You've probably heard of the old housewives' system for managing housework and other chores.
It went like this:
Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Churn on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday.
That routine helped those women stay organized and focused on their chores so that they could get everything done — and they had a LOT to do!
As bloggers, we too have many different things to accomplish, and although I typically hate the thought of following a schedule, I do find it helpful to have some sort of plan to help me stay focused and on task.
Take blog post writing for example.
I prefer to write two or more blog posts in a sitting to queue up for later delivery. The day of the week and time of day I write depends primarily on the time of year. In the winter, I write first thing in the morning; while in the summer I like to write in mid-afternoon when it's too hot to be outside. I also like to group article topics by season and will start working on my Christmas season posts as early as July.
Granted, that doesn't look much like a daily writing schedule, but it works for me.
Create your own schedule.
Consider what works for you and your current schedule. Here are some points to ponder as you create your own blogging routine.
- At what time of day do you feel most alert and motivated? That's probably the best time to write articles.
- On which day of the week do you have the most time to write?
- Does your job allow you time during the day to write? This can be a great escape from the drudgery of work too!
- Do you work nights? I used to write my best University essays while on midnight shifts.
- Can your partner take the kids to a weekly class to free up time for you to write?
Figure out what schedule suits you best and set that day and time to write.
You should also consider that the day you publish your articles will be busier than others with reader responses to your post, so make sure you can set some time aside for comment moderation on those days. The days you publish are also good days to comment on other blogs with links to your new post.
Provided you don't work in the online business opportunites market which is rife with weekly product launches and ‘extra' writing, you should schedule a separate session for product research and review writing. You can do this bi-weekly or even monthly when you have sufficient products to promote on your site.
I tend to be easily distracted, so I've set things up to make sure that I'm not (usually) interrupted when I write.
I go into my office prepared to write, so I bring a beverage and clean my desk of paperwork that might change my focus. I refrain from checking my email, Google Reader and other sites by keeping programs and browser windows closed. I prefer a quiet room for writing, so I'll shut my office door and/or the windows depending on the noise levels inside and out.
My affiliate managers know that I prefer to be contacted by email – not phone. If the phone does ring while I'm writing, I just don't answer it.
Make your schedule and your environment as distraction-free as possible to minimize work interruptions.
Now commit to your blogging schedule.
You won't need to work your schedule for too long before you notice that your workload becomes both easier and more fluid.
The key to getting to the point where it is easy is committing to your plan.
For example, when you know that you're going to sit down between 9AM and 11AM every Tuesday to write a few blog posts, you'll start thinking about your topic ideas and article flow well in advance. Maybe you'll jot down a few ideas on paper or create a rough draft on your blog when you have a few spare minutes during the previous week. In that way, you're already prepared to write and you can get the job done faster.
Once the writing gets easier and faster, you might also be inclined to write more posts which always makes the search engines happier and more productive on your behalf. 🙂
Try working a blogging schedule for even just a month and see how good you feel about what you've accomplished in terms of content creation and increased revenues!
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So, do you have a blogging schedule or a strategy that you to stay motivated as a blogger? Please share your tips and ideas with us in a comment below.