I often get asked this question, “How do you find the time to do all that you do?”
My daily focus includes: writing on three different blogs (an average of 7-9 posts per day, sometimes even more), moderate comments and interact with readers on those blogs, manage a handful of other blogging related tasks, write short stories and novels, work with a lot of other bloggers as part of my one-on-one blogging programs, have a social life, be a boyfriend – plus read, listen to, and watch as much information as possible in order to feed my brain.
All in all I have a pretty full and busy life. Some days I manage to work for “only” 10 or 12 hours while other days it’s more like 14 (although I do have days when I just schedule already written content, and spend the rest of the day reading).
I keep working even while on vacation, even though those are quite rare (one in four years or so).
So how do I do it? Am I super disciplined? Motivated? Angry? Scared?
To be honest – no. Far from being the most disciplined or motivated person in the blogging world, I tend to be more impulsive in the way I tackle goals and projects.
Having said that – here are some of the things that I do to be as productive as possible.
- Figure out what matters most – there are many tasks that a blogger must do – however some are more important than others, and if you focus on the wrong stuff your growth will suffer. Prioritization is the name of the game. Spend less time on tweaking with your layout, formatting, etc. (also known as excuses to procrastinate when you don’t feel like doing real work) and focus on writing fantastic content and networking with fellow bloggers.
- Set some deadlines – It’s not enough to set goals. You need to know when those goals need to be completed. If not, odds are you’ll never get the job done.
- Establish a blogging schedule – Frequently posting quality content is 50% of blogging success. This means that you must have a schedule and stick to it. Write more than you publish, but always publish according to this schedule. No matter what.
- It’s all a balancing act – a key part of being productive is to figure out the fact that there is no work-life balance. There’s no such thing as free time. All you’ve got is time. That’s it. And you’ll often feel like walking on tightrope. Learn to enjoy this feeling, let go of your desire for control. There is no control. This also means that falling short of greatness is better than aiming too low for the sake of checking off all the items on your list.
- More creative in the morning, less creative in the afternoon – I schedule my work in such a way that I write new content in the morning, and do all the other stuff in the afternoon. Keep this in mind.
- Optimize. Always optimize – Ask yourself how to better do what you do. How to be faster at it. How to take certain shortcuts. It can be as simple as developing a certain formatting style for all your posts, or having weekly posts that don’t take long to write. Or maybe even writing a certain series on a certain topic.
- Develop the mindset that this is not work, but rather play – Just like the fact that everyone wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die, we loathe work. But we all love to play. See the time you invest in your blog as play, and it won’t feel like work. You’ll have more energy to get a lot more done.
- Remember your why – You need to know why you’re doing what you’re doing. Who are you doing it for? What are you getting out of blogging on a daily basis? If you are feeling unmotivated, it’s probably because you’ve forgotten your why.
Keep in mind that while these points sound like I’m highly organized and disciplined, the truth is that sometimes, and just like everyone else, I get distracted, feel unproductive or stuck.
Count on this, expect this, and you’ll manage to overcome this feeling on weakness far easily than if you’d judge yourself too harshly for feeling lazy.