Becoming well-organized can be a challenge for any blogger regardless of how experienced they are. This is even more difficult when working from home, as there are so many distractions.
Sometimes no matter how many awesome ideas you have, you yearn to have more time to bring them to life. So how can you make this happen?
You can’t neglect your other daily needs, so learning how to balance your private and professional life is the first step. Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to become better at organized with your blogging tasks?
That’s a super goal that will allow you to keep doing what you love and become even better at it.
In order to organize your work life, you can’t neglect your health. If you’re constantly tired or stressed out, your productivity will drop. So, make sure that you eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and don’t skip a meal no matter how busy you are.
Also, you need to keep both your mind and body in shape. If you haven’t already, introduce exercise into your daily routine. This could be as simple as taking a short walk in the park or a doing a full-body workout at the gym.
Finally, don’t forget to rest – blogging can be exhausting, so always try to get a good night’s sleep.
Whether you prefer Dropbox or Google Drive, using cloud storage can make your life as a blogger much easier. You can keep all your important documents in one place and access them from any smart device.
Another advantage to cloud storage is that you no longer have to worry about losing your files if your laptop happens to break down beyond repair.
In order to work in peace without multitasking, you need to be able to organize your time. As with any other job, you should have work hours during which you will not do anything else besides your job (blogging tasks).
Set deadlines that will help you focus on the more important areas of your work first. This will ensure that you see your own progress as your time management improves.
To help you remember your deadlines and other important projects, consider getting a planner that you can keep near your workplace.
Tracking your progress in a planner can also help you come up with a good task schedule, and sticking to it will enable you to establish an effective work routine.
Having a designated place for your job will help you get into the right mindset in order to be more focused and productive. Moreover, just like working only during your work hours, you might want to work only in your “office”.
That is why it is important to make the space comfortable, well lit, and clear of all the potential distractions. Speaking of distractions, try not to cut your work short just so you can go out with your partner or friends.
If blogging is your job, treat it as a job. Just like with any other work, you need to take it seriously if you want to become successful at it.
Having all the time in the world and the most comfortable workplace won’t help you much if you have no idea where you put the document you worked on the previous night.
So, don’t just write and save your texts on the desktop naming them whatever you can type the fastest – make a filing system with different folders for different things.
For example, you can have one folder for your texts and arrange it by dates or themes, one for pictures, one for articles you are planning to read, etc. You need to be able to find your way around your virtual workspace in order to be able to best utilize your time.
Sometimes, an idea will pop up in your head and you’ll need to write it down fast before you forget it. That’s where notepads and Post-its come in handy.
These supplies will allow you to brainstorm or write down creative ideas that you can reorganize and incorporate into your work later. In addition, there are many benefits of writing by hand, so keep some kind of a small notebook nearby for those moments of inspiration.
Both newbie bloggers and experienced ones need to be well organized if they want to succeed. Creating a balance between a private life and a professional one can sometimes be quite difficult.
Will this be the year you work on your organizational skills? If you set your mind to it and give it your best, there will be nothing preventing you from becoming the best blogger you can be.
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Brigitte Evans is a Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant and a writer from Australia, with a sweet tooth for makeup and everything sparkly. She is the proud aunt of Sophie, age 2, who has rounded her Chanel lipstick, but she loves her anyway. She is currently writing for highstylife.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook or on Twitter.
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