I officially launched Budget & Bliss on July 15, 2018. Sharing personal finance content has always been a passion of mine. My goal is to inspire other women to pay down their debt and live a life they love while still meeting their financial goals. It’s a struggle for many of us and I knew I could share some insight with the world. I didn’t expect to struggle to stay productive while blogging. There are so many squirrels out there and I find myself looking at plugins and courses and all of these things that honestly don’t matter all that much. They do matter, but what matters most as an early blogger is being productive and showing up regularly.
Two weeks ago I challenged myself to write 1,000 words per day. I was challenging myself to show up for my blog and really take it seriously.
During the first 45 days of my blogging journey, I would write two blog posts per week but they weren’t necessarily my best work. I work full time so I would squeeze writing a blog post in on my two days off and that would be my content for the week. They weren’t the most thoughtful blog posts and honestly I should probably go back and work on them to make the content better.
How was I going to stay productive while blogging if I was barely showing up in the beginning?
How I Stay Productive While Blogging
Find an Accountability Partner
When I decided to challenge myself to write 1,000 words daily for 30 days I put it out into the world. I shared the idea in a Facebook group for bloggers I am in. By posting within the group I was going to keep myself accountable. If someone saw the post and asked me how I did over 30 days I didn’t want to put my head down in shame and say I didn’t stay on course. It was more of an accountability measure for myself.
What I didn’t expect when I posted this challenge was finding an accountability partner. There were two ladies who commented on my post and were enthusiastic about the idea. They both wanted to have 50 blog posts on their site by mid-October. Writing 1,00 words daily would challenge them to show up and churn out content. I started a Facebook Messenger chat with these two ladies and every day we are commenting in the chat with how we are doing and encouraging each other. They have truly helped me stay on track and I am grateful to have these blogging friends.
Schedule Time to Write
Finding time to write is one of my biggest struggles. I work a crazy retail schedule (4 am to 1 pm). By the time I get home in the afternoon, I am exhausted and I would often find myself taking a nap. This short nap would give me the energy to make it through the evening hours so I could have dinner prepared and spend time with my husband.
However, my priorities needed to shift to make time for my blogging. While my husband is still a top priority I now rest for about an hour in the afternoon and then spend two hours or so working on the blog. I know most days I can write the first draft of 1,000 words in about an hour. Then I have editing and imagery to work on which takes another 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
Scheduling time to write every afternoon helps me stay productive while blogging. I would skip my day job because I am too tired. They depend on me. Well, my blog depends on me showing up too. Showing up for my blog is what is going to give me the freedom down the road and I need to put in the work now.
Log Out of Social Media
Social Media is such a time waster for so many of us. I want to spend time networking with other bloggers on Facebook and Instagram but I end up down a rabbit hole. While Facebook led me to my two accountability partners I also need to recognize that I waste a lot of time on the platform as well. If I am going to stay productive while blogging I need to sign out of all social media and concentrate on the task at hand. Staying off Facebook alone has increased my productivity so much.
Take Regular Breaks
My husband and I don’t always have to same two days off of work. Like today, he is working so I am home doing chores and working on the blog. However, I know I can get working on the blog and end up at the computer for hours on end. While I am being productive it is not necessarily the most healthy place to be all day. I try to take regular breaks to get up and walk. The dog definitely helps with this. She lets me know every few hours that she wants to go out and walk the neighborhood.
When I come back to writing or other blogging tasks I am ready and refreshed. It actually helps me stay productive while blogging because I have given my mind a chance to take a break. It also helps my eyes, staring at a computer screen all day definitely puts a strain on your eyes.
Do Not Multitask
When working on a blog post I try to have only one window open on the computer screen. I write all of my posts in Google Drive before moving them over to WordPress. Google Drive is normally the only thing I have open on the screen. It helps keep me on task but not having tabs open. Multitasking actually makes you work less efficiently.
I have noticed since starting this 1,000-word challenge and focusing solely on my writing I can write a blog post in about an hour (before editing). Previously, while trying to do all of the things, a blog post could take me 2 or 3 hours. By not multitasking I am able to stay productive while blogging.
Taking my business seriously has helped me stay productive while blogging.
I have a clear vision of where I want my blog to be in one year. I need to find the best ways to reach these goals in a short period of time. By working more efficiently and doing my best to stay productive while blogging I am able to reach my goals in a shorter period of time.
If you are new a blogger I highly recommend taking the time to find an accountability partner. Set goals for yourself and scheduling time to write and show up for your business. Log out of social media and reduce the distractions while you are working. Multitasking does not make you more productive. Taking short breaks will help you stay on task by giving you a few minutes to decompress and come back with a fresh mind.
Blogging is not easy. Working from home as an entrepreneur is not easy. There are so many distractions. If we do not have a clear vision for our business it is hard to stay productive while blogging.