We all know the feeling. You get home after a long day of work and the last thing you want to do is work. It’s already eight o’clock, it’s cold outside, and all you really want to do is cuddle up in bed and watch a movie.
Don’t. Your blog needs your love and no one’s going to read it if you can’t keep it updated with fresh content.
The Blogging Mindset
Even before I get home I psych myself up to spend at least two hours writing. I may be tired or not feel up to the task, but if start thinking about what I’m going to write after dinner I can get excited and prepare for a hardcore session between me and my laptop. For more inspiration, and to consider myself a bad mother blogger, I think of all those other bloggers being less productive with their spare time.
Luckily my body is not too sensitive to caffeine, so I really enjoy a strong cup of coffee and getting down to work. The thing is, a cup of coffee is still too strong for me after work. My alternative: green tea. Full of antioxidants and with roughly a third the amount of caffeine of a cup of coffee, this is my perfect solution for two good hours of hard study. Note: Yerba Mate also works well.
Take a Break
It’s rare that I sit down for two hours without getting up. For me, standing up and walking around after an hour is a great way to divide my working hours. It doesn’t matter if it’s going to the bathroom, eating a piece of cake from the kitchen, or touching my toes, getting blood to circulate through my body helps me to think and break up the session so that by the time I get back to work, I’m not counting the minutes I’ve imposed upon myself.
It’s Not Always Writing
Sometimes great blogging is really great editing. The subconscious is a beautiful thing, sure, but it’s also messy, and often hard to understand. That’s why a rational mindset focused on tapering and excising superfluous words and phrases is crucial to good writing.
Silence is Golden
I love music too, but I rarely write with it on. Especially when I’m editing. Of course it depends on my mood, but usually I’ll listen to the sound of fingers clicking on keyboard. If I’m feeling stuck and in need of some inspiration, I’ll play classical music for a nice medium between lyric-rich tunes and absolute quiet. Bach is the best and my own personal favorite.
Balance Writing With Living
Two hours a day after work is stringent, I’ll agree. It’s easy on the weekends when I can hit up a cafe, but during the week there are sometimes events I’m obligated to attend. So even though my goal of two hours a day every day sounds like a lot, I usually carry it out five days a week, not seven, taking on average two days a week to socialize with friends, or watch that movie that I’ve been waiting for all day.
Choose Those Days Carefully
It helps to take these days of rest when I am not feeling especially creative during the day, when the words don’t come easily and I had a lot of trouble writing while at work. I find that personally, the best days to write are when I’m super-productive at work, and the words flow from my fingertips onto the computer screen. That way, by the time I get home I’m still not done; I have more to say. Or write.
Writing is Personal
Of course, you may feel differently. Maybe after writing all day at the office, you feel burnt out. Maybe you’d rather work during your lunch break, or in the morning before going to work. Maybe you don’t like caffeine. Maybe you value your social life more than I do. That’s all well and good. But remember, even if you have a lot of natural talent, there are a lot of people out there just like you, and there’s always, always, someone working harder, wanting to be better.
So maybe the next time you don’t want to write, ask yourself if you want to be the best. If the answer is yes, that should inspire you to sit down and get to work. If not, well, that’s okay, too. But don’t be disappointed when your blog isn’t blowing up.
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