Knowing how to stay productive as an entrepreneur or blogger can be tough.
You’re in charge of own schedule. There’s no boss telling you to get back to work. And you totally have the option to work in your pyjamas.
Sure, that sounds great and all. But, it can be really difficult to concentrate and get things done when there are so many distractions around.
Like, have you ever tried to write a blog post while sitting on the couch, watching Netflix and scrolling through Instagram at the same time? Because I have! And let’s just say, that post wasn’t my best work.
You need to learn how to deal with the distractions that life throws your way and push yourself to stay focused. By staying focused, you’ll become more productive, work more efficiently and feel more accomplished. And honestly, who doesn’t want that?
So, I’ve put together this list of productivity tips for entrepreneurs and bloggers. All of these things have personally helped me stay on track. And I can’t wait to share them with you.
No more typing out blog posts while watching Netflix, capiche?
PRODUCTIVITY TIPS FOR ENTREPRENEURS & BLOGGERS
1. Keep Your Virtual Office Organized
As an entrepreneur or blogger, most of your “office tools” are based online. So, it’s important that you keep them organized and easy to find!
Put your bookmark bar to good use by saving direct links to all of the websites that you visit frequently. I keep links to the WordPress dashboard, login pages to my affiliate programs and blogs that I like to read.
Come up with a system for your computer files. Because there’s nothing worse then spending 5 minutes trying to find a photo that’s in the wrong spot! I speak from experience. Each time you download or upload something, spend the extra second to put it in the right place.
And, to further help keep things organized and easily accessible from ALL of your devices, I totally recommend using G Suite.
It’s a cloud-based suite of apps that helps busy entrepreneurs check emails, share files, edit documents and hold video meetings. I love using it because you can pick up where you left off from your computer and phone.
The base plan is $5 a month which gives you access to the entire suite, including an email address for your domain (which you can use in Gmail) and 30GB of online storage.
You can start a free trial here. If you like it, I can also send you a coupon that will save you 20% off the first year. Just send me an email for the details!
2. Eliminate Distractions
Distractions come with the territory of working from home. And if you’re the type of person who has trouble concentrating when there are so many things going on, THIS is your solution. By eliminating your distractions, you will be able to focus your attention on the task at hand.
So, when it’s time to do some work, declutter your surroundings and only keep the essentials out in the open. Shut your door, turn off the TV, put your phone away and close all unnecessary browser tabs.
If you’re working in a loud place – a coffee shop, your living room during football season – then put on some headphones and listen to some soothing sounds from Noisli. As a matter of fact, I’m listening to a crackling fireplace with a little bit of wind right now!
Adjusting little things like your browser tabs and background noise can make all the difference when you’re trying to master some productivity tips for entrepreneurs.
3. Get In Your Zone
Rather than rolling out of bed and wandering over to the computer with your pyjamas on and hair a mess – try actually getting ready for the day. Do whatever it takes to get you in the zone.
I personally can’t get any work done before I take a shower, get dressed and drink a cup of (preferably iced) coffee. Something about this little morning ritual makes me feel more awake, more professional and ready to be productive.
Seriously, don’t underestimate the small task of putting on some pants.
4. Start With the Smallest Task
Have you ever heard of the debt-snowball method?
It’s a debt-payoff strategy developed by Dave Ramsey, the author of The Total Money Makeover – which is a totally awesome book that forever changed my outlook on personal finance.
The idea behind this snowball strategy is that you focus on paying off your smallest debt first. While it’s not necessarily the most efficient strategy, it is works so well because it taps into your psychological principles.
Paying off the smallest debt gives you a quick win and increases your motivation to keep paying off more. And this same strategy can be applied when you’re trying to stay productive.
It can be intimidating to have so many tasks to complete in one day. Reduce your workload by completing a small task right away. It will make you feel motivated enough to keep going and prioritize the rest of your tasks!
5. Plan and Schedule
Sitting down at your desk and just knowing what you need to work on is the best feeling in the world. Seriously, that alone puts me in a productive mood!
I am such a firm believer in planning out my schedule, that I actually recommend two methods:
- Write down your entire schedule in an old school planner. I like using this 18-Month Moleskine Weekly Planner because it’s beautiful, compact and very easy to customize. I use it to schedule my week, jot down notes and plan my travels.
- Plan out your blog posts with an editorial calendar. I made one myself on Google Spreadsheets where I brainstorm new blog posts and the potential keywords, content upgrades and newsletter topics to go with them!
If you want to use the exact same editorial calendar as me, sign up for my email list below and I will send you the password to my exclusive content library!
6. Automate Your Social Media
Social media can be really time consuming. Especially as an influencer or blogger when you’re expected to be active on four platforms everyday! And while I think it’s still important to be you know… social on social media, I think it’s totally acceptable to automate some of your content.
I mean, any tools that are going to save me time and generate more traffic to my blog are a win in my books!
Here are the tools I use to help my social media run smoothly:
Buffer – You can use the totally free version of Buffer to automatically schedule up to 10 posts on 5 different platforms. I personally use it for Twitter and my Facebook group. It’s easy to use and comes with a handy Chrome plugin so I can schedule tweets from any site!
Tailwind – This tool has been a complete game changer for my Pinterest account and my blog. I use it to schedule 50+ pins per day and find new content to share with my audience. It allowed me to start generating over 100,000 Pinterest views on a brand new account. If you want to try out Tailwind, sign up through my referral link and get 200 pins for free!
7. Use Styled Templates
Who wants to start from scratch every time they make a new graphic for their website?
I like to save all of my templates so when it comes time to designing a new pinnable image for example, everything is ready to go! I personally recommend using Canva to make your graphics, because it’s free and automatically saves your templates. But I’d imagine you can do the same thing with PicMonkey or Photoshop.
To stay even more organized, I recommend creating a little brand “cheatsheet” where you can list your site’s HTML colour codes and fonts. I have one saved as a note on my computer and it has saved me from having to scramble around and find the exact shade of pink I use on my links.
8. Outsource Some Tasks
As entrepreneurs, I think sometimes we all wish there were more than 24 hours in a day.
By having someone else take over tasks that you don’t want (or don’t have time) to do, you suddenly do have access to those extra hours.
And while it can be kind of scary to have someone else take over certain aspects of your business, it can really make all the difference when it comes to your productivity!
My favourite place to find freelance virtual assistants is Fiverr because you can refine your exact needs, read reviews and even post a “request” and let the freelancers come to you!
The type of jobs you can outsource are practically unlimited, here are some examples:
- Content Research
- Write and answer emails
- Comment on other blogs and websites
- Post to social media
You can even hire someone to complete more personal tasks like online shopping or making appointments for you. You can find virtual assistants on Fiverr here.
9. Take a Break
The key to maximizing your productivity as entrepreneur is to take frequent breaks.
In fact, he most productive people tend to work for an average of 52 minutes and then take a 17 minute break. I’ve been testing out this theory recently and it’s doing wonders. The general idea is this:
- Work in batches. Get as much work done as you possibly can during your work batch. Eliminate your distractions and give it all you’ve got.
- Take frequent breaks. After you complete a work batch, reward yourself with a recovery break. Take some time to recharge your energy!
And remember to use your breaks wisely. Scrolling through Facebook or watching Netflix isn’t going to have you feeling recharged. Instead, try eating something or going outside! Even just taking a quick walk around the blog is going to have you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your next project.
How Do You Stay Productive?
If you’re struggling with how to stay productive as an entrepreneur or blogger, I think it’s important to know that different methods work for different people. We all have unique and creative minds! So, what works for me might not necessarily have the same effect on you.
And I want to know what helps you stay focused and productive. Let me know your favourite productivity tips for entrepreneurs in the comments below!