Hi Adam, Great tips!
adam20johnson12 wrote:Create – This is the regular content I'm creating for my blog whether it be posts, videos, guest posts, etc.
It's good to see you've put this one at the top of the list.
Over the years I've been marketing online - since 1996 - I've struggled to find a good work rhythm.
In the early years, I was so obsessed and so determined to quit my day job, that I usually worked from about dawn to midnight, seven days a week, which, to put it mildly, wasn't good for my health.
Later on, once enough money was coming in, I wasn't nearly as motivated. I'd find it so easy to start the day reading a few emails, getting distracted, clicking a few links... taking a break, coming back and checking for new emails...
And suddenly half the day had gone by and I hadn't done anything productive, so it was time to go for a walk and think about what to do next.
I solved that problem by taking a tip from Mary Kay. Here's what you do... At the end of EVERY day, make a list of the 5 or 6 most important tasks that need to be done. Then, next morning, you don't have to hesitate or wonder what to do. You can just look at your list and start at the top.
That one simple idea has helped me enormously. If you haven't tried it, a strongly recommend that you do. They say it takes about three weeks to form a habit, so you need to try it for at least 21 days.
However, the problem with that system is that you may not be a morning person. Perhaps you're at your most productive in the evening or late at night.
I think you have to figure out your own rhythm, work out when you're at your most productive and do the most important tasks then.
If you have a day job, this may mean getting up an hour earlier each day, or you may have to simply force yourself to work when you have time available.
Also, the best plan in the world won't work unless you're motivated to actually follow it. If you struggle with motivation, keep reminding yourself WHY you're doing this. Picture yourself driving the car you plan to buy, taking your girlfriend for a vacation in Paris, or simply having extra money to invest for a secure future. For me, my main goal was buying summer and winter properties with sea views.
Making a list each night has worked well for me for more than a decade. However, these days, I seem to need to warm up slowly.
So I like to do this:
1. Scan emails and read and answer ONLY any that look really urgent. Nearly all can wait until later.
2. Do something easy and quick, that doesn't strain my brain. For me, that's
moderate blog comments and maybe add a quick reply occasionally.
3. Do something that makes me feel good.
For me, that's replying to a post on this forum.
4. Take a break. Go for a walk.
5. Actually DO THE most important thing that needs to be done.
6. When it's done, reward yourself by doing whatever you feel like.
These days, sometimes I skip Step 5. :)
Regarding the blogging schedule akunamnd asked about, sure Google likes fresh content, but I don't think it really matters whether you post daily, weekly or irregularly. What's MUCH more important is that you post stuff that your readers find useful or entertaining, and better still content that people want to tell their friends about.