Blogging can be overwhelming. So many tasks everyone is telling you that you need to do. So many places you need to have a “presence”.
Social media is one of those things that people tell you need to do to get traffic. But figuring out each platform is time consuming and frustrating.
So you pick your favorite platform and you jump in.
Let’s take Facebook as an example:
- You send a new post automatically to Facebook when it publishes.
- You try to share other’s content.
- You see what competitors are doing on Facebook.
- Then you see a friend that posted a cool article.
- You read the article.
- Then back to your page to see if anyone has commented.
The list goes on and on. In no time, you have spent an hour on Facebook without even realizing it.
This is what we call getting sucked down the rabbit hole.
Now I’m not saying social media (or other tasks) are bad. They are necessary in this blogging world. But there are ways to keep small tasks from ruling your life. That is what we are going to talk about today.
How do you keep little things from taking over your schedule?
- Set a schedule for working hours-Find blocks of time where you can work uninterrupted. Whether this is early morning, mid day or evening, it doesn’t matter. Whatever works well for your schedule and family. Then don’t let anything get in the way of those time blocks.
- Prioritize your tasks-Make a list of what has to be done today, then this week, then this month. Start with today’s blog post or whatever is pressing right now. Checking things off your to do list will make you feel good and help you be more productive.
- Turn off your notifications-Notifications on your computer or phone can be very distracting. Turn them off or use the app
- Turn off your phone-I have a hard time with this one because I have kids at school during the day while I’m working. But if at all possible, turning off your phone will help you concentrate on your work without distractions.
- Don’t try to do “all the things”- You don’t have to be a master at everything. Get the big stuff done first (blog posts, growing your email list, etc) before you add more to your plate. They will still be there when you get around to them.
- Automate as much as you can- Use services like Facebook Scheduler and Tailwind to automate your social media so that you can batch your work hours. Then you can do the work each morning or once a week and not have to be constantly updating social media.
- Hire out if you can- If you have already started making money on your blog, it may be a good time to find a VA or someone to hire to manage your social media for you. Give them exact instructions on what you want done and then let it go!
What can I get rid of on my to do list?
By pairing down your to do list, you will get more done of what really matters. How do we do this?
- Only try to master one social media platform at a time, and then automate it.
- Do the tasks that will make you money in the short term first.
- Block off time for large tasks or projects.
- Consider ROI (return on investment) when deciding what is most important.
What tools can I use to help automate tasks?
- Social Media Schedulers (Tailwind, MeetEdgar, CoSchedule)
- Email Service Providers (ConverKit, Drip, MailChimp)
- Stock Photography (StoryBlocks, iStock, Pixabay)
A recent podcast I just loved is the Just Keep Blogging Podcast Episode 13: Blogging Squirrels You Need to Ignore. In this episode, she explains what she means by squirrels, and how to avoid getting distracted while blogging.
Time management and productivity are very important when you have your own business. Whether you are working full time at another job, blogging during nap time or if you are blogging at home full time, it doesn’t matter. You want to use your time in the best way possible. After all, wasn’t one of the reasons to go into blogging was to make more money in less time than your regular 9 to 5?
- Prioritize your task list.
- Get rid of things on your list that aren’t making you money.
- Automate as much as possible.
How do keep your productivity on track? Please let us know in the comments below. Thanks!
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