Give me a few minutes of your time now and I’ll give you back hours of your time every month, by making you more productive!
Pretty good deal, right?
In this short article, I’m going to share 2 productivity hacks that will help you get more work done when working on your blog.
These productivity tips are:
- Bulking your actions
- Having dedicated blocks of time
Let’s dive into both of these so that you can become more productive!
Or watch the video, if you’re not a fan of reading:
Productivity Hack 1: Batching Your Tasks
There are plenty of tasks you will be doing as a blogger. Think of things like:
- Doing keyword research
- Creating & scheduling posts for social media
- Responding to comments on your blog and social media
- Engaging with other people in communities
I’ll take posting on social media and show you how you can be more productive in doing so.
Firstly, note that it’s a task that consists of multiple steps:
- Creating ideas for posts
- Making graphics for each post
- Writing the captions
- Scheduling the post
Here’s how not to do this:
The most inefficient way of doing this would be to go through each of the steps in order. It seems like the logical thing to do because it’s a step-by-step process. But, if you do it that way you’re losing time for 3 reasons:
- It takes time to switch programs/tabs. While not a huge time loss, it adds up over time.
- You lose focus on going from 1 task to another.
- Getting started with a task is usually a lot harder than continuing it.
So, here’s the productive way of doing it:
You batch your actions.
This means that you will focus on 1 step of the process at a time, and do that single activity in bulk. In our example, you would first write down a ton of ideas for posts. You do NOT go and create images for them or write captions! You just focus on this one task until you have a ton of ideas!
Then you move on to the next step.
Why This Works so Well!
By doing it this way, you’ll be more productive, because of your focus.
Instead of going all over the place with your thoughts as well as your actions, you dedicate all of your focus on a single task.
It creates flow.
Getting started with a task is the more difficult part. But once you are in that flow, it becomes easier and easier, and before you know it, you’ve completed the task you set out to do in bulk!
Productivity Hack 2: Dedicated Blocks of Time
This method fixes 2 common problems that kill your productivity:
- A lack of focus on a task
- Working on something for too long in the same sitting
We’ve already covered productivity killer number 1, so let’s look at the second one.
It doesn’t seem as bad right?
If you’re sitting down at your computer for 3 hours writing your articles, you’re doing things that matter. So what could possibly be the problem?
Again, it’s focus.
In order for you to be productive, your head has to be in the game! Studies have shown that 50-90 minutes is the limit for the average person to stay focus on a task without taking a break. Which is exactly how you’ll increase your productivity!
Here’s what you do:
First, you take out your phone to set an alarm. Or you use a tool like E.gg Timer.
If you decide to use your phone for the timer, put it in airplane mode and get it out of your sight. The last thing you want is to have it distract you.
Set the timer to 50 minutes and get to work.
Again, let me reiterate that you will focus on 1 task and 1 task only for these 50 minutes! No switching tasks, no distractions and no stopping until the alarm goes off.
When it does, get up and take a 5-10 minute break.
Move around a bit, stretch, get some water, and relax a little bit. Afterward, your attention span has been reset and you’re good to go for another 50-minute burst of productivity!
Why This Works so Well
Spending too much time without taking breaks just numbs the mind.
You might not be aware of it, and you may even feel productive, but you’re actually less productive when you’re working for hours on end without breaks.
It’s not just about becoming more productive, but it’s good for your health as well!