Blogging is not solely a fun-filled hobby that it used to be a few years back, for now it has transformed into a viable business opportunity for many which has made surviving as a blogger all the more difficult.
With so much to do in order to ensure growth for our blogs, it is imperative that we plugging away at each of your goals without slacking off. However this is easier said than done and most of us struggle to maintain the right amount of focus to complete our blogging related tasks.
So let’s take a look at some of the most effective ways not to lose focus while blogging:
1. Be clear about your goal
More often than not, we as bloggers are strained for time as we have a lot of things to do and multi-tasking seems to be the only viable option. However in the midst of this chaos we often forget about our main goal(s) and instead spend unnecessary time in doing things that might not be as important.
This often leads to a loss of focus and it’s only when the time has gone by that we tend to realize this. To avoid this, right before you start working on your blogging related tasks, write down your main goal that you want to achieve on that particular day.
2. Declutter your workspace
It might come as a surprise to some of you, but your workspace affects your productivity to a great extent. Speaking from personal experience, whenever my workspace is stuffed up with things that may not be required immediately, I tend to slack off and my productivity goes for a toss.
On the other hand, a clean workspace with no unnecessary stuff makes me want to finish off my tasks, without shifting my attention to anything else. While I can’t vouch for the fact that the same might be the case with you, you should try to keep your workspace as organized as possible since a clean desk definitely does wonders to your output.
3. Remove distractions
While everyone knows that distractions are the main reason we are not able to achieve most of what we want to, the annoying fact is that very few of us actually do something to weed out distractions of different kinds from our lives.
If you too are guilty of allowing distractions to get the better of you, you need to devise a plan to eliminate it from your life starting right now! The best way to do this is by removing anything that might catch your attention from your workspace. Since as bloggers we all tend to get lost in the world of social media, you can use a simple yet effective tool called StayFocusd to block websites that you access the most temporarily.
4. Set a time limit
This one has worked like a charm for me in the last few years and allowed me to achieve most of my blogging goals. While in the initial days, I used to struggle maintaining the adequate focus while writing articles for my blog and other blogging related activities, ever since I decided to set a strict time limit for finishing each activity, my productivity has increased manifolds.
I would advise you to start doing the same and you would yourself notice the difference in no time. However make sure you don’t become too ambitious and set too small a time limit as by doing this you would only be setting yourself up for failure.
5. Take a break
If the above idea works for you, then you might want to finish off your work without taking any sort of break. However if you have too much to do, then it’s imperative that you take a small break after finishing off each activity as it will refresh your mind and get your creative juices flowing again.
The best way to go about it is by allowing yourself to relax for ten to fifteen minutes and unwind in the meanwhile by going outside and spending some time in the fresh air.
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