How to Blog Efficiently
When you’re a blogger, there’s never enough time to accomplish everything on your massive to-do list. Basically as soon as I started Elite Blog Academy (best investment ever, by the way…I’ve made thousands with what I learned), my life was flooded with blogging resources. If you’re guilty of this expensive blogging mistake, you’re even more overwhelmed. This simple mindset trick will help you to implement everything on your list, get more organized, and finally get shit done. I call it: the lumberjack method to blogging efficiently.
Let me first emphasize the fact that I absolutely believe in being “green” and my family and I try to reduce our impact in every way that we can. That being said, paperless just doesn’t work for me in a few areas when it comes to my to-do list and time management.
My old boss used to call me a “flat filer.” I needed to be able to see everything in front of me at once to accomplish my tasks.
Since I started implementing that system in my blogging life, I’ve accomplished at least 200% more than I used to.
Drowning in Blogging Resources
Here’s the thing. When you blog, there are a never ending stream of free ebooks, courses, webinars, and paid resources that you know are going to be the one secret to catapult your blog to success. Almost every blogger is guilty of this expensive mindset, but the only thing worse than buying into every resource out there is buying it but never implementing it.
In fact, had I not implemented the strategy I learned in Pinteresting Strategies, I would have half the blog traffic I have today.
It’s so easy to get into this sticky situation where you’re drowning in resources but sorely lacking on time to implement them. It seems like every awesome blogging resource is only available for a short time before it goes away for good or goes drastically up in price.
That’s where this simple mindset change comes into play.
My word of the year is IMPLEMENT.
We’re going to make a simple list of the resources we have been meaning to get to, and we’re going to tackle those things FAST.
For me, this means printing those ebooks and putting them into binders. Yes, I know it’s a complete waste of paper. I hate it too. Try as I might, I can’t make online notes work for me. I have to have a print version in front of me that I can mark the every living crap out of, refer back to time and time again, and cross things off in real time as I implement them on my blog without having to tab back and forth between windows. I’m only 29. I don’t know why this talent alludes me.
If you’re capable of being productive with ebooks and notes, GREAT. Do that!
Skim, Highlight, and Take Notes!
We’re going to skim through these resources, highlighting the main points and action items.
If you can tell the first few paragraphs or pages are just fluff, skip it. People are guilty of filling a post or ebook with tons of fluff. For example, I have an ebook that’s all about Facebook and how to drive tons of traffic with Facebook. There is a whole chapter dedicated to why you should care about Facebook, what Facebook is, how long it’s been around…etc.
I don’t need to know that information in order to implement the “meat” of the book.
Skip that crap and move back into your skimming.
If there are steps to do something specific, take note of that and move on. The fastest way to do this is to highlight quickly or put a star next to info that solves an immediate problem on your blog.
I star every plugin that someone claims is life-altering, for example.
But What If I Miss Something?
Move through the pages as fast as you can without skipping too much important info.
Now, I know you might be thinking that you paid good money for this resource, why would you risk skipping any info at all??
Well, because you’re currently skipping all of it as it collects digital dust in your computer files somewhere.
Trust me when I tell you that lumberjacking this ebook, course, or how-to video is going to get you way further to your goal of implementing this info than sitting around and wishing you had the time to do it.
I can get through a 40 page ebook in about 10 minutes.
Massive To-Do List
Now, I’ll go back to the beginning of the ebook (for the sake of this example) and if I have the time, I’ll turn through the printed pages stopping only at my highlighted parts.
I type out quick bullet points in my Wunderlist app for every single thing I need to implement on my blog.
More likely though, whatever valuable tidbits I collected in my lumberjacking session are going to be long-term things.
For example, I recently have started to focus more on SEO. Working through various resources has added a few things to my “must do for every post” list…and that’s the extent of the value I got from the ebook.
I now know that I have to do x, y, and z to make Yoast happy, put keywords in these certain places, and “nofollow” affiliate links.
Okay, those aren’t 5 minute tasks when I have 104 posts on my blog, so I’m going to add that to my list going forward and will tackle one post at a time as I get a few extra minutes.
Without this lumberjacking mindset, I would still be sitting on gold mines of information that I was longing to have the time to look at, but when my work hours are between 11 pm and 2 am…I run out of time quickly.
Must. Move. Fast.
Is this stupidly simple? Yes. Is it practical? Yep. Does it work? You betcha.
- Print or save each resource you want to focus on accomplishing (but I’d recommend no more than 5)
- Quickly skim the content, skipping the fluff, and taking notes/highlighting action items as you go
- Go back through and quickly make note of the action items in categories that make sense (do to every post, implement on social media, etc.)
- IMPLEMENT, IMPLEMENT, IMPLEMENT! Did you buy that course just to let it sit in the back of your computer files, forgotten? Or did you buy it because you really thought it was the answer to one of your biggest blogging problems? Quickly comb through that info and implement every action item you can as quickly as you can!
- Do NOT buy any additional resources until you’ve pushed through that massive to-do list we created. Since you took note of ONLY the action items and long-term “must do for every post” items, your to-do list should be large, but manageable.
Is this a ground-breaking technique? Of course not. I feel like I may be insulting you by even suggesting this is a “technique” and not just common sense. However, I find that people generally need “permission” for lack of a better word to just tackle a project as quickly as they can for the sake of getting it done.
Like my typing teacher used to say – “haste makes waste.”
But not when you’re a blogger. When you’re a blogger, you’re trying to keep up with everything that’s changing, produce quality content, create graphics, post on social media regularly, interact with your readers, network with other bloggers…the list goes on and on and on…
The truth is, to be a successful blogger, you just have to get shit done. Move through things as quickly as possible and move on.
What is your best time management secret to blogging? What is your biggest blogging struggle? Let me know in the comments!