Having what Todd Morris from Home Business Tips called so nicely “Internet ADD” on one of his recent comments here, I always try to find better ways to stay focused on the task at hand (like writing an incredible useful blog post for you at this moment ;-))
As I wrote in the title, “time is money” and wasting time is therefor also wasting money. Now, if you are like me and my hyperactive brain, then you know that it is often difficult to stay focused and not to get sidetracked by something. Over time I have acquired some tips and tricks that help me to get actually a blog post written and not only to gather more or less useful information in my “human hard disc”. Here you go, hope one or more of them help you to become a better blogger, to save some time and make some more money:
A simple change makes a big difference. I have set my email client so that it does NOT automatically checks every xyz minutes for new emails. That avoids that I get distracted by the “you have mail message / sound” and get tempted to “just quickly” read the email, see it is a response to a comment I have left on another blog, go to the blog, comment again, browse the latest posts and this blog, browse over to another commenters blog, leave there a comment >>> You get the idea 😉 Instead I go and check my email manually when I want and when I have the time to!
I check my full stats one time in the morning and only occasionally check my Adsense account during the day, in case some idiot tries a bit of click bombing on one of my sites. To be disciplined and not to check my stats every few seconds has proven to be the biggest time saver of all. Because, lets be honest, earnings don’t increase magically when we check our stats, they increase when we do some — work!
Twitter and other social media
I disabled the twitter desktop tool I had, as it tempted me to just stare on the timeline and answer randomly to tweets. Now I “schedule” around an hour a day, broken up in little chunks, of “social media time” when I go to my Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts and update them, send messages, answer messages etc.
Browsing and Blog Commenting
Networking via reading and commenting on other people’s blogs is part of being a blogger and of being part of the blogosphere. I am still trying to get this one better under control, but the idea is to approve all comments asap, but then to only answer them only one time a day. I also try at the moment to get a browsing list of blogs together that I try to visit, and comment on, daily. But this one, needs some more work / discipline from my part, I have to admit. At the moment it is “Hey! Idea! I haven’t visited Lis in Australia recently, lets see what is going on on her blog!” And of I go to another travel into cyberspace 😉
I share one office / study with hubby who also works a lot from home. Add a very vocal cat to the mix, the telephone, visitors that ring the doorbell etc then you know why I am wearing headphones most of the time and watch-listen to some Harry Potter DVD 😉 Separating myself from the surroundings helps me to concentrate better on blogging.
One last tip, one I heard being recommended, but that doesn’t work for me, but might work for you is to turn off the spellchecker whilst writing out a blog post, article. In theory you then don’t get distracted by the little red, wavy line and don’t interrupt the flow of your writing. I simply don’t like it that way, I type and be concerned about my typing / spelling at the same time, which kind of defeats the purpose of turning off the spellchecker in the first place.
So, what are your favorite tricks on staying focused whilst blogging? Care to share?
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