The major benefit of being a full-time blogger is, you’ll have more time to blog.
You can spend countless hours on creating contents, promoting your stuff and networking with other bloggers if you’re doing full-time blogging. But the problem with most bloggers is, they don’t do full-time blogging.
They REALLY have limited time to make their blogs successful and to earn decent amount from them. If you’re struggling to find time to blog, this article is for you.
Let’s dive into the details without much ado.
1. Get rid of your email load
Make your active email inbox to ZERO.
Did you know most people who work online open their inboxes first thing in the morning, that’s a terrible to start a day.
Here’s a great article written by Leo Babauta to make your inbox to zero. I’ve personally implemented what he said, believe me, his tactics do work!
2. Create a to-do list
To-do lists give you full flexibility to manage your time. You’ll know what to do and you can plan your day according to it.
Ask yourself these questions before creating a to-do list
- What are the top 3 tasks that I want to finish today (which take 1+ hr to finish)?
- What are the top 3 tasks that I want to finish today (which take less than an hour)?
Looks so simple, right?
Try it out.
3. Create a not to-do list
Most people aren’t aware of this, or either they don’t care about creating a not to-do list.
Why would you care creating a not to-do list?
This list keeps you away from getting distracted.
You’ll know what not to do which is most important aspect in becoming productive.
Again, ask yourself this question before creating a not to-do list: What are the 3 thing that I don’t want to touch? (Ex: Facebook, not opening email more than twice, watching YouTube videos, etc.)
4. Set deadlines
This is the most efficient way to become a productive blogger/writer. Set yourself few deadlines before acting on something.
For example, before writing a blog post, set a deadline of completing it in 1 hr (700 words article)
This way you’re making your subconscious mind to act more productive.
5. Reward yourself
When you’re done with your daily tasks, reward yourself with something.
This is to make yourself more dedicated towards reaching your targets and/or goals.
- Go to gym
- Hangout with your lover
- Get a beer or
- Tune into your favorite music
6. Stop surfing, start acting
Use Cold-Turkey to avoid online distractions.
We all know working online is not an easy task. You REALLY can’t spend productive time online with all the distractions like Facebook, email notifications, new popups, YouTube vidoes, IM alerts etc. Can you?
Here’s a great tool (free) to avoid your online distractions.
Download Cold Turkey here, and block all the sites where you waste your time.
It’ll block all those sites for X days, you can’t even access through it using any other browser until the limit reaches.
Cold Turkey can’t be stopped easily as it is not stoppable from the system tray or the task manager.
Learn to write faster blog posts within less time. There’s an effective method to always write faster blog post – don’t edit while writing. Writing and editing are two separate phases which shouldn’t be done at the same time.
Over to you:
Let me know if you’ve any more tips to become more productive blogger. I’d love to hear from you!