Do you ever wonder how professional bloggers maximize their blogging productivity?
These bloggers know exactly what they need to do everyday and then actually do it. That’s how they were able to turn their blogs into full-time careers.
Meanwhile, you probably know what your goals are but you fall under one of the three scenarios:
- You know what to do but lack the motivation to do it
- You do a lot but you focus on the wrong things
- You don’t know how to prioritize
But hey, don’t sweat it.
I have a solution that will help you address all those issues and keep you productive ALL the time.
The first step to maximizing your blogging productivity is to deal with your blogging motivation. If you’re not motivated to be productive, you’re just not going to be!
Luckily for you, I wrote an article including 8 tips to help you maintain your blogging motivation.
Here’s a quick preview of the first few tips from the post:
1. Remember why you started blogging
The reason I started blogging was because I wanted to break free from the 9 – 5 life and have financial freedom. I also wanted to have more time to spend with my family and friends.
Your goals might be a bit different from mine but you should remember that you started your blog for a reason.
2. Read comments that readers left on your blog
I love reading old comments because it reminds me that I’m actually helping others and that people find my content valuable.
It feels nice to get recognition for all the time we spend on our blogs and sometimes it’s that extra spark from comments that gives us the motivation we need to blog.
3. Look at how far you’ve come
Most bloggers think about how far away they are from their goals but they never really stop to think about how far they’ve come.
Compare your progress to when you first started blogging. Aren’t you a much better blogger and marketer than you were when you began? If you continue working on your blog, just think of how far you’ll be 1 year from now, 5 years from now, or even 10 years from now.
To read the rest of my blogging motivation tips, check out the article.
Maximizing Blogging Productivity
Now, onto the good stuff! Increasing your blogging productivity.
As someone who gets super distracted all the time myself, I had to find ways to be productive to prevent myself from steering away from my goals.
It’s easy to do things, but it’s hard to stay focused on the things that really matter.
I did my research to see what how other people become so productive and I ended up stumbling on a solution.
For years now, I’ve been following something called the Ivy Lee Method, which consists of these 5 steps:
- At the end of each day, list 6 important things you need to do the next day.
- Prioritize them from most important to least important
- When the next day comes, finish the most important item on your list first. Then move onto the next item.
- Do this until you finish all items on the list. Whatever you couldn’t finish, include it in your list of items for the next day. Always have 6 tasks every day, no more, no less.
- Repeat this process everyday.
You might be wondering, “Why 6 items?”
From my experience, “6” seems to be the magic number. It’s challenging because there are a lot of tasks to work on, but it’s not overwhelming to the point where there’s too many tasks to work on in one day. Of course, you can list as many number of tasks as you want, but I would recommend following Ivy Lee’s strategy exactly as he created it because there’s a reason why so many people and businesses use it today.
The process itself might seem simple, but this super easy 5-step process helped me accomplish my goals time and time again.
Blogging is unique in that there are ALWAYS something you can do to improve your blog and some of those things will be more important than others.
The Ivy Lee Method reminds you of what’s important and forces you to accomplish them and I think it’s a great strategy to use for aspiring bloggers.
Keeping track of these 6 daily goals isn’t hard and there are many ways to do it depending on your preferences.
The low-tech way would be to just list your goals in a notebook and cross off the ones you finish. The high-tech way would be keeping track of your goals on your phone.
Personally, I choose the high-tech route and use app called Todoist to keep track of everything I need to do everyday. The app is amazing and I think it’s the top productivity tool for bloggers. Best of all… it’s free!
Take a look at the screenshot of my phone below:
You’ll notice that I had 6 important tasks I needed to work on today (arrange from top to bottom in the order that I want to accomplish them). One of those tasks was finishing this blog post! lol
Todoist makes it super easy for me to add new tasks and rearrange them in any order I please by simply dragging the tasks. As I finish each task, I delete them until I’m done all the tasks I need to finish for the day. Before I go to bed, I’ll create a fresh new list of things I need to do tomorrow so that I’m prepared.
Since the app is available for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, you can download it on both your computer and smartphone and sync your blogging to-do list across both devices.
If you’re using an Android phone, you can even add a widget to your phone’s desktop for quick access to your list.
It might take you a few days to get used to doing this but after a while, it’ll become a habit and I guarantee you’ll feel significantly more productive!
Try using this method yourself and see if you can boost your own blogging productivity!
Let me know in the comments what you think about this strategy or let me know what kind of blogging productivity strategies you use! Also, don’t forget to share this post with some friends who need to be a bit more productive 😉