If your here then you probably haven’t been feeling as motivated or organized as you want to. Today I want to talk about staying organized and motivated as a blogger! I have talked about this topic once before but I have some new and helpful tips!
I find that as a blogger, a lot of us run into “writers block” every so often. This is completely normal, but it can be super frustrating! I have a few helpful tips that will help you find time, stay organized, and find your motivation to continue to write when you don’t feel inspired to.
Disclaimer: I also want to thank Bloom Daily Planners for sponsoring this post! They sent me over a few planners to try out and feature and I have been absolutely loving them! I also am using affiliate links in this post and you can read my full disclosure here.
How to get organized
Sometimes organization can be a tricky task. I am someone who get’s inspired by organization. I like to stay organized as much as possible because I find that it helps me accomplish more. Here are some ways that I stay organized!
As I always mention, GET A PLANNER! I am so obsessed with planners, especially the cute ones! I have always been scatter brained and I find that planners help me to stay organized. I am loving the ones that Bloom Daily Planners sent me. They include monthly calendars, class schedules, goals for the year, a list of reasons for a party, contact book, note pages, and separate daily spaces for you to write what you’d like to get accomplished that day! You can check out their planners here .
Best Ways to Use Your planners
I love to create monthly budget plans. As a full time blogger my income is somewhat consistent but it can definitely vary month to month. I like to take the monthly calendar spread sheet and write down what day each bill is due. Then I will do the math to figure out how much money I need to save each day or week in order to pay the bill on time. It is super helpful and keeps me on top of my bills.
You can create a blog schedule by taking your planner and using the monthly calendars to plan out what blog posts you want to have up by what day! ( I also share my monthly blog vision in this post) At the beginning of each month I like to sit down and plan out what posts I would like to have up for that month and what days I need to have them up by. This also helps with any writer’s block because I already know in advance what I need to have write.
To Do Lists
One of my favorite ways to get organized is by creating to-do lists! I create daily to do lists, weekly lists, and monthly lists! Each morning I will start by writing down what I need to have accomplished by the end of the day. This helps keep me on track. Plus, I am super old school and I need to have everything written down!
Write Down Goals
Another way I like to use my my planner is for writing down my goals. I love setting goals for myself. I find that it helps keep me motivated and on track. Make sure that you are working on your goals everyday, even if it’s just a little bit. Try to only do things that are helping you achieve each goal. The more focused you are, the more progress you will see!
How to stay productive and organized as a blogger
Have Note Pad Handy
While I am out and about sometimes I have random spurts of blog post ideas! I can’t always act on these ideas right in the moment so instead I will pull out my phone note pad or my planner and write down my ideas. This way I can look back and remember the idea when I have the time.
Set Aside Time
Constantly I am asking myself, “Why isn’t there more time in a day?” I know I am not the only one who asks themselves this either! I find it super helpful to set aside time each day to do the important tasks that I need to do. Whether it’s engaging on social media, creating a rough draft of a new blog post, or simply doing the laundry! If you set aside the time, you will be able to know you can accomplish it.
Organize Your Files + Photos
A great way to stay organized and productive as a blogger is by categorizing your files and photos. It makes a huge difference to know exactly where to find the image or document you are looking for. I love to categorize everything! Searching through a million photos and files can be time consuming which is not productive.
Give Yourself Deadlines
Stay productive by giving yourself deadlines. If you have a blog post that you want to create and publish, make sure you have a set date that you MUST have it up by. It’s important to keep yourself accountable for that deadline. In school I was always a last minute person but I ALWAYS made sure that my projects were done by the deadlines. It’s a great way to stay focused and on track.
Clean Your Space
There is really nothing better than a clean space. If my space is messy then my mind is messy. Am I the only one who gets this way? In order to feel calm, motivated, and inspired I need to make sure my space is clean and organized! Without clutter there is less stress and overwhelm. I also shockingly find cleaning to be very therapeutic. Am I the only one who enjoys cleaning? Probably.
HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED
Sometimes it’s hard for us to stay motivated when it comes to blogging. I have plenty of moments where I just don’t feel like blogging. I start to feel uninspired and discouraged. However, I have found ways to get motivated.
Create A Space
I find that having a space where you can go and get away is something that helps get motivated. Whether it be a home office or a nook in your room, make it your own and dedicate it to working on your blog only.
Decorate Your Space
Fill your space with things that get you motivated. I find that the city skyline really inspires me. Ever since I was a little girl I found the city to be inspiring so I will decorate my space with city skylines and pictures of cities that I find inspiring. I also enjoy motivational quotes. Anything that makes you feel inspired should be decorating your space!
Candles/ Oil Diffuser
I am a huge fan of scents that soothe me. I love peppermint, eucalyptus, & any fall scents. Candles and essential oils are my obsession. When i’m ready to sit down and write a blog post I will light my candle to help relax and get the words flowing.
Listen To Music
If you are like me, you will find music to be inspiring and motivating. Find a genre of music that inspires you to write. For me, I love listening to jazz music. I find that jazz music reminds me of the city which inspires me to write. I know it may seem silly but it’s true! If you have a specific song or genre of music that reminds you of a time or place that inspires you, PUT IT ON!
Cute Office Supplies
I know this may sound silly but I find that if I have cute office supplies, I am more motivated to write. Crazy I know! But I totally won’t judge if you are the same way. I mean seriously, who can pass up some cute office supplies? NOT ME!
I love setting timers for myself. It helps me get motivated to make sure I am completing my tasks without getting side tracked. I like to set timers when I am cleaning the house, writing a new blog post, or working on any task that requires my full engagement. If I have a timer I feel obligated to make sure that I complete the task before the timer goes off, therefore I won’t be wasting any time. It also helps me make sure I don’t focus on one task for too long.
Block Out Distractions
The biggest struggle for most of us is the fact that we get easily distracted! In order to allow ourselves to not get distracted, we need to cut those distractions out. When you are working on a specific task make sure to hide your phone. It can’t be anywhere in sight! This will help you from getting side tracked by checking your social media or texting a friend back. It can wait!
Also make sure you are choosing times of the day when the kids are napping, or when you are able to have quiet time to yourself without anyone interrupting. Even if this is late at night, it may have to be that way. Make sure your tv is off and there is nothing to take your mind away from the task that is needed to be done.
Stay Productive Not Busy
Make sure you are doing things that are helping you accomplish your daily tasks and goals. If you are doing things to keep you “busy” rather than being productive, you are only hurting yourself. If the task you are working on is not helping you reach your goals in the long run, then you are not being productive, you are only keeping busy.
Don’t Strive For Perfection
If you strive for perfection, you will never get any blog posts accomplished. Why? Because perfection doesn’t exist. No one and nothing is perfect! I realized when I first started my blog I was trying too hard to achieve “perfection” that I began to never publish a new post because I thought it wasn’t “perfect” enough. Don’t be so hard on yourself. If you have spent time on your post, put thought into it, and you are passionate about what you are writing about, then chances are others will love your content! If you strive for perfection constantly, it becomes draining and difficult to publish new content.
Wake Up Early
It’s true, the earlier you wake up the more time you have in a day. If you wake up and have a morning routine you follow daily, you will feel more inspired and motivated throughout the day. If you find that you don’t have the time to do what you need to do then try to wake up earlier to accomplish it then. It’s also important to get a good night’s sleep! Rest will help clear your mind. I know it’s difficult because I stay up until 3-4am every night working on blog related tasks. I still have trouble getting enough rest. It is essential though!
Surround Yourself With the Motivators and Doers
This is so important! If you want to get motivated then you need to surround yourself with those who motivate you. If you are constantly surrounding yourself with those who are small minded and negative, you will start to feel uninspired. However, if you surround yourself with those who are motivators, positive thinkers, and doers, you will find yourself feeling inspired.
I get a lot of my motivation from Pinterest. There is so much content on Pinterest that inspires me. From blog posts to cute DIYs. I find that I am constantly finding my inspiration on there. Who knows, maybe your blog post could end up inspiring others too!
Listen to Podcasts
Search through podcasts to find motivational speakers. I love listening to podcasts because most that I listen to motivate me to not only go after my dreams but to believe in myself. This motivates and inspires me to never give up on what I love.
I hope these tips help inspire you to continue to create content you love!