10 ways to blog effectively in 2022

10 ways to blog effectively in 2022

Want to achieve your goal of effective blogging by 2022? Want to get more done with less time on your blog? Here are 10 ways to be a more effective blogger in 2022…

How is 2021 for you? Have you broken all your blogging goals? Did you get everything you wanted and then some? Have you reached your financial goal? Is your blog growing as you had hoped?

I guess, if you’re like most bloggers, your answer is ‘no’ to at least some of these questions!

So, what holds you back? There could be any number of reasons but the one I hear the most is ‘not enough time’.

10 ways to blog effectively in 2022

10 ways to blog effectively in 2022

But is that really the reason? Do you spend every minute, every second of your blogging time being productive and productive? Did you maximize every available time? Or did you spend a while decorating, daydreaming, and mindlessly checking social media when you were ‘supposed’ to be working?

I think all of us (yes, including me!) will have to say YES to that last person!

The truth is that in a year you have a LOT of time (there are 8760 hours in a year!  ), but that time is too often wasted time, daydreaming, you just don’t quite get to work, ‘nice to do’ but not essential work and, yes, social media!

But that sad truth is actually a really fun one if you flip it up! Imagine how much you CAN get done by 2022 if you PRODUCED MORE? What if you wasted less time? What if you were more organized and made things better?

10 ways to blog effectively in 2022

Here are 10 ways to blog effectively in 2022…

1. SET GOALS!

All very well super productive, but effective at WHAT??? Unless you set a goal for yourself, it’s pointless to save time. You can be amazingly organized and have amazing time management…but if you’re doing the wrong things, you’re not going to be productive!

To be truly productive, you must first set your goals. What do you want from 2022? Once you’ve set goals, you need to figure out how you’re going to achieve those goals and create an action plan.

Once you have an action plan in place, you can apply all of the other tips in this post to your action plan to make sure you do it as quickly and efficiently as possible.

2. HAVE A CONTENT PLAN

One of the biggest drivers of your goals in 2022 will be your blog content. Publishing the right blog posts at the right time will help your blog grow and help you increase your blogging income.

To ensure that your blog posts are driving your goals in 2022, you need to plan your content. Look at each of your goals in turn and consider the content you need to create on your blog to support that goal.

For example, if your goal is to make more money from affiliate links this year, you’ll need to create posts designed to ‘sell’ those affiliate links.

If your aim is to launch a product, you will need to create posts that establish your authority on your product topic and those drive sales of your product.

If your goal is to grow your email list, you’ll want to create blog posts that feature free opt-in offers to encourage readers to join your email list.

You’ll also want to look at seasonal opportunities (Christmas, Easter, Black Friday, etc.) and make sure the categories are balanced (important for SEO purposes!).

Creating a content plan is an important step towards a more productive 2022! It will allow you to plan when you will publish all these different types of blog posts and ensure you make the most of seasonal opportunities.

3. CHECK EMAIL AND SOCIAL NETWORKS LESS CONTINUOUS

How often do you check your email and social media? If you’re like most people, the answer is ‘ongoing’. The problem with this is that it greatly affects your productivity.

Every time a new message pings, check for it. It takes a few minutes to process anything pinged, and once you’re there, you’re often followed by other distractions.

Even if you’re not side-tracking, it still affects your productivity.

The thing is, whenever you start or restart an activity, it takes your brain a few minutes to warm up to that new task and start making progress.

If you’re constantly processing new notifications, you’re constantly having to restart your current activity, which means your brain is spending more time than it should during that warm-up phase. More time than time if you are not interrupted continuously.

Instead of constantly checking email and social media every time you get an update, check email and social media once or twice a day. This takes a bit of getting started (and a lot of self-discipline), but the rewards are much more rewarding.

Not only will you complete your blogging activities much faster, as you won’t be distracted, but you will also be able to scroll through your inbox and social media more quickly and efficiently.

4. STOP TRYING MULTI-TASKING

On the same thread, stop trying to multi-task! In reality, nobody really multi-tasks – instead of ‘multi-tasking’ what you’re really doing is switching between multiple operations really quickly. And guess? When you leave between activities really quickly, your brain will constantly have to restart each activity each time you take it back.

As a result, without making you MORE productive, multi-tasking makes you MUCH less productive – everything takes longer because you spend so much time in that warm-up phase.

Instead of trying to multi-task, focus on ONE task AT ONE TIME. Monotasking is the path to true productivity.

Dedicate all of your time and attention to just one task, watch it until it is complete (or as much as you planned to do that task for today), and then move on to the task. next.

If you are not convinced, try it! You’ll find yourself getting more done in the time available. (I estimate that I complete FOUR TIMES when I do a single task, compared to when I try to multitask!)

5. ONLY OPEN WHAT YOU’RE CURRENTLY MAKING

A small but super effective productivity ‘hack’ is to only open the tabs and documents on your computer that you REALLY NEED OPEN to do your current work. Close everything.

This small action will ensure that you are not interrupted by notifications or distracted by suddenly remembering something you are going to do. Instead, you’ll be able to COMPLETELY focus on just one task you’re working on right now.

6. WRITE A EFFICIENT TO-DO List

Another way to improve your productivity is to write an effective to-do list. Don’t be tempted by a long ‘to do’ list that gets longer and longer, from which you pick and choose tasks at random.

Instead, write a specific to-do list for each day. Make sure your daily to-do list is short and achievable. You should aim to complete your daily to-do list each day.

And, if possible, write down your to-do list the night before – that way you’ll be able to get to work at the start of each day, instead of worrying about ‘procrastinating’ and check social networks in the first hour before you. come down to what really needs to be done!

Another great trick is to NUMBER your to-do list. Put the most important thing on your list #1, the second most important thing #2, etc. This cuts down on that ‘layout’ time (when you’re deciding what to do next), prevents Stop procrastination, and also ensures that, even when you don’t have time to do everything, the most important things get done every day.

7. LET IT GIVE UP TO TOMORROW!

I borrowed this great tip from Mark Forster’s excellent book  Let’s Do It Tomorrow  *. This sounds like a book about procrastination! But it really is a great book on how to be more productive and how NOT to procrastinate.

One of the productivity killers is new work that arrives on our desks every day. We tend to get distracted by the ‘shiny new stuff and feel like we’re super productive by stopping what we’re doing and tackling a new task (which is then potentially interrupted by a new one). next, etc). This working method is likely to result in you starting 10 new activities, not completing them, and barely touching what you actually have on your to-do list!

Instead, Forster suggests simply writing down these new tasks on tomorrow’s to-do list and moving on with the task at hand. At the end of the day, you may have some tasks to do tomorrow, but the important thing is that you will complete everything you need to do today.

You can then make plans for tomorrow, keeping in mind these new tasks to be performed.

Looking back at them at the end of the day, you may decide that they are not as important as you were at the beginning, or as important as other activities that really need to be done tomorrow.

Having this perspective will allow you to plan your day more effectively than reacting all the time. It will also make sure you take your goals into account when deciding to do a particular task rather than simply doing things because they are there.

8. WRITE OUT EVERYONE WHEN YOU’RE DISTRACTIVE

This productivity tip is a game-changer for me! Draw a line under your daily to-do list. Every time you do something that is NOT on your to-do list, write it below the line. Write down the time you spent doing the activity. For example, it might say:

  • Facebook 20 minutes
  • Shared favorite/daydreaming 10 minutes
  • Study ‘sudden brain waves’ 15 minutes
  • Check stats 5 minutes
  • Read news for 10 minutes

This works great for two reasons…

First, you’ll be able to see how much time you’re wasting compared to the time you’re effectively doing what you’re meant to be (this in itself has opened your eyes).

Second, you’ll start to think twice before doing something that’s not on your to-do list. The fact that you will have to write it down will help you avoid wasting time. And, if you are watched by your side, that will be a strong incentive to get back to the task at hand. You won’t want to have to write down a huge amount of time besides distractions!

9. WRITE EVERYTHING THAT NEEDED TO DO

Another thing that keeps us from being productive is the multitude of things we hold in our heads. The idea of ​​writing EVERYTHING is a tip I got from  David Allen’s Getting Things Done  *. He asserted that the more storage in the brain, the less our processing capacity. In other words, the more we store in our brains, the less efficient we are.

We frequently use our brains as a storage unit, keeping all kinds of ‘to-dos’ there and thus limiting our ability to think straight.

Allen’s solution is to ‘catch everything’ – in other words, write down everything that needs to be done – no matter how small it is ‘easy to remember. That way, we free up our mental energy to focus on the task at hand.

Writing things down also helps you process those things and make the right decisions about what to do with them. We can refer to our goals and decide if these are worthwhile activities.

10. CREATE A PROCESS CHECKLIST FOR THINGS YOU DON’T DO

We all have activities we do on a regular basis. The best example of this is writing a blog post. This is an activity that we as bloggers do weekly. But often our routine processes are one of our most inefficient areas. We assume that we ‘know’ how to write a blog post, so we don’t feel the need to write more to our to-do list than ‘write a blog post’.

But actually writing a blog post is a lengthy process with many steps. Having to remember each step is harder than you think. How much time have you wasted focusing on what to do next? How many times have you forgotten to do something important (set featured images, create pins, optimize for SEO, format titles, etc.)

Creating a process checklist for each of the common multi-step activities you have to perform helps streamline these processes, saves significant time, and ensures you don’t have to go back to a post when you remember something. what.

Here is an example of my process checklist for creating a blog post

  • Take a photo
  • Edit photo
  • Write blog posts
  • Upload blog post copy to WordPress
  • More pads
  • Add h . tag
  • More links
  • Add recipe tag (if any)
  • Add an opt-in offer (if applicable)
  • More links to read more
  • Add a call to action
  • Set categories and tags
  • Complete Yoast SEO meta box
  • Add featured image
  • Add all other images
  • Create a pinnable image
  • Upload a pinnable image
  • Editing blog posts
  • Schedule a blog post
  • Schedule social media to promote blog posts
  • Schedule pins to promote blog posts
  • Write a weekly newsletter to promote blog posts

Your processing checklist can be in any format you like – spreadsheet, pen, paper, or an app. Whatever you find most useful!

WITH YOU…

That’s it – 10 easy and effective ways to become a more effective blogger in 2022. I want to know which of these tips you will try in 2022! And tell me your productivity hacks… What would you add to this list?

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