Productive Blogging ❘ Productivity Tips for Bloggers

Struggling to get it all done? Learn how to be a productive blogger with these helpful productivity hacks and techniques to get more accomplished in less time!

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Today’s post is all about productive blogging!

If you want to become more productive as a blogger, keep reading because I will share my best productivity tips that helped me grow my blog to six figures and beyond.

And stick around till the end because the last tip probably doesn’t sound like a productivity hack but it’s definitely the most important!

But before we get started, let me clarify a couple of things.

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All right, let’s dive in!

Productivity Tip #1 Treat your blog like a business

The first tip on how to be a more productive blogger is to treat your blog like a business.

Yes, your blog is actually your business and you need to treat it like that.

I get it, working from home can make it easy to get distracted, especially with the whole “stay in bed all day” vibe, but trust me, it’s not the most productive approach. I used to work from my bed, the couch, the dining table, but shifting your workspace around the house will affect your productivity. 

So, how to be productive at home? I’d recommend designating a specific spot in your home solely for working on your blog. When you sit there, your brain knows it’s time to get down to business. Going to a coffee shop or a co-working space could be another option too. 

Also, setting regular working hours is key. 

I understand the resistance, the beauty of working for yourself is the flexibility, right? But you don’t have to stick to the same schedule every day, and your work hours don’t need to be one continuous block. For instance, if you need to pick up the kids from school at 3 PM, you can pause work and resume once they’re in bed.

But during your designated blog time, make sure it’s only about your blog – ignore that pile of laundry!

Productivity Tip #2 Time blocking

Now, if you want to take it a step further and maximize your productivity, you could follow the “Three-Tier Time-Blocking Method”. This concept is simple but incredibly effective.

You allocate specific blocks of time to different tasks and stick to that schedule as closely as possible. 

So, you list all the infinite tasks that come with running a blog and then you categorize these activities into three tiers based on their importance and time-sensitivity.

Tier 1: These are your high-priority, non-negotiable tasks. For example, content creation or SEO.

Tier 2: These are important but not urgent tasks, like updating old blog posts.

Tier 3: These are the tasks that are nice to do but not essential, such as, for example,  creating an extra pin for your blog posts.

Once you’ve identified these tiers, allocate specific time blocks in your day or week to each tier:

Tier 1: Reserve your most productive hours for these tasks. For example, if you’re a morning person, block out 9 AM to 12 PM for content creation.

Tier 2: Schedule these tasks for when you’re still alert but maybe not at your peak, like early afternoon.

Tier 3: These can be done during your least productive hours or when you have some free time.

Productivity Tip #3 Manage your energy

Now, the allocation throughout the day doesn’t need to be necessarily this way.

Here is a secret: to be the most productive you don’t need to manage your time, you need to manage your energy.

You know, not everyone can “eat that frog” first thing in the morning. If you’re not a morning person, like I’m not, it might be better to kick off your day with some easy, mindless tasks to give your brain a chance to wake up and gain momentum.

It’s all about knowing yourself and planning your most important tasks for the time of day when you’re most focused.

Productivity Tip #4 Incorporate power hours

Next tip, if time blocking is too much for you at this stage or it doesn’t suit you, that’s okay but I want you to at least incorporate some “power hours” into your schedule. 

A “Power Hour” is a dedicated, uninterrupted block of time where you focus solely on high-impact activities that contribute to the growth and sustainability of your blog. 

I see too many bloggers, and especially new bloggers, caught up in the daily grind,  stuck in the cycle of busy work. 

This is a big mistake and I have made that mistake myself at the beginning.

Basically you spend all your time working IN your business and never ON your business. But working “on” your business is essential for long-term growth and sustainability.

Let me explain. Working “in” your business involves day-to-day tasks like writing blog posts, responding to emails, managing social media. Working “on” your business, involves strategic planning, setting long-term goals, implementing systems that will help your blog grow and generate income.

These are the high-impact activities that will move the needle for your blog.  They could include things like developing a new product, optimizing your sales funnel, or creating a content strategy for the next quarter.

So, I want you to designate some power hours to work on these high impact activities. 

Ideally, you’d want to have at least one power hour a day. But you can start with allocating one power hour or a couple of power hours a week and build it up from there. 

During this hour, eliminate all distractions—put your phone on silent, close all irrelevant tabs, and inform others that you’re not to be disturbed. Use this time to focus solely on the most crucial, high-impact activities and treat this time as non-negotiable; it’s an investment in your blog’s future.

Incorporating these power hours will increase your productivity so much because it shifts your attention from being merely busy to being effective. Busy work may give you a sense of accomplishment in the short term, but it’s the high-impact activities that will truly drive your blog’s growth and profitability in the long run.

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Productivity Tip #5 Apply the 80/20 rule

Apply the 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, to your blog as much as possible. This rule or principle basically says that 80% of your results come from 20% of your actions.

To work smarter, pinpoint the activities that yield the best results and invest more time in them. For example, focusing more on creating your own digital product might deliver better results than constantly scheduling your social media queue.

If you have an affiliate program, identify the 20% of people responsible for 80% of your sales and give them the support and encouragement they deserve.

Productivity Tip #6 Eliminate, automate, or delegate

So now the question is, what do you do with all the other tasks? 

For tasks that fall under working “in” your business, that don’t have a high return on investment, that are not high impact activities? And that’s where my next productivity tip comes in.

For all those tasks, you have three options:

Eliminate, automate, or delegate. This will free up more time to focus on high-impact activities. For example, you could automate social media posts or delegate content editing to a freelancer.

A lot of us bloggers tend to wear all the hats in our business, especially in the beginning. In my first year, I was doing it all by myself. I had a corporate job so I would work my 9 to 5 and then I would work on my blog late at night and at the weekends. And I would do everything myself. 

But honestly, that can be quite counterproductive. Spending your valuable time on admin work or diving into the intricacies of accounting isn’t the best use of your skills. I get it – money can be tight when you’re starting out, but try to delegate at least a little. 

Every minute you waste on an admin task is a minute stolen from a task that could bring you a much bigger return on investment.

Start by automating as much as you can. There are tons of handy tools out there designed for bloggers that can handle some of the heavy lifting for you.

Templates are another lifesaver. Creating templates can save you tons of time. Whether it’s for your Pinterest pins or emails, having templates on hand can help you whip up things quickly.

And here’s a neat trick – use “done for you” solutions. If you’re not a pro photographer, don’t waste time trying to take your own photos. Grab some stock photos from places like Deposit Photos or CreativeMarket

If you’re clueless about creating a media kit, consider getting one made for you. 

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So, focus on what you do best and seek help for the tasks that aren’t your forte but are crucial for your business. The worst thing you can do is spend your time on something and not get the results you were hoping for.

If you’re on a tight budget, platforms like Fiverr can be a lifesaver. You can delegate smaller tasks without breaking the bank.

And if you’re not ready to delegate blogging tasks, consider delegating something else in your life. I started delegating my cleaning and gardening. Maybe ask your partner to chip in more around the house or maybe hire a cleaner or someone to handle your grocery shopping. Remember, it’s all about making the most of your time and resources!

Productivity Tip #7 Have a plan and set your goals

The next productivity tip is to never start working without a plan. 

If you don’t have a clear direction, you might end up wasting valuable time scrolling through social media, TikTok or Pinterest. 

What I do to stay on track is set a goal for the next day before I wrap up my current blogging session. This helps me create a to-do list that’s focused on achieving that goal. Writing down tasks for the next day is important, but knowing what I want to accomplish is the real game-changer.

Without a specific goal, it’s too easy to get sidetracked by all those little tasks that pop up and divert your focus.

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Productivity Tip #8 Use your time wisely

The next tip I have for you when it comes to being a more productive blogger is to use your time wisely.

We as bloggers don’t have much time, so, what makes the difference between being busy or productive is how well we use the time that we have. 

First things first, avoid diving into your email inbox as soon as you wake up. It’s a total time-suck, and most of the time, you end up solving other people’s problems instead of your own. Get your own tasks sorted before helping others. 

Of course, I’m not saying never to check your email again, but set specific times for it. You can choose to peek into your inbox multiple times a day (maybe during lunch and before shutting down your computer) or just once a week.

Do what suits you best, but resist the temptation to check it every time a new notification pops up – actually turn those notifications off!

Productivity Tip #9 5-minute boosts

Now, there is kind of an exception to this. Sometimes, we all find ourselves with random pockets of time—waiting for a workshop to start, or even while your coffee is brewing. So, here comes my next tip. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media, use these 5-minute intervals to accomplish quick tasks that contribute to your blog. These could be tasks like responding to a reader’s comment, jotting down ideas for future blog posts, checking your blog’s analytics, reviewing a paragraph or two of a draft post

These quick tasks, these 5-minute boosts may seem minor, but they add up over time and contribute to your overall productivity and blog growth.

Productivity Tip #10 Batching

Moving on to the next tip, let’s talk about batching! Your brain operates differently for various tasks. 

The creative part takes a break when you’re doing admin work, so constantly switching between tasks will kill your focus. What I do is not only batch similar tasks together but also structure my schedule to align with my brain’s mode. For instance, if I’ve just finished writing several blog posts and I still have some creative juice left, I’ll tackle another creative task, like designing all the pins for those posts.

Consider dedicating specific days of the week to certain tasks, like content writing on one day, social media scheduling on another, and handling support emails on yet another. This not only keeps you focused but also saves you a ton of time.

Productivity Tip #11 Time management 

Next up, I want to give you some time management tips because I noticed two things that I used to do quite often and you might be doing too. 

One of the biggest productivity traps we fall into is overestimating how much we can accomplish and underestimating the time it will take to complete tasks. It’s all too easy to load up our to-do lists with tons of tasks. But then it’s so discouraging when you can’t cross them off the list.

At the same time though, if you give yourself a whole day to write a blog post, guess what? It’s probably going to take you the entire day.

Here’s a little productivity secret: a task will take up as much time as you plan for it. So shorten your deadlines. Set realistic expectations and allocate a reasonable amount of time for each task you need to complete. Otherwise, you’ll end up wasting time without even realizing it.

Taking breaks is another ace up your sleeve for boosting productivity. When you come back to your task with a refreshed brain, you’ll notice a significant uptick in your focus. Many people swear by the Pomodoro Technique for this. You break your work into intervals, usually you work for  25 minutes and then take a break for 5 minutes, and then rinse and repeat. It might be worth a shot.

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Productivity Tip #12 Get organized 

The next tip on how to be more productive as a blogger – get organized!

The key to getting things done is making it all as easy as possible. Like I’ve mentioned earlier, having a plan is like a superpower for increasing  your productivity. And when you’ve got everything organized and right at your fingertips, it’s like a magic trick for lightening your workload.

Start preparing for tomorrow today. Every evening before wrapping up work, I set the stage for the next day. I pick out the three must-do tasks for the next day and get everything ready to make my work a breeze. For example, if I need to shoot a video for my YouTube channel, I set up all my recording gear the night before.

I’m a big fan of Notion for keeping all my ideas organized. I also like Motion but there are plenty of other apps out there that can do the job too. I also make good use of iCloud Drive and Google Drive to keep the things I need most often easily accessible from anywhere. 

Now, about creating your schedule – it’s all about finding what method works best for you and rolling with it. You can go old school with a planner, jot down to-do lists, set reminders, or make the most of your calendar to manage your time. Personally, I use a combination of these methods and use Structured to plan my day. 

I also love using a printable to-do list and goal planner. There’s something incredibly satisfying about physically crossing tasks and goals off on paper. It gives me a tangible sense of accomplishment and keeps me motivated to tackle the next item on my list. We have our Printable Goal Planner and to do lists in our shop if you also like the old school paper method.

Productivity Tip #13 Take care of yourself

Next tip on how to be more productive as a blogger, take care of yourself.

Let’s get real for a moment – especially when you’re just starting your own business, your business is essentially an extension of yourself. So, when you’re investing in your business, you’re essentially investing in yourself too. And I totally get that when you’re running your own show, it’s tempting to pour 100% of your energy into it, but trust me, there’s a real risk of burning out, and that could spell trouble for your business.

Don’t try to do everything all at once. You’ve probably heard the saying “Jack of all trades, master of none,” right? Well, I think it’s spot on. If you attempt to master every single aspect of blogging simultaneously, you’re setting yourself up for less-than-stellar results. 

Take social media, for example – there are so many platforms out there. Trying to conquer them all at once is a recipe for frustration. My advice? Start with one. Once you’ve truly mastered that platform, then you can think about tackling the next one.

Another example, before diving into selling your own product, consider mastering affiliate marketing. Before you create a full-blown course, dip your toes in by creating a freebie, and so on. It’s all about gradual progress.

Oh, and here’s a helpful little golden rule – learn something new every day. Set aside a bit of time each day to expand your knowledge. Read a blog post, listen to a podcast, or watch a YouTube video – anything that teaches you something new. I get it, life gets busy, but this is a vital part of your business. When you grow, your business grows too.

The most important thing – learn to say no. Remember that every time you say yes to something, you’re essentially saying no to something else. If a company approaches you for a collaboration, only say yes if it’s a perfect fit for your blog. You don’t want to spend your time creating content that your followers won’t care about.

Same goes for guest post opportunities – before saying yes, assess the return on investment. Does it align with your blog’s topic? Will it bring in new traffic? What’s the domain authority of that blog? Will it provide a valuable backlink?

And last but not least, practice some good old self-care. If you burn out, your blog might take a nosedive. So, take time for yourself. There will always be more tasks on your to-do list, but if you wait for everything to be finished before taking a break, you’ll never get there. Set your working hours, and when it’s time, shut down the computer.

Look after yourself – exercise, eat well, and aim for a solid 8 hours of sleep each night. Your productivity will definitely thank you for it!

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Hi there! I’m the founder of Blogging for New Bloggers®Tinylovebug®, Legals for Business Owners, and host of the popular Blogging for New Bloggers® Facebook group (36K+ members). Originally from Italy and currently based in Melbourne, I’ve worked as an international lawyer and university lecturer in different countries for over 15 years. I use the combination of my research, teaching, legal, and blogging experience to show new bloggers, just like YOU, how to blog profitably and legally. I started my first blog, Tinylovebug®, at a time when I needed to take my mind off my fertility struggles. Born as a creative outlet, this little lifestyle blog blossomed into a profitable business within the first six months. As the money grew more and more consistent, I went on a mission to empower other bloggers to do the same. Only a few years later, I’m now a mum and have helped over 30K bloggers, podcasters, course creators, coaches, and other online entrepreneurs start and grow their business and protect it legally with my courses and legal templates.  Whether you want to grow your traffic or make money blogging, I will help you achieve your full potential! Take my FREE course - Blogging for New Bloggers Fast Track or my FREE  Legal Course for Bloggers - Legally Blogs™ and set yourself apart from the average new blogger!

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