Have you ever felt like you just don’t have enough time to get your regular blogging tasks done?
You’re not the only one. It’s something we all struggle with at one time or another.
So what can you do to make the most of the time you have available?
Below, you’ll find 12 quick tips that will enhance your mindset, focus and productivity.
Let’s get started:
- Identify your “one big thing” – What’s the main thing you want to get done in the next week? Sure, there are always a lot of smaller tasks, but when you focus in on very specific objectives, you’ll be able to work quicker.
- Plan your week out in advance – Every Sunday, try spending just 10-20 minutes to get your calendar sorted for the next week. It doesn’t have to be ultra-specific, all you need is some direction.
- Create a default diary – Sometimes things don’t go to plan, so it helps to have a default diary that covers all of the critical blog management tasks. This also makes planning out your time easier.
- Get clear on your priorities – First, get clear on what you’re trying to achieve, then you can assign priorities to all of the smaller tasks that’ll get you to your goal(s).
- Write your daily to-do’s on a notepad – Every morning, I write out my to-do list onto a notepad that sits by my computer. This notepad never moves and it’s only ever used for this single purpose. I find that by writing out my task list, I’m more focused on what I need to do. Also, cross off tasks as you do them to build up a sense of momentum.
- Cut out negative influences where possible – Things like the mainstream media present a disproportionate view of the negative to positive ratio of the world. Swap out these sorts of influences for ones that will inspire you.
- Eat a frog a day – Is there a task that you’ve been avoiding? The more we avoid things, the more of an issue they can become. Start your day off by completing one of these tasks and you’ll work through other tasks far easier.
- Use tools to boost your productivity – The key here is to take a balanced approach. Use too many (or the wrong) tools and they’ll just drain your productivity. Find a productivity that fits with how you want to work and stick with it – avoid the shiny object syndrome. I like using Workflowy for lists and Asana for team management.
- Limit your time for work – Because we work for ourselves, it’s easy to work crazy hours, but the truth is that work expands to fill whatever time you give it. So try giving yourself half the time and see how much more you can accomplish in that time.
- Give yourself time to think – Even if it’s just 30 minutes a day to have some quiet time to yourself, it’ll help. Also, I recommend practicing mindfulness and meditation – they can do wonders for productivity.
- Stop multi-tasking – Focus on a single task instead, and see how it impacts your productivity.
- Take regular breaks – When we’re laser focused on the work at hand, it’s easy to become fully immersed in what we’re working on. That usually has a negative impact on productivity. The brain can only focus for so long without taking a break. I have a physical timer next to my computer that’s set to go off every 30 minutes to ensure I take my eyes off the screen – this helps me stay alert + maintain my focus.
So now, it’s time to choose one of these tips, apply it and see how it works for you.