If there is one thing what many bloggers face is lack of time time. The days are still 24 hours, you work or study, family or friends and it is often hard to find time to do all what one wants to do on his/her blog, short blogging generally happens then. So rather than trying to lengthen the days by waking long nights (believe me, you will not succeed!) There are certain things we can improve in our lives or correct bad habits to improve productivity and thus make more things to blog and devote the same time.
Know how to be isolate to write
Writing an article needs concentration. More or less depending on the subject of the article, but any item involves a minimum time dedicated to the writing. Internet brings the inter-connected thing, which delighted us all but which can also be very distracting when you need a bit of calm and concentration. So, close your RSS reader, your Twitter, go your IM status “busy” and close your mail client. This is not to disconnect from people but might be in a sort of bubble time of writing the article. Indeed, between writing a post in one go is possible only by being focused on the subject or write throughout a day, between two notifications and without remembering the night of what we wrote in the morning I can assure you that the quality of the article is not the same and that the time you spent on the item will be much shorter in the end.
Do not let yourself be dominated by the flow of information
Whether your favorite RSS feed reader, your blog statistics (hits, RSS subscribers, earnings generated), the IM systems (Windows live messenger, Skype, Twitter or worse) or information on technorati that speaks to you “there are many flows” (in the broadest sense) that can quickly overcome you. Some will smile while reading this, but one can quickly realize that one day:
- We looked at the stats of visits to his blog 5 times (at least!)
- We peeked in to AdSense and other board 2 or 3 times a day
- We opened a couple of times the feed reader or it is passed several times on these blogs for giving a preferred look.
- We read dozens and dozens of messages posted on the instant messaging and answered many…
- Logged into 3-4 forums and checked some threads (..and the forum administrator is making solid $824 per day but you are still in cents from the blog…)
In short, minute by minute, the time of day can be quickly eroded in this way so that when you think about all that time spent on information flows have been greatly minimized. So as much lost time to write articles … moreover, it interrupts your state of mind. The concentration is something that develops over time, frequent interruptions will test your ability to concentrate.
Take advantage of moments of inspiration to write more than necessary
You must develop a schedule for writing that works with your mental state. Are there certain times of day or week where you feel most creative? Focus writing in such moments, even if it means writing several posts at once. You will write better and faster, and you will always be more productive when you are inspired. Also, try to get a head start on your articles. Indeed, if in those moments when you have a little time, you feel inspired, do not hesitate to write articles for later and thus take the lead. So when you are away, you have less time or you are not inspired, you should have enough posts to put aside your blog on autopilot for a while. Productivity, such as creativity, can be cyclical. It is a good idea to write beyond your needs when you are feeling particularly productive to help you out when you are not.
Use the online documents publishers
Google Docs is a great tool for bloggers. It is a tool for word processing online from Google (there are others such as Zoho Writer). With this tool, you can have all your carefully synchronized manner accessible from any computer connected to the Internet. You can then create a document for each section and thus throwing ideas loose or write some paragraphs and then move on. You can also keep list of ideas to write articles or post and thereby keeping the list updated continuously without forgetting a good idea dreamed up yesterday.
Other uses: sharing. If you try writing an article co-blogging, this tool is perfect for keeping a system update but also to edit the document to several simultaneously. This avoids having to send each other drafts of this article by email. Adopt this tool can really save time and therefore productivity!
Use good writing methodology
Each has its habits and its method for writing an article. Nevertheless, it can improve its performance quality by applying a few simple tips. For each section, start by laying the main ideas that you would address, order them to build a next logical step in your argument, write paragraphs, one after another and end with the introduction of the article and its conclusion. Also, do not force yourself to not write or bind itself to complete a review of the risk botch … your readers may prefer to wait one more day to read your article to read it right away but not one that has not been finished properly.
Get to the point
This advice is general but applies perfectly to blogging. How many times you realize you have lost a lot of time surfing useless sites and read hundreds of feeds with the news that overlap. Therefore as far as possible go to the basics: be direct in answering mail, sort your feeds, do not start discussions via instant messaging if you are already on something, etc.. your day may have looked less entertaining and more intense but you quickly realize that you can do more things and then more and more blogging!
Obviously these tips are not exhaustive, but rather what I have tried to apply my experience. But again, I am sure everyone has good tips to improve productivity.