollars.
Develop a Content Calendar
As a blogger, you absolutely must have a content calendar. If you don’t, you’re nowhere close to maximizing your output. However, the good news is that it’s relatively easy to create one.
“Creating a content calendar for your company from scratch is one of those tasks that seems ridiculously complicated at the outset but which, with a systematic approach and no scruples about stealing other people’s methods, can actually be fairly straightforward,” marketing strategist Jamie Griffiths says.
The goal of a content calendar is to plan content around certain key dates, events, and holidays so that you have a clear understanding of when content is to be written, edited, and published. It also allows you to identify gaps between content so that you’re able to publish with consistency.
There are a variety of ways to create a content calendar – and there’s something to be said for developing a customer framework that fits your personalized needs – but these free templates will provide you with a strong foundation.
Schedule Time for Writing
When you tell people that you blog, they probably assume that you all you do is write all day long. However, as you know, writing is only a small portion of what you do. Between social media, SEO, design, advertising, and content curation, it’s sometimes difficult to even find the time to write.
The key is to schedule time for writing each and every day. Don’t just assume that you’ll get around to writing at some point during the day. Actually carve out specific times when writing is the number one priority. This will ensure you don’t get behind.
Wake Up Early in the Morning
What time do you wake up? Could you wake up just one hour earlier each morning? By waking up an hour earlier each morning, you’re actually adding the equivalent of 15 more days to your calendar each year. Imagine what you could get done!
“The early risers are one step ahead of the crowd: calm, collected, and accomplished when everyone else is rushing to the office,” productivity coach Ciara Conlon says. “The early bird has it under control. When you wake up early, you have more time for planning, strategic thinking, and getting organized.”
It may seem impossible to wake up so early, but once you’re up and have a cup of coffee, you’ll discover that the morning is the absolute best time to write.
Don’t Let Disorganization Derail You
As a blogger, you must prioritize your daily routines and focus on organizing your work processes in a manner that’s conducive to productivity. While you can get away with being disorganized for a few weeks or months, it’ll ultimately derail any efforts to be successful.
Try out different techniques and strategies and identify the ones that work best for you. Eventually, you’ll discover the habits that allow you to be a more organized and productive blogger.