If you want to increase your blogging productivity, start by examining how you begin your writing day? If you are like most bloggers, the first thing you do is check your phone to see if you’ve gotten any messages or comments on posts. You may answer emails and reply to social media posts or comments. And you handle priorities—your own or someone else’s priorities. But you don’t write—meaning compose a blog post—first.
That’s not a great way to become a productive blogger or writer.
If blogging isn’t one of the things you do immediately in the morning, it’s not a priority. In fact, I bet it comes last…after everything else gets done. And that’s a sure-fire strategy to not write a blog post that day…or any other.
If you do, indeed, write a blog post first thing in the morning—before you do anything else, congratulations! You are one of the few, and I bet you’re a productive blogger! How do I know this? Because when you begin your day with time spent on your most important project—your blog or blogged book —you do three things:
- You set the tone for the entire day.
- You make progress on your blogged-book manuscript consistently each day.
- You create new content for your blog regularly.
Make Blogging a Priority
Think about the past week or two…How often did you make writing a blog post a priority? How much progress did you make on your blogged book? And did you write first—or do other things before you sat down to write?
How productive were you…really?
I hear you… You have to get the kids off to school before you write. You have to go to your day job first and write a post after you get home. You have to respond to your emails first and foremost.
In fact, you do not have to do those things first. You can get up earlier and write a blog post…first. Then you can do the other things on our to-do list or that you feel are pressing.
Plenty of people get up an hour or two earlier and start their days with writing. They may have an entire morning ritual, but writing is part of it. And that’s why they have such high levels of productivity.
Speaking for myself, if I do anything else before I write, I don’t end up writing—or not for as long as I planned.
And high-performance studies also show that people who put their own creative projects first—and work on them as soon as they get to their desks—are more productive than those who don’t. (If you aren’t sure about your level of productivity, take this quiz.)
That’s why I want to challenge you to increase your productivity by starting your writing day off on the right foot…by writing.
Make Blogging Part of Your Morning Routine
You may have heard about the benefits of morning routines. Many people wake up at four or five in the morning and spend an hour or two journaling, meditating, planning, and exercising before they move into work mode. Well, blogging should be part of your morning routine.
In fact, I suggest writing before you do the other parts of your morning ritual. That way it is sure to get done—long before you get involved in any other “to-do” items for the day. Does that mean you must write immediately upon waking up? Not necessarily.
Write Right Away
You can choose to take on Hal Elrod’s morning routine, as described in The Miracle Morning, and get up and meditate, repeat affirmations, read, exercise, and journal. But right after that, you must turn to your blogged-book project and write!
You can decide to have your morning routine include completing morning pages first, as recommended in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. But then you work on your blogged book.
Even better…and this is how I do it…wake up and wander bleary-eyed to your desk, turn on the computer, and write for a designated period of time. (I do stop in the kitchen on my way to my office and turn on the teapot and drink a large glass of water. My first break is to get my green tea—and go to the bathroom!)
Once I’ve written, I take on the rest of my morning routine—plan my day, journal, meditate/visualize, recite affirmations, walk, and eat breakfast. Then I get on with my other responsibilities and plans. If I falter from this routine, my productivity plummets. More days than I care to admit go sans writing at all let alone finishing a blog post.
Take the AM-Writing Challenge
To take me up on this challenge, write in the morning—before you do anything else you think you must do first.
If that means you have to get up at 5 a.m. so you have time to write before you go to work, handle the kids, or take care of your elderly parent, so be it. Just write first.
And definitely…definitely…don’t get on social media or look at your email first. It’s a convenient organizing system for other people’s agendas. I often feel compelled to look at email first thing most days because my team is in England; half their day is over when I wake up. But if I do, I find myself dealing with their agenda, not mine. And the writing doesn’t happen.
Fight the urge to put off writing blog posts and working on your blogged book until later. Write first. Watch your productivity increase consistently as a result.
Do you blog first thing in the morning, and how does that impact your productivity? Tell me in a comment below, and please share this post with another blogger or writer.
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