When you start your blogging journey, you seem to have more enthusiasm but as the time goes by you feel less focused in various blogging activities. It does not happen to everyone, but the majority of bloggers face this situation eventually during their blogging journey.
It happens due to wrong selection of niche, improper time management, and improper scheduling of various tasks. Many bloggers keep writing every day and publishing on their blog only so what happens is they started to feel bored and not focused. They need to opt for the diversification of the work.
In this blog post, I am going to share a few things that can help you well to stay focused while blogging.
Set smaller goals with deadlines
When you have no goals to achieve you don’t stay consistent to your blog because you just do it either as a hobby or to earn some money. You don’t have a clear goal about what you want to do with your blog.
You should set smaller goals for short periods with deadlines, and try to achieve them on time. For example, if I set a goal to get 150 subscribers within a month, then I would have to work hard to make it possible, right?
You will notice that when you have a goal to complete, you work harder to make that happen. Therefore, set some goals every month and work passionately on them. You will feel more focused towards your blogging venture.
Diversify Your Work
Blogging is not just writing and publishing articles. It is much more than these. If you write and publish articles every day on your blog, you must not be able to stay focused because it’s human nature when he does the same thing every day he started to feel bored and disconnected.
Therefore, work on other things as well, because in blogging there are so many things you can do such as reading articles, blog commenting, make marketing and promotion strategies, building good relationships with fellow bloggers, replying to commenters on your blog, managing email marketing, etc. Make a schedule of working on all these things, and I bet you will never feel disconnected. This is a good way to stay focused while blogging.
I have been only writing and publishing in the beginning, but recently I learned that reading, blog commenting, and promoting blog posts are equally important. Therefore, I now have so many things to do, and I can say that I am more focused nowadays.
We are surrounded by so many entertainment websites, and techno-gadgets which are big distracting elements.
Ok, tell me one thing honestly, how many times you have checked your Whatsapp, Facebook, and hangouts while reading this blog post?
I am sure you must have checked these all or a few of them multiple times even while reading this small blog post. So think how many times you check these when you are working on your blog.
Think about it!
You will realize that you are wasting a lot of time on these websites while blogging. Thus, you must eliminate these distractions to stay focused. Let me tell you how?
Phone – Phone is a very important thing so I won’t say to switch off but at least keep it in vibration mode, and turn off the Mobile Data or WiFi connection so that you won’t get any more FB, Whatsapp, and other notifications when you are working.
Internet – Being a blogger most of the things you do require the internet so I cannot suggest you to turn it off, but you can use some extension or tools that block entertainment sites such as Facebook and a few other which distract you so much while working. One such tool is Strict Workflow, use it and enjoy distraction-free work. You can also use an online scheduler like Wunderlist that offers you to schedule something. It reminds you of the time that you have to do this task. Therefore, even if you are busy chatting on FB when you are notified of a task you get back to work immediately.
Don’t ever stop learning
As I mentioned earlier that blogging is not just writing and publishing. There are many skills that if you learn, you can perform even better in your blogging venture. Here is a short list of things you must learn gradually:
- Social Media Marketing.
- Writing killer articles.
- Reading every day.
- Search Engine Optimization.
- Relationship building.
- Learning techie stuff about your blog CMS.
- Learning domain and hosting set up.
- Traffic generation techniques.
These might seem to be easier, but it takes so much time to learn all these stuff so even if you write killer articles, you must keep learning. learn the things mentioned above specifically. Don’t try learning all at once. Make a timetable or schedule to learn these skills one by one.
Competition in blogging is fierce nowadays. Thus, you have to learn new things and ideas to stand out of the crowd. If you stop learning, others will take over.
As you keep learning new things on an everyday basis related to blogging, you feel more focused.
Track Your Progress
Working blindly on something is not useful until you keep a track of what is working well for you and what not. Tracking progress can be the best thing you should do to stay focused. It is like the result of your efforts.
When you just work and don’t find out the results then how can you know whether you are progressing or not.
Thus, it is very important to track your progress. Progress measure can be done on the basis of what you set as your goals. Earlier in this article, I have given an example of setting a goal to get 150 subscribers in a month. You must have to work very hard to collect subscribers. Won’t you check at the end of the month whether you have gotten 150 subscribers or not? Won’t you like to know which strategy helped you better to get more subscribers?
If you won’t do these, then how can you decide what to do next without repeating the old mistakes in the next strategies.
When you see that your strategies are working, you put more efforts in that to maximize the results. On the contrary, if they are not working, you spend your quality time to make new strategies.
Ultimately, you feel more focused. Just think if you don’t keep these tracks and just continue with working blindly then how you get the motivation to work with more enthusiasm?
Therefore, track your progress on either weekly or monthly basis to know the progress and get the motivation to work further.
Staying focused for longer is one of the biggest challenges every blogger face in their life. When you are not focused, succeeding in blogging becomes tougher.
I have mentioned five things that might help you concentrate well on your blogging tasks and make you stay focused.
What do you think of these ideas for improving focus while blogging?
I will be waiting to hear from you in comments.