When I started my blog almost 2 years ago, I had no idea about the amount of work it would require.
I had worked as a Marketing Assistant for a blogger, but I never did any writing for her, so I didn’t have a full picture of what was needed to be a blogger.
In the past two years though, I’ve had to learn to be even more organized than I’d usually been before, be very strategic and intentional with my time, and also look after my wellbeing.
Essentially, I’ve had to become extremely productive if I wanted to have my blog without losing my mind.
I know this is a challenge for many bloggers, so today I want to share with you the 5 tips I swear by to help you boost your productivity as a blogger.
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Why is productivity important?
When I started my blog, we were in lockdown and I was working as a freelancer, so even though it was incredibly busy, I had a lot of spare time.
Things changed when I moved back to London after being in Italy for a year and I had to find another job, whilst working as a freelance and working on my blog.
I learned to adapt in that season, create a new schedule that would work for me, and take it one day at a time. My job was very intense but I only worked 3 days per week, so I would dedicate the rest of my time to my blog.
However, things changed again at the beginning of 2022 when I started working full-time in a Corporate role. New schedules, new routines, and less time than I’d ever had available.
And again I learned to adapt, change my schedule, and find something that I could stick to in the long run.
So why am I telling you all this?
It’s because I know what it feels like to not have much time available to run your blog.
I know how overwhelming it is when you’re trying to do your job well, work on your blog, have a social life, and maintain your mental and physical health.
Burnout is a very real issue, and my passion is to help people avoid that.
The reason I believe productivity is important is because it allows us to manage all these things in the best possible way.
Yes, we won’t always get it right but we’ll do much better than if we don’t try.
Productivity is important because it helps you to make the most of your time, free up more of it when possible, and do meaningful things to build a fulfilled life.
I know that if you’ve started a blog is because you have a passion, something that you want to share with the world from your unique perspective, but I know that it can also get very overwhelming.
So I’m here to help you bring some clarity, get rid of unhelpful activities, and skyrocket your productivity.
If you’d like to learn more about managing your time and improving your time management, check out this post.I
5 productivity tips for bloggers
Now, let’s get to some practical tips and see how you can become more productive as a blogger with these 5 simple hacks.
Create a schedule
This is everything, seriously. If you haven’t created a schedule yet, you need to start now.
I’d divide this into two categories:
- Your personal schedule: this is everything related to your personal/work life (if you have a job in addition to running your blog). You need to know what’s happening in your days if you want to be able to work on your blog. Obviously, schedule the time you need for blogging, and then move on to the second schedule.
- Your blog schedule: this is slightly different because it will be exclusively for your blog. Here’s where you’ll write all the different things you need to do in order to grow your blog. Some of these activities might look like content planning, keyword research, posting on social media, creating pins for Pinterest, engaging with other bloggers, writing your content and so on. You should only do what matters to you, but we’ll get to that soon.
Scheduling everything will be the foundation of your productivity, and then you’ll be able to start working on the next tips.
Work in batches
The next step you should implement when running your blog is to work in batches.
This means that you focus on one activity at a time, and you do it in bulk. This step will allow you to be incredibly productive, avoid multitasking, make meaningful progress and be efficient with your time.
Some of the activities I mentioned in the first point are relevant to this one, for example, you can batch:
- Social media content. Film all your reels in one session or write all the captions for your posts instead of filming one reel every day or writing captions randomly when you need them.
- Blog posts. If you can invest a few hours each time (or however you prefer to divide it), write all your blogs for the week or the month in one sitting. That way all you need to do is schedule them and then enjoy the free time after.
- Outreaching. Whether you want to engage in Facebook groups, reply to queries on HARO, or reach out to other bloggers via email, do this in batch. Maybe you send out 10 emails a week in one go, or you spend 1 hour a week going through all the Facebook groups you’re a part of, instead of going in and out each day and feeling all over the place.
Learn what works for you and do it consistently
A very important point that I want to make, is that you don’t need to be doing what everyone else is doing.
Sadly, this is what many bloggers do especially at the beginning of their journey, but it shouldn’t be like that. Trying to do all the things will have a negative impact on your productivity and will make you waste significant time that you could instead be investing in meaningful things.
You need to learn what works for you, and just stick to that and be consistent.
That’s what will boost your productivity and that’s what will ultimately lead you to success.
Write a better to-do list
Another reason many bloggers are killing their productivity is because they have long lists, and they’re not efficient with them.
Having an effective to-do list will make a huge difference in how much you’ll be able to accomplish during the day.
My advice is: to write everything that comes to your mind, organize it into categories, organize the items for each category based on their priority, and then tackle the most important things first.
Use a productivity technique
Productivity techniques are such a powerful tool to help you stay on track with your goals and make progress with your lists.
Depending on what type of person you are, different productivity techniques will suit you better than others.
That’s why it’s important that you explore the options you have available and test them out to see what works for you.
I have an entire blog post that outlines 5 of my favorite productivity techniques, so you can check it out here.
Final thoughts on 5 tips to boost your productivity as a blogger
If you’ve made it to the end, I know you’re serious about becoming more productive.
I hope what I shared with you today has inspired you to review what you’ve been doing so far and perhaps take some action.
The most important thing to remember is that time is precious, and if you want to make the most of it whilst building the blog (and life) that you desire, then you need to be intentional.
Feel free to try out any of these productivity tips to become the most productive blogger you’ve been yet!
This is a guest post by Benedetta from The Planning Geek
Benedetta is a multi-passionate blogger and founder of The Planning Geek. She loves planning and organizing her life, and helping other women to organize their life and business for success. In her free time, you can find her by the beach (or the park when in London), reading a good book, or exploring new restaurants and trying new delicious food. You can find her blog at theplanninggeek.com, on Instagram, and on Pinterest.