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Lots of people don’t realize this, but blogging is hard.

So many people think it’s just writing a blog post and ta-da! You’re done.

But there’s so much more that goes into it, especially if you want to make money blogging.

After all, your blog is a business, and you’re the one-woman-show running it all.

It can feel extremely overwhelming trying to get everything done to grow your blog, so today I’m sharing some productivity tips that I use while running my blog!

I hope these tips help you as you learn how to be more productive as a blogger!

PLAN OUT THE WEEK AHEAD

I’ll be honest, I used to think planning my week out was a waste of time.

It just didn’t make sense to spend time figuring out what I was going to do when I could just…do it, ya know?

But, when I first started blogging I realized that there’s just SO. MUCH. TO DO.

It’s honestly overwhelming thinking of it all sometimes.

So, just for the heck of it I started planning out everything I wanted to do during the upcoming week.

And you know what? This ended up being a HUGE time-saver, because I was able to group similar tasks together and get more done in a shorter amount of time.

It was also a huge weight off my shoulders knowing that I didn’t have to keep up with EVERYTHING I needed to do because it’s all written down somewhere.

WRITE YOUR CONTENT IN ADVANCE

If you’re wanting to become more productive as a blogger, an editorial calendar is perfect!

And if you’ve never heard of an editorial calendar before…girl. It’s a game-changer, for sure.

An editorial calendar is a great place for you to plan out your blog and/or social media posts in advance.

You know exactly when a new post is going live, and- the best part- you can have posts already written weeks, even months in advance.

So, when life gets busy and you don’t have time to write a new post, you can already have it done and scheduled, ready to go!

SET WEEKLY GOALS

Something I regularly preach here is that you need to set goals to be successful.

And I truly, 100% believe setting goals leads to better productivity because you know EXACTLY what you need to do to reach your dreams.

When you set weekly goals, not only are you giving yourself a game plan for the week, you’re also giving yourself a deadline.

This helps keep you on track and helps prevent you from slacking off and wasting time on meaningless tasks that don’t help your business.

Also, make sure your weekly goals align with your long-term goals.

For example, one of my long-term goals is to launch an e-book. So, some of my weekly goals include things like researching topic ideas and writing a few pages each week.

This helps give me specific tasks that will help me reach my bigger goals!

PRIORITIZE YOUR TASKS

If you really want to know how to be more productive as a blogger, you need to learn how to prioritize.

Prioritizing your tasks will do wonders for your productivity!

We all know there’s a LOT to do as a blogger, so you need to recognize what’s most important, and what can wait.

This is where setting goals can really help out, too.

When you’ve got your weekly goals set, you can look at your list of to-do’s and say, ‘is this task going to help me reach this goal?’ And, if it isn’t then it’s not your top priority.

Knowing what’s the most important task to knock out will not only be good for your mindset (this way you have a positive outlook on the rest of the day, when the hardest stuff is out of the way first) but you also know where to start.

You don’t have to look at this long list of to-do’s and think, oh god where do I even start?!

You want to try and get the most important stuff done first, of course.

But, if you’ve got a looong list of things to get done, you can also try doing the quick (but still important) tasks first.

It’s a little bit of personal preference and figuring out what works best for you 🙂

START WITH A CLEAN SPACE

There’s something so calming and refreshing about having a clean space to work at each day.

I know when I’m packing Etsy orders for my shop I can make things a bit of a mess, but I always try to put everything back where it goes when I’m done. That way my mind is clear and I can focus on the next task!

This doesn’t just apply to your desk space, either.

If you’ve got a bunch of old/useless files, whether it’s blog posts, photos, whatever, set aside some time to tidy ’em up on your computer! This just gives you more peace of mind as you work.

DON’T ANSWER EMAILS FIRST

It’s very easy to quickly get sucked into a spiral of answering emails all day.

5-10 minutes of responding to emails/comments turns into several hours real quick.

So, answer your emails last.

Or, at the very least, don’t answer them first thing in the morning.

This just bogs you down and can make you feel kind of sluggish afterwards, which reduces your overall productivity.

REFRESH YOUR MIND

My favorite tip on this whole list is to make sure you’ve got a fresh mindset when you start the workweek.

I’m really bad about not taking breaks when I’m working on my business at home, but I think it can cause burnout pretty quickly.

So, be sure to plan breaks and take time to recharge! Try setting timers for tasks so you’re not stuck on one thing for too long.

You can also just set a specific time each day to get up, stretch, and walk around for a little bit.

AUTOMATE WHAT YOU CAN

There’s a ton of behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into growing a blog and making money.

To be a more productive blogger, you need to find ways to get it all done, but it’s hard to do it all yourself!

So, automate what you can! This is not only a great way to get more done, but it’ll help keep you less stressed.

A good example of this is Tailwind. It’s a scheduling tool that helps me grow my blog using Pinterest.

Basically, I take maybe an hour once a month to schedule all of my pins for the next several weeks and it makes it look like I’m on Pinterest all the time.

Tailwind has helped me gain over 150,000 monthly viewers on Pinterest and over 5,000 Pinterest followers. It’s a game-changer for sure, and I highly suggest using it to grow your business!

If you want to try Tailwind out for free, you can do so here.

I hope these tips can help you in your blogging journey! If you have more tips on how to be more productive as a blogger, leave them in the comments below! 🙂

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How to be More Productive as a Blogger