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Lots of people don’t realize this, but blogging is hard.

So many people think it’s just writing a blog post and ta-da! You’re done.

But there’s so much more that goes into it, especially if you want to make money blogging.

After all, your blog is a business, and you’re the one-woman-show running it all.

It can feel extremely overwhelming trying to get everything done to grow your blog, so today I’m sharing 8 productivity tips for bloggers that I use while running my own blog!

Let’s get to it!

PLAN OUT THE WEEK AHEAD

Can I be totally honest? I used to think planning my week out was a waste. of. time.

It just didn’t make sense to spend time figuring out what I was going to do when I could just…do it, ya know?

Then I started my first blog and I realized that there was just SO. MUCH. TO DO.

It’s honestly overwhelming thinking of it all sometimes.

So, just for the heck of it I started planning out everything I wanted to do during the upcoming week.

And you know what? This ended up being a HUGE time-saver, because I was able to group similar tasks together and get more done in a shorter amount of time.

I FINALLY understood why people love to plan their week out, because it makes life so much easier.

It was also a huge weight off my shoulders knowing that I didn’t have to keep up with EVERYTHING I needed to do because it’s all written down somewhere.

WRITE YOUR CONTENT IN ADVANCE

One of my top productivity tips for bloggers is to write your content in advance!

To do this, it really helps to create an editorial calendar.

Never heard of an editorial calendar before? Girl. It’s a game-changer, for sure.

Your editorial calendar is basically just a tool that you can use to plan out your blog and/or social media posts in advance.

Here’s a quick example of what my editorial calendar looks like:

I’m not currently focused on any social media platforms other than Pinterest so I don’t really schedule my social media posts here. Instead, I use my calendar to keep up with keywords, links and a call-to-action for my posts.

With an editorial calendar, you know exactly when a new post is going live, and- the best part- you can have posts already written weeks, even months in advance.

So, when life gets busy and you don’t have time to write a new post, you can already have it done and scheduled, ready to-go!

If you need help setting up an editorial calendar for your blog, check out this guest post I wrote over at Love, Em!

SET WEEKLY GOALS

Something I regularly preach here is that you need to set goals for your blog to be successful.

And I truly, 1000% believe setting goals leads to better productivity because you know EXACTLY what you need to do to reach your dreams.

When you set weekly goals, not only are you giving yourself a game plan for the week, you’re also giving yourself a deadline.

This helps prevent you from procrastinating (#guilty) and wasting time on meaningless tasks that don’t help your business (#alsoguilty.)

Pro tip: Make sure your weekly goals align with your long-term goals. For example, one of my long-term goals is to launch an e-book. So, some of my weekly goals include things like researching topic ideas and writing a few pages each week.

This helps give me specific tasks that will help me reach my bigger goals!

PRIORITIZE YOUR TASKS

Another great productivity tip for bloggers is to prioritize your to-do’s.

Learning to recognize what’s most important on your to-do list each day isn’t always easy. But remember those blogging goals that you just set? Refer back to them and see what tasks will help you achieve those goals.

Knowing what’s the most important task to knock out first will not only be good for your mindset (you can have a more positive outlook after the most important tasks are out of the way) but you also know where to start.

You don’t have to look at this long list of to-do’s and think, oh god where do I even start?!

You want to try and get the most important stuff done first, of course. But, if you’ve got a looong list of things to get done, you can also try doing the quick, easy (but still important) tasks first.

It’s a little bit of personal preference and figuring out what works best for you 🙂

START WITH A CLEAN SPACE

There’s something so calming and refreshing about having a clean space to work at each day.

I know when I’m packing orders for my Etsy shop I can make things a bit of a mess, but I always try to put everything back where it goes when I’m done. That way my mind is clear and I can focus on the next task!

This doesn’t just apply to your desk space, either.

If you’ve got a bunch of old/useless files on your computer (old blog posts, photos, whatever) set aside some time to tidy ’em up and trash them! This just gives you more peace of mind as you work online.

DON’T ANSWER EMAILS FIRST

It’s very easy to quickly get sucked into a spiral of answering emails all day.

5-10 minutes of responding to emails/comments turns into several hours real quick.

To avoid this, answer your emails towards the end of the day. Or at the very least, don’t answer them first thing in the morning.

This just bogs you down and can make you feel kind of sluggish afterwards, which reduces your overall productivity.

REFRESH YOUR MIND

My favorite tip on this whole list is to make sure you’ve got a fresh mindset when you start the work week.

I’m really bad about not taking breaks when I’m working on my business at home, but I think it can cause burnout pretty quickly.

So, be sure to plan breaks and take time to recharge! If you need some help doing this, try setting timers for tasks so you’re not stuck on one thing for too long.

You can also just set a specific time each day to get up, stretch, and walk around for a little bit!

AUTOMATE WHAT YOU CAN

There’s a ton of behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into growing a blog and making money online.

The problem? You need to find ways to get it all done, but it’s hard to do it all yourself!

One of the best productivity tips for bloggers out there is to automate what you can!

This is not only a great way to get more done, but it takes a bit of the burden off of you so you don’t have to stress all the time.

Personally, my favorite automation tool is Tailwind. It’s a scheduling tool that helps me grow my blog using Pinterest.

Basically, I take maaaybe an hour once a month to schedule all of my pins for the next several weeks and it makes it look like I’m on Pinterest all the time.

Super easy to use and I also really like their Tailwind Communities feature, it’s helped me get a ton of shares on my posts and therefore a lot of traffic to my blog!

If you want to try Tailwind out for free, you can do so here.

I hope these productivity tips for bloggers help you in your blogging journey! If you have more tips on how to be more productive as a blogger, leave them in the comments below! 🙂

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8 Productivity Tips for Bloggers