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Increasing the blogger blog productivity

Posted By ABDELKADER BEN BRAHIM On 10:45 AM Under
Many bloggers, especially those who aren’t able to blog as a full-time
blogger, find that scheduling the time to blog can be difficult. And
while often many people have to eke out a tiny bit of time here and
there in their schedule, such as forgoing coffee breaks or a favorite
television show in order to write, many bloggers can greatly benefit
from a blogging schedule.

And not just any blogging schedule
will do. This is actually setting aside specific times each week where
your priority is blogging, and resisting the temptation to use that
time for the unwashed dishes in the sink or the car that needs an oil
change. Here is how you can make a blogging schedule, and then make it
work for you.

Why?

When you have a regular blog schedule,
you can increase your productivity when you know you always have
specific time slots in your life that are set aside for nothing but
blogging. This will also help you avoid that stressful feeling of
“Arghhh, I haven’t blogged in two weeks!” With a schedule, you know you
will have that time each week for blogging, so you can avoid that
overwhelmed feeling that a much-loved but neglected blog can bring to
your life.

How?

The key to creating a blog schedule is
prioritizing your time and set aside specific chunks of time that are
exclusively to be used for blogging. Many bloggers try to set up a
blogging schedule but then allow other things to eat into the time. If
you set aside that hour for blogging, don’t do anything else but work
on your blog during that time.

Priorities

If you have the
time set aside for blogging, consider it like your actual work, and
that the time cannot be rescheduled for anything else. This means you
don’t schedule dentist appointments during this time or chat with your
partner over coffee in the kitchen. Hang a sign on your office door
with “do not disturb” and let everyone in the house know you mean it!

Remove online distractions

Shut
off your IM. Close your RSS reader. Stop tweeting or checking Facebook.
Stop the email auto-checking. Even shut your browser windows of all but
your blog page. If the distractions are too great, write in Word and
unplug your internet from your computer entirely.

On the go

Sometimes,
no matter how hard you try to avoid it, working at home is just too
distracting, even for the most devoted bloggers. So think about where
else you could work to lessen those eternal home distractions. It could
be something as simple as taking your laptop to a coffee shop (and not
connecting to WiFi!) that can increase your effectiveness for that
short period of time you have to blog. Believe me, coffee shops can
actually make you focus much more than you can at home when you have
telemarketers phoning, your dog barking at the neighbor’s dog,
unfinished chores and even the fridge as a distraction.

Follow up

Make
sure that once you set that schedule, you follow it. Consider it a
booked appointment and don’t go and book anything else into that same
time slot, whether it is doing a favor for a friend or using it to book
that dentist appointment. Consider it an unbreakable engagement you are
committed to. And if you do fill that time slot with something else,
don’t do it unless you have another space that week to move your
blogging to. Fall out of your schedule routine? Then get back on it,
and make sure you follow up on it if you did stray again.

Specific blogging

Do
you have multiple blogs? It can be good to set aside times for each
blog, so you don’t end up discovering that you have inadvertently
neglected to blog on one of them for a few weeks at a time. Or set up
times for specific types of posts. Maybe Monday you want to do a “how
to” post while Thursday you might schedule to do a “top ten” post that
you want to go viral. Even full-time bloggers can benefit from blogging
schedules when they are balancing a high post frequency blog or a
network of blogs.

Start now to think about where you can set
aside time where blogging will be the main priority. But the most
important thing to do when you make that blog schedule is to ensure you
follow it. Because a blog schedule that isn’t followed isn’t very
effective at all!

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