Let’s face it, just about every one of us bloggers procrastinates at one point or another.
The question is “How much do you procrastinate?” and more importantly…
“Does your procrastination hinder the success of your blogging business?”
So let’s take a look at how you can beat blogging procrastination and start REALLY growing your blog into a massive success.
#1 Change Your Work Environment
My office space in the corner of our dining room
Are you really comfortable and happy in your ‘home office’? Whether that be the corner of your kitchen, dining room or working from a spare bedroom. Do you feel calm, relaxed and happy by:-
- How you are sitting? (comfortable chair?)
- Is your desk too cluttered?
- Is your ‘notice board’ too cluttered?
- Do you like the color of your walls?
- Can you hang up some nice pictures to look at?
All these things do make a difference on how you work and how creative you are on any given day.
#2. Identify If You Have Any Blogging Fears
Yes, really! I know that this might sound strange to a few of you but many bloggers, especially new ones, do actually have blogging fears.
What do I mean by ‘fears’?
Well, this is part of an email I got from one lady:
“I am always procrastinating on actually putting my products out there. It is daunting and I keep hoping that somehow I will get more courage :)”
Her blogging fear:-
- Lack of courage
- Lack of confidence
- Lack of self esteem
- Fear that no-body will like or even buy her products.
Other blogging fears could be:
- ‘Little guy syndrome’ – Inferiority to larger, established blogs
- “Who will want to listen to what I have to say?”
- “I’m not an author/writer”
- “What if no-one leaves any comments?”
There’s plenty more to add to that list too.
Be really honest with yourself and identify exactly what you fear out of all your blogging tasks.
#3. Identify “Why” You Procrastinate
You’ve already identified if you have any blogging fears which may result in you procrastinating any some blogging tasks. But there are other reasons why you procrastinate too.
- Poor time management
- Not enjoying the task at hand
- Low frustration tolerance
#4. Overcoming Low Motivation
If you find that you have low motivation for certain tasks, ask yourself why are you not motivated to get this task done?
Write down all the tasks you cannot get done for low motivation and ask yourself:
How can you motivate yourself to get this task done? How can you make it enjoyable?
So for example, if you are staring at the computer screen to write your latest blog post and nothing is happening, why not type up a blog post planner template and make it appealing to the eye by using your favorite colors and even little images to put a smile on your face?
This way, you are breaking the writing cycle down into a planning format making planning, mapping out and writing your blog posts much easier and therefore much more enjoyable!
Do you really need to do this task yourself, or should you think about outsourcing the task at hand?
Some tasks you cannot or should not outsource (writing your blog posts for example), but many tasks you can outsource. So can your boring/low motivational tasks be outsourced?
#5. One Step At A Time
You need to get your blogging tasks done in order to reach your goals. But for whatever reason, you are procrastinating on doing some of your tasks. Why not take tiny little baby steps, one at a time, in order to get your problem tasks done?
For example, if you’ve always wanted to write an ebook or Kindle book but cannot seem to get started, then why not break the whole project down into tiny little baby steps just to get you at least started?
Day 1 – Open Word and write the book Title down.
Day 2 – Start compiling your Table of Contents
Day 3 – Write your Introduction
This way, you’ve at least started your book and you will now be more motivated and encouraged to continue and see it through to the end.
#6. Organize & Manage Your Daily Tasks
When in bed on a night time before you go to sleep, why not get a pen and paper and write down and organize your daily tasks for the next day.
This way you’ll know exactly what needs to be done that day to make you closer to your blogging goals. It’s a simple strategy but an effective one!
#7. Plan Ahead Your Weekly Tasks
Or, you could take your daily tasks to the next level and plan out a whole week’s woth of blogging activity. Plan out what you need to get accomplished by the end of any given week, then break those tasks down further (baby steps!) into your daily tasks schedule.
So as you can see that by confronting yourself about your blogging procrastination and then starting to plan and get organized, goes a long way into getting tasks done which you have been putting off. You can then start moving a lot faster towards your blogging goals.
P.S. If you would like any of the worksheets featured on this page, then have a look at my Stop Procrastination Workshop.
The interactive worksheets in this Workshop can be used in two ways:-
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