1 Simple Way to Double Your Blogging Productivity in 5 Minutes or Less

Without fail, one of the most frequently asked questions I get asked is, “I want to be a successful blogger, but how do I get it all done?”

My simple answer: “You can’t get it ALL done, but you CAN get MORE done.”

KEEP READING!

Now, before we go any further, you absolutely, unequivocally must know that it is simply IMPOSSIBLE to get it ALL done – it’s not human and to allow yourself to think it is, is simply mad.

So, if I’ve popped your bubble, I’m sorry, but I have a solution. Don’t be broken hearted.

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You can’t get it all done but you can get MORE done and here’s how…

1 Simple Way to Double Your Blogging Productivity in 5 Minutes or Less…

Make a productivity plan.

I know, it’s not sexy – but it works!

I would never, ever, ever tell you to do something that wouldn’t be totally, utterly worth every ounce of effort it requires.

Let me tell you the secret behind a productivity plan – it leverages the time you DO have and turns your few hours into power hours.

Here’s how you do it:

A) Dedicate your time

  • How many hours a week do you have to work on your blogging business?
  • Which days will you commit to working on your blogging business?
  • What hours of each day will you commit {not try, commit} to working on your blogging business?

B) Define your working categories

Make a list of the categories that need to fill your work time.

Right now, mine looks something like this: content, products, promotion, networking, testing, training.

Keep your categories specific and simple.

C) Create a productivity chart

Here’s a peek into my current productivity chart: {you can create your own at Math Warehouse http://chartmaker.mathwarehouse.com/create-pie-chart/ }

1 Simple Way to Double Your Blogging Productivity in 5 Minutes or Less image business of blogging chart

  • I spend 25 percent of my blogging time on content
  • I spend 20 percent of my blogging time on products
  • I spend 30 percent of my blogging business time on promoting
  • I spend 10 percent of my blogging business time on networking
  • I spend 10 percent of my blogging business time testing
  • I spend 5 percent of my blogging business time training my team {who help mostly with promoting}

D) Track your time!

From the chart above, you can see here where my priorities are right now. If for instance the above was your productivity chart and you had 20 hours a week dedicated and set aside for your blogging business, your time would look something like this:

  • 5 hours on content
  • 4 hours on product development or maintenance {this is for your own products, it could be for sponsors too}
  • 6 hours promoting
  • 2 hours networking
  • 2 hours testing {calls to action, design, layout, etc…}
  • 1 Hour training your team

When you start your week with 20 hours to work on your blogging business, you know exactly how and where you need to spend every minute. The boundaries help create a sense of urgency that increase production and they also help you focus in places you need to buckle down and let go of areas that you’re obsessing over.

E) Lastly, strike a realistic balance

If you are spending all your time creating content, you need to leverage some resources to either help you create content so you can spend time on other categories OR leverage resources to have other helps you with outstanding categories so you can focus on content. It’s totally up to you. But you won’t get the results you are looking for if all your blogging business time is spent on content.

Great content is necessary, but you can see from the simple illustration above that it’s not the only part of a successful blogging business.

Discipline, a plan with clear action and tracking will help you double your productivity and feel more accomplished than you ever have in your life!

And remember, be gentle with yourself. This is a marathon not a sprint. Pace yourself wisely and don’t beat yourself up everyday when you aren’t ‘getting it all done.’

Celebrate the victories you DO have – every single little one of them – and stay focused on your productivity plan and you’ll be shocked at how empowering it is!

If you’re ready to learn more about how to maximize your blogging productivity {and even life in general} Come hangout with me at Hobby to HOT! and read a my post: “5 Steps to Double Your Productivity, Decrease Stress and Get Crap Done!” http://hobbytohot.com/how-to-live-a-more-productive-life/

See you there :)

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