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Being a full-time blogger can really be tough. I think the toughest part is staying organized. When you work from home, you can get easily distracted or go off track. Today I’m sharing with you 5 ways I stay organized as a work from home blogger.
Set Office Hours
If blogging is truly your at home job, even if it is only part-time, set your own office hours. If you worked outside of the home you would have office hours, the same should remain true within your home. Even something as simple as early morning, nap time, and evening hours will help establish a work routine and increase productivity. You have to find what works for you and your family’s schedule. The key to setting office hours though is sticking to them and it’ll keep you focused on your main goals throughout the day.
Dedicated Work Space
With set office hours comes a dedicated work space. Productivity and organizational abilities increase when you have a specific place for all of your work related paperwork and other necessities. A desk or work area will allow you to avoid shuffling everything off of the kitchen table or coffee table. A work area also allows for a clearer separation between personal and work time. When you are in your work zone it is time to work and focus. When you leave your desk area you have clocked out and are now on personal time. It’s possible even in your own home!
So after you have set your office, created your work space, the next step in becoming an organized blogger is to find and utilize the perfect blog planner for your personal style. Personally, this is an area I struggled with for the longest time. I am not a planner-type of person at all so I just assumed I didn’t need a paper planner for my blogging business or I could just use my phone. As I sat staring at a blank blog post screen one afternoon, my thoughts a million places about the next post I needed to write, and no real focus on where I wanted to go with the article it hit me like a ton of bricks, I needed a blog planner. A blog planner not only helps you organize your day, but also organize your content. It’s an amazing thing, when you already know what you’ll be posting throughout the week, when Monday morning comes.
Mind maps are another way to organize your blogging business. Like spiderwebs, thought webs, or brainstorm exercises, mind maps are graphic organizers. They help you organize you thoughts around a particular blog post. Mind maps are also great if you are planning a blog series. Or you want to write a variety of posts on a similar topic without repeating yourself. Mind maps are also a great way to get around writers block. Using a graphic organizer you can brain dump your ideas, thoughts, and inspiration to get your writing back on track.
A Checklist for Each Blog Post
Your checklist should include things like proofreading, finding a good image, sharing your post on social media, SEO keywords, and so on.
Bonus: HAVE FUN!!
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This post has been so long overdue. I’m sitting here watching Shameless trying to finish this post that I have been trying to get out for months. Whoever…