For me, it’s about the context switching. That’s where I lose my time in blogging productivity.
Some will say yoga is to prepare the body for meditation. So let’s talk about rituals to get us into the context for writing blogs.
Have a favorite scent? Enjoy a particular smell of the season? Whether you’re sandalwood or lavender, you can likely find a candle about it.
Consider yourself more artsy? Try building a bouquet for your desk.
Flowers and houseplants can help with peripheral attention. By giving your eye something fresh and natural to land on, you free your concentration.
Your mind doesn’t have to wander too far to find something positive to bounce off.
Rather than encountering a hot mess of papers and patterns, a plant or some flowers can focus your attention right back on your mind’s mission.
Light some sage on fire, why don’t ya. Blow it out. Ditch the bad spirits. Whatever you’re into. Here’s a link to a sage incense stick.
Whether it is the she-shed of your dreams or a laptop on a foldaway desk inside a closet … one way to set the context for your blogging is to have somewhere you go to when you write. A specific place. Brick & mortar, if you will.
Ground yourself. To the earth or the task, with a series of movements of your choosing.
It could be as easy as getting dressed like you’re going to work or creating a cozy atmosphere. Creating a ritual involves creating your own context.
Batch work is where you take a dozen or so projects and group the tasks together by category, like with Like.
For example, I consider myself a writer, and that it because it is most often the writing portion of a project that is easiest for me. It can be much harder for my to find the time than to find the inspiration.
But I’m not so good at creative direction. I hire people who are so-inclined to tell me what to do there.
I need direction.
Batch work is brilliant because some batches are boring. And during the times I feel boring, having mundane tasks to do that increase the likelihood of my map being seen, but don’t require much inspiration is perfect. For blogging, a lot of the SEO tasks are going to be pretty mindless. Perfect for short spurts of time.
Organizing Workflowy is one of my favorite no-brainer tasks because I’m reiterating on my own ideas. It’s like going through your old journals, but it’s very easy to keep, move, delete, add, copy, and organize our ideas in Workflowy. It is a joy to have in my life and the only app I feel that way about.
I write a lot about Workflowy, so you can read more about it here, but it works for me better than the card-based app. Workflowy CAN be kanban style, but I’m all in on the infinitely expandable and collapsible bullet point list i fell in love with in the first place.
It’s the collapsible part for me.
Deep Work is a Cal Newport book you can pick up on bookshop.org.
Return to the same idea over and over for a season.
The higher the ceiling, the loftier the thoughts. This is an idea I picked up from a Huberman podcast. Taking a walk makes you look at the trees. Laying on the beach makes you look up to the cosmos. Standing atop a mountain shows you the horizon.
If you want to do accounting, don’t go for a walk. Sit in a desk and turn the lights down low. Minimize distractions. If you want the things you’ve been wishing for to appear, you have to go out into the world where things can find you.
Sitting on the couch is not very serendipitous.
The easiest and best way to get good at blogging productivity is to just start blogging. Pick up a WordPress account and start writing. If you’re feeling daunted by the task of making it look pretty, I understand. If you’re ready to write but not ready for everything else, just start with a black on white blog. Writing blogs is a muscle you need to get moving as are many other muscles. So if you’re ready to write but not ready to be a business owner or a web designer, start with the words. We’ll worry about the rest.
If you ARE ready to make everything beautiful, or just need that to feel normal, check out website templates. My website is a TONIC Template, hosted on ShowIt, and my WordPress blog is through my showIt subscription. So I go to WordPress to write a blog and ShowIt to write a webpage.