A blog is like a canvas and you are the artist. For me, I see myself as a thinker with questions running on the belt of my mind, and most blog-related questions I have can not be answered unless I “see” it for myself.
I need to see things written down. In school, though I was very articulate at a young age, I still had to reread 5 things over for it to sink in. I ponder slow, as opposed to creating fast.
When it came to deciding when to write and what to write about on this blog initially, I really wasn’t sure to be honest. I just sat down and went.
3 Ways a writing schedule has helped me not to stress over what I am writing about:
- It has taken a load off the ol’ brain. Ease of outline.
- It has helped keep me better organized. The calendar is now my bff.
- It has worked as a springboard for more creativity. It’s like Miracle-Gro® I tell ya!
Now that I have a planner nearby and remember it’s best to jot anything useful I think I will need to remember, down…it has helped reduce a lot of the anxiety I was experiencing from writer’s overwhelm.
It may sound dramatic, but it happened. It happened because I wanted to do a good job on my blog, but previously with the way I was handling things, it was making my brain spin.
Make your blog work for you, not the other way around. Obviously you have to put hard work into something that you want to see results in it. I am not saying don’t work hard.
But if you are like I was where you were staying up at all hours of the night trying to figure it all out, you may need a schedule maker-over as I did.
I have not been able to buy many books on time management yet, but I learned the most from one book I was given, among a few websites I frequent now days.
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Overall and at the end of the day, I still have to try my own thing. Are you a hands on learner too?
I know the pro’s got it down, but this mama has so much going on that my canvas is slightly different than that of ________ (fill in with top blogging leader of the year.)
Bottom line is: do what you have to do to make progress at your doable pace. As long as you are moving forward and giving your best, what more can anyone ask for?
- If you are hired and working for a boss, you may have to revamp the way you spend your time at home.
- If you are a mom who stays at home while her man is out winning the bread, you may have to get extra creative with the chunks of time you have. Given, you can find the chunks somewhere.
I am pretty addicted to efficiency though I am still not great at it: confession, I have balanced my checkbook in the bathroom before. I will say no more.
So, yeah. Take the area that needs the most work and prioritize that sucker. For me, it was my schedule, namely my writing one.
I just got a message from a blogger friend and when I replied, I confessed I was behind this week – but when I logged into my Mail Chimp account to double check, I saw I had already scheduled everything.
I guess I am still not used to this new way of being organized. Pretty funny huh?
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Week 5 Time & Method