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How many times do you go and sit down to do blog work but then hear an email notification or a ping from Facebook?
You end up going down a rabbit hole that has absolutely nothing to do with the task you set out to accomplish.
Knowing how to avoid distractions as a blogger will go a long way towards allowing you to become successful at a faster pace than you otherwise would.
Without distractions, we get a lot more done and can reach our goals on a whole new level.
The tips below are not rocket science, but they will help you set better boundaries so that you can focus on your work and be more productive at blogging.
#1 Set Up a Productive Work Environment
How do you work best? Is it amongst noise and hustle, or do you prefer somewhere quiet?
You know what helps you to pump out jobs faster, so set up your work environment to accommodate that.
Sitting in a café may seem like a great idea, but if you’re keen on people-watching, you may find yourself doing more of that instead of actual blogging.
I used to just work on the sofa at home with my laptop. At the beginning of 2019, I forked out for a new iMac and set up a proper workspace in our living room.
I’m so glad that I did because I get a ton more done than I ever used to and I firmly believe it is because I have a productive place to work.
My desk isn’t even big (I use this one) but it is perfectly usable and much better than sitting on the sofa.
#2 Create a Content Calendar
If you can get yourself organized ahead of time you’ll find that you are able to be more focused on what actually needs to be done.
Plan your blog posts ahead of time. I personally like to do mine a month at a time, but I know of other bloggers that will plan for an entire year ahead.
#3 Turn off Distractions
Do you try and work while you have Facebook open in the background? Here’s my biggest piece of advice:
Get rid of it!
Turn off anything that will distract you from getting the work done that you need to.
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Start with your phone. Whitelist important numbers but otherwise, turn that thing on silent and shove it in a drawer or put it somewhere out of reach.
We are so guilty of mindlessly picking up our phones and scrolling for no good reason.
You’ll be surprised at how much time you’ll save just by not having it in arms reach.
How many email accounts do you have?
I think mine total up to 5 or 6.
When you add to that all the different email subscriptions I have for each, it basically means that I’m getting email notifications all. day. long.
Unless you are waiting on an urgent email, just close out of your inbox and put it on hold while you work.
Social media is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to blogging.
It is where we can often find both an audience and our fellow bloggers. I personally use it a lot to learn from other bloggers and collaborate.
And there is a time and place for that, but it isn’t while you’re supposed to be working on your blog.
I know how often I get distracted because I see a Facebook notification from a blogging group I’m in.
I find myself going to read the post and before I know it, l’m Googling reviews on a new plugin (that I probably don’t really need) that some other blogger recommended.
All the while I could have been finishing up my blog post.
Do yourself a favor and step away from social media while you need to work.
#4 Set Up a Productive Workflow
Setting up a workflow that lends itself to productivity will help you to get so much more done.
You’ll be able to feel organized and focus on one job at a time without getting distracted.
When it comes to writing blog posts, I have a very clear workflow.
I begin with a keyword or idea.
I then create a mindmap using Mindmeister and in it, I add keywords I’m targeting, subtitle ideas, a basic outline, and products or affiliates I could link to.
I then create a Google doc where I finalize my outline, come up with a couple of potential titles, jot down my keywords, and create a meta description.
This means that when it comes to actually writing my post, I can just sit down and write it without being distracted by other things.
#5 Have a To-Do List
You are going to find yourself incredibly distracted if you haven’t narrowed down on what it is that you need to actually get done.
What will end up happening is that you focus on tasks that aren’t as urgent and neglect the things that really need your attention.
Do yourself a favor and create a to-do list.
I have things that I do monthly, weekly, and bi-weekly which I then create my daily to-do list from.
Not only will it keep you focused, but it’ll help motivate you as you see the tasks being checked off.
#6 Time Block
Time blocking is a great way to avoid distraction and increase productivity.
The whole concept of it comes down to devoting certain blocks of time throughout the day to do certain tasks.
For instance, you could mark off 7-9 PM for blog work.
You could also further time block inside of that window and say that from 7-8 PM you’re going to focus on writing blog posts. From 8-9 PM you’re going to create graphics for your blog and social media accounts.
The key is to only focus on one job at a time and not get distracted by other things.
It is a brilliant method in terms of productivity but it will also help to lessen your mental load because you only need to focus on one thing at a time.
#7 Set a Timer
If you decide to time block, a good idea is to set a timer to keep you on track. Otherwise, you may find yourself getting distracted by other tasks when you should be moving onto the next.
Use the simple trick of setting a timer and abiding by it so that you can cover all your bases.
All of these tips combined with a bit of self-control will really help you to avoid distractions as a blogger and get more work done.