All begins with the discipline. I truly believe that we all can improve at this part daily. Tho when it comes to blogging & business – these two things together also require some specific balance, as well as commitment. Tho I do know how hard they both can be to manage, and that having a routine might not always work. In this case – You have to learn what works for you and at what time. I hear ya saying that You already know those things, the matter of fact is You aren’t good at getting into routine and using some particular systems… And let me tell ya – I’ve been there as well, and sorting this out can be easier than you think. In this post I’m sharing some advices that will help. So take a walk with me if you’re into creating a successful blogging & business routine that actually works. + FREE planner included at the end of the post!
But before I begin, I’d like You to understand that after you’ve read this post nothing will change unless you will put some work into this yourself. You have to start from analyzing your every day activities, priorities, things you like and don’t like to do. Of course every day can be different, as you might be different yourself. I know how mood can affect the overall feelings about blogging and work, but even then You have to be committed to your priorities and that definitely begins with the thought.
SO, HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL BLOGGING & BUSINESS ROUTINE:
• Analyze. Right after you finish this post, or if you prefer – even now I want you to sit down and analyze your every day activities, schedules, what you like/don’t like doing the most, what are your priorities, what would be the best working hours for you, and what you like doing in the morning, day or evening? Once you finish – write all these things down and put them in order by creating some hourly tasks.
*For example, I don’t always like to read my daily emails, so I try to do that first thing in a morning when I open my laptop, they happen sometime around 9am. That would also help me to plan the rest of the day – I would then know what are the priorities and things I need to do first. I try to finish all the email reading and other not very fun stuff by 11 in the morning, after that – I dedicate all the time for creation which is also my clients’ work, or blog post writing. Around 14-15 I’d have lunch as well as I would go through social media, would do some scheduling and promotion. Later on I’d catch up with my emails as well as some client work and would try to finish all that by 16-17pm. Then I’d dedicate all the time for education: e-courses, blog reading, FB groups, webinars, book reading, video tutorials and so. My day usually ends around 7pm, and then I like to shower it with some proper workout. P.S. I usually wake up around 7am and my morning routine looks something like that. Which is also very important for the rest of the day
• Make a commitment. Are others(your family, other half, friends) aware of your working hours, your daily commitments? Not only you, but others should also know your daily tasks and what are the things you must do so they could help you not to be bothered and finish everything on time. So after you begin planning your day – make a commitment. Write it down what’s a must to do and particularly by what time. Make sure you stick to those, and if needed – turn off all the notifications and even your phone so you could focus on doing these tasks for 100%. This way you will also be able to include some of the particular systems for your personal, blog or business growth.
* For example: I used to think that I am very organized and disciplined person. Tho I used to be bothered all the time and found myself getting along with those things easily. If a friend knows that I’m working from home, she might think that it’s easy for me to drop everything and catch up for a coffee. In matter of fact – it is easier rather than when you’re working at the office, and especially for someone else. But when I started to tell everyone what my working hours are and that I won’t be able to meet until the evening – they would also understand. So indeed, you need to tell people what you do and what are your priorities.
• Set memorable triggers. That might sound silly, but it actually works. The triggers can be various – some phone or laptop reminders, notifications, sticky notes around your table, something that would be seen easily and would also help you to stick to your commitments. If there’s a webinar that You’ve signed up for – set a reminder for it. I’d also recommend setting a trigger for something that’s fun ahead, later that day – these triggers will keep you motivated to finish all the important tasks sooner.
* For example: I set the reminders to eat as well as to check out some particular chats and FB groups at some particular time during the day. These bits are also fun for me, so when I’m getting bored with the email reading, or some particular task – after I see the reminded I get fired up and somehow finish those tasks quicker, because I’m so excited for the fun part. Tho I’d also recommend setting some triggers half an hour before the actual task that needs to be done, so you’ll make sure not to get bothered with some FB messages or instagram notifications.
• Be flexible. Yes, by saying be flexible I mean that you are allowed to reorganize your day if needed, tho that doesn’t mean that you are allowed to loose the focus. Indeed, if there are days that you lack of creativity – dedicate it for education, blogs reading as well as planning and brainstorming.
* For example, there are days which I certainly dedicate only for blogging – I write and schedule posts, as well as participate into FB groups, twitter chats and other social activities. But when I’m full of energy and ideas to create something – I rearrange that day a bit, and also spare some time for creation. I truly believe the best is to do one thing at a time, but giving the whole day only for one task can also become boring. Again, you have to learn what works for you the best and stick to it.
Riiight. So above you can see some snaps from my usual day. Of course all begins with that proper morning routine, workout and breakfast. Tho indeed, there are days when I’m rushing to some particular meeting in a morning, and not always I find enough time for a proper workout. Then I’d start my day with some stretching and the actual workout would do in the evening. I hope you’ll find these tips helpful as well as inspiring. I do think that all starts with a thought and planning, and once you’re capable to prioritize things, commit to some particular tasks, set yourself triggers – you will also be able to find more time for other systems which will help you and your business grow bigger. Nothing is that exciting as education for me, and that I like to keep as a dessert for my evenings. Also, it can sometimes be very helpful to plan the next day as after educational evening I’m usually bringing in something new!
Let me know how your day usually looks like, if you give enough time for plans and commitments. Also, don’t forget to put your name in the form below so you get yourself a FREE planner which can be accessed in the resource library!