Sharing is caring!Reading Time: 5 minutes
It's the new year, and that means you should maximise your time to smash every blogging goal and hit your financial targets! But let's be honest: most of us struggle to get our groove back after last year's holiday breaks and festivities.
The beginning of the year is always a great time to plan how the rest of the year will be. What goals would you like to set for yourself, and what problems held you back? If you didn't give 100% on blogging last year, what strategies will you implement to achieve more this year?
The year 2023 should be about hitting your targets and making the most of every marketing opportunity to boost your brand. Here are 7 blogging habits that will make you extra productive this year:
Nothing beats having a list of goals to boost productivity! If you still need to decide what goals to set for yourself this 2023, sit down and brainstorm ideas. Ask yourself: what do you want to get out of 2023? If you've always wanted to refresh your content, improve your SEO, grow your social media community, or even launch a new product, add all these to your goal list and create an action plan.
With an action plan, you can execute your strategies to hit every goal. The goal isn't just about listing down what you hope to achieve this year. It's about making a move and turning every goal into a reality!
Your blog content will be one of the biggest drivers of your goals this year, so it's vital to focus on your next popular posts. What's the secret to making a blog post click? It's all about choosing the right topic and publishing the blog posts at the right time.
Check the latest trends in your industry and find out what kinds of topics your target audience would like to see next on your blog site. Be sure that every blog you publish supports your bottom line.
For example, if you want to earn more on affiliate links this year, your content should be designed to sell affiliate products. If you plan to launch a new product, your blog posts should present your expertise as a market leader to sell more products. If you want to grow your email list, add an opt-in offer on your blogs to collect more signups.
To motivate yourself to complete your weekly tasks, create a framework. This is an excellent strategy if you're someone who gets sucked into a blur of tasks within a day. It's also perfect for days when you have a lot of tasks to complete. With a weekly framework, you can prioritise the most pressing tasks, find your rhythm, and meet deadlines.
For example: On Mondays, you can set all meetings and collaborate with your team. Tuesdays can be reserved for blogging and blogging-related tasks such as customising images, finding related video clips, or boosting SEO. On Wednesday, you can upload your YouTube video. Reserve Thursdays and Fridays for making video content. Set Saturdays and Sundays for IG postings.
You can use third-party apps to automate some of these tasks. We also suggest using a project management tool to create a schedule and add reminders to stay on top of your tasks.
Just a few years ago, it was very fashionable to multitask. Every blogger used to juggle a million things to achieve the impossible. This 2023, things are a little bit different. The hustler era has become a distant memory. These days, it's all about mono-tasking – taking on one task at a time, so you don't end up correcting mistakes because you were in a hurry or not paying attention.
Multitasking has benefits, but it's almost impossible for overworked entrepreneurs to be good at everything and do everything all at once. If you push yourself to complete multiple activities simultaneously, you'll feel burned out and do much less. You have to give yourself time to warm up to every activity. Otherwise, you cannot do your tasks well. You will become more productive by focusing on one task at a time. You can dedicate 100% of your attention to a task, preventing mistakes. More importantly, mono-tasking is better for your mental health.
Do you check your email and social media notifications constantly in a day? If the answer is yes, this is affecting your concentration and productivity. While mental breaks are essential between tasks, checking online notifications takes your attention away from work. That's because every notification takes several minutes to deal with.
And even if you don't get distracted from online notifications, you'll still need to rewarm the brain to an activity – it's hard to get your rhythm back. A more productive way of dealing with notifications is to avoid it when you're in the thick of working. Reserve an hour of your time every day checking emails and social media, then avoid rechecking them for the rest of your time working.
Most bloggers work from home. If you are working from home, it's essential to have a space dedicated to working. But having a home office is no longer enough in 2023. These days, bloggers are creating workspaces that suit their work styles. You should too!
Having a flexible workspace that suits your work style boosts productivity. Think about it – if you're not comfortable with your workspace, will you be able to focus on working? For example, some people are roamers who are uncomfortable working in one spot. If you're a roamer, creating several “power spots” in your home enables you to work comfortably at different points of the space.
If you'd rather work outdoors, create a cosy, outdoor workspace conducive to productivity. Choose a quiet, shady spot in the garden, for example, and then set up a comfortable chair and table so you can work while enjoying the fresh air!
In an ideal world, everything is perfect. You'll have the perfect product, launch it at the most perfect time, and have perfect results. That rarely happens in real life. Aiming for perfection will only cause avoidable delays.
The next time you have an amazing, creative idea, take action immediately. Do it now, make things happen, and perfect them later. If you've always wanted to create an online course but are waiting for the right moment to execute that idea, don't wait around. Do it now and start earning money next month. If you have a blog idea that you've been toying with for months, write it now and publish it later. You'll start generating traffic within the day!
The perfect time will never come. Instead of thinking about doing something, use that energy to create the said content. You'll reap the rewards quickly, and you'll have better use of your time.
Having the right mindset is vital in staying productive in 2023. With these tips, we hope to have inspired you to get moving, plan the next 12 months, and achieve more than you ever thought possible!
Sharing is caring!