Many people joined the blogosphere for different reasons – hobbies, income supplement, ranting (strange, but true) – while juggling with a day job or a demanding family. Add blogging into the list and you’ll find them multitasking almost up to the neck.
Does this sound like you? Then check out these 5 tips that will help you blog better amidst the busy lifestyle.
(1) Don’t Just Plan, Set a Reminder
One of the biggest challenges for busy people is getting things done on time. Planning is simple; carrying out the action is what makes the difference. So instead of just writing down what to do in the next few days set a time reminder and commit yourself to making it happen.
For example, I divide my blogging time to a.m. and p.m. so I know I have distributed my task evenly throughout the day. Besides that, I also use a mobile application called ColorNote (for Android) as a reminder.
It looks very much like your typical calendar which allows tasks to be color coded so they stand out every time you look at it. The free app is very simple to use and I am sure you can find similar application in other devices too.
(2) Put It on Paper
Be it writing or researching, I am pretty sure that you have acquainted with a lot of ideas during blogging. How do you keep up with them?
As a busy person, I choose to put my information – pen and paper style – on a notebook before it goes to my laptop. Although it’s old school, it works perfectly well as compared to mobile devices because;
- You can focus on your (busy) thoughts better without all the distraction from mobile devices such as phone calls and social media notifications.
- You don’t actually need a WiFi to write your blog post.
- You can write and think for as long as you want without the limitation of battery powered devices.
- It’s easier to lose your mobile devices (due to theft or sheer carelessness) as compared to a notebook.
Having said that, a durable notebook with good quality binding and solid covers are great because we tend to accumulate (and crush) our belongings when we are busy, don’t we?
(3) Research on the Go
Nevertheless, we should still take advantage of what mobile devices can offer. Files like PDF, MP4 audio and podcast are great to carry along on a mobile device, granted you have a power bank backup (I have two of them).
During my 30 minutes drive to work, I would plug in my audio to listen to a blog topic/tutorial and would do the same on my way home. Without losing my focus on the road (speaking about the art of multitasking), I could easily complete 5-6 hours of resourceful audios per week.
So by the time I get all the ideas for my blog, I can actually start the writing process instead of indulging in the never ending thoughts aka the writer’s block.
(4) Less Is More
- You rush to download free software on your PC or on your website because it’s rumored to ‘bring more traffic’ to your blog.
- You are constantly checking out free tools and applications because “Hey, it’s free!”
- You joined so many social circles because they said bloggers ‘should network’ frequently.
- You signed up for all sorts of ‘blogging secrets’ newsletters only to find them sitting in your inbox for 3 months – unread.
And the list goes on. In case you haven’t noticed, one of the most common habits that many busy people share is the take-first-do-it-later attitude. While it’s not entirely a bad thing, the lack of understanding what you are ‘taking’ in – malware, spamming unintentionally, junk mail, etc. – can all lead to information overload and disrupt your blogging routine.
At the end of the day, it’s far more important to focus on the qualities – not the quantities – that can help you write better blog post. When you acquire less ‘shinny objects’, you will be more focused to work effectively on one single task.
(5) Follow the Right Training
Being a busy person, the time you actually spend on building your online presence becomes very precious. Ideally, you would want to follow the right type of blogger, interact within the right network and most importantly, follow the right training. ‘Right’ is pretty stereotype, but you get the idea.
Many bloggers started out by clicking all over the web, believing all the hypes and consuming more than they can handle (refer to point 4) without following a proper program. As a result of that, you are less likely to research on a topic thoroughly or master a given online skill. So even when you think you have given 200% of effort, you are still far from achieving 2% of your blogging goals.
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Take It Slowly and Skillfully
There’s nothing wrong with multitasking, but my main point is, don’t rush through blogging or make it a do-or-die kind of routine. Just like driving a car, blogging is an acquired skill. Trying to achieve it all is like pushing yourself to run a full marathon when you are just learning to warm up.
So while you are busy at work, groom your skills steadily and blog at your own pace. Enjoy the ride and you’ll be surprised how blogging can actually make you a more productive person overall.
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“Busy is good because it shows you’re alive.” – Alison G. Bailey
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