How to Stay on Top of Business and Blog Work
If there's one thing that I think bloggers ad business owners struggle with the most when they're starting out, it's staying on top of routine duties. You're told by so many people to do so many different things, that it's hard to know what to do. Some people say to dive right in. Some people say to work ahead. Some people say to post once a week, some say to post every day. Post on social media a million times a day. Start a podcast. Open a shop. Create an ecourse. A workbook. Write an ebook. Join all the groups. Engage with the world.
Whew. I'm tired just reading that.
But the truth is that when you're online, you get told to do all of these things in order to achieve success.
Okay, so I want to let you in on the biggest secret ever. Are you ready for it?
Do what works for you.
If you want to post daily, go for it. If you want to post once a week, awesome. If you want to use only Instagram and Facebook, that's fine. Want to only run a blog and not create an e Course? Get on with your bad self.
You really have to just do what works for you.
Regardless of what you choose to do, the best thing you can do for yourself is create a work system or schedule that takes the pressure off of you.
Have Brainstorm Sessions.
One of the things that I found helped me the most was to schedule time for myself to brainstorm post ideas. I'll set aside a chunk of time once a week to just put my post ideas on paper. There is no rhyme or reason to the brainstorming time, just ideas.
This works best if you unplug. Turn of your computer, grab a pen and paper and just start writing ideas.
And this goes for anything. Whether you're a blogger or a handmade business owner, you need that time to brain dump. Get everything you're thing about in your business down on paper.
Have a Calendar.
For a long time I was anti-calendar. I don't like feeling like I'm locked into something. But for some people, that really works for them! Instead of writing in pen on my calendar what I'm going to post, I use post it notes to arrange posts in my schedule. This allows me to really rearrange if needed.
So when you're planning out product launches or blog posts, schedule. It doesn't have to be a set in stone thing but more of a guideline. If you have to rearrange, so be it.
Batch Your Work.
If I know what posts are coming, I'm able to sit down and really work on writing the content. I can schedule time to knock out the writing of several posts all at once. Then all I have to do is create images for the posts and that can be done during a different batch editing session.
Same things goes for social media scheduling, product photography and answering emails. Instead of doing things sporadically, schedule time to knock out major business necessities.
And those are my 3 quick and dirty tips to staying on top of your content. What do you do that works for you?
Until next time, have a beautiful day!