You could have the talent, ideas, resources but still not end up creating quality content. You do sit down to write every day, but just don’t end up filling pages. There could be many reasons for this pattern. So it is essential to treat blogging seriously and develop professional habits.
One of the problems could be not using time properly. We easily get into the habit of sitting down to write, we tend to waste it. Take note of all your habits that are making you waste time. This can be done by tracking time and what you did during that period. Maybe you think too much, check emails, move around more often etc. So have a log for entering your daily activities and assess your time efficiency there.
Here are a few tips to manage your time better. Most of us have peak time for our productivity. Use this time efficiently to write good quality posts. If you cannot churn out good content at a particular time, use it for other blogging activities that are mundane and do not demand much creativity.
Create a time-table or schedule for your work and stick to it. There are many tasks you will need to do to become successful at blogging. Some of them are reading, writing, tracking competition, interacting with visitors, designing your blog etc.
There is so much work to do that sometimes you tend to forget many of the tasks on your to-do list. So keep a record of all activities so that you don’t forget them. It will be better if you can assign them a particular date and time too. Being organized really helps in increasing efficiency.
Working from home can be challenging, being your own boss isn’t easy. So you can incorporate a few lifestyle changes that will help you chuck your lackadaisical attitude towards work. Firstly, separate your work and personal time. Allocate a place to work in your home, or maybe two or three nooks, corners, rooms etc. This instils a sense of responsibility in you.
Just because you are at home, doesn’t mean you will dress shabby. Try to wear formal work clothes if you can. Otherwise don anything neat and tidy that makes you feel energetic and comfortable. Get set to hit the day. Don’t fall into temptation of watching television, playing games etc during your work timings. You never know when this occasional cheating might become a habit.