Early on in my business, I was always busy. In my mind, I thought being busy meant I was being productive. Looking back, I can see that I would spend hours on tasks that weren’t important, and didn’t do anything to help me in reaching my goals. Sure, I was busy, but I wasn’t being productive.
I think that the term “productive” can mean something different to everyone. For me, it means accomplishing the tasks that will lead me to my ultimate goal in the most efficient way.
If you’re a blogger who wants to learn how to increase your productivity, you’re in for a treat. For today’s blogging tips, 20 busy bloggers are sharing their number one productivity tip.
Productivity Tips from Busy Bloggers
My top productivity tip would be to eliminate distractions. Distractions are all around us, and this can prevent you from completing a task on time and/or completing it at a certain level of quality. I recommend turning off the TV, limiting social media usage, and more.
Michelle Schroeder – Making Sense of Cents | Personal Finance and Lifestyle
I have learned (the hard way), and I also teach my clients, to block off 2 hours in the morning to work on income-producing activities. If you wake up and dive right into your email, you are reacting to other people and their issues instead of working on what’s important for you and your business that day.
It is the key productivity tip that I have ever used and consistently works for me.
Sue Anne Dunlevie – Successful Blogging | Advice for Building a Profitable Blog
I think my #1 productivity tip is to do one thing at a time and complete it before you move onto the next project. Too often we spend our work hours with too many tabs open (I’m totally guilty of this) and 20 things on our to-do list.
I find that if I focus on one task I want to complete each day I’m not only able to get more done but the quality of my work goes up. It’s my ‘do one thing’ philosophy and it doesn’t just apply to work but to my home and family.
Kate Ahl – Simple Pin Media | Pinterest Strategist
Delegate small tasks. Outsource as much as possible!
Kach Medina Umandap – Two Monkeys Travel Group | Travel Advice and Resources
A valuable productivity tip I use every day is to realize time is money. The more time something takes for it to go live or launch, the less money you are making off of it. Reminding myself of this every day kind of gets me fired up and insures I don’t waste a ton of time.
Peter Corstjens – How To Live In The U.S. | Personal Finance and Wealth Building
Time blocking has been the biggest help for me when it comes to productivity. Basically, I make my to do list, and then I schedule each activity for a specific time slot in my day.
Everything hardly ever goes exactly as planned, but putting time limits on each task and having a goal for when to complete each item helps me move through my list more quickly without getting distracted.
I talk more about time blocking and share a free printable for it in this post.
Abby Lawson – Just a Girl and Her Blog | Helping you create a beautiful, thriving home, life and business.
Stop making decisions in real time. Make decisions ahead of time to prep tasks for optimal execution.
Mattie James – Mattieologie | Influencer + Entrepreneur
I think my best productivity tip is to utilize a calendar (I use Google Calendar) and put everything you need to do on your calendar along with the process you need to accomplish each task.
For example, in Google Calendar I note in the “Description” field all steps I need to accomplish a task. Be that a link to an article I need to read or a link to a Google document I need to update or a list of things I need to remember to do on a blog post (links, keywords, etc).
I set almost all of my calendar events as “all day” unless they really do have a specific time they need to be done (like a phone meeting). And then when I accomplish the task I delete it off my calendar.
My calendar goes with me wherever I go, on desktop, mobile or phone and I never have to worry about losing it.
Heidi Kennedy – Crockpot Ladies | Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Recipes
I often get asked how I “do it all”. I don’t. It’s not possible! One thing I do is make the most of Mondays. They are a “sacred” work day. As a general rule, I never plan anything on Mondays. No appointments, no play dates, no errands. This is my most productive day of the week since I don’t spend time on the go (and it also usually means I work in my PJs all day. Yay!).
As a result, I actually look forward to Mondays! After the weekend, I wake up ready to get back to the grind. I get so much more accomplished this day than any other day of the week when we have appointments and school and errands. Mondays may not work for you, but try to pick a day of the week that’s kept free to just work. You’ll be amazed how much you get done in one day!
Dawn Nicole – Dawn Nicole Designs | Hand-Lettering Artist, Author, and Creative Blogger
My number #1 productivity tip is to automate your entire blogging process by scheduling everything – from blog posts to social media posts. I spend two days, each week, to create all my blog posts and to schedule all my social media posts for the week ahead. All my blog content is scheduled two weeks in advance and my social media posts one week in advance.
By using a scheduling tool (Hootsuite is my favorite), I can free up my time to focus on my nine – five and on my friends and family, whilst still knowing that my blog is staying up to date and is constantly filled with awesome content. When I plan an ecourse or an ebook, I schedule all of my blog posts a month in advance to free up my time to focus on course and ebook writing.
Imka Webb – Glamorous Glitter | Blogging Tips and Resources
The main thing that keeps me on point is to write out my daily and weekly tasks. Now, if you write out your monthly tasks I would definitely call you an overachiever haha! Anyways, I write out my weekly tasks and daily tasks that have to get done. I start with the tasks that have to get done and prioritize my entire week. I am pretty visual so, writing tasks down and checking them off of my to-do list really helps me stay on top of the things that I have to get done.
If you need help with planning your social media posts, I offer a free social media weekly planner at Amy Howard Social.
Amy Howard – Amy Howard Social | Social Media Strategist and Blogger
My #1 productivity tip is to go in with a plan. If I sit down to work and haven’t laid out goals for myself, you can bet that you’ll find me browsing Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for hours on end. However, if I lay out my daily tasks I’m able to stay on task much more easily. My favorite way to lay out tasks is to use time-blocking in a physical planner.
Being able to visualize how my day will be spent and reference what I’ll be doing next makes my days flow much more smoothly.
Krista Rae – Krista Rae | WordPress Development and Blog Strategist
I’d have to say that my number one tip is to batch work. It’s so much easier to do multiple related tasks all at once rather than throughout the week at random times. Also, I try to automate whatever I can, whenever I can.
Stephanie Williams – Boss Lady Dreams | Advice and Resources for Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs
Choosing one tip is difficult for me as they all seem so intertwined. I think the best thing I have done for myself is to plan ahead and use my time wisely. I couldn’t blog without my planner and have posts scheduled through June. That way, when I sit down to the computer to write I know my topic and I am not wasting time trying to decide what to post.
I also highly recommend batching your work. If you know your posts ahead, create the graphics and add them when you sit down to write the post. If you host weekly or monthly link ups create the linkup and add the code into the post draft so when you write the post, one less step is necessary. Batching my work does wonders for me and I feel so much more productive.
Another great productivity tip I personally use is setting a time frame for my work. If I know I have only allotted an hour I will stay focused and on task. Open ended work sessions inevitably lead me to wander a bit online. I may check out social media or respond to an email. I work better and stay motivated with a set period of time. This also means that when I am done, I am done. I shut down my computer and spend time with my family. Setting “office hours” definitely keeps me on task and my productivity levels higher.
Anne DuRoss – Love The Here and Now | Blogging Advice and Lifestyle
Limit your working hours. I find my clients with all the time in the world to work on their businesses, which means they’re rarely doing the work that’s important. Instead, they fuss over details and are plagued with perfectionism.
If you only had four hours to work on your business this week, what would you focus on? THAT is the work that matters. The rest is fluff.
Lisa Jacobs – Marketing Creativity | Marketing Consultant for Creative Entrepreneurs
My number one productivity tip would be to write out a to-do list for the following day the evening before. This way you can a.) clear your brain of all the clutter floating around inside your head before bed, b.) don’t have to constantly keep reminding yourself of what needs to get done the next day and c.) you can start the next day ready to go because you already know what needs to get done! 🙂
Allision – Wonderlass | Blog and Business Advice and Resources
If I had to pick my #1 tip for productivity, I would say get the most important stuff done in the morning. They say we are most productive around 8am which is certainly true for me. I’m not perfect at it but everyday I try work steady for 2 to 3 hours as soon as I wake up without distraction.
No checking email, social media, browsing the internet, etc. I also have a rule that I can’t use the internet for help during this time. For instance, if I’m writing a blog post, I don’t look for similar posts, I don’t look for supporting images, etc. Looking to the internet is always a GREAT way to get distracted and take you off your course.
If I was allowed to give 2 productivity tips the second would be: automate as much social media as you can! It’s *really* easy to go down the social media rabbit hole. I highly recommend tools like like Buffer, Twitter Feed, Commun.it, Evergreen Post Tweeter (for WordPress), IFTT and Planogr.am. Some are free and some are paid tools but totally worth it for the white space it gives you!
Mel Karlik – A Prettier Web | WordPress Advice for Women Entrepreneurs
I have my brand’s style guide (colors, graphics, etc.) in a Photoshop library for easy access. And I also have templates for all of my blog graphics in one Photoshop file using artboards so that I can easily create new graphics on the fly. If you’re wondering how you can create your own graphic template using a free tool called BeFunky, I’ve got a tutorial just for you: How to Create a Dazzling Blog Post Graphic Template.
Marianne Manthey – Design Your Own (Lovely) Blog | DIY Blog Advice and Resources for Creative Female Solopreneurs
My #1 productivity tip is to keep an editorial calendar with content to write for that day, as well as content to promote (for all channels) and other notes as well. I spend less time “trying to remember” things if I can go to that document and look it up.
Kate Sorensen – Coupon Cravings | Coupon Extraordinaire and Fun Deal Finder
My #1 productivity tip is to write down a list of the things that must be done for that day, and only do those things. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by social media, or any other tasks not on your list. When I stick to my list, I’m guaranteed to have a productive day.
Tiffany Griffin – Beautiful Dawn Designs | Blog Design and Resources
I hope these productivity tips assist you in becoming a more productive blogger. Do you have a favorite productivity tip? Share it in the comments below.