Regardless of how long you’ve been a blogger, staying organised can sometimes be a challenge, especially when working from home. You might have tons of creative ideas, but it won’t mean much if you can’t find the time to develop them. And as you can’t exactly ignore your other daily chores, it’s essential for you to learn how to create a balance between your work life and your private one. This way, you’ll be able to stay focused and productive without neglecting any of your other needs. If this sounds like something you’d like to learn, here are some tips that can help you manage your time and become even better at doing what you love the most.
Organise your time
The first thing you need to do is actually find the time for blogging. If you consider it to be your job, you need to set your own work hours, as well as deadlines. During those hours, you should focus only on your work and nothing else. The deadlines, on the other hand, should help you focus on the more important work-related tasks and see your progress as you meet those deadlines. This will help you establish a work routine and be more productive, as long as you actually stick to your set hours. Also, as hard as it can sometimes be, try to resist the temptation to hang out with your friends if they call during your work hours. If you want to be a serious blogger, you have to take your job seriously.
Have an “office”
Just like choosing the work hours, you should also choose your workspace. Having a specific place for all your work-related responsibilities can help you be more efficient and organised. Plus, it will allow you to make a clear distinction between your work and your private life, as you will no longer have to clear your dining room table or kitchen desk in order to work. Also, when you leave your “office”, your work should stop, and you should focus on your other needs.
Make use of apps
There are many apps and tools that can help you organise your projects much more efficiently. Evernote, for example, is great for filing, keeping track of your ideas, and collecting everything you need from music and images to links and articles. Another great tool you should learn how to use (if you haven’t already) is Dropbox. It allows you to store all your documents in one place, which you can later access from any smart device. These apps can truly be lifesavers, so be sure to check them out.
Don’t forget to handwrite
As a blogger living in the digital age, you might see no point in writing anything on paper. However, writing by hand has been linked to increased creativity, better writing skills, better memory, and many other positive qualities. With that in mind, you should consider buying a planner or a diary – there are many kinds of diaries, so it shouldn’t be a problem for you to find one that fits your needs. You can use it to brainstorm your ideas, or simply to write down your thoughts, which you can later transform into blogging material.
Last but not least, you can’t organise your time and work if you are constantly feeling tired, hungry, thirsty, or stressed out. In order to become and stay successful, you also need to think about your health. Therefore, make sure to eat healthy and regularly so you can have the energy for blogging. Try to exercise daily so you don’t feel like you’re always glued to your chair, or go for short walks to clear your mind and make room for new ideas. Finally, make sure to always get a good night’s sleep, so you can start each day feeling fresh and energised.
Becoming and staying a successful blogger is not an easy task. However, it can be much easier if you know how to organise. So, take your job seriously, take care of your health, don’t forget to write on paper, and organisation will no longer be a problem for you.