6 Tips to Organize Your Blogging Life

6 Tips to Organize Your Blogging Life


As bloggers, we take on many roles. We’re
writers and editors. We design graphics for our blog posts and social media. We
handle all of our own marketing and SEO, and really 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 effectively 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? Hey, everyone! I’m rachel, the creator of
Define Your Hustle. Define Your Hustle is all about helping creative entrepreneurs
build successful businesses and do work they absolutely love. Now, let’s dive into
those tips, shall we? If all those blogging tasks have you feeling stressed
out, it’s time to get yourself organized. To help you get a better grasp on
everything, these tips that I’m going to share with you will help you manage
everything with ease. Tip number one is to 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 that 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’s going to be somewhere you can quickly store that 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, I
have a blog post that shares all the details and I will link to that down
below. Tip number two is to create an editorial calendar. So, if you’re a
student of my Blogging Bombshell course, then you’re pretty lucky because 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. And it’s a
huge time-saver. And for that reason, I’d encourage you to create an editorial
calendar of your own. After all, if you don’t have one, you are 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, which is
always stressful. My third tip is to choose a theme for your content each
month. Selecting a content theme is another tip
that I’ve shared within my Blogging Bombshell course. It helps me efficiently
whip up an editorial calendar in really no time at all. And it allows me to be
sure that all the content I’m publishing serves a purpose within my business. And, well, who doesn’t want that? Your content should help you reach your goals. But how
it works is that you think about whatever your goal is in terms of your
content for any given month. What results do you want your content to get you? Do
you want to showcase your authority in your field? Generate more traffic, boost
sales, or maybe grow your email list? Whatever it may be, you have to determine
what your goal is first. Then, you choose a content theme that’s going to help you
get there. For example, if you have a brand new course all about list building,
you might want to increase sales on it one month. To help you make sure your
blog content and YouTube videos prime people and get them ready to buy from
you, you’ve got to get smart about your content. And you would do this by
creating email related content. That’s gonna be your theme for the month. 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 within
your business. Those results you’ve been dreaming about are finally gonna be
within your reach when you get smart about your content. Tip number four is to
try time blocking to boost efficiency. Let me tell you, my days are way more
efficient when I’ve planned them out ahead of time. I know exactly what I’ll
be working on and when, so there’s no 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 really 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 important 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 on your
hands. So, you have to take advantage of what
time you do have. For those of you that are new to time blocking, Amy Landino
has a fantastic video all about it, so I will link to it down below if you want
to check it out. But while you are time blocking your week, you should
incorporate my next tip which is to batch your tasks in order to increase
your productivity. I highly encourage you to batch your tasks each week. This is
going to help you organize your blogging life because you’ll be able to
accomplish so much more in less time. So, think about this for a second… Do you sit
down to write your blog posts the day before they’re meant to go live or maybe the
night before? Well, instead of writing one post per day, which isn’t productive at
all, 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 all the distractions around you and have that uninterrupted
block of writing time. Once you’re done writing all of those posts, you get to
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 on to focusing on
other important tasks. Personally, I have 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 even more. This is also when I write email newsletters and YouTube
scripts. All that good stuff! Tip six is to review your progress at the
end of the week. So, at the end of the week, I want you to 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. But instead, you should be proud of the work you did
complete and celebrate those successes. It still matters, even if it doesn’t feel
like it does. Reviewing your progress will help you organize your blogging
life because you can see what’s working well in your systems, but you can also
see where things are going wrong. Did you notice anything about when you were the
most productive? Was it morning or afternoon? Did you determine it takes you
a lot longer to write those blog posts than you expected? Find ways you can make
improvements in your weekly schedule to boost your productivity and stay focused.
So, how do you organize your blogging life? Share your tips with me in the
comments below because I would love to hear them. Alright guys, thank you so much
for watching this video. If you enjoyed it, be sure to give it a thumbs up and
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