Friday, 17 March 2017

5 Blog Organisation Tips And Tricks

Sometimes trying to keep your blog life organised can be surprisingly difficult. If there aren't comments to reply to, there are posts to plan and shoot, optimization to be done, never mind countless hours of promotion needing attended to - it can all feel a bit overwhelming as a newbie. I often find myself awake during the middle of the night, because I have forgotten to get back to someone or know that I have a post due in a day's time, yet haven't come up with a topic to discuss quite yet... although this isn't without want of trying.

Running She In The Know has certainly opened my eyes a bit, alongside working and juggling general life demands it can all be a bit of a challenge, a daunting one... but I feel mastering organization and learning how to be more productive will be two tricks that will help ensure things are much more manageable in the long run.

So, I've decided to share my top 5 Blog Organisation Tips And Tricks:

1. Today's Activities (To Do):
Create a to do list. This may seem like the most obvious thing to do, but writing a to do list; not only for work deliverable's but life admin and blog related tasks and projects can really help establish a clear picture of what needs doing and when. This will ensure you stay organised and productive with your time. Besides if you're anything like me, ticking everything off will make you want to internally burst with glee! - I find splitting my to do lists up into sections such as; photographs, links and text, really help when it comes to scheduling and staying focused on the main tasks at hand.

2. Schedule:
When working on your blog part-time or even full-time for that matter, it's essential that you learn how to schedule (trust me, it will make your life a thousand times easier). If you're not able to hit publish at a set time each day, most platforms will allow you to schedule in advance. You can schedule tweets and Facebook status' - this way you have more time to focus on writing blog posts and less time stressing about promotion, because essentially the job has already been done for you.

3. Plan:
With scheduling, comes planning. Blogging can be a time consuming hobby and I know how overwhelming it can feel, especially when you want to put more time into it than you actually have available. Try planning ahead; give yourself more time to gather everything you need. Plan what your post is going to be about and write down everything you may need for it. Do you need to pick up any products? Do you need to take photographs? Is there any research you need to carry out? - allow yourself some time to sit down and have a proper think about what it is you want to discuss.

4. Write It All Down:
Any idea is a good idea. No matter what time of day that idea comes into your head, no matter how basic or complicated it might be, just write it all down. I have an entire notebook filled with lists upon lists of blog post ideas - I'm pretty sure this even made the cut at some point, but it's really important that you remember to just jot things down. You'll be surprised how one small idea; can become an entire discussion and/or topic of its own.

5. Take A Break:
It's essential that you take breaks as and when required. Often when you're juggling a lot or working on something quite demanding you might feel overwhelmed, stressed or perhaps even tired. I know I'd certainly love to be somewhere sunny right now, but unfortunately a weekend away will have to wait for the time being. I try to plan at-least one-two nights a week, so that I can have more time to myself - because we all know the important of self-care and a little me-time. 

Writing a blog should be a fun and uplifting experience, so please take these tips lightly - although I do hope they come in handy for someone, in-fact I suggest you read my post on 'How To Improve Your Productivity' next.

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