Staying on task and focused is an essential part of growing your blog. Especially if you are or want to become a full time blogger! But learning how to work at home and stay on task as a blogger can be challenging. Especially with all the distractions of social media and other things around us. So today I am sharing my helpful tips for how to stay focused as a blogger to be more productive.
As a full time blogger these are lessons that I would say I generally learned the hard way so I am hoping that these tips help you avoid learning these lessons like that. If you have any questions make sure to let me know in the comments- I am always here to help!
Also, if you would rather hear me chat about these tips then check out this video where I go over these tips in detail.
Now let’s just get into these tips for how to stay focused as a blogger to be more productive!
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How To Stay Focused As A Blogger To Be More Productive
To help you be a more productive blogger!
Tip 1: Figure out what is distracting you.
Knowing what is distracting you and stopping you from being focused is essential for being a more productive blogger.
So this tip is definitely one that I recommend working on and figuring out what is truly causing you to be distracted.
Throughout your work day start jotting down the times you stop doing the work you should be doing, what made you stop, and how long it lasted. The first step to minimizing distractions is to take a serious look at what is truly distracting you.
Maybe you think it’s Instagram distracting you but really you only spend 10 minutes on it during the work day. Until you take a look at the numbers and evaluate your day you won’t know for sure.
Tip 2: Turn off unimportant phone notifications.
Every time we get that ding or buzz on our phones that there is a notification it pulls us out of our productive mindset.
Including when that notification isn’t important at all. So turning off unimportant phone notifications can be so important for helping you stay focused as a blogger and not get distracted by your phone.
To figure out which push notifications you want follow these steps:
For 2 days don’t swipe away or clear any push notifications.
Then after those 2 days have passed go onto your main notification list (pull down on an iPhone screen) and look at what push notifications you got. If you have ones from apps that you know aren’t helpful and you never actually click on them then turn off those notifications.
*** to turn off push notifications on an iPhone go into settings > notifications > select the app you want (they are listed alphabetically) > toggle off the “allow notifications” option
Tip 3: Schedule your work time
One of the biggest parts of scheduling your time is ensuring that you are prioritizing your time.
The easiest way to prioritize is to make a list of everything that should be accomplished that day and number it and start from #1 and work your way down. However, this still leaves room for distractions. So actually taking that list one step further and scheduling and time blocking will truly help to minimize distractions.
Take that list you made and estimate how much time it will take to accomplish each one. Then take that and put it into a daily calendar (google or outlook calendars are awesome for these very specific daily schedules!).
The more you do this the faster it will become each day and it will start to become such a natural part of your day.
Making and evaluating my daily work schedule really helps start my day off on the right note and make sure that I can keep control of my time throughout the day.
Get a big daily planner for your desk like this one to help with this!
Tip 4: Take scheduled breaks throughout the day.
9-10 hours working with no distractions or breaks will make you burn out quick.
Making the most of your time is important but if you forget that you are human than you can easily end up so burnt out and tired that you actually can’t accomplish that much! So make sure that you are taking little breaks and breathers while you are working.
If you are taking the advice above to schedule out your work day then this is super easy to accomplish. Schedule the number of breaks and length of time that you need. Everyone is a little different with how they like their breaks. Some like just one long hour break in the middle of the day (yes the normal lunch break! but remember a lot of people don’t/can’t take a “normal” lunch break!). Others either can’t take that long or (like me) prefer to take smaller breathers throughout the day.
Figure out how long it takes to re-set and re-energize you.
The most important part of breaks is they keep you sane and allow you to mentally (and physically depending on the job) rest so that when you resume working you have re-energized yourself and can keep going.
Tip 5: Create a successful blogging work environment.
This is also specific to you but make your work environment work for you. The steps above all contribute to creating the best environment but there are more factors as well. If you can choose your desk location in your office then choose a place that isn’t facing anything distracting. For instance, if you can avoid having your desk facing the busy hallway window that could draw your attention and instead face outside with much less distractions then take that into consideration.
Also think about your surroundings. What can you do to minimize the distractions. Can you put your phone on a charger on a shelf on the other side of the office? Are you working on the couch with the TV right in front of you? Well that’s probably a distracting environment.
A home office is not always feasible but if you can make even just a dedicated space that includes a desk that will help so much with keeping you focused and distraction free.
Tip 6: Stay on top of planning content.
One of the most helpful ways that you don’t need to rely on motivation to be productive is to stay on top of planning content.
Grab a planner (these ones are my favorite) and use it each week to plan our your content. Or better yet, plan it out at the beginning of each month.
By having your content planned you will know what you need to create and work on each day. Which eliminates any guess work and can help you stay focused.
Tip 7: Set daily blogging goals.
I am a big fan of goal setting every day in general and blogging is no exception.
By setting goals you are not only reminding yourself of what you have to get done but you are also encouraging yourself to actually do it.
After you set your daily goals I recommend keeping them somewhere visible on your workspace to keep you motivated to stay focused and accomplish all of the goals.
For more tips on daily goal setting check out this post here.
Tip 8: Dress for success.
Just because you aren’t being seen by others necessarily doesn’t mean that dressing ice won’t help you!
When you are lacking focus and really need to get motivated making sure you feel your best is so important. And for so many of us dressing for success can really help you feel your best.
So if you are in casual clothes, pjs, or just not dressed for success then go make that change. It can really help you make your day more productive by almost tricking your mindset because it makes you feel your best. I love throwing on my favorite jeans and a nice top to make me get into the productivity mood.
Tip 9: Complete one easy task to start your focus and productivity streak.
Completing a simple task to cross it off your to do list and get you moving and thinking can be so helpful.
Sometimes all you really need is to rip the bandaid off and get your day going. So completing a generally simple and easy task can accomplish that.
It can start off a “productivity streak” which are so helpful for having productive days where you are focused. But getting a productivity streak started is the hardest part. It gets better once you get going. So start with just one simple task to get you going.
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