The following post is from Amy of Blogging With Amy:
The more I blog, the more my blogging to-dos overwhelm me. For a long time, I thought if I could just get organized, I could coast in my new system.
The reality is, the amount of information we encounter on a daily basis is astronomical. We must constantly push against it, otherwise it will almost certainly bowl us over.
I deal with this tension constantly and succumb much more than I’d like. Still, there are three things that, when accomplished, do wonders for my blogging organization.
1. Touch it once!
Email can be especially beastly. When I’m on top of my game, I touch each email only once.
Instead of letting emails build up in my inbox with the idea that I’ll get to them later, I try to make an immediate decision about each the first time I open it. I respond to it, task it, archive it or delete it right away.
It’s amazing how much an empty inbox increases my productivity. An empty inbox begets an empty inbox.
2. Use a timer.
I try to tackle tasks in doable chunks of time. Sometimes I turn on my tangible timer; sometimes I keep track of the time on my computer as I work.
It’s always dangerous when I jump online to check email, Twitter or Facebook “quick a minute” because before I know it, an hour has passed. So, I decide ahead of time how much time I will devote to a particular task—30 minutes or less seems to be ideal.
A timer ensures I don’t squander my time. It also helps me prioritize since I want to be sure to complete the most important things before my time runs out.
3. Take a full day off every week.
This may be counter-intuitive, but one of the best organizational tips I’ve implemented recently is to take a full day off from all forms of media once a week. My computer stays completely off every Sunday.
I admit, at first I was apprehensive about the prospect. What would I miss? What if someone needed me? What if my blog blew up? What if, what if, what if…?
What I realized is, life goes on just fine without me. And even if my blog did blow up, in the big scheme of things, 24 hours is quite minor. Besides, the benefits far outweigh the risks.
Somehow, a day off “resets” me.
It gives me a chance to give undivided attention to my real life and most importantly, the people in it. It also allows me the opportunity to slow down, step back and refocus on my upcoming blogging goals for the next week.
Without time off, my boundary lines blur. Getting some distance helps me maintain perspective.
What about you? What are your best blogging organization tips?
|Amy Lynn Andrews blogs at BloggingWithAmy.com where she explains how to start a blog as well as simple blogging tips any blogger can implement.|