Being a new full time blogger and trying to manage different tasks at hand can be a daunting task.
Trust me, I know. I have been there!
Writing 10 blog posts a months to not writing and publishing nay for months at a stretch was pretty much the norm for me, but in my defence I was still working at a full time corporate job and I did not have enough time.
But even when things changed and I quit from my Corporate job, I was still struggling because now I had a lot more on my plate.
From writing the perfect blogpost, to marketing it to the right audience and then driving constant traffic to your blog, trying to keep up with daily posting and trying to grow your audience on Instagram and facebook, building a mailing list, replying to emails, spending countless hours in doing all the graphics work for blog and Pinterest, all while trying to maintain a social life and have some time for your relationships, family, and for yourself seemed like an impossible thing to do.
I almost decided that having a corporate job was so much easier than managing all this work and was even considering taking some help, but then thought that I should give it one more try and maybe if I can find some ways to be more productive, I can really do it all myself. I became obsessed with finding productivity tools and hacks that actually work and then applying them to my situation.
And apparently, it’s possible.
So here are my top 10 productivity Hacks to Kill it at the Blogging game:
1.PLAN AHEAD: I can not stress this enough and I am sure you can relate when I say that “sometimes I used to spend hours brainstorming blog post ideas and I mean literally hours.” And planning ahead was a total game changer. I now keep a running list of blog post ideas that I want to write, essentially in a small notebook that I keep handy. So that whenever there is any idea in my head, I make sure to write it down, so I won’t forget it. If for some reason I don’t have the notebook with me, I will make a note in my phone and copy everything to my notebook once I have it.
Another great thing that helps is planning ahead in terms of what kind of content you want to be creating depending on what month it is. What posts do you want to publish during the summer break, what posts do you want to write about festivals and all, so that you don’t have to publish a poorly written and not well researched blogpost at the last minute.
2. Create content in BULK: Creating content in bulk is always a great idea to go about things if you have a variety of tasks at hand. For example: I write a couple of posts together and then create Pinterest graphics et all on another day for all those posts. Same goes with videos, I like shooting a couple of videos in one go and then editing them in another go.
The reason why this is so effective is because when you do something repeatedly, you kind of get in the grove and are far more comfortable doing that things and thus being productive at it. I rarely ever edit my Instagram pictures individually now.
3. Creating a CHECKLIST: If you have a couple of things that you like doing before you publish it, then I highly recommend making a checklist, so that before you publish anything you can literally check whether you have completed all the steps or not. For example: Before I publish any post, I like doing a SEO analysis and a readability analysis using a word press plug-in(read a list of my favourite must have plug-ins here).
4. AUTOMATE posting between Platforms: When you post a blogpost on WordPress, you can connect various platforms using widgets, so that whenever you post, it automatically posts on your facebook page, twitter and so on and you don’t have to go and share the links on all the platforms manually.
5.USE Apps Like Later, UNUM for IG: Planning and maintaining a cohesive IG feed is a big task, and while using similar Adobe light room presets on all your pictures does the trick, the layout is also a big part of it. Apps like UNUM allow you to view how your gallery will look like before posting and you have the freedom to rearrange the pics, and then even schedule to be posted later on.
6. MAKE USE OF TEMPLATES: Making Pinterest graphics is a time consuming task, but the templates sure make it a whole lot easier. And the best part is that a lot of these templates are free to use. I love creating templates on Pic Monkey and Canva and make use of the already designed templates. I rarely EVER design the Pinterest graphics from a scratch now.
7. Using SCHEDULER for PINTEREST: I can go on for hours, how using a scheduler has helped me grow on Pinterest. Honestly it is the best thing EVER and the only regret I have is that I didn’t join sooner. I use Tailwind now, and it works like a dream. You can schedule pins for a week in less than 10 minutes and then forget about them.
8. Make a TO-DO LIST: I always thought that making to-do lists was so hyped, until I started doing it myself and noticed a Big difference. The thing is when you work for yourself, it is upto you, to define your to-dos for the next day, the week, or the next month and not having a clear defined lists often puts you off the track. Do yourself a favour and give this one a try.
9. Setting LONG TERM AND SHORT TERM GOALS: If you have no idea where you are heading, you probably are never going to get there.Having very clear set of realistic goals is an absolute must. I try and revisit the goals and expectations that I had set for myself in the beginning of each month and then assess what I did right and where I can improve.
10. Make use of Extensions: using the right extensions for the browser that you are using is a life saver. I love having a Pinterest extension on my chrome browser because it allows me to pin images directly from blogposts. Extensions can also help you write SEO_friendly posts with more ease, the idea is to find the extensions that suit you the best. Grammarly is also very effective if you write a lot.
Those were my top 10 tips and hacks for being a super productive blogger.
Are you ready to rock the bloggin game or what?
What’s your favourite tip? Share with me in the comments below! 🙂