You have probably your own website (or a blog) and you are wondering how to be more effective.
Or, you are just about to create your own blog and looking for some ways how to improve efficiency.
I get it.
We all sometimes get to the point where we don’t feel like working.
That can be for any reason, sometimes we don’t even know why it happens.
When it comes to blogging or content creation, it may get to the point where we find ourselves sitting behind the computer for 3 or 4 hours and doing nothing productive.
Does this sound familiar to you?
Well, it certainly does to me. I am sure many of us to some extent are more or less guilty as well.
So, how to become a more effective blogger?
I have spent hours and hours reading and watching stuff about concentration because I wanted to find some key elements that would improve efficiency and thus productivity)
In the following short article, you find 5 steps (or keys), which I think are essential when it comes to efficiency.
Let’s get right into that.
Setting Goals – Be Specific
You have heard setting goals is very important, right?
Yeah – me too.
But what if that does not work?
Most likely the reason is that we have not been specific enough.
And if that does not work either, let’s start with mini-goals.
For example today I want to write 500 words article.
I am specific in the number of words and I know that I want to break down the article into 3 different paragraphs.
The same strategy applies to bigger goals as well, including money goals.
You can’t just say I want to have enough money to have freedom. “Enough” is not a number. It is not specific.
Your brain does not see the connection with the “enough”.
Or when you say I want to have as much as possible. What are the steps to achieve that unidentified sum?
There is no plan to reverse-engineer for such a bizarre amount.
So be very clear about what is what you want. If you are not able to identify what you want you most likely will not achieve it.
Napoleon Hill, in his book, Think and Grow Rich, talks about setting goals and how to be specific:
- What is the exact amount you want to make?
- What is the time frame for achieving that amount?
- How do you want to make it?
Besides being specific, you should already see yourself in possession of the goal.
If you have not read the book, I suggest you get one and read it.
You can also listen to the audiobook available on YouTube.
It has more than 10 hours long.
Of course, you don’t have to watch right now 🙂
When I am alone driving in the car, I listen to the audiobook, and every time I notice a new piece of information.
Here is my list of Top Audiobooks concerning personal development.
Now we are getting to the second point which is visualization.
I will get right to the point.
It is good to do it before you go to sleep at night.
Visualize how things can be different. How do you want your life to be in the near future?
What do you want to accomplish in your business? Visualize the growing traffic to your blog or website.
If you want to learn how to practice visualization there is a good book from author Shakti Gawain – Creative Visualization.
It is a powerful method.
And If you think about your past, I am sure, to some extent you did experience it already. Maybe not consciously.
There is also another saying that goes:
“You become what you think about”
When you focus on the thing, the more you visualize it, the more likely it is that it will happen. And I don’t mean that it will just happen if you sitting on your couch.
I mean that your brain will prepare for that thing in the future and will adjust to it.
Then it will help you with your actions to achieve it.
If you are interested I recommend you that book from Shakti Gawain.
There are also plenty of videos on YouTube you can watch about visualization. For example, if you building your online business, you can visualize how the traffic to your site grows.
And you can apply the art of visualization even in your personal life.
Now, move on to the 3rd Key.
This is a big one.
When I think about the times when I was just starting out with my blog, back in 2018 I can tell that my productivity really sucked.
I do not want to go deeper into that, if you are interested you can drop me a question in the comment section.
The bottom line is that somehow I couldn’t get myself into the productive mode.
In other words, it took me more than a week to come up with 1 article (approximately 700 words).
And even as of this writing (June 2021) I still have some trouble getting into the “zone”.
Especially when it comes to writing an article.
It may look like the following:
- You are about to sit down and open your editor…
…But suddenly you go to Facebook and Instagram and YouTube because you want to know “what is new” and 2 hrs later you find out that you have not written a single word.
There are many things that trying to pull out your attention away.
You have to realize that you need to make a conscious decision about what you really want to achieve.
Ask yourself a simple question:
- How you are going to spend the next 10 minutes?
- Is this distracting me from my goal?
If Yes – Stop doing it
No – Fine
One of the distracting “activities” is probably checking Facebook.
Well Isn’t there something more important?
Like adding a new post to your website, or setting a new campaign – something towards your goal.
You should be productive every single day. Even if it is only 10 minutes. Do it every day and soon you realize that you can easily focus on your say content creation for 50 straight minutes.
Remember that our brain is like a muscle. It can be trained and it becomes “stronger”.
Also, a big role in productivity plays the time during the day.
Figure out the time frame in a day where you are at peak energy and focus. Try to be productive as much as possible during this time.
For some, it can be early in the morning, for some during the day or at night.
We all are different, so you need to find the most effective time zone, that works for you.
As a part of productivity, we must mention noise reduction. And I mean especially the environment where we work.
Both your computer and your physical office or room.
You want to keep it simple. You don’t want to have a bunch of magazines at your sight where your sight constantly turns.
You do not need books or courses which are not related to your current project.
The same thing applies to the environment at your computer. It may sound silly, but really minimize the bookmarked sites, email accounts you do not use anymore, and so on.
Do you still own a domain you don’t use anymore?
Stop paying for that – let it go.
I just recently put my old domain on the website called Flippa.
I can sell it and even if I get only a couple of hundred for the site I would be happy.
So keep only those things in your work environment which are related to your current project, or article.
Many people have great ideas.
Even I have great ideas every day. I am sure you are too. You know what? It is nice, but ideas themselves do NOT pay the bills.
They do not take you on vacation
No matter how many ideas we have, they are useless until they are put into action.
You want to focus on one thing at a time.
Let’s say you are building a website. 2 months later you have this idea about a new niche. You set up the 2nd site. You write 4 posts and you realize that you have abandoned the 1st site.
You go back to the 1st site and back and forth, back and forth. Those 2 did not work out, so you go to set up a 3rd site.
10 months later, and you still got no sales from any of those sites.
This had happened to me, back in (already mentioned) 2018.
I was not sure about the niche.
It is important to be focused on one project only, or one niche.
It may be painful sometimes, but that pain means that you are growing.
When you go lift weights, you feel pain at first but later you enjoy it and you lift even more.
So once you finished 1st project and it already generates income for you – you can go ahead and focus on another project.
You can even use that income to delegate the work on 1st project – you can now outsource the work.
This is probably the best one 🙂
It is very important to reward yourself when your business is growing.
You are going to see that your hard work makes sense, and you can enjoy yourself because of that.
But again, be careful here.
You do not want to go on a $3,000 vacation when you made $2,500, right? 🙂
Do something proportional to what you made.
Spend 30% of your profit – go to a restaurant, take a weekend in a nice hotel at the beach or buy new shoes.
This is very powerful – your brain has to see the connection between the effort you put in and the results.
The growing numbers at your bank account just do not do the job.
You want to enjoy life as well.
So these are 5 key elements to keep in mind.
Try to incorporate at least one of them next week.
Then a week later apply another two.
You will see the progress in your efficiency and eventually, you get the momentum.
A few weeks later you will have all these keys automated so you do not have to think about them anymore.
Also, I would like to finish with a short video where Dr. Jordan Peterson about the daily productivity routine.
In case you have questions please let me know.
I will be more than happy to help you out.
Also if you have something to add, feel free to do so in the comment section below.
Thank you for reading