The blog-o-sphere is not easy to conquer. Due to high competition, a blogger is not simply a blogger but a blogger cum marketer cum seo pro. So, you can imagine the amount of work each blogger has to do, so that their blog gains more traffic (if not gain, at least sustain the traffic it gets). And on top of it, bloggers have a 9 to 5 jobs.
Blogging Statistics (Time Spent Each Week)
As you can see from the graph, most of the bloggers spend less than 10 hours each week which is less than 2 hours per day.
Now, the workload may be too heavy to bear (as you only have a few hours) unless you try to decrease it by these simple quick fixes:
1. Avoid Distractions
Try to avoid any possible distractions. Limit the time you spend on watching tv, playing games etc. These types of activities are not very productive and they eat up more than half of your time. This doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, but due to the immense workload, you have curtail the time you spend on it. Listening to music may not be considered as a distraction, because it has proved to increase productivity.
2. Play Mind Sharpening Games
You need a really sharp and alert mind to produce highly quality posts in a small period of time. Playing mind sharpening games like Sudoku Puzzles can improve your logic and hence, help you increasing mind power.
3. Squeeze Time
If you are part time blogger managing a full time job, it is important for you to squeeze time from any possible opportunities you get like utilizing the break period. In these short periods, you can perform activities such as brainstorming, mind mapping and also, marketing. Effectively, you are cutting on your workload by completing smaller activities.
4. Writing in Parts
There can be situations where you don’t get enough time to complete a full post. Usually, a blogger skips the idea and delays the writing job by a day. But, you are actually wasting precious time. That small time period can be used to write a part of the post. Basically, instead of writing in one go, you are writing in bits and pieces. Even 10 minutes a day can help you create at least 1 post each week.
5. Don’t Waste Time in Less Productive Activities
Most bloggers have the habit of constantly checking their blog stats and comments. This is an utter waste of time. By repeatedly doing the same activity, they are not achieving anything. Ideally, each blogger should check their blog stats and comments, only once in a day – which is good, because you can compare your goals with the actual stats and measure your performance.
6. Get Out of the Laziness
Are you a lazy blogger? If yes, then the root cause of your problem is laziness. Keeping your body and mind active is an essential requirement for productivity. To get rid of this laziness problem, you need a lifestyle change – eat healthy food and exercise regularly. A healthy regime like this will help you remain active.
7. Use pen and paper
The only way to stay away from most distractions is to use a pen and paper. If you write your articles online, then there are chances that you get distracted and you start checking out your facebook account. And then, you get too involved in checking your account that you forget that you had to write. Pen and Paper are simple tools which are portable and come in handy when you are traveling and you have some great ideas you want to write about.
8. Don’t Multitask
Multitasking might be considered to be the best thing to do – as it increases productivity by manifolds. But, on the contrary it might decrease your productivity. Brain has a limited capacity to handle tasks. If you overload it with multiple tasks, it will not be able to perform that well and so, the productivity of each activity will go down. Focus on a single activity and you will have the maximum productivity.
If you use these quick fixes in your daily life, I am sure you will be able to achieve better productivity which will in turn reflect in your blog’s progress.