Are you struggling with your time? Do you feel like you can never get everything done in a day? If you do, you will find these 7 tips to more productive blogging helpful.
7 Tips to More Productive Blogging
How many times have you put blogging on the back burner just because you do not have enough time?
Your blog is the gateway to your online art gallery. The content you write will be the way people find you online.
One benefit of being an artist is you can do what you want when you want.
If you want to wake up early and go into the studio so you can enjoy the day when you are done, you can.
If you would rather paint at night when everyone is sleeping, you can.
If you want to spend more time with your kids, you can schedule your days accordingly.
Even though being an artist is wonderful, there is a flip side.
If you rely on your art to generate income that will support yourself or your family, you need to be a business person.
Creating a blog is vital if you would like to sell art online.
It doesn’t matter if you sell art prints online, sell original art online, sell fine art online or if you sell arts and crafts online. Starting a blog is important for making a presence online.
Here is a remarkable story of how a small business became a household name from creating content.
You know the importance of blogging. The problem is, how do you get everything done. You are only one person and there are only so many hours in a day.
These 7 tips to be more productive blogging will help you save time, get more done and reduce stress from your days.
Stick to the Basics
When you are first starting out, you want to see instant results. This makes sense, we are living in a time where instant gratification is just a second away.
If you want to watch a video, you grab your smartphone.
If you want to buy something, you do it anywhere with your smartphone.
If you want to find out what your friends are up to, you can visit social media sites on your smartphone.
If you want to get work done, put your smartphone down.
Having everything at our fingertips is great, but if you are interested in being successful in selling your art online, you must be patient and productive.
Stick to the basics and put your efforts on what works. What I mean by this is do not become distracted with all the shiny bells and whistles.
Learn what works and do it. Put all your energy into something that will show you results. Yes, Facebook might be fun, but if you are not landing sales from your Facebook Page, why waste your time on it.
Spend your time on something that will produce results, like creating a blog.
I am not saying that Facebook or Instagram will not work for you. What I am saying is learn what works for you and put your energy into what will make you money.
It has been shown time and time again that people are more productive with their time when they work less.
I am a victim of working long hours. I do not mind putting in the time now because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Everything I am doing now will set me up to be able to relax more in the future.
However, working long hours is not always productive.
According to Flowtown, productivity starts to decline after working 35 hours a week. With that being said artists must find a way to get everything done in a timely manner, or they will find themselves burning out.
Time management is key.
You need to write a weekly schedule and stick to it.
Analyze what is working and what is not working. Try to figure out diverse ways to save time.
I like to set a specific time limit for each project I am working on. I am more productive knowing I only have a set time to get something done. This prevents my mind from wandering off to other things, like Facebook or Pinterest.
I also do the same tasks at the same times during the week. I have learned when I am more productive for each job.
For example, I do my best writing when I first wake up in the morning. The best time for me to create art is in the late morning. You will have specific times during the day that you will be more focused and productive. The good news is, you are an artist and you have the control of your schedule. Take advantage of this.
Find out when you will be more focused on your writing and stick to it.
Multitasking Does Not Work
As humans, we are built to accomplish one thing at a time. That is how we are wired and we cannot change that. The only thing we can do is accept it and have it work to our benefit.
Your best work will come when you can focus on one thing at a time. You might want to consider batching your work.
For example, one day you can focus on writing content for your blog. One day you can focus on creating art. One day you can focus on promoting your art on social media sites.
There are many ways you can incorporate batching. It will take some trial and error to find what works best for you.
After a while, you will find yourself accomplishing more in less time.
Plan for Your Blog
There is no better way to accomplish more in less time than to have your days planned. Every week schedule what you will be blogging about. Knowing ahead of time will prevent you from wasting time staring at a blank screen.
You will already have in the back of your mind what you will be writing about. When it is time to sit down and type, you will be ready to go.
Sending ten or fifteen minutes planning at the beginning of each week will save you time, reduce stress and prevent you from forgetting an important task.
Research for Your Blog
After you know what you will be writing about, take ten or fifteen minutes to gather any information you will need for the blog post. Collect any images or videos you will be using for the post as well.
This is a form of batching. You are focusing on one task to make another task easier.
When it is time to write, you will not have to waste time searching for information or images that you will need to complete the blog post. There have been times when I was researching for information while I was writing an article, I ended up not completing the project because I got sidetracked.
I have learned over the year’s planning and preparing saves a ton of time. You will be pleasantly surprised when you realize how easy it is to create a blog post if you have everything ready ahead of time.
Get rid of any distractions that will prevent you from finishing your post.
Put your smartphone in a different room.
Do not open your emails. Stay off social media networks.
If noise distracts you, find a quiet place to work.
If you need white noise in the background, turn something on to help keep you focused or go to your favorite coffee shop.
When it is time for you to write a blog post, put everything else aside.
Your main goal is to write content so you can generate traffic to your art listings.
At the end of the day or the end of the week, reward yourself for getting everything done. You will have more time to do enjoyable things because you are more productive with your time.
Rewarding your efforts will motivate you for the following weeks.
Blogging might not be your favorite thing to do. Every job has positives and negatives.
However, the positives of being an artist outweigh all the negatives.
You know deep inside, creating a blog and writing a ton of great content will help your art business grow. You need to write content in order to make a presence online.
How can you make money as an artist if no one knows you are an artist?
Stop putting it on the back burner. Find ways to be more productive blogging so you can get it done in a timely manner. The quicker you can get the work done, the sooner you will be doing things you enjoy, like creating and selling your art.
You might also be interested in:
- How to Showcase Art with Blog Posts
- Art Marketing Resource
- How to Write a Content Marketing Plan That Increases Art Sales
- How to Promote Your Blog Post
- 10 Easy Steps to Become More Productive with Your Day
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