So today I’m returning to the topic of how to get writing done when you just don’t feel like it. #1 post in this series was in response to a reader reaching out and asking for advice on how to push through and be productive when you just don’t feel like writing.
Today is a further post, detailing ideas I have used and also ways of balancing life so that you experience writer’s block less.
1. Check and make sure your affiliate links are no-follow, so they don’t confuse Google.
A no-follow link basically tells search engine bots that the particular hyperlink should not influence the search engine to rank the website lower because of this link. So basically you are giving your blog the best chance of higher rankings in search results if you do this.
The easiest way of doing this is to download a plugin such as Ultimate Nofollow – this installs a check box into your link section. Check this and it will change your link to no-follow. I did this and had to check my whole list of blog posts. It took time, but now I am confident my DA will grow, without any unnecessary hindrances.
2. Send your subscriber list an email.
When I’m finding it difficult to concentrate on writing a blog post, I always find that sending my subscriber list an email makes me feel better. It lifts my mood because usually at this point I write them an email to find out what they need help with. It motivates me to write again because I feel I am serving my audience well by listening and reacitng to their needs.
3. Develop a chapter of your ebook.
One of the most motivating ways of getting back to writing your blog post, is to write something, that, in time, will give you a return of investment for your precious time spent writing, and also your unique ideas. When I completed my Budget Binder recently, and launched it, I was so excited, I completed my next blog post in under two hours. Have you been thinking of an idea that you could monetise your blog with? Could you plan it in the time when you can’t concentrate on day-to-day blogging?
4. Write a round up post.
One little way of giving yourself a break from heavy going blog posts is to write a round up post. This is basically a list of things on a topic, for example, that you collect together from your own experience and other people’s. It has to be SUPER useful for your audience, but that said, these types of post are very easy and not too time-consuming to write. My advice is to have a bank of about 10 ideas that you could write a quick round up post on, and when you are needing that extra push to be productive, these could form your line of attack.
5. Be honest about your journey to your audience.
We are all human beings and productivity will not always be the first thing that happens naturally. The best bloggers I have followed and respect on social media, are honest with their audience about the challenging times. It’s heartwarming to hear that even the most successful bloggers have writer’s block, or days when they are not productive.
In the next section, I’ve pulled together ideas how to be more productive through taking a balanced approach to life.
Mood for writing
1. Work in short periods of time
To get yourself in the frame of mind to write, work for periods of 20 minutes only, then take a 5 minute break doing something you enjoy. I used to do this when revising for exams, and it still works now when I am really wrestling with myself to get things done.
2. Go for some exercise
I get more things done in a day, if I include exercise as part of my day. Of course, it doesn’t need to be complicated – it can just be a 20 minute walk and I can feel completely refreshed and ready to focus again.
What works in terms of exercise, for you?
3. Schedule some fun with your friends, family, or partner.
4. Schedule in some me-time every day
5. Clear your mind and re-imagine your audience
– What is reason you are writing? How can you help them?
6. Imagine yourself being a successful blogger.
7. Take that planned blog post and create a 1st draft without thinking too much.
– Tell yourself that you are just writing for a set period of time. Then STOP.
8. Change your workspace around
9. Rip your to do list in half.
– Focus on the first 3 things on the first half.
10. Mix your day up – do a bit of writing then image editing.
11. Announce a goal on social media
– How many blog posts are you going to commit to? Or what are you going to write about next?
12. Get yourself a visual calendar.
– I love arranging loads of colourful post-it notes on a big noticeboard.
Being in the mood for writing seems to be a careful balance – for me, exercise is crucial for my energy levels, feeling of well-being and creativity. Please read my other linked post, for further ideas.
Has this made you consider any changes to your schedule?
Have you any great ideas that motivate you? Please share!