As bloggers, we take on many roles. We’re writers and editors. We design graphics for our blog posts and social media. We handle our own marketing and SEO. And the list goes on…
Having been a blogger since 2009, I’ve learned a thing or two about getting shit done when it comes to my blog. And to help you become more productive, I’m sharing six tips to help you organize your blogging life.
These are simple tactics that will help you become a better blogger and become more efficient in your work. And after all, who wouldn’t want that?!
6 Tips to Organize Your Blogging Life
If all those blogging tasks have you feeling stressed out, it’s time to get organized! To help you get a better grasp on everything, these tips will help you manage everything with ease:
1. Keep a Notebook (or Evernote) Handy
Take a cue from Steve of Blue’s Clues and always keep your handy, dandy notebook nearby. Or if you’re more into digital organization, use a tool like Evernote. Either way, it’s important to have that one place where you can store all of your ideas. With everything in one place, you never have to search for that amazing blog post idea you scribbled on the back of a receipt.
Your notebook or Evernote can house blog post topics and drafts, business ideas, and so much more. Whenever inspiration strikes, you know there will be somewhere you can quickly store the information. And you never have to worry about losing it.
Personally, I love keeping a notebook in my handbag and on my desk. However, I do often turn to Evernote as well. It just depends on my mood! But if you’re curious how I use Evernote within my business, this post has all the details.
2. Create an Editorial Calendar
If you’re a student of my Blogging Bombshell course, then you’re pretty lucky. You get a behind-the-scenes look at how I use Trello for my editorial calendar. The way I have it set up allows me to store ideas and track the progress of any content piece. At any given time, I can see what needs to be done on a particular blog post, YouTube video, or email newsletter.
It’s a huge time saver and for that reason, I’d encourage you to create an editorial calendar of you own. After all, if you don’t have one, you’re seriously missing out. An editorial calendar is one of the basics to help you organize your blogging life. You’ll always know which content pieces are coming up. And there’s no more scrambling to come up with blog post ideas at the last minute.
3. Choose a Theme for Your Content Each Month
Selecting a content theme is another tip I share within my Blogging Bombshell course. It helps me efficiently whip up an editorial calendar in no time at all. And it allows me to be sure all of the content I’m publishing each month serves a greater purpose within my business. Who wouldn’t want that?
How it works is that you think about whatever your goal is in terms of your content. What results do you want your content to get you this month? Do you want to showcase your authority in your field, generate more traffic, boost sales, or grow your email list? Whatever it may be, you need to determine your goal first.
Then, you choose a content theme that’s going to help you get there. For example, if you have a brand new course about list building, you might want to increase sales on it one month. To help, you’d make sure your blog content and YouTube videos primed people and got them ready to buy from you. And you’d do this by creating email-related content. That’s going to be your theme.
With a theme in mind, it’s much easier to plan your content for the month. Plus, it’s going to help keep you focused and on track toward your bigger goals. Those results you’ve been dreaming about will finally be within your reach.
4. Try Time Blocking to Boost Efficiency
My days are much more efficient when I’ve planned them out ahead of time so I know exactly what I’ll be working on and when. There’s no more wondering, “What should I tackle next?” I’ve already planned it out and I’ve allotted ample time to accomplish my tasks. That’s why I love time blocking.
If you aren’t already utilizing this tactic, you should consider trying it out. It just might be the key to making the most of the time you do have on your plate. And that’s especially so for those of you who are juggling a full-time, day job with your blogging. Because odds are, you don’t have a lot of free time. So you need to take advantage of what you do have.
While you’re time blocking your week, you should also incorporate this next tip…
5. Batch Your Tasks
In order to increase productivity, I highly encourage you to batch your tasks if you aren’t already. This is going to help you organize your blogging life because you’ll be able to accomplish much more in less time.
Think about this for a second… Do you sit down to write your blog posts the day they’re meant to go live or the night before? Instead of writing on post per day (which isn’t productive), it’s time to make a change! It’s not ideal for us to be jumping back and forth between tasks. It’s not efficient for our brains.
Instead, you’re better off batching your tasks. That means you can block off a certain amount of time and write multiple blog posts in one sitting. Simply tune out any distractions around you and have that uninterrupted block of writing time. Once you’re done writing all the posts, edit them, create graphics, and get them scheduled for publication.
Another bonus is that when all of your content is created ahead of time, you don’t have to worry about it. You can then move onto focusing on other important tasks. Personally, I’ve made Friday my content creation day. It’s when I’ll sit down and write all of my blog posts for the following week (and maybe more).
6. Review Your Progress at the End of the Week
At the end of the week, take a moment to reflect on the days that have passed. Did you accomplish as much as you had hoped? Do you still have leftover tasks that you’ll need to tackle next week?
No matter how much you got done, it’s important that you don’t beat yourself up over it. There’s always tomorrow. Instead, be proud of the work you did complete and celebrate those successes. It still matters, even if you don’t feel like it does.
Reviewing your progress will help you organize your blogging life because you can see what’s working well. But you can also see where things are going wrong. Did you notice anything about when you were the most productive? Did you determine it takes you a lot longer to write your blog posts than you expected? Find ways you can make improvements in your weekly schedule to boost your productivity and stay focused.